UTC Warrington is a state-funded, purpose built technical college for 14-19 year olds which opened in central Warrington in September 2016.

Our key focus is to support young people prepare for the world of work, develop technical skills, and to find meaningful careers – apprenticeships, university, or employment. Manchester Metropolitan University collaborated with employers such as Sellafield Ltd to create the UTC, providing students with valuable relationships and experiences within the STEM industry in the North West and beyond.

We are a school and 6th form, with a strong focus and vision that prepares students for a high quality role within science, technology, and engineering. Our students study academic subjects, with a range of GCSEs and post-16 qualifications. We also offer the opportunity for students to focus on developing their technical knowledge and skills and to work directly with the region’s employers. Our dedicated personal development programme encourages students to challenge themselves by using their skills in Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initative, and Communication in all aspects of their UTC career. Combined with opportunities to take part in high quality enrichment (cadets, NCS, student leadership, sport) our young people are ready for the world of work.

Our school has fantastic facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. Students have contact with industry professionals and teachers with strong industry experience.

Why a UTC in Warrington?

Every parent wants their child to reach their full potential and to develop their personal skills that increase the chance to go into a high quality career – an apprenticeship, university, or employment. That’s why some of the area’s leading nuclear engineering employers, Sellafield Ltd and Wood PLC, and Manchester Metropolitan University have collaborated to create a University Technical College (UTC) for Warrington.

A 2012 skills report by Warrington Borough Council highlighted the shortage of skilled workers for region. UTC Warrington is proud to be creating a sustainable pipeline of talent for region’s STEM businesses.

The North West has a proud history of industry and Warrington has historically been a town with a rich engineering and manufacturing heritage. Today, the town is home to one of the UK’s largest nuclear hub (Birchwood Park) and the future holds many projects that will require the technical skills and knowledge that our students will have gained whilst at the UTC. Employers are looking for those young people with the attitude to succeed; at the UTC, we prepare students to have the confidence and skills to do so.

We are located on Dallam Lane, in central Warrington. We work with businesses from across the STEM industry and Higher Education partners from across the North West. With our excellent location, our students travel from across the region to take advantage of what the UTC can offer them.

Our Facilities 

Based on Dallam Lane, in the centre of Warrington town centre and close to both bus and train stations, our £10m facility is a learning environment like no other in our region, allowing our students to experience the world of work first hand.

With a range of engineering and manufacturing workshop spaces, classrooms and labs, our facilities have been purpose built to create an inspiring and engaging learning environment. Our building is designed to help our students maximise their learning experience from the moment they step foot through our doors, and to have access to resources that they wouldn’t have in any other school.

We are Good

Univeristy Technical Colleges are inspected by Ofsted, in line with all educational providers. To read our full Ofsted report, please follow the link – Ofsted 2019.

The curriculum is closely matched to the college’s aim to prepare pupils to be ready for
work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and other careers. A very
low number of pupils leave the college without continuing their education or taking up apprenticeships. This indicates the college’s success in this aspect.

Students do particularly well in technical subjects. They show strong commitment to preparing themselves for their future careers or for higher education. The proportion leaving to take up higher apprenticeships is above the national average.

The curriculum is very well matched to the particular focus of the college. Pupils in both key stage 4 and the sixth form are offered clear sets of subjects that relate to different STEM areas.

Teaching is well planned. This ensures that time in class is productive and that pupils learn well. The positive relationships between teachers and pupils help pupils to engage in their learning. These relationships also encourage pupils’ motivation to make progress. Teachers are generally very successful in encouraging pupils to adopt positive attitudes to learning and to take pride in their work.

Pupils are known very well by teachers and staff. This helps the college to provide individual support, should pupils need this. This is further strengthened by the strong relationships that leaders are developing with pupils’ families.

Pupils pay attention in class and behave respectfully towards their teachers and each
other. Pupils move around the building sensibly. The college has a calm and hard-working atmosphere.