Stowe School and Silverstone University Technical College announce partnership.

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


UTC Student Destinations

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.

Principal’s Perspective – Lies, damned lies and Performance Tables?

Last August, I wrote a blog about the National Performance Measures and how they apply to UTCs, in which I argued that a new measure for UTCs was needed to accurately reflect the significant progress our students make and the considerable value that is added by our teachers in our environment which is more business-like than school. I said that primarily any new measure needed to allow proper comparison between 2 years of UTC education and 5 years of KS3 … Continue reading

Inaugural Careers Fair

Our first Careers Fair event took place on Wednesday 16th March.  Students across all year groups toured the exhibitors’ stands during the afternoon and there was a real buzz around the building as students talked with different organisations about their future plans and learned about the opportunities available to them.  It was great to welcome back some of our alumni, currently employed by FCO Services, Nimlok and Towcester Racecourse and studying at Oxford Brookes University.  We received some great feedback from … Continue reading

Parents fear children won’t get jobs.

New research released today by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust shows that for two thirds of parents their biggest fear is that their child will not find a job when they leave education. Nearly half of parents said they felt stressed about their child’s education and 80% of parents believed the education system needed to change to reflect 21st century working Britain. Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity that promotes University Technical Colleges (UTCs), surveyed over 1000 parents with teenagers at mainstream schools … Continue reading

Principal’s Perspective – Are the National Performance Measures fit for purpose for UTCs?

Principal, Neil Patterson, has been reflecting on his first two years in the education sector (having previously been Chief Engineer at McLaren Automotive) and the results achieved by his students in Silverstone UTC’s first full set of exams. Link to Silverstone UTC Data on the Government’s Performance Tables Website “The dust has now settled after the results came in for GCSEs last week, and I’m thrilled for our students.  Many of them have done much better with us than they … Continue reading

Silverstone UTC’s first full set of results show students make good progress.

At the end of only its second year of business, Silverstone UTC students have some great results to be proud of.  On the back of an Ofsted “good” inspection in the spring of 2015, the results clearly show that students have made better progress at the UTC than they had been making in their previous schools. Our initial analysis shows that between the ends of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, 85% of our students made expected progress in … Continue reading

Silverstone UTC is a “Good” school – Ofsted

Silverstone UTC was subject to its first Ofsted Inspection in April 2015 and the report which has now been released shows that we have been graded “Good” overall and “Good” in all areas that were inspected with some “outstanding” features. All the staff are delighted that the hard work involved in setting up a brand new school from scratch has been rewarded, and the governors and senior leadership team are already working to ensure that the result will be “outstanding” … Continue reading

McLaren GT3

For the Year 11 Engineering students’ maintenance unit, they had to complete a maintenance and diagnostic activity using equipment and data provided by the team. The year 11 students had to identify the equipment required and risk assess the activity. They had to follow a brief that they were given and carry out the task. The task was to work in pairs where one student would remove the wheel nut and then the other would remove the wheel and tyre … Continue reading