uni technical college norfolk

Key Stage 3 Consultation.
About Us Key Stage 3 Consultation.

We are proposing a change in admissions to allow Year 7 students to join our school. Current recruitment is into Year 10 and Year 12 only.

Our Vision

To be the best in developing tomorrow’s engineering, computing and science professionals.


Since UTCN opened in 2014, there is a great deal that we can be proud of.

OFSTED inspected us in May 2019 and graded us Good in every area they judge. Inspectors praised the school for the ‘strong progress’ that its pupils make and the ‘very high quality’ of careers advice given.

Praise was also given for the school’s work with employers which enables students to progress onto the next stage of their education or go into employment. Inspectors found staff morale to be high and pupils friendly and welcoming.

Headteacher, Alex Hayes, said: ‘Staff work extremely hard day-in, day-out to do the very best for the young people in our care and I am very pleased that this has been recognised by the OFSTED team. We are striving to be the highest performing University Technical College in the country, and with this judgement and our recent results, we are well on the way to achieving this.’

Inspector, Daniel Gee, wrote: ‘Pupils’ overall behaviour in lessons is good. They follow the instructions of their teachers and they work hard. Pupils’ overall attitudes to learning are also good.’

‘Pupils are provided with a very wide range of independent advice, employer engagement opportunities and work experience placements. In recent years, all pupils have left the school with a position in education, employment or training.’

Dr Ben Milner, Chair of Governors at UTCN, said: ‘Our vision is to develop the engineers and technology specialists of the future and I am delighted that inspectors have recognised that this vision permeates the school at all levels. We look forward to going from strength to strength.’

OFSTED also commented:

  • Students ‘make strong progress across a wide range of subjects’
  • ‘Pupils are friendly and welcoming.’ They ‘are well looked after and … are kept safe’
  • ‘Very high quality’ careers education, information and guidance
  • The ‘curriculum is a key strength’…reflecting ‘local and national needs and opportunities’
  • ‘Students are very positive about the curricular and extra-curricular opportunities that are available to them’
The Proposal

This proposal builds upon our successes and the positive progress of students at UTCN.

We would like to extend our admissions arrangements to include Year 7 students – currently students can only join us in Year 10 and Year 12. Extending our offer to Year 7 students is a significant development, and your views are critical to help us shape the way forward.

Our reasons for seeking this change are:
  • The Department for Education (DfE) has written to all UTCs asking them to consider changing their age range from 14-19 to 11-19, as a way of developing the educational provision in the local area and better delivering their vision.
  • Parents suggest that the opportunity to attend the UTC for longer would be a positive factor in consideration of school choices.
  • Such a move will enable our students to start to master our area of specialism earlier, which will support students in making even greater progress, and in preparing for the world of work, during their time at UTCN.
  • The national Progress 8 measure of students’ progress is designed to judge schools over a 5-year period, so this adjustment will help the UTC to comply.
  • We would be able to design a varied and interesting STEM curriculum beginning in Year 7, enabling students to better develop much sought-after skills in Engineering and Computer Science.

We are therefore proposing to:

  • Change the age range of UTCN from 14-19 to 11-19

The earliest that UTCN could admit Year 7 students would be September 2021. However, determining the first admission date and PAN (Planned Admission Number) would be dependent on the results of the consultation, the availability of a suitable site and school finances. A separate consultation on PAN would also be undertaken.

Please see further details below.

How to send us your comments

There are two ways for you to give us your feedback.

  • Complete the online survey here 
  • Contact UTCN and ask for a paper copy of the form.

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