Scunthorpe college praised by Ofsted after its first-ever inspection
Ofsted inspectors visited Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire in Scunthorpe last month
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Mar 2018
A Scunthorpe college has been graded as "good" by Ofsted after its first-ever inspection.
Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire (formerly Humber UTC) was visited by inspectors last month and a report has now been published.
The inspectors identified the Carlton Street college as "good" overall and in the four key areas of effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for pupils.
The report says: "Good teaching and learning are enabling all pupils, including the most able pupils, disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, to make, at least, good progress from their starting points."
The college was recently rebranded to reflect its close relationships with employers including local, regional, national and multi-national engineering companies such as British Steel, Cristal and Phillips 66, as well as Jacobs, the international technical professional services firm.
These partnerships aim to ensure the college is delivering the right skills to get students into work and this was also highlighted by inspectors in the report.
They said: "Pupils and students have a strong commitment to learning and demonstrate strong work-related skills and attitudes.
Students at work at Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire in Scunthorpe, which has been rated as "good" by Ofsted
"The University Technical College is supported and challenged by knowledgeable, effective governors and enthusiastic business partners.
"Behaviour in lessons and around the site is good and pupils take pride in their business-like uniform."
Inspectors were impressed with the way staff and pupils work together, with the report saying: "The relationships between staff, pupils and students in the 16 – 19 provision are very positive and promote a culture of respect."
And the report also praised principal Marc Doyle, who joined the college in June last year, saying: "His vision, enthusiasm and passion are crucial to the continuous development of the college."
Welcoming the report, Mr Doyle said: "It’s fantastic that Ofsted has recognised the high-quality academic and technical training we are delivering for 14 to 19-year-olds.
"We are a modern college that is helping students get into today’s technology driven professions in the area.
Marc Doyle, principal at Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire in Scunthorpe
"Achieving this 'good' rating shows the young innovators of the future that they will be learning the skills they need from us.
"It also demonstrates to our employer partners that our students are being trained to the standards they need to go on and flourish in exciting and cutting-edge careers with them."
The college, which opened its doors in September 2015, provides education for students aged 14 to 19 and has a special focus on engineering and renewables.
To mirror the world of work, it operates an extended school day from Monday to Thursday, with an earlier finish on Fridays.
All students who successfully complete their studies are guaranteed an interview with one of its employer partners, as well as a conditional offer from its education associate, the University of Hull.