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The closure of any school is always a last resort and we will always act in the best interests of the young people involved. The department explored all possible options to secure the future of Wigan University Technical College (UTC) before this decision to close it was taken.
A breakdown of the revenue funding provided to Wigan UTC as requested is provided below:
Capital costs for the UTC are published and can be found at : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/capital-funding-for-open-free-schools.
The local authority and academy trust provided support to all students and parents affected by the closure and the department worked with both the local authority and the trust to ensure that school places were identified that met the needs of each individual child.