A £9m state-of-the-art school is being forced to close just three years since opening, after none of its pupils passed their English GCSEs last summer.

The Greater Manchester Sustainable Engineering University Technical College (UTC) opened as part of a wave of new schools offering specialist vocational qualifications and traditional GCSEs for school-age candidates and adults.

The Government said the UTC will close due to a failed to recruit enough pupils, and resulting financial difficulties.

The college, ranked among the 10 per cent worst performing schools in England, will close at the end of the current academic year.

It is the seventh of the new university technical colleges to announce its closure.

Greater Manchester UTC opened in Oldham in September 2014 along with 12 other new technical colleges nationwide specialising in subjects such as engineering, digital technologies and biomedical science.

The project was championed by former education secretary Michael Gove and hailed as a “fresh approach” to vocational learning that would encourage more students into much needed subjects such as engineering and biomedical sciences.

But as of January last year, the college, which is sponsored by the University of Bolton and has a capacity for 600 pupils, had just 127 students.

Source: Independent UK

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