Scarborough UTC was inspected by OfSTED on 22nd and 23rd January 2019. The final report, which we are pleased to share with you, can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.
The report is an honest view from inspectors of the progress and improvements we have made over the last two terms. Our own self-evaluation matched almost entirely with the inspectors’ views and the report provides a significant tool to support the UTC in its journey to outstanding in the coming years.
I’m sure you will see, as leaders and governors at the UTC see, that this report portrays a UTC that has areas of strength and where there are areas for improvement, we are already taking direct and appropriate action to improve these areas and I am pleased that inspectors have recognised the strides we are making, and the fact that students agree it is getting better.
There is still work to be done and these improvements need time to fully embed, but our improvement trajectory is positive and reflects the commitment and professionalism of our staff and governors and the increasingly achievement focused ethos we are building amongst our students.
It is important to also remember that we are not an ordinary secondary school, and as a University Technical College we have a distinctive curriculum offer as part of our vision to develop ‘Technical Excellence and Employable Graduates.’ It is encouraging to see that inspectors recognised the good work we are doing in the key areas of careers education, student destinations, employer engagement, technical education and extra-curricular opportunities.
It is always pleasing to have our strong safeguarding culture reaffirmed by outside agencies and it is a real testament to the hard work of the whole Scarborough UTC team that we have built a college culture where students feel safe, where there is very little bullying and where students can feel part of a tolerant community. A key part of our work to safeguard students has been our drive to improve attendance and this is recognised in the report. We still have, particularly in year 11, high levels of persistent absence and as the report states, we need parents to support the college in ensuring their child attends college regularly.
I hope you join me and my team, as well as our students, in feeling confident about the positive trajectory that Scarborough UTC is now on and we can all look forward with anticipation to a much improved set of examination results this summer. This is the start of our improvement journey and it is exciting times for Scarborough UTC, as we position ourselves as the 14-18 educational provision of choice for many parents and students in Scarborough and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
OfSTED Report 2019