Name [email protected] Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 22 May 2018
Address Railway Approach, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 0DF
Phone Number 01273916170
Type Secondary
Age Range 14-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 65 (87% boys 13% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 4.8
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 6.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%
Persisitent Absence 23.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 33.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The UTC does not meet requirements on the publication of information on its website about: its work with pupils and learners who have SEN and/or disabilities, including an accessibility plan; how the effect of the pupil premium will be measured and when its use will next be reviewed; the committee structure of the governing body; how the UTC meets the requirements of the 16 to 19 study programmes and the progress learners make in those programmes. The UTC operates as a stand-alone academy sponsored by four partners: Aldridge Education, Lewes District Council, Veolia Waste Management Ltd and the University of Brighton. The UTC is currently being led by the deputy principal, who took up the post in April 2018 after the substantive postholder began a period of extended leave of absence. The deputy principal is supported by an executive principal from Aldridge Education. The governing body comprises representative trustees of each of the sponsors. At the time of the inspection, plans to incorporate the UTC fully into the Aldridge Education Multi-Academy Trust have been paused. The chair of governors assumed this role at the start of this academic year. As above, the UTC does not currently comply with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish on their websites. [email protected] is very small, with only 128 pupils and learners on roll currently in four year groups. Numbers in key stage 4 have declined since it opened in 2015. In key stage 5, the numbers in each year group are greater and have been more consistent. In key stage 4, there are many fewer girls than boys. In key stage 5, the proportions of female learners are even smaller. In 2017, females made up only 13% of the cohort in Year 13. Nearly all the pupils and learners are from White British backgrounds and hardly any speak English as an additional language. The proportions of disadvantaged pupils and learners are above average. The proportion of pupils and learners receiving support for their SEN and/or disabilities is treble the national average. The proportion of pupils and learners who have an education, health and care plan is well above the national average. The community that the UTC serves has average levels of deprivation. The UTC does not make use of any alternative provision. The UTC did not meet the government’s current floor standards for key stage 4 in 2017. measuresd

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate University Technical College (UTC) Many pupils and learners are disappointed that they have not received the education they hoped for when they applied to join the UTC. Too many promises made by the UTC have been broken too often. Teaching is not effective enough to enable pupils’ and learners’ rapid progress. Pupils and learners are slow to develop new skills and do not build quickly on prior learning. Pupils and learners feel inadequately prepared for examinations in the subjects that they are studying. The most able pupils and learners are not challenged enough, and very few are predicted to achieve the highest grades. Learners add little value to their education in Years 12 and 13. Too many pupils and learners are absent too often. Levels of persistent absence far exceed national averages. Bullying, especially in key stage 4, is frequent. Some of it is racial. Adults do not act decisively enough to stop it and prevent repetition. There is inconsistency in the treatment by staff of poor behaviour. Leadership and management are chaotic and ineffective, including in key areas such as safeguarding and risk assessment. Some leaders have too many roles to be able to do them properly and there are insufficient financial resources to run the UTC effectively. The curriculum meets the founding vision of the UTC pioneers but does not provide enough opportunities to prepare pupils and learners adequately for life in modern Britain. The school has the following strengths There is a continuing and strong commitment to the original vision of UTCs and the young people of the Newhaven area. A minority of learners benefit from a better personal experience at [email protected] than in their previous schools. There are generally effective strategies for supporting learning in technical subjects in the recently introduced 16 to 19 study programmes, and in experience of the workplace offered to pupils and learners. The new chair of governors acts decisively when she has access to reliable information.