Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

05 Jul 2019

The Energy Coast UTC near Sellafield awarded “Outstanding” by Ofsted

Lord Baker welcomes a revolution in Technical Education saying:

“The Energy Coast UTC near Sellafield has been awarded “Outstanding” by Ofsted – this is one of the most successful schools in the North of England.  It leads a revolution in Technical Education.”

“Last July 80% of its students became apprentices – this compares to last year’s national average of 6%.” 

Ofsted recognised that:

“Many pupils start at this school disillusioned with what they have achieved in their key stage 3 education at other schools. Some are resentful about schooling. Through excellent support and guidance, staff transform the negative attitudes of these pupils in a remarkably short period of time.”

“This UTC provides what Sellafield and its chain of local suppliers needs most – skilled technicians and engineers at 16 and 18.”

Ofsted also recognise that:

“Leaders, managers and other staff have nurtured very effective relationships with a range of high-profile employers in the region. The employers and the UTC have developed excellent work-placement programmes that enthuse and engage students in STEM careers. Consequently, almost all students who leave the school at the end of Year 13 progress to STEM-related apprenticeships in the local community.”

Cherry Tingle, head the Workington-based Energy Coast University Technical College described the achievement as exceptional, with the outstanding classification spanning every single area of inspection.

With 40 percent of the 14 to 19-year-old students on free school meals and classified as disadvantaged, the industry-backed institution has clinched top marks across the board.

 A delighted Ms Tingle, who took over the helm in September 2016, said it was a very significant judgement and that everyone involved with UTC was over the moon with the highest possible classification.

 She explained: “Under the latest Ofsted framework, we are the first college of its kind to achieve this. It is rare to see such a steep trajectory of gains from our previous ‘requires improvement’ grading.”

 Ms Tingle said: “When I started, there was a range of problems, from results to the need for improvement in every area. My mantra was, and still is, everything has to be ‘good enough for my child’.

 “There’s enormous satisfaction going from there to becoming one of the highest performing UTCs in the country.”

 Industry partners include Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Iggesund, Sellafield, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Jacobs and Nuvia - and the UTC is also partnered by the University of Cumbria.