Welcome to UTC South Durham

Tom Dower

Tom Dower


UTC South Durham

We are a new, state-funded, technical school for 14-19 year olds which opened on Aycliffe Business Park in September 2016. Our focus is to help young people get ready for the world of work and find meaningful careers. The University of Sunderland, Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent have joined together to create the school and provide a fast track to a wide variety of rewarding professions. We are a school, with a strong focus. Our students will study academic subjects; a good range of GCSEs (including access to languages and humanities) and A-levels. We also offer the opportunity for students to focus on developing their technical knowledge and skills and to work directly with employers. Our school has fantastic facilities and state-of-the-art kit and students have contact with top professionals and teachers with strong industry experience. If you're interested in a place at UTC South Durham, please join our parent and student database below.

Founding Partners

Latest news and events

View All News >

Senior Leadership Team

10 June 2016

Meet our Senior Leadership Team

We're delighted to announce the appointment of the remaining members of our senior leadership team. Tom Dower, Principal, and Jenny Trapp, Deputy Principal, will be joined by our latest staff appointment to form a seven-strong leadership team.

Read full story

View All Events >

Female student lego

9 September 2016

Open for business

We welcomed our first intake of students this week; almost exactly one year since building work began at Long Tens Way, on Aycliffe Business Park, close to Hitachi Rail Europe's new rail vehicle manufacturing facility.

View event

School Blog

View All Entries >

1 August 2016

This month's blog is written by Prof Gary Holmes, Chair of UTC South Durham's Trustees, who has led the project from its design stage four years ago.

Read full post