Wigan UTC is celebrating after it was rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features in its first ever Ofsted inspection. The University Technical College, which is a specialist centre of excellence for engineering, received praise across the board after it was inspected last month.
Wigan UTC was part of the first wave of UTCs to open nationally in September 2013, supported by leading companies in the UK including Siemens and Google, to provide clear progression into higher education and tackle the engineering skills gap. The UTC’s reputation has grown significantly since then, and has seen demand outweigh provision of places for this September’s intake.
Ofsted reserved praise for Wigan UTC’s teaching and learning environment, encouraged by its state-of-the-art facilities and the strength of its senior leadership team. The inspecting team also commended the college for its links with high quality employers, which have informed the quality of provision, particularly for those in their final two years of study.
Following the release of the report, Gary Nelson, Wigan UTC’s Executive Principal, commented: “To be recognised with such a fantastic report in only our second year is testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire staff to deliver an inspirational and relevant education for our students. Having established the college and its reputation, the task remains to improve on this positive start, as we aim to expand and achieve a comprehensive ‘Outstanding’ rating in future.”
Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, CEO of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, of which Wigan UTC is a member, added: “Wigan UTC is a shining example of how to create and implement an educational offer that serves the needs of the modern student, and we’re extremely proud of their achievement. This knowledge and experience is of tremendous benefit to the Trust, as we look to share best-practice across our academies.”