I am pleased to report that this year, the National School Performance have been changed to make it much clearer that Progress 8 and EBacc, the usual measure of GCSE performance, are not appropriate for judging the performance of UTCs. Progress 8 doesn’t tell the true story of a student’s progress at a UTC, with 60% of what counts in the performance measure having taken place elsewhere. That can have a very large impact, especially in the cases where parents … Continue reading
Janvi graduated from Silverstone UTC in July 2017 having opted for our Business & Technical Events Management specialism, and is now employed by one of our supporting employers, Vauxhall Motors Limited. “After spending 2 years at Silverstone UTC, I achieved D*D*D* in Business, Events Management and Travel & Tourism, alongside a B in AS Media Studies. “My time at UTC was enjoyable, with various aspects allowing me to grow and develop transferable skills such as interpersonal skills, self-management and team … Continue reading
It’s that time of year when I write my annual comment piece about National School Performance tables and how they are misleading when used to assess UTCs. This year is slightly different, though, because for the first time we have some help from the Department for Education! I write, mainly to reassure parents and students and those who have applied or are considering us as a place to study in September 2018. It also serves as comfort to my staff … Continue reading
Congratulations to Silverstone UTC’s first Arkwright Scholar, Will Layton. Will’s sponsor company is Liberty Vehicle Technologies based in Leamington Spa. Liberty are behind the T1 Evo hypercar, which will be engineered and manufactured in the UK. The T1 Evo is the next generation of the car originally designed and engineered by former McLaren colleagues of Principal, Neil Patterson. Will, who gained Distinctions in his Engineering studies at the UTC alongside good grades in his other GCSEs is now at the … Continue reading
Neil Patterson, Principal of Silverstone UTC and ex-Chief Engineer at McLaren Automotive has been selected to join one of the new panels responsible for developing the outline content for technical qualifications and the broader T Level curriculum. In a publication released today by the Department for Education, T Levels are explained as a “new technical study programmes that will sit alongside Apprenticeships within a reformed skills training system. The reforms are at the heart of a skills partnership between government, … Continue reading
Becoming a statistician for big business or the Government is a role that Georgia Mold is already on the way to fulfilling after becoming another student to graduate from Silverstone UTC with top-class qualifications. At Silverstone UTC, 19-year-old Georgia achieved straight As in Maths, Further Maths and Physics as well an AS in Chemistry. Those qualifications plus what she calls the college’s “very flexible” approach ultimately enabled her to keep her options open before deciding on where to best apply … Continue reading
In the first of a series of posts featuring our alumni, we catch up with one of our first students, Disha Naik, who joined the 6th Form in 2013. With a clear ambition of becoming a Formula 1 race engineer, Silverstone UTC graduate Disha Naik is also very much an inspiration for young women pondering which career path to take. Twenty-year-old Disha is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick after passing her A Levels with an A* … Continue reading
It’s been five days since our students received their GCSE results, and we’ve had a glorious bank holiday weekend over which to celebrate. And there is much to celebrate! Our 6th Form leavers hauled in an exceptional set of results. Students who took A Levels alone (without any of our specialism qualifications) gained an average grade of C, slightly higher than last year’s county average. Our engineering students achieved an average grade of Distinction compared with the county’s average last … Continue reading
Stowe has joined forces with Silverstone UTC to provide enhanced educational and co-curricular opportunities for pupils at both schools. In a joint press release, Stowe School and Silverstone UTC wrote: The partnership is intended to demonstrate the best that can be achieved by independent and state schools working together. Stowe and Silverstone UTC are linked by history and geography: the UTC overlooks the famous F1 race track built on land once owned by Stowe’s former owners, the Dukes of Buckingham, … Continue reading
We are delighted that for the second year running, all of our 6th Form leavers are in education, employment or training – compared with only 96% nationally. These stats mirror the excellent destination data for UTCs, as shown in the image below.
If you’d like to find out more or are thinking of joining us in September for GCSEs or A Levels, we’d love to see you at our next Open Evening.