UTC Sheffield City Centre students’ joy at GCSE and technical results after rollercoaster year

13 August 2021

UTC Sheffield City Centre students’ joy at GCSE and technical results after rollercoaster year

UTC Sheffield City Centre students are celebrating after receiving their GCSE and technical qualification grades this week, following a second rollercoaster academic year.

The technical school for 13 to 19-year-olds, on Matilda Street, offers two specialisms: engineering and advanced manufacturing and creative and digital media.

At the UTC, which is backed by employers and is Ofsted graded ‘good’, students complete technical qualifications alongside GCSEs.

Alex Reynolds, Principal of UTC Sheffield City Centre, said: “It’s great to see our students’ hard work and determination rewarded after another rollercoaster year with the pandemic.”

He added: “UTC students have achieved a solid set of technical and academic results that will put them in a strong position for their future careers. I would like to pay tribute to our brilliant staff for their amazing support of our students during the last year.”

Lucas Langley chose to study at UTC Sheffield City Centre because of the opportunity to develop technical engineering skills alongside completing academic qualifications.

The 16-year-old has just achieved eight GCSEs including five grade 9s, one grade 8 and two grade 6s as well as the highest grade possible, distinction*, in his engineering technical qualifications.

He said: “I am feeling very happy with my results. I had an idea of how I might do because of previous mock exam results that contributed as evidence but it’s still a relief to see the final grades.”

Lucas is staying on at the UTC to study a technical qualification in engineering, equivalent to A Levels, as well as three A Levels in chemistry, maths and physics.

He said: “My career goal is to go into engineering. I chose the UTC because of the hands-on learning. The UTC offers the best of both worlds as we have been able to complete technical and academic qualifications.

“It can feel like a big decision changing schools to go to the UTC but if you are interested in the technical specialism and think you’ll enjoy learning more, then it’s worth making the move.”

Emily Doherty, 16, has achieved a creative and digital media technical qualification and six GCSEs which include some high grade 7s.

She said: “I’m very pleased with my results! It’s nice to have confidence in what I do and be able to receive the results that I believe I deserve through hard work.

“My biggest achievement is doing well in English and creative and digital media. These were my favourite subjects and I worked extremely hard on these.

“I loved using Adobe Premiere and being creative. It was nice to make things and explore the creative industries. I loved the film-making process.”

Although studying during the national lockdowns was tough, Emily explained: “The UTC was really organised and reassured us when we participated in virtual lessons from home. You get so much support from teachers in all lessons, so it’s a great place to learn and achieve your full potential.”

Young people can join the UTC in Year 9 at the age of 13 or in Year 12 at the age of 16. Some places are still available for this September.

Apply now at https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/city/. Follow @UTCSheffCity.