There were smiles all round as the first batch of A-level students from a specialised technology college in Sheffield picked up their exam results.
A total of 107 students have studied at UTC, on Matilda Street – 66 taking technical courses and the rest doing traditional A-levels, with youngsters going on to university, apprenticeships or further training.
The pass rate of the 66 students who took technical qualifications was 100 per cent for digital media, 98 per cent for engineering and 92 per cent for A-levels.
Principal Nick Crew said: “I am delighted to see our first students reach this major milestone. I’d like to congratulate all of them on their academic and technical success and thank our staff and employer partners for their dedication and support.
“Our students have great prospects moving on to apprenticeships, careers or university all of which are testament to the success of the combined academic and technical support.”
Student Becky Jackson, aged 18, said: “I’m pretty pleased – they are going to get me where I need to go. I’m starting another year here for more media experience so I can decide between going to university or taking up an apprenticeship.”
Callam Fellows, 18, of Ecclesfield, said: “I am very happy with my results. I am doing another year here at UTC but I have also been looking for job opportunities. I have started working with interactive theatre.”
Molly Keyworth, 18, who studied creative digital media and creative writing, said: “I am happy with my results. I am going to the University of Salford to study television and radio.”
Jacob Staniforth, 18, from Wickersley, who is going on to study automotive engineering at Sheffield Hallam, said: “I am a bit disappointed about the exams but it doesn’t matter because stuff that I’ve done outside of college has got me into uni.”
UTC was founded in 2013 and was the first of its kind in the region, offering students specialised engineering and manufacturing courses and creative and digital media courses.
More than 40 employers are involved in the curriculum and the college shares links with both Sheffield universities.