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Ofsted Report 2017

Ofsted say “pupils’ achievement is improving across all courses and year groups” at the Energy Coast UTC in their first inspection report in February 2017.

The report stated that “There is a sense of energy and industry in classes” and that “pupils work hard, demonstrate pride and care in their work and enjoy their learning”. The report also highlighted that “learning is strong in English, science and engineering,” and “almost all pupils leave the college to start careers in engineering. A large proportion move directly on to apprenticeships with local companies.”

Ofsted recognised that at the UTC “all pupils feel safe, are happy and can make progress,” and “around the college, pupils behave very well. The atmosphere is calm and purposeful.”

The work of the new Principal at the UTC, Cherry Tingle, who started at the college in September 2016, was commented on very favourably. Ofsted noted that “the Principal has wasted no time in improving all aspects of the college quickly. The impact of her work can be seen in improving teaching, pupils’ achievement and attendance.”  The report also stated that “parents, pupils and staff are united in the view that the college is very much improved because of the excellent work of the current Principal”.

Demonstrating the strong links between the UTC and local businesses the inspectors stated that “pupils are well prepared for their next stages in education or training and for life in modern Britain” and that “pupils have very close and frequent contact with employers. They learn at an early stage what it is like to work in an engineering environment”. The report further highlighted that “This prepares students well for the world of work and allows them to progress to their next stage, whether that be an apprenticeship, securing employment or going to university.”

Although the college was rated as ‘requires improvement’ by inspectors they also commented that this improvement was already well on the way and that “pupils’ achievement is improving across all courses and year groups. All other aspects of the college are improving.”

‘We welcome the findings of the Ofsted report which acknowledges we are already making improvements very quickly. There are many things in the report to be proud of including: good outcomes in engineering, science and English and that we provide a safe, positive learning environment. I would like to thank our committed team of education professionals and industry partners who continue to work extremely hard to improve the education and career outcomes of our students.’

Cherry Tingle, Principal of the Energy Coast UTC

‘The Governors, many of whom are senior staff with prominent local employers, are proud to be associated with the Energy Coast UTC and the progress that has been made this academic year. We look forward to continued progress.’

Barbara Stephens, Chair of the Board of Governors at the Energy Coast UTC

Please note: Ofsted have apologised as this report has been published but still contains some factual inaccuracies. For example, the first bullet point states “the progress made in geography and French at A Level requires most improvement” however we do not teach A Level geography or French. Once Ofsted have made the necessary changes the updated report will be published. 

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