The government has confirmed there will be no national performance tables published this year, due to exams being cancelled in 2020.
All those working with schools and colleges, such as Ofsted, Department for Education and local authorities, will use data from previous years.
Some schools start educating pupils partway through the 5-year period covered by Progress 8, which should be taken into account when comparing their results with schools that start at Key Stage 3. Progress 8 is not the most appropriate performance measure for university technical colleges(UTC), as they typically start educating pupils at age 14, with a focus on preparing pupils for their future careers by providing an integrated academic and professional education. Other headline measures, particularly pupil destinations, are more important for these establishments. Similarly University technical colleges (UTC) provide a specialist technical and professional education and so it is not appropriate to expect the same rates of EBacc entry from these types of schools and colleges.
The following results are based on our exam results for 2018-19, announced in August 2019:
- Our Progress 8 score is -1.08
- Our Attainment 8 score is 33
- 17 % of students achieved Grade 5 or above in English and Maths
- 0% of students entered the EBacc
This year, the UTC is very pleased with the destination achievements of both our Year 11 and Year 13 students. Student destinations at Post 18 have had a huge positive impact on STEM career uptake, with many going to Russell Group Universities and starting apprenticeships.
The importance of destinations in UTCs has been acknowledged as a key factor in their successes. The DfE have stated that the focus on destinations ‘should be the key indicator of the performance in a UTC’. The Leigh UTC has demonstrated continued success in this performance indicator.
The DfE announced changes in 2018 in response to concerns raised about the applicability of Progress 8 in UTCs, given that pupils do not cover the full 5-year Progress 8 period from year 7 onwards and recognising UTCs’ very different curriculum focus. This gives a clear indication that Progress 8 is not the most appropriate measure for these institutions for pupils who start their UTC education in year 10.
63% of Year 11s have gone on to study in the STEM sector with 21 students choosing to stay on at the UTC to take advantage of our excellent resources and the varied courses we offer including the new pioneering T Levels.
From year 13, 64% of Year 13 have gone to University with all of them studying a STEM degree. Of these, we are really proud that 25% of those who are studying at Russell group universities.
21% of our students did not want to continue to study and have gone into employment and 2 students successfully gained apprenticeships in the Royal Navy and the transport industry.
Some quotes from our leavers:
- “The amazing facilities, links with business and the great teachers have made my time at the UTC a really exciting and successful 2 years.”
- “The opportunities and support the Leigh UTC provided meant that I was able to choose from a variety of post 18 destinations. I couldn’t thank The Leigh UTC enough.”
- “I came in not knowing what I wanted to do with my future and am now leaving to go study Product Design at university, the UTC has helped me discover my potential.”