UTC Warrington is a University Technical College that combines the specialist curriculum and employer partnerships with the pastoral care and support that is traditionally offered by secondary schools and academies. On this page you can find out more about the UTC and the day-to-day operations.
At UTCW, student well-being and happiness is of primary importance to us. As a small college we can offer a high level of guidance and support. All students will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and it is their role to offer guidance and support to you throughout your time at UTCW. Each team is led by a Progress Leader and supported by the Safeguarding Manager, Attendance Officer and Assistant Principal for Inclusion.
In terms of behaviour, our policy reflects the world-of-work. Disruption in the classroom and around the college is not tolerated. In an environment where specialist equipment is prominent and business leaders are frequent, it is a priority that a professional code of conduct is adhered to.
Our working day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.00pm Monday – Thursday and 2.00pm on Friday. Built into the week are opportunities for study and enrichment activities which take place between 3.00pm and 4.00pm Monday – Thursday.
The UTCW timetable is characterised by taught specialist subjects, alongside core academic subjects. Beyond the taught curriculum, there is a range of activities available to students that allow them to fully explore their interests.
Student Dress Code
First impressions count. We want all UTC Warrington students to have a competitive edge. Our students will regularly work alongside university and employer partners; we want them to look professional and integrate seamlessly.
Key Stage 4 Dress Code
The dress code for Key Stage 4 students consists of:
- Employer-branded shirt (available to purchase from college)
- Royal blue soft-shell jacket (available to purchase from college)
- Black trousers or black skirt*
- Black smart shoes
*Skirts must be appropriate for work in terms of material, style and length. Skirts should be straight and not tightly tailored or of a stretchy ‘lycra’ type material. Skirts must be worn on the knee and not of high waisted style. Splits should be of an appropriate length for school.
The following items are not permitted: Casual boots/shoes, trainers, jackets and outdoor coats, jeans. The dress code is underpinned by a common sense approach. Ambiguities surrounding it should focus around the question ‘would you wear that to a formal job interview?’
The Principal & Chief Executive retains the final decision on all matters relating to the dress code. Repeated defiance of the dress code will result in parents being contacted and students being told to return home for appropriate attire.
The dress code will be reviewed annually. Students and parents views will be sought before any changes are implemented.
All students must wear a UTC Warrington Lanyard and ID Card when around the college building.
Year 12 Dress Code
The following business dress is deemed appropriate and professional for all sixth form students at UTCW:
We require all our male students to adhere to the following guidelines:
- A suit appropriate for a professional environment
- A long sleeved shirt with stiff collar – appropriate for a professional environment
- An appropriate tie – suitable for a professional environment
- Smart, polished shoes – suitable for a professional environment
We require all our female students to adhere to the following guidelines:
- A skirt, dress or trouser suit appropriate for a professional environment
- The skirt/dress should be of a formal style and knee length
- Tops/blouses/shirts suitable for a professional environment
- Smart, polished supportive shoes with a sturdy sole that can have up to a one inch heel
Students must avoid/not wear:
- Visible tattoos or any body piercings other than detailed in the guidelines above
- Words or diagrams on clothing, other than the UTC logo
- Open shoes, training shoes and flip flops
- Sweatshirts or hooded sweatshirts
- Denim shirts, Jeans or skinny leg jeans
- Wearing outer coats, hats and scarves inside the building
- Denim tops, Jeans or skinny leg jeans/leggings
- Low necked tops, vest tops and crop tops
UTC Warrington is a cashless site. Purchases of food and drink on the college site is made by using the student ID card which is linked to Parent Pay.
This system allows parents/carers to add credit to a students’ account so that they can purchase lunch and break refreshments. Parents/carers can also request limits for their accounts and can monitor purchases that are made on the college site.
Parent Pay is also used for any uniform, trips or revision materials that require payment.
All important messages from UTC Warrington are communicated via Parent Mail; this includes whole school messages and communications about individual student information.
Parent Mail is assigned to the registered email address upon enrolment to the UTC.
You can log into Parent Mail here and we would encourage you to download the app to receive college updates to your mobile device.
If you have any questions about using or registering for Parent Mail, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travelling to UTCW
The UTC building is situated on Dallam Lane, close to Warrington Central Railway Station and Warrington Bus Interchange. Transport access to the building is excellent.
Warrington Interchange is located a few minutes from the college building. The interchange is served by local buses from across Warrington and other operators serve areas including St Helens, Widnes, Irlam, and Liverpool.
UTC Minibus Service
From September 2020, we will be operating a number of minibus routes to the UTC in the morning and afternoon. You can read more about our routes and register your interest by visiting our dedicated minibus travel page.
Our bus routes will include*:
- Wigan – Golborne – Culcheth – Birchwood – UTC
- Runcorn – Murdishaw – Windmill Hill – UTC
- Altrincham – Lymm – Grappenhall – UTC
*Please note, these services are subject to sufficient student demand.
The UTC is located opposite Warrington Central. This station is served by trains between Liverpool and Manchester via Widnes.
Warrington Bank Quay is on the West Coast Mainline and is ten-minute walk from UTCW. This station has connections to Earlestown, Crewe and Wigan.
UTC Warrington has no dedicated car park. If you are travelling to the college by car, please use one of the nearby pay & display facilities which are located next door to the UTC building. There is no designated drop off point outside the college building. Please use alternative drop off locations (Winwick Street/Warrington Central) to avoid Dallam Lane becoming congested at peak times.