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Ofsted - Visit Report 24th November 2017

UTCN was last inspected by Ofsted on November 24, 2017 and you can read the inspection report here

The tone of this report is very encouraging and the essential finding is that: 'Senior Leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas identified at the previous section 5 in order for the school to become a good school.' This is positive news and we look forward to having this progress to 'Good' confirmed at our next full inspection. This is likely to be held in the academic year 2018/2019.

Ofsted have set us the following actions:

  • continue to improve the consistency of the quality of teaching and learning, for all pupil groups, by matching the findings from lesson observations more precisely with assessment information and reviews of pupils’ work
  • strengthen further the work of middle leaders in:
    •  evaluating the contribution that individual subject areas make to whole-school improvement
    •  using the outcomes of subject evaluations to focus ongoing development planning so that all pupils are supported effectively to make good progress
  • ensure that the current work to improve pupils’ attendance is sustained so that attendance, for all groups, is at least in line with the national average and persistent absence continues to reduce.

A School Development Plan has been devised to address these issues and it has the following objectives and hard targets:

Objective 1:  To become at least ‘Good’ in effectiveness of Leadership & Management

Objective 2:  To become at least ‘Good’ in Teaching, Learning & Assessment        

Objective 3:  To become at least ‘Good’ in Personal Development, Behaviour & welfare   

Objective 4:  To become at least ‘Good’ in Pupil Outcomes        

Objective 5:  To become at least ‘Good’ in effectiveness of Sixth Form provision   

Key Stage 4 Targets

  • 100% of our Year 11 students progress in education or take up an apprenticeship
  •  Basics on a Strong Pass improves from 47% to 53%
  •  Attainment 8 Score improves from 46.1 to 48.0
  •  UTCN is the highest achieving UTC in the country

Key Stage 5 Targets

  • 100% of our Year 13 students continue to progress in education or take up an apprenticeship or job
  •  A*- C pass rate in Maths and Physics ‘A’ Level increases from 71% to 80%
  •  UTCN is the highest achieving UTC in the country

Progress towards meeting the targets in the Action Plan is regularly scrutinised and monitored by governors and the Department for Education.