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UTC Oxfordshire celebrates good Ofsted rating

UTC Oxfordshire has been awarded a good rating in all six evaluation areas following an Ofsted inspection on 22 and 23 May 2018.

Inspectors were impressed with the college’s leadership, strong partnerships and very positive relationships between students and staff. The report stated that “Partnerships with innovative employers and industry experts provide a wealth of rich and well-focused learning experiences. These underpin the UTC’s engaging curriculum for science and engineering.”

The report continues: “The work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. A rich range of opportunities prepares pupils very well for the next stages of their education or employment.”

The school will act on Ofsted’s suggested areas of improvement as it works towards an outstanding assessment. Inspectors recommended that UTC Oxfordshire “enhance teaching and learning so that pupils can catch up where there are previous gaps in their learning.”

Programmes are being put in place to support pupils after first joining the UTC to help establish and address individual learning requirements, improve attendance and further strengthen the positive relationships already established between the UTC, families and external agencies. An internal support and intervention hub is due to open at the UTC later this year.

Principal Owain Johns said “We are delighted with the Ofsted judgment. It reinforces what our students, parents and business partners already know; UTC Oxfordshire is a good school. To achieve this strong judgment after opening in 2015 is a key milestone in the successful evolution of UTC Oxfordshire.”

“There are so many highlights in this hugely positive report which recognises the strong progress our students make upon joining the UTC. The unique blend and focus on skills, attributes and employability clearly works.  I’d like to thank our hardworking and committed staff, our governors and employer partners, and of course our fantastic students and their families; we all work with in partnership to create such a positive learning environment and outstanding personal development opportunities for our students.

Mark Bodeker, Chair of Governors, said “This excellent result is richly deserved and reflects the consistently high standard of teaching and care offered by our committed and dedicated staff under Owain John’s skilful leadership. Governors, parents, business partners and all those involved with the UTC will build on this result, working hard to achieve an outstanding status next time round.“

Lee Nicholls, CEO of the  Activate Learning Education Trust added: “We are delighted that UTC Oxfordshire has been confirmed as a strong and good school. We are  particularly pleased that Ofsted recognised and praised the UTC’s impact on the personal development of its pupils and the relationships it has forged with local industry.”

The full report can be found on the Ofsted website here