• Energy Coast becomes only second ever 'outstanding' UTC

    A university technical college in Cumbria that outsourced its teaching is celebrating after becoming only the second of its kind to be rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Energy Coast UTC, which opened in 2014, was rated ‘outstanding’ by the watchdog in an inspection report published today by the school. The UTC, which had been ‘requires improvement’,

    14.42 Jul. 4th, 2019 | News

  • UTCs told to join MATs after Lord Baker U-turn

    University technical colleges are being pressured to join multi-academy trusts after the programme’s architect Lord Baker U-turned on previous warnings that they will be “watered down” if they do. Schools Week can reveal that Baker and academies minister Lord Agnew wrote to principals and chairs of all UTCs last month, urging them to join a

    5.00 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Warrington UTC enrages neighbouring schools by ‘poaching’ pupils

    A university technical college in Cheshire has infuriated local schools after it invited its 2018 intake to start this month – a potential breach of the government’s school admissions code. The pupils were due to join UTC Warrington, which offers science and engineering courses for 14- to 19-year-olds, in September, but it suggested they move

    7.00 Jan. 27th, 2018 | News

  • Old UTC lease prevents children from using new school building

    An academy trust is negotiating with its local council after it discovered the lease it recently acquired for a former UTC building restricts its use for younger pupils. The Parker E-Act Academy in Daventry, which teaches pupils aged 11 to 18, announced it would take over the £9.4 million premises of the now-defunct Daventry UTC

    5.00 Oct. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • School pupils move into three former UTC sites

    Three former University Technical College sites will become schools next month after closing their doors earlier this year. UTCs in Oldham, Daventry and Greenwich all closed this summer following serious problems with pupil recruitment. It means that seven of the controversial 14-to-19 institutions have now closed in the six years since the project’s inception in

    5.00 Aug. 15th, 2017 | News

  • UTC students use 3D printer to make prosthetic hands for amputees around the world

    A school in Leeds is using the latest technology to make prosthetic hands for amputees across the world. Students at UTC Leeds, a specialist school focusing on engineering and manufacturing, print and assemble the hands during bi-weekly workshops in which they have access to the school’s ten 3D printers. Once completed, the hands – which

    10.00 Feb. 11th, 2017 | Politics