Intervention Week Starts Monday 16th October 2017!

Dear Parent/Student 

In order to support our students in the preparation for their forthcoming assessments and examinations, we have arranged an early Intervention Week Programme for week beginning Monday 16th October 2017..  Information regarding the timetable for this week is available on the WUTC website at During this time the UTC will be open from 1000-1430 with students expected to attend subject specific sessions and arrive in smart casual dress. Please be aware that the Brasserie will not be open this week and, therefore, students should bring a packed lunch.

 Attendance for these sessions is key in helping the students to prepare for their various assessments and examinations and your support with this is greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

GCSE Exam Success!



The Watford UTC students and staff were delighted this week to find that over 91% of their Year 11 students, gained a GCSE equivalent vocational qualification in the UTC’s specialisms of Computing/ICT, Travel & Tourism and Hospitality. Student performance in all three areas is well above BTEC levels nationally with over 33% of students gaining the top Distinction*/Distinction grades.

In addition, 80% achieved a GCSE equivalent qualification in Computing/ICT.

Other highlights include 94% A*-C in Additional Science as well as 100% pass rate in French and Spanish.

Over 70% of students sitting GCSE Mathematics gained at least a C grade or above with 64% of students achieving C grade or above in English GCSE. Over 50% of the UTC’s first Year 11 cohort to sit examinations, gained a GCSE C Grade or above in English and Mathematics. The expected progress measure for English and Mathematics is in line with National performance.

Emma Loveland, Principal of the Watford UTC, said: “We’re really pleased with all our results. Well done to all the students and staff who have worked so hard to make this happen. We are looking forward to the next part of our journey.”

Top attaining students:

  • Joseph McCracken with 10 A*-B grade GCSE equivalents
  • Thomas Lish with 9 A*-B grade GCSE equivalents
  • Thomas Stockwell with 9 A*-B grade GCSE equivalents

The Watford UTC works with a range of major local employers, who will provide realistic hands-on projects for students and work with the UTC to ensure its curriculum, meets industry needs. With widely reported skills shortages in both the digital and hospitality industries, the UTC aims to train confident, highly competent individuals to fill the roles of the future.


The Watford UTC’s next Information Event will be taking place on Saturday 17 September at 10am. For more information, visit



Sixth Form Exam Results – 100% Success Rate at Watford UTC!

Results ready for collection!

Results ready for collection!

Our first cohort of Year 13 students were celebrating their “next steps” as they collected their results following two years of hard work with us. We are pleased to report a 100% Pass rate across the board for students successfully completing A Levels and Vocational qualification programmes.


Initial analysis indicates that students following our specialisms of Computing and Travel & Tourism courses have attained higher level grades well above national averages including 90% of Travel & Tourism students attaining the highest Distinction grade (equivalent to A grade at A Level) and nearly 90% of students attaining at least an equivalent of C grade or above.


Over 40% of our students gained the equivalent to 3 x A-Grade A-Levels (over 360 UCAS points).


100% of our students who have applied for university courses have been successfully placed in a range of disciplines including all forms of Engineering, Computing, Event Management, Travel & Tourism, Commercial Pilot, Business and Architecture among others.

There are a plethora of individual success stories including:

  • Year 12 student Lewis O’Shaugnessy gaining A grades across the board in all Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computing and Physics including full marks in 3 of the Maths module exams.
  • Andrew O’Rourke gained A*, A and B grades in Maths, Computing and Further Maths and will study Computing at Kings College, London
  • Nhyoumila Tuladhar – top grades in Maths, Physics, Electronics and Computing have secured her a place on an Engineering course at Loughborough.
  • Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction in IT/Computing for Tom Bean who will follow his dream to become a commercial airline pilot by studying for the Air Transport/Commercial Pilot degree.
  • Hannah Ferguson who gained Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction in Travel & Tourism and Business and is currently gaining work experience as an Estate Agent before studying for a Business and Event Management degree.
  • James Reynolds who is currently recovering from a very serious illness still attained 540 UCAS points from his Travel & Tourism and Business courses, securing a place on a Business degree course at Brighton.
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Results Days and Post-16 Options Drop-in Surgeries

A Level and BTEC Results Collection: Thursday 18th August, 10am – 1pm

GCSE Results Collection: Thursday 25th August, 10am – 12.30pm

Post-16 Options Drop-in Surgery: Thursday 25th August, 1pm – 3pm / Friday 26th August, 10am – 1pm / Tuesday 30th August, 10am – 3pm

No appointment needed, just drop in with your GCSE Results and speak to Emma (Principal) or Paul (Associate Principal) about options.


Watford Students take part in International Women’s Day 2016 in Westminster

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On 8th March 2016, in celebration of International Women’s Day 2016, Richard Harrington, MP for Watford, invited two Watford girls to shadow him in Parliament.

Samantha Sibanda was chosen by her teachers at Francis Combe and Sophie Richards was chosen from Watford UTC.

The young ladies took part in a workshop to discuss how to get to a 50:50 gender balanced Parliament. After this they took part in #takeovertuesday which meant that the girls took the place of members of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, a group of MPs chaired by Maria Miller, who are elected to scrutinise the work of the Minister for Women and Equalities.  Samantha’s name and school were written on the official Order Paper for the Commons.

Samantha was selected to sit on the committee for the session to ask her question: “Do you think that integration is an issue in our society? If so what are the policies you have in place to tackle this?”.

The girls then had lunch with Richard Harrington, MP for Watford, in a Commons restaurant, discussing the significance of International Women’s Day, discrimination in the workplace and the girls’ plans for the future.

After lunch both girls went on tour of 10 Downing Street and then back to Parliament to watch the International Women’s Day debate in the Commons.

Speaking about the day, Richard said: “I would have loved to have had this opportunity at their age so it’s a privilege for me to be able to invite Samantha and Sophie to have this experience. The girls were fantastic – Maria Miller told me how impressed she was with Samantha’s confident questioning style. I wish them both the best for the future.”