UTC WARRINGTON students have seen a significant improvement in their GCSE results from the previous years’ grades.

The grades are the Dallam Lane college’s second set of results and already there has been a positive increase in the number of students achieving a pass grade.

Lee Barber, principal and chief executive of the UTC, said: "We have seen a noteworthy increase in the number of students achieving a grade 4 or above in key academic and technical subjects.

"Our year 11 leavers joined us in our second year and since then we have delivered an excellent programme of employer-led learning and an improved quality of specialist teaching across the college.

"Throughout the last twelve months, UTC students have had more than 90 employer engagement opportunities; that’s one in two days where a business or employer partner has interacted with our students.

"There is no doubt in my mind that this level of employer activity has been crucial in motivating students to achieve the best possible grades."

One student who has transformed during his time at the UTC is George Guilfoyle, who secured grade 4 in English and maths.

He said: "I didn’t do well in my old school and the UTC gave me a chance at a fresh start.

"I’ve had good support from the staff at the college and I wouldn’t have achieved these grades in my old school."

High achievers included Daniel Neve, who secured grade 9s in maths, physics and computer science.

He said: "I chose UTC Warrington because I wanted more experience in engineering and I saw the opportunities available at the college.

"The curriculum is focused and you can study what matters to you.

"It’s been great to gain relevant work placements, good careers support and meeting like-minded people."

UTC Warrington is hosting two showcase open events in September for prospective year 10 and year 12 students.

These will be on September 12 from 5.30pm until 8pm and September 28, from 10am until 12pm.