Our Fifth-Anniversary Special Open Event will take place on Thursday 12th October from 6.30pm.
Our most recent event was over-subscribed, so please book your tour on EventBrite. Take a look at our online prospectus and begin planning your EUTC Journery here.
Spread the word, all are welcome - this is an evening not to be missed.
17th/24th August 2017: Results Days for Pre and Post 16
Elstree University Technical College sees outstanding results in
professional and technical qualifications.
Elstree UTC has just completed its 4th year since opening in 2013. We have once again seen some impressive results and we are continuing to see improved outcomes for students over the past three years of graduating classes.
As a University Technical College with a specialism in multimedia, Performance and the technical production Arts, we are delighted to report that our professional and specialist qualification results were once again superb and even better than last year.
GCSE technical subjects have seen 37% of students achieving a Distinction* - Distinction (A*-A); 73% achieving Merit and above (A*-B); and 86% achieving a pass and above (A*-C).
We have also seen some brilliant GCSE outcomes in: Media Studies 85%; Graphics 82%; Drama 64%; Computer Science 63% and Film Studies 63%.
For BTEC subjects exceptional results were seen in Specialist Production Makeup where 50% of students achieved Distinction* grades and in Light and Sound Technology, 33% of students gained Distinction* grades.
Other headline measures saw English achieving 66% A* to C (Level 4 and above); Maths 61% A* to C (Level 4 and above); and Science 54% A*-C. Across the country, GCSE results have fallen when compared to last year. It is of course hard to compare as the exams this year are new specifications with a new grading system and they have been widely reported to be more challenging, While our results are slightly lower than last year (5% down in English and Maths), they continue to be much be improved than 2 years ago (up 16%). Therefore, given the extensive reforms to GCSE qualifications and the subsequent pressures faced by our students, we are extremely proud of their efforts and resilience as the first to sit these more difficult examinations in English and Maths.
‘The new maths GCSE – dubbed “fat maths” because of expanded content, which some say is more like one and a half GCSEs – is also more difficult’. (The Guardian)
Special mention must be made of the following Year 11 students for their outstanding academic results. These results put EUTC students amongst the highest achieving students in the country: Daniel Deasy - 4A*s, 2As, 7, 8 and 9; Seren Heywood - 1A, 4Bs, 1C, 9, 6 and 5; Adam Wright- 1A*, 6As, C, 8, 8, 6; Eva Rodericks - 3As, 2Bs, 7, 7, 7.
At Elstree UTC we are extremely proud of our unique curriculum, offering specialist and professional courses with industry relevant experience, which helps students to gain a footing in the creative and culture industries. Some students have also shown further passion and ambition by studying extra qualifications independently and one student, Adam Wright achieved an A* in GCSE Astronomy and A grades in Triple Science.
Principal, Chris MItchell said the following “We are so pleased to see our young people continuing to achieve well with us, even when faced with systemic changes and harder examinations. Enrolment into our sixth form has been very popular and it is great to be helping ambitious young people with a passion for the creative media arts and production technologies to develop industry relevant skills… EUTC students 2017 we are super proud of you!”
At A-Level 51% of students taking technical and applied qualifications achieved a Distinction star (equivalent to A* at A Level), 66% achieved Distinction and above (equivalent to A* - A at A Level), and 100% of students achieved a Distinction star to pass. Special congratulations should be mentioned for the following subjects:
Technical Theatre Production - 93% Distinction and Distinction*
Specialist Media and Production Makeup - 89% Distinction and Distinction*
Performing Arts - 71% Distinction and Distinction*
App Programming - 60% Distinction and Distinction*
Costume - 50% Distinction and Distinction*
This year, Elstree UTC has continued to develop opportunities with our employer partners and along with the impressive achievements of young people studying specialist and professional qualifications, we are delighted by some of the destinations for further work and study our students are moving on to including apprenticeships and internships with Life Cast, White Light, Smoke and Mirrors and further specialist study at RADA, LIPA, Central School of Speech and Drama, Urdang, Italia Conti School of Performing Arts, Centre PAC, Falmouth University and our Higher Education sponsor - the University of Hertfordshire.
In our academic subjects, a strong performance by students in Year 13 saw the standard of A Level passes rise. Grades at A*-B rose to 25% and the number of A*-C grades to an impressive 60%. Overall there was an increase in the percentage of A2 Level pass grades, rising to an impressive 97%.
High-performing students who deserve a special mention include:
Cain Fowler A*, Distinction* and B
Mariah Cole A, B, B
Colleen Gorman A*, B, B
Jordan Kinsella Dist, A*, B
Tamannara Siddik A, A, B
Oscar Simmons A, B, C
Devon Shoob Distinction*, B, C
Georgia Shakeshaft Distinction*, B, C
Lisa Pleass Distinction*, Distinction*, C
Ben Persaud A, B, C.
Academic subjects which have seen particularly impressive results this year at A Level include Art, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Media Studies and Graphics.
These fabulous results reflect the dedication of staff and students at Elstree UTC alongside the ongoing support of our committed parents, sponsors and partners.
We look forward to welcoming and preparing the next intake of students into our expanding Sixth Form. We are confident they will have equally high aspirations, and will go on to achieve excellent results and access empowering opportunities.
‘The UK’s creative industries, which includes the film, television and music industries, are now worth £71.4 billion per year to the UK economy - generating just over a staggering £8 million pounds an hour. This is a growth of almost 10%, outperforming all other sectors of UK industry and accounts for 1.68 million jobs, 5.6 per cent of UK jobs’. (Maria Miller MP, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, January 2014).
At Elstree UTC we are extremely proud of our unique curriculum, offering specialist and professional courses with industry relevant experience, which helps students to gain a footing in these creative industries for the future.
Desrae Le Roux