At UTC Leeds, students join us at the start of Y10, having completed KS3 at a wide range of other schools across the Yorkshire region.
As a result, it has now been recognised by the Department for Education that Progress 8 is not an appropriate measure for UTCs. We assess the progress of our students through independent and nationally recognised baseline testing, prior to the start of Y10.
Summer results in 2022 placed UTC Leeds as one of the top performing UTCs nationally. At GCSE the measure from baseline for maths was 1.05 grades above, 0.3 grades above in English and 0.5 grades above in Science. Our specialist subject, Engineering, achieved 1.4 grades above.
At KS5, students in the double engineering qualification achieved so highly that UTC Leeds was the highest achieving UTC nationally with an average grade of D*-. Geography and Computer Science both performed well with 1 grade above the target grades achieved.
The Department for Education has acknowledged that Progress 8 data from UTCs is not directly comparable with other schools, in new guidance contained within the league tables. It states:
Schools and colleges not covering the full Progress 8 period:
Some schools and colleges, including university technical colleges, studio schools and further education colleges which cover key stage 4, start educating pupils from the beginning of key stage 4, partway through the 5-year period covered by Progress 8. This should be taken into account when comparing their results with those of schools which start educating their pupils from the beginning of key stage 3.
For more information on that, please click here and then on the question mark symbol above the Progress 8 column. Please then scroll down the DfE pop-up.