Please note these performance measures are not current. The most recent measures have not been published by the Secretary of State.

August 2019 saw the UTC’s second year of results.  The purpose of the UTC is to help prepare young people for the world of work and to help them become highly employable.  UTCs are best measured by career progression and destinations; for our first two cohorts we are delighted with these outcomes:

  • For our Year 13 leavers:
    • All who wanted to have gone to University and 100% went to study STEM degrees (including Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Aerospace Engineering, Maths, Pharmacy, Interior Design).
    • 66% have secured Apprenticeships (higher or advanced) – compared to national average of 7% - covering a wide range of sectors (including mechanical engineering, graphic design, fabrication, toolmaking, industrial interior design and finance).
  • For the second year in a row, 100% of our Year 11 and 13 leavers have a positive destination in education, employment or training.

Key Stage 5

We are particularly pleased with our Tech Level Engineering results.  For those studying the full Tech Level (double award), 89% achieved a Distinction grade or better and 74% achieved a Distinction*.

72% of Year 13 leavers achieved the Gold Baker Award for Technical Education in recognition of their academic, technical and workplace achievements through their time at the UTC.  They were invited to St James’ Palace to collect the award.

Average grade for Tech level qualifications

Distinction +

A-level Pass rate*


Average grade for A levels*

D +

Average grade for Applied General L3 qualifications

Merit -

Gold Baker Award for Technical Education


GCSE English resit (value added)


GCSE Maths resit (value added)


*(for students who completed year 13)

Key Stage 4

The Department for Education and Ofsted are clear that the normal secondary school measure of  Progress 8 is not relevant for UTCs.  Firstly, Progress 8 is measured from 11 to 16 and when students come to us they have had three years elsewhere.  Secondly, our curriculum is technically focused and driven by employers; students gain qualifications and learn skills that employers are looking for.  While all students study a core of academic qualifications, and most complete 9 or 10 GCSEs or equivalent, the curriculum is not defined by subjects to maximise school performance measures.

GCSE Maths results were superb, with both level 4 and 5 outcomes 10% above national average.

Progress 8 Score KS3 to KS4 (while at the UTC)


Progress 8 Score (including three years at previous schools)


Attainment 8 Score


% of students achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths


% of students entering for the EBacc


% of students with positive destinations after leaving


School Performance Data: Compare our school performance by following this link

Why not come and see for yourself the great experience that students have at UTC South Durham? We have Open events and, with a prior appointment, we are happy to show you around during the normal working day.