Sir Charles Kao Utc

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Velizy Avenue
CM20 3EZ
01279 444374
14 - 19
University technical college
Attainment 8 score
Results in 8 core subjects
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Progress 8 score

Secondary Data 2016
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A level average point score
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Teacher 10.8:1
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Pupils registered for free school meals
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School Description

Sir Charles Kao UTC is an academy for 14-19 year olds dedicated to excellence in computing, science and engineering. At Sir Charles Kao UTC, students turn their passion for science and engineering into a life changing career. Our school is run in partnership with employers, who offer students a unique experience of work in the technology sector. Together we equip students to get ahead in the region’s fastest growing industries. We have high expectations for our students and increase opportunities for them to progress to university and employment.

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News & events from Sir Charles Kao Utc

Last update: 26 April 2017


Sir Charles Kao University Technical College (SCK UTC) is a brand new, multi-million pound centre of learning for 14-19 year olds. It will give students the opportunity to combine academic and technical learning and explore the application of Science, Engineering & Computing in two specialist areas – Medical Technology & Smart Environments.

The UTC is sponsored by Anglia Ruskin University and Harlow College with support from local and national employers including Johnson Controls, Pearson Education, Raytheon, and GlaxoSmithKline. This ensures not only high quality academic standards but also a dynamic and inspiring technical curriculum using industrial research & design projects.

As a new college, we have not yet received an OFSTED inspection. Our OFSTED inspection is expected in 2017.

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Open Morning – every Wednesday

We have an open morning each week. If you wish to visit the school on one of these mornings, please call us to arrange or click on the link below.

#ThinkUTC Open Afternoons 

Start your journey into your future career at Sir Charles Kao UTC and visit one of our open afternoons. 

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Careers Festival

Sir Charles Kao UTC regularly holds a Career Festival when young people and their parents are invited to attend to meet with a variety of organisations in the fields of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering along with members of UTC staff and students to talk about the provision of jobs, apprenticeships and further training for young people in the area. 

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Sir Charles Kao UTC is the right place for you if you want to:

• Develop your passion for computing, science and engineering

• Combine academic study with practical assignments

• Learn in a high-tech environment. We are the only school in the country to offer an intelligent flat, offering students the chance to explore life-changing assistive technologies

• Gain specialist skills and knowledge relevant for today’s high-tech industries, while keeping your options open

• Study in a professional work-like environment, where you take responsibility for your own learning

• Complete assignments during the day, leaving you with spare time to pursue other interests

• Build relationships with potential future employers by working on projects and taking up summer internships

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Parent reviews

Average Rating:


“"Excellent GCSE results 2016"”
We are in the blame game generation. My child achieved no grade less than A for their GCSE results (Including Eng and Maths), for which I wholeheartedly blame the excellent UTC teachers and school. It is time parents stopped blaming these great efforts on the teachers and started blaming themselves if their child underperforms.
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Meet the Head: Michael McKeaveney


Appointed November 2013, Michael McKeaveney was previously Deputy Head at the Hackney UTC, where he looked after curriculum and employer engagement. He also has held a number of senior roles both at the Harris Federation and the Ark Network.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I was lucky to grow up with a good education in Scotland, with so many committed teachers who continually went the extra mile for their students. Most memorably as part of the Lanarkshire Orchestral Society, I saw and was inspired by a great number of music teachers who gave up their Friday evenings to create a love of music in young people of all backgrounds. Seeing their vocation inspired me to follow in their footsteps. 

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

I am incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to open a University Technical College, bringing together a number of industry stakeholders and sponsors. The great deal of support we receive from our sponsors really is second to none. On top of that, seeing our first cohort progress last summer, with no NEETs into the appropriate pathways of apprenticeships, employment or training. This success exemplifies how successful UTCs can be and I am forever proud that I am able to sit in the seat I do today.

What does a successful school look like to you?

A successful school has strong positive relationships, high expectations, no islands, no one left behind and no excuses. Where everyone in the school community learns from one another, supports one another and sees the person behind the name. Where every student feels safe, wanted and welcome.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

When students leave Sir Charles Kao UTC, they are ready to join a multitude of different and diverse careers. They are fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

Education is the silver bullet, because if you fix education, you provide better careers for young people, who in turn earn more and pay more tax, which enables us to pay for better public services. Fixing education means you are able to see the benefit in wider society. We’ve seen too many young people leaving education not fully prepared for the world of work, but University Technical College’s buck that trend.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Professional, trailblazing, welcoming, demanding, supportive.

Catchment information

Official pupil data is not available for this school and we are unable to offer a heat map or likelihood of admission tool at this time. We are working to collect catchment data, where available, to extend our coverage to all schools.

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