For most students the UTC is a four year experience as they progress on to our Sixth Form. For our recent Year 13 leavers, everyone who wanted to has gone to University and all of them went to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) degrees. Over half secured paid apprenticeships with local employers (higher or advanced), that is seven times the national average.
At our first Ofsted inspection in January 2019 we achieved ‘Good’ judgments across all categories – we are delighted about this as it is rare for new schools and shows the strength of core education that underpins the UTC.
There are three clear strands to our student experience:
- Academic qualifications – students study a full set of GCSEs, with a focus on STEM subjects
- Technical skills – all students study engineering and develop a range of specialist skills
- Workplace learning – everyone undertakes a comprehensive programme of visits and placements in companies as well as industry-led projects in the UTC
This focused approach to education is new to the North East of England and employers and parents say that young people leave the UTC with strong workplace skills and a confidence that sets them up for future careers. In the feedback to Ofsted inspectors, 94% said they would recommend the UTC to other parents, 98% said that their child is happy and 100% said that their child is well looked after at the UTC.
Please come and visit us on our open evening to meet our students and staff and to see our impressive facilities for yourself.