Bolton’s University Technical College has been rated as ‘good’ after a series of inspections by Oftsed.
Inspectors said that UTC Bolton, a technical college for 14-19-year-olds specialising in health sciences and engineering, was a ‘good’ school in every aspect.
This included effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for pupils and 16-19 study programmes.
The Oftsed team’s findings included:
• Acting Principal Liam McDaid and UTC leaders had developed ‘positive teamwork’.
• Students were positive about advice and enjoyed using the specialist facilities.
• Parents were overwhelmingly supportive of UTC Bolton.
• A high proportion of leavers in 2018 progressed to further study, employment and training in their chosen discipline.
• Students made good progress and staff had high expectations.
• Students acknowledged the “harmonious surroundings”.
It means that the UTC has been taken out of special measures by the education watchdog after it was judged to be ‘inadequate’ two years ago.
Liam McDaid, Acting Principal, said: “My team and I are thrilled that the inspectors agreed with our own self-evaluations and we were graded as ‘good’ across all areas.
“We are committed to STEM education and our students were given the opportunity to demonstrate to inspectors, their experience in this area.”
Saif Patel, aged 17, from Bolton, who is the UTC’s Student Principal, said everyone was delighted with the Ofsted report.
Saif, who has studied at the college for three years and is now in sixth form working towards A Levels in computer science, maths and chemistry, said: “I really enjoy studying here, it is smaller and a more friendly environment for students.
“We call it the UTC family and that’s what it feels like. The teachers treat us as adults and with respect and we feel like we are being listened to.”
Liam added: “The report gave positive affirmation to leadership and management, the progress students make and safeguarding as particular strengths.
“We will continue to work towards ‘outstanding’!”
Bill Webster, Chairman of the Governors, said: “I cannot praise highly enough the hard work that has gone into enabling the UTC to receive such a positive Oftsed report.
“It is testament to the dedication and skill of the leaders and the staff, as well as the commitment and support of students and their families that the UTC is now classed as ‘good’ in all areas.
“We are incredibly proud of this and now plan to build on this solid foundation for the future.”
Professor George E Holmes, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, which oversees the UTC, said: “We are delighted with this affirmation by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools.
“The UTC offers amazing opportunities to ensure its students are equipped for the working world of the future, especially in technical skills, which are in high demand.”
Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, said: “A jump from inadequate to good is a great achievement. It demonstrates the growing strength of the UTC movement.”
The £10million UTC Bolton opened in September 2015 and is supported by the University of Bolton.
It was established to help address the need for technical skills in engineering and health in the local area and to provide the combined academic, technical and practical education to equip local young people to take on essential hi-tech roles in health and engineering.
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Highlights from the Oftsed report
Acting Principal, Liam McDaid praised by the Ofsted team.
“The acting principal has been instrumental in nurturing a culture of honesty and respect. His vision for the college is focused on ensuring that pupils have opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in STEM subjects. Leaders have developed a positive sense of teamwork among the staff. Morale is high and staff feel encouraged and valued.”
UTC Bolton is a technical college for 14-19 years, specialising in health sciences and engineering.
“The college’s curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of STEM subjects through GCSEs and vocational subjects. Pupils spoke very positively about the advice that they receive in choosing which subjects to study. They enjoy using the specialist facilities, particularly the dental, medical and robotics engineering equipment.”
Student receive high quality CIAG to encourage students to choose destinations in health science and engineering industries. In 2018, 85% of students went to Higher Education or apprenticeships in the Health Science or Engineering specialisms.
“Students have access to a broad programme of careers information, advice and guidance to support their next steps in education, training or employment. They ensure that students have access to a range of information that help them to inform their choices, including further and higher education establishments, apprenticeship providers and employers. Consequently, a high proportion of all leavers in 2018 progressed to further study, employment and training in their chosen discipline.”
Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of UTC Bolton.
“The vast majority of parents who completed Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire, said they would recommend the college to others.”
Students comment on the culture at the UTC.
“Students rightly acknowledge the harmonious surroundings.”
Students make good progress and leaders and staff have high expectations.
“The acting principal is well supported by his senior leaders and governors. They have developed an inclusive community with a culture of high expectations that is shared by pupils and staff. All aspects of the college, including safeguarding and the quality of teaching, have improved. Pupils make good progress during their time at Bolton UTC.”