25th March 2022
Staff and Students at SGS Berkeley Green UTC are celebrating being a ‘Good’ school following their first ever Ofsted inspection. The UTC is a specialist school which opened in 2017 for students aged 14-19 with an interest in Engineering or Digital Technologies and Cyber Security.
Inspectors singled out the ‘calm learning environment’ and said that ‘pupils are enthusiastic about learning’; ‘leaders have an inclusive ethos’ and ‘teachers know their subjects well’. The school was judged to be Good in every category but particular mention went to the way that the school delivers a STEM education in ‘a very effective manner’.
The UTC is unique in the area in providing a state-funded specialist education that is geared towards meeting the needs of local employers. Students enjoy a curriculum that, in addition to offering the core subjects you’d expect in any school, provides students with an enormous range of opportunities to interact with businesses and education organisations. The state-of-the art facilities were designed by local employers and make the UTC feel more like a professional workplace than a school. The report said that as a result of this Employability curriculum, ‘learners want to be at school and focus on their studies’.
Headteacher Louise Davies is delighted. ‘It’s great for the whole school community to receive this Ofsted report. I’m so proud of our staff and students and all the hard work that has gone into making the UTC such an amazing place to be. As the report says, we are really clear about our mission and ethos. We want to enable young people to become the STEM specialists of the future and we’re doing that brilliantly.’