Energy Coast UTC

Cumbria, United Kingdom

Location: Cumbria, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - University Technical College (UTC)
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 14 - 19 years

About Energy Coast UTC

Energy Coast UTC is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational secondary school with sixth form in Cumbria serving students from the age of 14-19. The secondary school, situated in Lillyhall, Workington has approximately 380 students on record.

Energy Coast UTC was judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in all areas. We are a specialist Engineering college and pride ourselves on our ability to transform the life chances of students through a technically focused education; providing students with the opportunity to engage with a wide range of academic and technical qualifications, alongside projects with industry professionals, to ensure that our students are fully prepared for their future life and progression routes.

This was highlighted as a key strength by Ofsted who identified that “students make outstanding progress in their studies with almost all progressing to apprenticeships in STEM disciplines” and that “the school is highly successful in fully preparing young people for their future lives”. We are looking for someone who can contribute towards and improve on our already outstanding performance.


Cherry Tingle

Values and vision

We are ambitious.

We are tenacious.

We are employable.

At Energy Coast UTC our intent is to deliver academic excellence alongside a world class technical and skills based practical education, ensuring our students also excel in employability skills and work directly with employers on a range of projects. Our outstanding 14-19 college, located on the edge of the Lake District National Park in an area of outstanding natural beauty, is a thriving educational setting which has nurtured partnerships between industry and education. We prepare students to meet the demand for highly skilled engineers and civil engineers in Cumbria and the world. We do this by ensuring that every student maximises their academic potential, experiences a wide range of enrichment activities, secures industry standard technical qualifications, explicitly learns employability skills and works directly with employers. All students at Energy Coast UTC spend time each week working on employer projects or enrichment activities and undertakes work experience placements. Our industry partners who work on a range of projects alongside our students include the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Morgan Sindall, the University of Cumbria, McMenon and the Royal Navy. Pastoral care is of paramount importance to us and, as a small college, we ensure that we support the well-being of all of our students and staff.

With our new £6m industry standard, state-of-the-art workshops (opening May 2022) this role also provides significant career development opportunities as we continue to grow and respond to the needs of the local community. We are currently heavily over-subscribed for September 2022 admissions. As a school we offer opportunities for a comprehensive programme of individualised evidence based CPD as well as encouraging colleagues to further their personal professional development through courses such as the National Professional Qualifications, Masters level degrees, supporting extra-curricular qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh or CCF and also courses held in collaboration with other UTCs nationally.


We have been recognised at both local and national level for our excellence in education. Our accolades include: ‘Secondary School of the Year’ in 2021 and 2019 at the Golden Apple Awards, Silver award winners for ‘Secondary School of the Year’ and ‘Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School’ in the Pearson National Teaching Awards, Gold award winners for ‘Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School’ in the Pearson National Teaching Awards and TES finalists for ‘Best New Teacher’ and ‘Teacher of the Year’. We support staff to excel in their teaching which has resulted in Energy Coast UTC being recognised by local universities as an excellent training centre for trainee teachers.


“Pupils’ achievement is improving across all courses and year groups. All other aspects of the college are improving. Pupils’ welfare, their personal development and safeguarding are all strong.”

View Energy Coast UTC’s latest Ofsted report

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Address: Blackwood Road, Lillyhall, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 4JW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1900 606446
Positions available at Energy Coast UTC