North East Futures UTC is different from other schools because it has unique support and backing from local, high profile industry partners and employers. They have been involved in the establishment of the UTC from the start and are helping develop and support our curriculum. The UTC is sponsored by the University of Sunderland and has academic partnerships with all 5 North East Universities, who help make sure that we really can offer students the best of both worlds: technical and academic.
This means students can take advantage of the UTC’s specialist subjects while still taking the GCSEs and A-levels, like other students would do at an ‘ordinary’ school. UTCs are for students aged 14 to 19. This is the age when students will have a better idea of what they are really interested in and know whether they would enjoy learning in a more high-tech environment.
The UK needs advanced technical skills at all levels if we are to prosper. Whether in digital technologies, advanced manufacturing or high-tech hospitals, we need a workforce which is skilled enough to develop new products, stretch and reuse existing resources and meet the challenges of the future.
But school life is not only about preparing for the future; we want students to love coming to school and to feel proud and excited to follow their education in such an amazing setting.