What is Lincoln UTC?

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What is Lincoln UTC? How does the UTC differ from an 'ordinary' secondary school? What can students expect from studying here? 

These are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from parents and students every year. Keep reading to find out our answers…   

First and foremost, it is important to acknowledge that the time allocated to the UTCs specialist subjects is considerable. Of the 36 teaching hours per week GCSE students will spend 20 hours studying maths, science and engineering.   

Our students are aged 14-18, which creates a more mature learning environment. Their behaviour was recently described by Ofsted as 'outstanding', 'impeccable' and 'exceptionally positive'.   

The UTC prepares students for a seamless transition into the workplace and for this reason we operate a longer working day than most schools. Our hours begin at 8.45am and finish at 4.15pm.   

We have fewer students and smaller class sizes than most ‘ordinary’ schools, and for this reason lessons are less chaotic. Teachers have time to help everyone individually, which leads to the development of positive and supportive relationships between the students and the staff. 

The atmosphere at the UTC is mature, calm and purposeful. Our behaviour policy is consistent and has clear boundaries, therefore disruption is rare, and students treat our business environment with the respect it deserves. 

We do not operate a bell. Students are expected to effectively manage themselves, as they would at university or in employment, and arrive at lessons on time and ready to learn. Furthermore, we don’t have a uniform but expect our students to dress accordingly in business attire.   

We are proud to have a significant number of employer partners involved in the delivery of our curriculum. By working in tandem with local businesses students have the opportunity to benefit from educational opportunities grounded within real industry experiences. 

Students in all year groups are provided with the opportunity for work experience every year. In comparison to their peers at ‘ordinary’ schools, our students will spend double the hours in the real world developing vital skills and making them highly employable.   

Some of our Post-16 students also get the opportunity to have a longer industrial placement in parallel with their studies at the UTC. This is organised so that during term time, they will spend four days a week in school and the remaining day with a local business.   

Every week students spend two triple lessons completing project work that is not linked to examined subjects, but designed to develop skills that prepare them for their next steps. Through this programme we place an unparalleled emphasis on providing students with opportunities to develop behaviours and traits that set them apart from other young people, and help them to succeed in future.     

Everything that our students learn is geared towards helping them get an apprenticeship, setting them up for university and building the foundations for an exciting career in the highest paying industries. For these reasons UTC graduates are in high demand by employers and go on to do incredible things.