Aylesbury’s new £10 million University Technical College was visited by former education secretary Lord Baker this morning.
The former Conservative MP, who was in Margaret Thatcher’s government, was visiting in his role as founder of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, set up to promote UTCs.
He was given a tour of the Oxford Road site by principal Bev Flanagan and praised the ‘wonderful’ facilities.
Lord Baker said: “I’m very pleased with what I have seen.
“When I last came here it was just a grass site.
“It’s a magnificent building, one of the best we have got.”
The Bucks UTC gives 14 to 19 year olds the opportunity to study technically-oriented courses in construction or IT, with the first 100 students starting last month.
Lord Baker spoke with students and staff as he toured the building.
He said: “All the students are very switched on and have decided this is the right choice for them.
“They’re really motivated.
“They have all heard about it in different ways and we will have more students next year as the news gets round.
“They are all learning employability skills and they’re all thinking about their futures.
“We should have had this sort of thing 40 years ago.
“The people who run them are all very inventive and creative.”