UTC Bolton was inspected by Ofsted 28th February to 1st March 2017. A printed copy of the full report is available from the school reception or you can download an electronic version from below.
Whilst the report highlighted recent improvements in the quality of teaching and student levels of achievement, Ofsted’s judgement is that our school is currently ‘inadequate’ and recommended that we make rapid improvements in the following areas:
• Improve the capacity of the governing body
• Continue to improve the quality of teaching
• Improve careers information advice and guidance
• Improve safeguarding procedures
It is clear from the report that there is a lot to do and I want to reassure parents that we have already started work on making these improvements. For example, all Year 10 and 12 students will undertake a work experience placement next term, with Year 11 and 13 to follow once the exam season has concluded.
I am delighted that Ofsted recognised that students are making better progress this year and identified strengths in the teaching of English, science and computer science.
The wellbeing and safety of our students is our highest priority. We have taken swift action to address the procedural safeguarding concerns highlighted in the Ofsted report. We engaged external support to work with our existing team and the correct procedures are now in place and operating smoothly.
Moving forward we have the support of the University of Bolton, Regional Schools Commissioner, the Department for Education and Baker Dearing Educational Trust to make the necessary changes to meet the required standards. We are confident that at the next review point, the changes that are underway will have had a considerable impact.
UTC Bolton and its partners stand firmly behind our original vision to provide outstanding technical and academic secondary education for health sciences and engineering in the local area. I am committed to working with governors, staff, students and parents to ensure that the UTC Bolton delivers the first class education that it has been designed for.
A letter has been sent home to every student inviting parents to a series of meeting on the 5th and 6th April 2017. Please complete the reply slip and return to confirm your attendance. The meetings are an opportunity for parents to ask questions and to see progress that has been made to date.
UTC Bolton Ofsted Parents Letter 4th April 2017