Liverpool Life Sciences UTC was graded Good with Outstanding features, in its previous and first Ofsted inspection in January 2016.

Comments from Ofsted include noting the UTC as “a haven for pupils”; “learners flourish with high-quality experiences”, it said, and “the UTC is conspicuously successful in turning around the lives of young people.”

“The UTC is conspicuously successful in turning around the lives of young people…”


Overall Effectiveness: GOOD

The UTC provides an exciting, forward thinking curriculum for science and healthcare. Strong connections with employers and industry experts provide sophisticated and well-balanced learning experiences. These provide pupils with a springboard onto worthwhile destinations.

Effectiveness of Leadership and management is: GOOD

The UTC’s work to promote pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is outstanding. The programme provides good opportunities for pupils to engage with moral and ethical issues in the context of business and enterprise and the world of work, as well as preparing them for life in modern Britain.

Strong leadership by the Principal, governors and business partners drives a clear vision across the UTC. This ensures learners flourish with high quality experiences in science and healthcare.


Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is: GOOD

Leaders, partners and governors have invested heavily to ensure pupils experience industry and university quality techniques and equipment, engaging and inspiring learners and invigorating teaching.

All pupils are encouraged to immerse themselves in enrichment programmes to develop their skills beyond their taught subjects. These build pupils’ confidence and aspirations.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare is: OUTSTANDING

The UTC’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. The UTC is relentless in ensuring that pupils are safe within and beyond the building.

The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Excellent conduct, engagement in learning and significantly improved attendance are enabling pupils, including those who may have been disaffected earlier in their school lives, to make strong progress and believe in their futures.

The UTC is conspicuously successful in turning round the lives of young people

The motto ‘every day is an interview’ is the backbone of UTC life. Consequently pupils are highly motivated and well supported with real world experience through well planned work placements. All pupils follow personalised pathways through the ‘build my future’ programme which ensures future destinations are highly successful.


Outcomes for pupils are: GOOD

All groups of pupils are now making good progress, including those who are disadvantaged. Their rates of progress in English and Maths compare favourably to other pupils nationally.

Pupils are very well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment; extremely high proportions of pupils progress to higher-level courses post-16.

16 to 19 study programme is: GOOD

A key strength of the provision is the excellent links with local and national employers and their contribution to the enhancement of the curriculum and development of work related skills and aptitudes. The UTC’s rich and diverse partnerships mean that learners participate in a range of stimulating projects and work experience which shapes their skills to a high level. As a result, learners are exceedingly well qualified for their next steps.

Learners are very well prepared for their future destinations. They frequently secure places to competitive and prestigious universities; others move on to highly regarded apprenticeships or go directly into employment.

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