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 year being Merit+, while our Events students excelled themselves with an average grade of Distinction*, which would have been #1 in the county last year and in the top 2% nationally!

Overall, the average number of UCAS points per entry was equivalent to a B or B- at A Level, and 44% of our students gained the equivalent of AAA or better. This is a significant improvement on last year, and our congratulations go to all of our students and the staff that taught them for such excellent work. They will now be getting themselves ready for their next career steps, and we’ll publish a summary of destination information when we have collated all that data.

Our Year 11 students have just as much reason to be celebrating. This year has seen improved progress and attainment across the school, with a 10% improvement in Average Point Score overall. To quote Ofsted, it would be “misleading to evaluate [UTC] pupils’ progress against national averages because these measures are based on progress from Year 7” so to overcome this, we assess all of our students when they join the UTC in Year 10 so that we can measure how well they do while they are with us.

In all subjects, the average progress made by students has improved on last year – in most subjects by more than half a grade. This represents outstanding work by our staff, and a fantastic student response to the challenge that was set for them. Attainment has also improved on last year, with an average improvement of 14% in the number of exams graded A*-C.

We pay particular attention to English, mathematics, the sciences and our specialism qualifications. In these subjects, 90% of our students made expected or better progress while they were with us, and an amazing 69% of students made more than expected progress. Looking in more detail, progress in all of these subjects improved year-on-year.

Overall, as we close out our fourth year of business, we are seeing some excellent trends developing – improved attainment and progress in all year groups and across the curriculum, excellent destinations for our students after 6th form, and more numbers than ever before wanting to join us – so much so that this year we have had to put an extra class in Year 10 to cope!

Congratulations to everyone – whether you are coming back to the UTC for 6th form or heading elsewhere to continue education or start apprenticeships. Well done and good luck!

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