South Wiltshire UTC students celebrated as they collect their GCSE exam results.

The Salisbury-based college scored an improvement in all subjects and many showed significant progress on last year.

In 2017, when the new 9-1 grading system was introduced to be phased in over three years it was supposed to reflect a more demanding curriculum. But, despite this students, gained strong grades in maths and science; maths achieving 72% at 4+ (equivalent to a C grade and higher) and 57% at 5+ (equivalent to a B grade and higher), and above the national average compared to 2017 results.

More than 90% 4+ was achieved for each of the individual sciences, and 61% and 48% respectively for core and additional science, again above national average compared to 2017.

The college students also significantly improved performance for computer science, geography and engineering. as 83% achieved a Btec engineering qualification.

The improvement on the combined results for English and maths showed up, with 53% of students achieving 4+ and 29% achieving 5+, a 50% improvement on last year.

Principal Joe Mulligan said: “I am really pleased with the results our students achieved in what has been a challenging year for the UTC. This is a testament to all the hard work put in, supported by their teachers and families. I am delighted all subjects showed an improvement on last year, with many making significant gains including maths, all sciences and engineering.”

Pictured: Alex Taylor and his mum. He got 9 GCSEs including a 7 in maths and chemistry. He doesn’t know what he wants to do yet so he’s off to Macdonalds with his mum to have a think.

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