This is a good school The principal, ably supported by senior leaders, has overseen rapid improvements in behaviour, attendance, teaching and students' progress. Leaders demonstrate openness and integrity.
They have high expectations of staff and students. The school's curriculum is distinctive and well planned. Employers contribute impressively to many aspects of school life.
The school's specialism is evident in all that it does. Not all middle leaders have the knowledge and skills to lead their areas without considerable support from senior leaders. Governors know the school well, including its many strengths and few weaknesses.
They have considera...ble expertise in many areas. However, the governing body lacks sufficient expertise in secondary education to hold leaders properly to account for students' academic outcomes. Relationships between students and teachers are strong and respectful.
Students trust their teachers and other adults in school. Consequently, students are happy to ask questions and try new challenges. Most teaching is very effective.
Teachers use their strong subject knowledge to plan appropriate tasks that help students to make good progress. Some weaker teaching remains. Here, teachers' questions do not help to deepen students' understanding, and tasks are sometimes too easy or too hard.
Current students are making good progress in almost all subjects. This is the case particularly in Years 10, 12 and 13. Historic weaknesses, evident in published data, have been eliminated.
Students behave well in lessons and at breaktime and lunchtime. Disruption of lessons is now very rare. The school is calm and orderly throughout the day.
Attendance has improved considerably since the school opened. However, it remains well below the national average for secondary schools. Students are mature, confident and articulate.
The school is exceptionally successful in developing key employability skills such as communication and team working. Students are very well prepared for the world of work when they leave. Well-planned study programmes in the sixth form, including high-quality work experience, ensure that students make good progress.
Many students move into the construction and built environment sector when they leave the school.
Information about this school
West Midlands Construction UTC is a 14 to 19 university technical college with a focus on construction and the application of ICT in the built environment. It opened in September 2015.
The school was housed in temporary buildings when it opened and moved to its current, purpose-built site in November 2016. The school has an above-average proportion of disadvantaged students. The proportion of students who have SEN and/or disabilities is well above average.
The school does not meet the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students' progress at the end of key stage 4. The school does not currently make any use of alternative provision. The Thomas Telford Multi-Academy Trust (TTMAT) provides support to the school in several areas.