August 2018 saw the UTC’s first year of results and it’s the first time that we have appeared on the government’s performance tables.  Our recent results were from our ‘opening’ cohort of students.   

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; for our first cohort we are delighted with these outcomes:

  • 100% of our Year 11 leavers have a positive destination in education, employment or training
  • For our Year 13 leavers:
    • All who wanted to have gone to University and 100% went to study STEM degrees (Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Aerospace Engineering, Maths)
    • 48% 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.

The Department for Education and Ofsted are clear that Progress 8 measures do not tell the full story of what a UTC offers for two key reasons.  Firstly, Progress 8 is measured from 11 to 16 and when students come to us they have had three years elsewhere.  Our first cohort of GCSE students started on average over a grade behind where they should have been.  They made good progress from 14-16 while they were with us and made up some of that lost ground.  Secondly, our curriculum is technically focused and driven by employers.  These subjects would not be chosen for a curriculum set up to deliver the best results on school performance measures.

 Key Stage 4

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


Like many UTCs and other newly opening schools, the first cohort included a number of students who arrived late or did not understand the high expectations and rigorous curriculum of a UTC; the outcomes for these students had a significant effect on whole school figures.  Current students are more typical of a normal school cohort, understood the UTC ethos and have been more stable; we are excited by the significant improvements that tracking data tells us we will achieve in the next year.

Key Stage 5
We are particularly pleased with our Tech Level Engineering results.  For those studying the full Tech Level (double award), 80% achieved a double Distinction* or double Distinction.

Average grade for Tech level qualifications


Average grade for A levels


Average grade for Academic


Average grade for Applied General L3 qualifications


Average grade for Vocational qualifications


Average grade for Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)


GCSE English resit (Level 4+)


GCSE Maths resit (Level 4+)



Post-16 results have not yet been published by the DfE. 

School Performance Data: Compare our school performance by following clicking here

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.