Silverstone UTC
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
472
AGES
14 - 19
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
University technical college
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How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(15/10/19)
Full Report - All Reports
40%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths



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Silverstone Circuit
Towcester
NN12 8TL
01327 855010

School Description

Silverstone University Technical College (UTC), which opened in September 2013, is a new centre of excellence for young people wanting to break into the specialist fields of High Performance Engineering and Business & Technical Events Management. It is based in the very heart of British Motorsport, at the Silverstone racing grounds, in a multi-million pound facility.

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2020, ONS
0300 126 1000

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

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Silverstone UTC Reviews


Average Rating:

BY PARENTS, FOR PARENTS

“Don't do it”
"> In my opinion as a current parent, this is no better than any other secondary. They do not study high performance engineering, have out-dated workshops. Don't do it – this school is more interested in Ofsted reports than its pupils. To the cost of the whole school.
“Overestimated”
"> They say that they are a good school yet the average for students recieving 5 A*-C is 36%, 17% below average. The teachers regulalry leave and then students just having cover teachers for months learning nothing. They ask for 5 A*-C for 6th form. No exceptions yet the reason many students aren't meeting the requirements are due to lack of teaching.
“The worst mistake”
"> I was in the first ever intake of students for Silverstone UTC and I can honestly say it was the worst mistake. I was promised great things from this school. To start with I was told I would be able to study French and was later told I couldn't do it and was made to take German instead. I was excited to take 'events management' but I spent the first year learning at a university standard because the course was taught by a university lecturer. I had learnt things at a higher lever but the teacher had missed out the lower level material meaning that me and my class mates all failed that year resulting in us, effectively, having to cram four years of work into 8 months with a new teacher. There was little pastoral care for the first year of school and no school nurse, no one to talk to about our problems and no one to seek help/ advice from.
“student opinion”
"> Teaching and school is terrible, in my opinion. At 18 you're not allowed to leave the building, so you spend from 9-5 stuck inside a small building.
“Student opinion”
"> First of all I am a student at this school who's just finished my GCSEs and are awaiting results. This school has taught me so much than the average school I came from a previous Daventry school that was very poor teaching and I hated the bullying there but this school has very good teaching standards and they always are there to help students who ask for help. I studied engineering and the staff are very helpful. Yes the course is mainly theory based, but you learn so much more at this school and when the practical is available the staff show you the technical way so you can meet the drawings tollerences. This school is a fantastic school with high discipline and high expectations that turn can our lives around. It certainly did mine.
“Very Professional”
"> As my son is about to join UTC in September, I was worried about the "poor teaching" comment. I have been assured by the deputy principal, that the current expected results are showing to be above national average. Also that the machinery is used as and when required, as opposed to a "factory-system". I phoned and left a message about my concerns one evening and was contacted the very next morning.
“Poor teaching”
"> In my opinion they have very poor teaching. My son failed his first year although the teachers said he had passed and we later found out he had not. He now has to do the equivalent of 2 years work in one year. Also this is not a practical based school, they have all the machines yet they sit in the classrooms doing written work.
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