Year 11 students are celebrating this morning after receiving their GCSE results – the gateway to the next stage of their education. These results are a good foundation for students who are going on to further study in our Sixth Form or other post 16 educational providers.
Our University Technical College (UTC), specialising in Engineering and Digital Technologies, offers a strong technical education alongside GCSEs in a unique workplace-style environment.
This year we are so proud of all our pupils, who have consistently shown fortitude, determination and resilience over this challenging year in the face of exam uncertainty and remote learning. With traditional exams cancelled for a second year, grades have been awarded by teachers looking at past work and results, coursework and exam board assessments.
Over 50% of grades awarded were GCSE grade 5/Level 2 Pass or above.
100% of students achieved GCSE passes in English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Principal of UTC Swindon, Jon Oliver, said:
This has been a tough time for Year 11 students, but the commitment of our students to their studies, both in school, as well as during lockdown home learning, has been reflected in their excellent results. Our students’ resilience and adaptability will stand them in good stead for their future careers and we are delighted that many have secured the entry requirements to embark on Level 3 technical and academic courses at UTC Swindon. Well done to you all and good wishes in fulfilling your potential in the future.
Joanne Harper, CEO of Activate Learning Education Trust, said:
I am enormously proud of the achievements of the students across the Trust. They have coped with many challenges and shown incredible resilience. I wish all students the very best for the next stage of their journey, whether that is with us, as apprentices or with another Further Education provider and look forward to hearing about future successes. I would like to thank all staff for their incredible dedication in providing the very best opportunities for our students.
Students at our UTC benefit from a wide range of opportunities outside the classroom. For example, students take part in the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge, residential learning weekends, maths and AI challenges and focused coaching programmes amongst work experience opportunities with leading industry partners. The combination of their academic achievement together with the breadth of personal development will set all the Year 11 students up for a successful future.
Our school is continuing to support students by providing information, advice and guidance on GCSE results day, and throughout the end of August and early September, including advice on submitting an appeal if it is felt the grading is wrong.