Swindon UTC Gets Inadequate Ofsted Judgement

Swindon’s University Technical College has been judged as inadequate following an Ofsted inspection.

Last November the Labour Spokesperson for Education, Cllr Carol Shelley, wrote to Ofsted calling on them to inspect the Swindon UTC and Ofsted confirmed would be inspecting the Swindon UTC during the 2016/17 school year.

Last year it was reported that Swindon UTC had only filled 25% of its student places and their 2016 results “well below the national average”.

The University Technical College’s 2016 Key Stage 4 results were deemed “well below the national average”, with only 36% of students achieving at least a C Grade in English and Maths.

It was also learnt last year that the Principal of Swindon UTC, Angela Barker-Dench was not in the school on and had taken extended leave.

The Labour Group Spokesperson for Education, Cllr Carol Shelley, said:

“I am disappointed but not at all surprised by this judgement. The poor performance and outcomes at the Swindon UTC has been known for some time.

It is crucial that Swindon Council and the Regional School Commissioner does all it can to quickly improve the outcomes of students currently within the college. However with low pupil numbers at the college and Ofsted’s inadequate judgement, I do think we now need to review whether Swindon UTC should remain as an education provider in the town.”