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Every new school is inspected at some point after its second year of operation. We were very pleased that Ofsted, during their inspection in January 2019, were able to recognise the considerable strength of the UTC. A range of headline findings from the report are below. Leadership and management, personal development, behaviour and welfare came out very strongly in the inspection report, as did safeguarding arrangements.

Summary strengths

Effectiveness of leadership and management is Good


Personal development, behaviour and welfare are Good


In line with any new school, the UTC is on an improvement journey, aiming for excellence in all aspects of its work. The Ofsted report identifies a range of areas in which the UTC is not yet consistently good, and the UTC is overall judged as Requires Improvement. The Ofsted inspection handbook states, ‘A school that is judged as requires improvement (overall effectiveness grade 3) is a school that is not good but overall provides an acceptable standard of education. The judgement of requires improvement is not a formal category of concern but the school may be subject to monitoring by Ofsted, although this will not normally apply to a school that has been judged as requires improvement for the first time. The school will be re-inspected under section 5 usually within 30 months after the publication of the previous section 5 report.

Significant additional capacity has been added to the UTC staff, particularly at senior leadership level, since the publication of the report. Leaders have robust plans in place to ensure rapid progress continues to be made against the following areas for development:

The full Ofsted report is published here.

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