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Energy Coast UTC visit the CERN nuclear research facility in Geneva

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At the start of January the Energy Coast UTC Science department, led by Director of Learning Ian Lindner, took a group of GCSE and A level students to Geneva, Switzerland for 5 days, with the focus of the visit an inspirational day at the renowned CERN nuclear research facility. CERN is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and the largest particle physics laboratory in the world; it is at the forefront of scientific discovery.

The visit comprised a guided tour, including of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator - the group were lucky enough to travel 100m 

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The group also had the opportunity to soak up the local culture and beautiful Swiss weather with visits to the wonderful United Nations buildings, the National History Museum, Geneva Museum of Art and History and a night-time walking tour of the old city. They rounded off their experience with a boat trip on Lake Geneva.underground to see the LHC, a rarity for visitors – as well as an exciting hands-on workshop where the students built their own particle detector. The subject matter covered during the visit linked directly to the work the UTC does with Year 12 students on particles, with connections to the new GCSE specification.

Cherry Tingle, Principal, said of the visit “This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel underground and see, at first hand, the workings of the particle accelerator and discuss this with prize winning physicists. I’m very envious!”

Year 13 student and Head Boy Ellis Dineley said ‘This was my first trip out of the UK and it did not disappoint. I was most looking forward to visiting CERN and the United Nations buildings, and both were a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity. Our CERN tour guide was great, and I don’t think we would ever have had the chance to get so close to the LHC unless we were actually working on it. It was also really interesting talking to the United Nations employees about their experiences. The trip was a great learning experience and has really helped me with my studies.’  https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2020/01/14/energy-coast-utc-visit-the-cern-nuclear-research-facility-in-geneva/

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Proposed Changes to School Day/Week

Please click here to view a letter regarding proposed changes to the UTC school day/week. The consultation period is open until Friday 28th February - please send your responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line of ‘School Day Consultation’.

Parent/Governor Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor to serve on Energy Coast’s UTC Governing Body. Parents/carers have much to offer the College and can play a vital role in helping it to meet the needs of the students and the community it serves. It is very important that parents/carers stand for election to the Governing Body so that their views are represented on it. 

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Open Evening 6th February 2020

Open Evening – Thursday 6 February 2020 (6.00pm start)

Our award winning Principal would like to invite you to attend the Energy Coast UTC Open Evening on Thursday 6 February 2020 – no need to book, just turn up on the evening.

The Energy Coast UTC is a dedicated engineering and STEM school for ages 14-19, offering a range of practical and academic courses that are not available at other local schools. Many students are unaware that you can change schools at 14 in order to study for GCSEs that will help you on the path to your chosen career. If you want to pursue a career related to Engineering, there is no better option than the Energy Coast UTC. Last year, 77% of students achieved a merit or above in Engineering, with 82% of leavers’ progressing to high quality apprenticeships. We also offer exciting post 16 courses too, including Digital Media and Cyber Security (in partnership with Energus).

Starting at 6.00pm, the Open Evening programme will include:

  • An introduction from our Principal, Ms Cherry Tingle.
  • Talks from some of our employer partners, such as Sellafield and Morgan Sindall Infrastructure.
  • A tour of our facilities, including our brand new, state of the art workshops.
  • Meetings and demonstrations with our subject teachers.
  • A chance to speak with our current students about what day to day life is like at the UTC.
  • More detailed information about the UTC and the courses we offer

For further information email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Year 11 and 13 Parent/Teacher Day

Friday 20th December is scheduled for our upcoming Year 11 and 13 Parent/Teacher Day. In order to allow as many parents/carers as possible to attend we have decided to spread available appointments over the Thursday evening (19th) and Friday morning. We are also trialling a new method of making appointments online. Please follow the following link to make appointments - https://ecutc.parentseveningsystem.co.uk 

Parents/carers should log in using their name, student name and student date of birth. The email address provided will be used to send a copy of appointments, these can also added to personal calendars or printed directly.

If you cannot attend please log in and choose “Cannot Attend” so we can record this .

If you have any difficulties accessing the system please call 01900 606446 and appointments will be made for you over the phone for you.

Admissions Policy Consultation 2021-2022

Energy Coast UTC is proposing making some changes to its admissions policy and is therefore required to consult with parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen, other persons and admission authorities within the local area, the local authority and our community.

We are now asking these stakeholders for their contributions to our proposed admission arrangements for the academic year 2021-2022. The consultation will be open from Monday 2 December 2019 and will close on Monday 20 January 2020.

A copy of our proposed admission policy for the 2021-2022 academic year is available here.

There will be paper copies of the proposed policy available in our reception, and other accessible formats can be made available on request. If you have any comments on the policy, please send these to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Energy Coast UTC celebrates official opening of state of the art workshops

The official opening of Energy Coast UTC’s brand new engineering workshops took place on Thursday 21st November with Chair of governors, Barbara Stephens doing the honours by cutting the ribbon.

Employer partners, governors, staff, students, parents, and local stakeholders were thrilled with the state of the art facilities.


Barbara ribbon 1 minWIth sterling support from sponsors Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the University of Cumbria, the workshops are for the exclusive use of UTC staff and students and include state of the art, industry standard machinery such as XYZ 3m bed CNC and manual lathes and milling machines.

Energy Coast UTC Principal and CEO, Cherry Tingle, said she was, “delighted that students now have exclusive use of new, industry standard equipment on a daily basis”. She added that,

“This fantastic facility to benefit west Cumbrian students is just the first step in the UTC development of expanding workshop facilities for West Cumbria. Watch this space for a multi -million pound build with numerous engineering and construction workshops and CAD /CAM facilities starting soon on the UTC site.”

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Barbara Stephens commented on the hard work of all of those involved. “I particularly want to pay tribute to Cherry and her team who have worked tremendously hard to get this going. It's involved hours and hours of discussions with the Department for Education and the Education Skills Funding Agency who I would also like to thank for their support.”

Fully operational since September students have been embracing the high tech equipment, learning new skills and gearing up for future success.

“The new workshops are something we’ve been looking forward to for a very long time,” says Ian Russell (Vice Principal, Curriculum and Standards). “It’s been an accumulation of 18 months of negotiation, hard work and building to get to the point where we now have state-of-the-art facilities for all of our students. They are set out to mimic apprenticeship providers which gives our students an edge on the competition and allows them to integrate into apprenticeships more easily”

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