Students celebrate impressive GCSE results at South Devon UTC

(Last Updated On: August 22, 2019)

South Devon University Technical College (UTC) has demonstrated that its impressive post 16 results, celebrated last week, are no flash in the pan. Students in Year 11 are also celebrating after receiving notable GCSE results.

Newton Abbot’s pioneering technical college opened its doors from 8:30am this morning for the scientists and engineers of the future to collect their exam results.

There is much to celebrate with excellent results in the college’s specialist subjects.

Notable academic successes were Michael Chavanga, Molly Duffy and Ethan Starcevic who achieved top grades in all three Sciences, Engineering, English and Maths. Michael, Molly and Ethan are exceptional all-rounders who have adopted a determined and consistent approach to all aspects of their studies. Isaac Spurrier, Sam Guppy and Oliver Hickman also achieved excellent grades in subjects such as Maths, English and the Sciences.

Commenting on the grades achieved by students who visited the college today to collect their results, Principal Claire Plumb said: “I am extremely proud of our students for their successes in this third round of GCSE results that we have received since we opened in 2015. They’ve worked extremely hard this year, and this is reflected in their results.”

Claire continued: “It is further vindication of the decision taken by South Devon College, the University of Exeter and our public and private sector partners to establish a college that takes a radical new approach to educating teenagers. Inside these doors, we place a greater emphasis on vocational training in engineering and science and a focus on preparation for the workplace.

“I am also delighted that our team of teachers, students and employer partner organisations have worked so well together to develop young people who are not only well-rounded as potential employees but can also perform to a high standard on an academic level. Many of these students will now go on to develop their skills even further, giving local employers the confidence that young people with the right skill sets are available on their doorstep.

“We look forward to welcoming the new group of aspiring scientists, mathematicians, environmentalists and engineers through our doors in September.”

Year 13 students who left South Devon UTC last week have challenging destinations ahead of them with many going on to university, a career in the armed forces or an apprenticeship relevant to their studies.

Based in Newton Abbot, South Devon UTC is a science and engineering specialist school which offers 14-19 year olds more than the traditional GCSE and A-level curriculum. Launched in 2015, South Devon UTC has a mission: ‘to establish a world class centre of excellence in engineering, water and the environment’ for any young people who have an interest in these fields in order to ‘develop a new generation of engineers, scientists and environmentalists.’
Students work towards GCSEs and A-levels as well as technical qualifications in engineering and science. The college provides an environment that mirrors the workplace, helping students develop important employability skills to prepare them for a job, apprenticeship or degree when they leave school.
South Devon UTC partners with local businesses and can therefore offer its students hands-on experience of the work environment and also the type of employment that might follow on from their studies.
South Devon UTC is now recruiting students for the 2020/21 academic year. The first Open Event of the 2019/20 term will celebrate Science Week and will be held at the college on Tuesday 8th October 2019. Register your interest to attend by calling 01626 240201 or visit

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