Designed to be smaller than a traditional school, we are able to offer high quality, focussed support for students, both academically and personally.
We have an amazing amount of diversity in our school and this is something we are extremely proud of. We also recognise that our diversity brings with it a range of needs, which we are fully prepared to support.
We offer more teaching than traditional schools, with mentoring from staff, partners and industry co-sponsors built into the curriculum. We ensure all of our students are able to benefit from our information, advice and guidance structure, which has been built around the needs of each cohort. This includes workshops to support students’ writing their UCAS personal statements and one to one counselling from organisations such as the Terence Higgins Trust.
Many strands of support are on offer to students, in order to facilitate excellent progress and attainment, and these include regular intervention activities, enrichment, and further tailored support. We focus this support on developing students around our core ethos:
- High expectations
- Being professional
We offer incredible support to students through our pastoral team. A Pastoral Manager in each Key Stage (KS4 Years 10 and 11 and KS5 Years 12 and 13) and a Pastoral Support Officer who works across both. Our pastoral team works to build strong, positive and impactful relationships with students and parents and carers.
Every student is assigned a coach and this is a vital strand of our pastoral care system. Students attend a daily coaching session each morning. Coaches form a close, productive relationship with the students, also working closely with parents and carers. The Coach is a parent/carer’s main link with the UTC as they have pastoral responsibility which includes attendance, punctuality and behaviour.
We aim to ensure that students are receiving high quality, personalised and responsive care to support their learning and personal development. This comprises elements of SMSC, personal development, careers, work-related learning, sex and relationships education and religious studies.
An important element of our pastoral care service is to monitor attendance and timekeeping. To ensure our students are employable professionals of the future, this process is stringent and we have high expectations of our students but will always treat people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect. Our culture is always positive.