• The Award for Making a Difference: Secondary School of the Year
  • Energy Coast UTC
  • 2020
  • Workington, Cumbria

Energy Coast UTC is an engineering college for 14-19 year old West Cumbrians. It has seen a massive improvement over recent years; in September 2016 the school was judged to be inadequate by Ofsted, and was still only Requires Improvement in February 2017. However at the next inspection, in June 2019, it was judged Outstanding in all areas – one of only four schools in the country to make this level of improvement in a single jump, and only the second UTC ever to be graded Outstanding.

Every student experiences a wide range of enrichment activities and secures industry-standard technical qualifications, with employer partnerships being amongst the best in the country. Pupils excel at school and it is making a real difference to the lives of hundreds of young people.