Liverpool Life Sciences UTC opened in September 2013 as the first 14-19 school to specialise in Science and Healthcare. It is a non-selective school and students join from the 6 local authorities that comprise the Liverpool City Region.
Young people and their families have taken significant risk to join a school without the traditional local track record, however, those that come do so because they are aspirational about opportunities for the future and have committed from a young age to a career in the sector. The young people who attend recognise that there are valuable career opportunities both locally and nationally in this area of expertise and have shown determination to achieve this, leaving behind friends at their current school to do so.
A majority of students in Sixth Form have joined at the beginning of Year 11 from over 70 different secondary schools. Their experiences of GCSE has been widely varied, many in schools who did not have the staff, facilities or time to offer the facilitating qualifications which would support them to achieve their dreams. Students do not have long to settle in sixth form and are working hard on building their skills in new A Level and BTEC qualifications, alongside a programme of sector focused Project Based Learning and Enrichment. Despite lockdown, students have continued to work hard to achieve alternative virtual work placements and enhance their traditional school qualifications.
The school itself is based on the edge of Liverpool City Centre. The area has experienced major change over the 8 years and is now a very fashionable place to live for students and creatives. Most students do not live within the Baltic Triangle but travel to us from neighbouring areas. Many students come from neighbouring L8 which shows extreme poverty and deprivation and is in the lowest polar quintiles for access to HE. 35% of students qualify for Free School Meals. 20% claim the Sixth Form Bursary, however we recognise that more are entitled to apply. Our deprivation index for KS5 is 2.1. Over 20% of students speak English as an Additional Language. 10% have a special educational need.