[L]ast week, in a House of Lord’s debate regarding the EBacc curriculum, Lord Baker praised Energy Coast UTC as one of the most successful in the country.
Lord Baker said: “By far the most remote UTC in the country is up on the energy coast near Sellafield. It is 100 miles away from the next UTC. In July this year, the school placed 59 apprentices, 30 of whom were 16 years old.
“No other school in the country will place anywhere near even 10 apprentices, let alone 59. If those young people had gone to normal schools in Cumbria, they would not be apprentices at 16. Employers want them because they have handled metal, they have designed things, they have solved problems, and they have experience of all those things which no longer happen in normal schools.
“This particular UTC also achieves a 96% pass rate in engineering and 80% in English and maths. Some sixth-formers took the triple A in engineering and they all got A*s. This simply would not have happened if they had been studying for the EBacc.”
Cherry Tingle, Principal of the Energy Coast UTC said: “We are delighted to hear that our recent fantastic academic results and high quality destinations are exceeding national benchmarks. Everyone at Energy Coast UTC, including our teachers, parents, students and industry partners work really hard to ensure that our students maximise their academic potential and progress onto quality engineering destinations.”