Message from UTC Sheffield City Centre

  • Updated: Sunday, October 18th 2020
  • A Year 9 student has tested positive for Covid-19 and Year 9 parents/carers are asked to download our letter. Year 9 students are being asked to isolate and return to school after half-term on Monday 2 November.
  • The UTC remains open for all other year groups.
  • When Sheffield moved into the Tier 2, high risk category, we had to cancel tours of the UTC, but we are currently looking at strategies to enable tours in some format in the near future. We will be in touch as soon as possible about transition meetings/possible tours.

Message from UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Updated: Friday, October 16th 2020

All students will be able to return to learning on site at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park full-time – week commencing Monday, October 19th 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. Please note our campus tours are going ahead in single family groups.

UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park are running virtual events to hear about our exciting specialisms, with an opportunity to hear from the Principal, the Curriculum Director and staff, and our employer partners.

Computing Showcase:  Tuesday 10th November, 5:30-:6:20pm

Health Sciences & Social Care: Wednesday 18th November, 5:30-6:20pm

Sport Science Showcase: Tuesday 24th November, 5:30-6:20pm

Vision and Ethos

The Sheffield UTC Academy Trust Vision – Focused on Destination

We have a clear vision to prepare our students for careers in the skill sector shortage areas of Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing, Creative Digital Media, Health Sciences, Sport Science and Computing.  The UTC was born out of detailed research into future demands for skills in both the Sheffield City region and nationally.

The UTC has very strong backing with lead sponsors in Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The UTC also has a wide range of regional and national employers supporting the curriculum and further support from The University of Sheffield.

At Sheffield UTC Academy Trust we provide an integrated academic and vocational curriculum that focuses on technical and employability skills.  Employers and University partners help to shape learning challenges via a fully employer-led curriculum.   This curriculum stretches our students in a way which will prepare them very well for the careers in the relevant sectors.  We have been supported throughout our project by employers in taking risk in our curriculum by prioritising the quality of the educational experience in relation to future career paths over performance against particular targets.  Nevertheless, wherever possible, we want to achieve both.

All our students achieve a set of qualifications for entry to the next stage of learning and employment that are endorsed by both our university and employer partners.  This is a fundamental difference in measuring the effectiveness of a UTC. The future destination being as important as the expected progress for its students.

UTC Sheffield measures progress against nationally recognised benchmarking.  At key stage 4 students are assessed using CATS tests and also against FFTD targets from KS2 data.  At Post-16 students are tracked against aspirational ALPS targets derived from the average GCSE points score on entry.  Whilst these are vital to check the effectiveness of delivery, they are secondary in determining the learning pathways for our students.

Curriculum options are selected for specific groups of learners at Post-16. Those wishing to progress to University and those wishing to follow work based routes, such as apprenticeships.

Work–based/Apprenticeship destinations:

Students wishing to follow work-based routes will have curriculum pathways set up to meet the demands of employers.  Employers give direction to the most effective curriculum blend of academic, technical and employability skills to enable students to gain successful employment.  Success is measured by getting to the destination as well as good progress in the chosen subjects.

University destinations:

UTC Sheffield is committed to developing strong recognition amongst university entrance tutors of the experience of our students as well as the level of their awards.  Students wishing to progress to University will be tracked with the expectation to achieve qualifications with progress measures in the top 25th percentile using ALPS. Students considering both routes as an option would be tracked in line with University destinations.

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