Doncaster UTC

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About Doncaster UTC

Name Doncaster UTC
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Garath Rawson
Address College Road, Doncaster, DN1 3BF
Phone Number 01302976515
Phase Academy
Type University technical college
Age Range 13-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 712
Local Authority Doncaster
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Throughout Years 9 to 11, pupils follow one of two pathways: engineering or creative and digital media. In the sixth form, four different pathways are followed: engineering, computing, health science and creative and digital media.

Throughout the school, pupils' lessons in these courses are taught by specialist teachers. Additional input to these courses is provided by industry experts, such as engineers, who are heavily involved in the school's curriculum offer.

Pupils in key stage 4 also study a range of other academic subjects, including more traditional GCSEs such as English, mathematics, science and geography.

Pupils' academic experiences throughout scho...ol are generally positive. There is an embedded culture of reading throughout school. However, a small number of pupils who need additional support to read fluently do not routinely get the help they need.

In addition to preparing pupils for their next steps in education, leaders provide extensive opportunities for pupils to encounter the world of work. The school's offer in this regard is noteworthy.

Pupils are happy to attend Doncaster UTC.

Throughout the school, pupils behave well. Bullying is very rare. Standards of pupils' behaviour have improved over time.

The school's personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum continues to be refined. This is important, as some pupils are unclear about what they have been taught about growing up in modern Britain.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders' vision is to provide pupils with exceptional experiences in education.

Despite only being open since September 2020, they have made strong progress towards this ambition.

Trustees and governors, many of whom represent partner organisations, provide the school with expert input and support. Many of these individuals have been involved with the university technical college (UTC) since its infancy.

They have been heavily involved in the design of the school building. They have helped leaders to quality assure the courses on offer. They have supported school leaders with staff recruitment as the number of pupils on roll has increased rapidly.

They consider the well-being of staff in every decision they make.

The UTC has a well-thought-through curriculum in both the main school and sixth form. Pupils access a range of technical and academic subjects.

Subject leaders have thought carefully about their curriculum plans. They are mindful of the variation in pupils' experiences and prior knowledge when they join the UTC in Years 9 and 12. Staff use a variety of assessments to track pupils' attainment and progress.

Assessment systems, such as the 'check 20' in mathematics, for example, test precisely what pupils have remembered from their recent units of work.The routines within lessons are consistent throughout school. Pupils know what to expect as soon as they enter a classroom.

Lessons, including those in the sixth form, are clearly explained and well understood by pupils. Pupils particularly enjoy the hands-on, interactive lessons linked to their chosen pathway.

Leaders are in the process of embedding a culture of reading throughout school.

For many pupils, this is proving to be effective. However, this is notably less so for those pupils who still need help reading fluently. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) access the same lessons as their peers.

Those with social, emotional and mental health needs are particularly well looked after. However, more widely, the individual targets in place for pupils with SEND are not precise enough for them to achieve as well as they could across the curriculum.

Pupils, including those in the sixth form, are very well prepared for their next steps in education, training or employment.

This includes the pupils who are identified as disadvantaged. The sixth formers who completed their studies in summer 2022 went on to appropriate destinations, many securing sought-after apprenticeships or places at university. In addition to first-class careers advice and guidance, pupils have extensive opportunities to interact with local employers.

Partner organisations come into the UTC regularly to speak to pupils. Pupils regularly see their areas of specialism in the workplace, through visits, as part of curriculum projects and on formal work experience placements.

Pupils are taught about wider issues, such as the importance of healthy relationships, through the school's PSHE programme.

All pupils in key stage 4 study GCSE citizenship. However, beyond this, some pupils have a more limited recollection of what they have been taught about growing up in modern Britain. Although the school has specialist clubs and activities, some pupils would also like further opportunities to develop their other talents and interests.

Pupils' behaviour is good throughout school, including in the sixth form. As the number of pupils has increased, leaders have had to adjust aspects of their behaviour system. Although staff have started to see the benefit of these changes, some pupils say the attitudes of others occasionally disrupt their learning.

However, when a pupil does struggle to self-regulate, they are extremely well supported by staff.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils feel safe at school.

They know exactly who they need to speak to when they need help. This help is available in abundance. Pupils say they can speak to any member of staff, including the principal, if something needs sorting.

Leaders have established an entrenched culture of safeguarding throughout school. Staff training happens regularly, and appropriate checks are made on new staff.Leaders take action when concerns arise.

They engage with external agencies when necessary.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• There is variation in the quality of the school's personal development offer. While pupils' preparation for the world of work is exceptional, the opportunities available to develop their other interests are less advanced.

Additionally, pupils' awareness of the risks they face in life are not fully secure. Leaders should review the school's wider personal development offer to ensure it supports their vision of excellence. ? The targets leaders set for pupils with SEND are not consistently precise enough to help them achieve as well as they could across the curriculum.

This makes it difficult for leaders to monitor successes and identify where further support is needed. Leaders should ensure that pupils' targets and support are carefully matched to the areas of the curriculum they find most difficult, ensuring staff understand their roles in helping pupils achieve these goals. ? Some pupils are unable to read with fluency and accuracy.

The difficulty these pupils have in decoding text inhibits their ability to digest and understand what they have read. Leaders should ensure their assessment procedures identify exactly what aspects of reading pupils find difficult. They should ensure these pupils have plenty of opportunities to practise, remember and apply what they have learned.

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