GLK Solutions' initial task was to gain approval from the Department for Education (DfE) to open the new school. In January 2016 a full application was made to the DfE. In the following 18 months, we worked with the DfE and Baker Dearing Trust through a series of challenges which delayed approval including the Brexit vote and an election which effectively means central Government decisions are on hold.
GLK supported the project team to provide further evidence and documentation to support the application. In June 2018 Doncaster UTC gained conditional approval to open in September 2020. GLK continued to work with Doncaster UTC to address the conditions of approval and formally move the project into its pre-opening phase.
GLK provided project management support to co-ordinate various elements of pre-opening activity including:
Marketing and communications, Governance structures, Appointment of a Principal and Project Co-ordinator, Financial reporting and budget, development, Engagement with employer partners and stakeholders, Curriculum development, Capital project build, and Legal activity.
GLK provided the UTC with Project Director and Project Manager roles to act as leads whilst a Principal was appointed. We then worked with the appointed Principal to hand over specific areas of the school’s development whilst supporting in expert areas such as marketing and the building design and development.
In September 2020 Doncaster UTC opened at capacity in Years 9 and 12. The UTC is going from strength to strength in its purpose-built state of the art facilities. We are delighted Doncaster UTC are now thriving in their new building and look forward to seeing their students develop over time and become the next generation of STEM leaders.