Students and staff at Cheshire East’s first university technical college are celebrating after education watchdogs praised how it prepares young people for the world of work.
After its first ever inspection, Ofsted awarded a ‘good’ overall rating to the school and sixth form in Crewe which is only in its third year of operations.
The college, which specialises in engineering, design and manufacturing for students aged 14 to 19, was praised by inspectors for improving the quality of education and raising students’ aspirations. OFSTED recognised many areas of provision that the UTC had developed in a short space of time since opening were strong even compared with other very strong and well established schools.
Principal Dave Terry said, “We are all delighted with the outcome of our first Ofsted inspection. We exist to help students make up their minds about what they want to do in the future by offering them exposure to variety of different careers.
"To establish the first UTC in Cheshire East is a real privilege but to be able to lead a team that teach the next generation of business leaders, engineers and STEM scientists is truly inspiring. In their time at Crewe UTC we equip all of our students with the workplace and industry skills required to future-proof their careers.
"We are told by companies that our students are innovative, professional and technical in their approach and that the UTC difference makes them employable.
"The specialist education that we give here has placed students in STEM university courses, bespoke apprenticeship programmes and real jobs. I am very proud of our students and staff and the impact we are already having in the business community.”
(Pictured - Crewe UTC Principal Dave Terry)
The education watchdog examined effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for students and 16 to 19 study programmes– all of which were found to be good.
Attendance, personal development, welfare and careers were found to be much more effective than national norms. Ofsted praised the college for, “transforming the lives of its students.”
Ofsted announced last month that there will be a future rebalancing of the inspection process with a greater focus on students’ curriculum, behaviour and personal development, something Crewe UTC says it has focused on this from the start.
A spokesperson also said that the employability skills of the students had already been recognised by local businesses, with all students leaving in year 11 or 13 progressing on to either higher or further education, training, apprenticeships or employment. More than half of the 18-year-old students went to meaningful paid apprenticeships with local employers.
Feedback from parents was outstanding. In Ofsted’s standard survey, there was a huge response from parents who all said their children were well looked after at the UTC, 100 per cent said they would recommend it to other parents and 100 per cent said their child is happy there. The Principal received praise as an, "inspirational leader."
The state-funded, purpose built technical school was founded by OSL Global, Bentley Motors and Manchester Metropolitan University with regional and national employers such as Siemens, Airproducts, AO, Network Rail , RAF, Arriva Trains and the 4ward Futures group.
An open event is planned for July 11th 2019, 5pm – 7pm to find out more about the college’s successes.