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Ofsted - Visit Report 14th and 15th May 2019

UTCN was pleased to welcome Ofsted on May 14 and 15, 2019.

Norfolk STEM school praised by OFSTED

University Technical College Norfolk (UTCN), which specialises in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, has been graded ‘Good’ across the board following a recent OFSTED inspection.

Inspectors praised the Old Hall Road 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.

Principal, 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.’

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.’

UTCN opened in September 2014 and offers a specialist STEM education to students aged 14 to 19.  UTCN is holding an open morning on Saturday, June 29.

The full report is available on our here and I would encourage all parents and students to read it. It is very positive about virtually all aspects of the school. To give you a flavour:

  • 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'

I would like to thank all parents and students for their contribution to the inspection process. It was a thorough process and we are delighted with this result. Of course, there are areas for us to further develop  and I very much see this result as a stepping stone to providing ever greater opportunities for the young people in our care.

Alex Hayes

Headteacher