Why Choose UTC Warrington?

Principal’s Welcome

We are Warrington’s first Key Stage 4 and 6th Form academy dedicated to providing a specialist curriculum that excels in Science and Engineering. Our £10 million iconic building was completed in September 2016, complete with £1m of specialist engineering and digital equipment. In our first year of opening, we have been over-subscribed at Key Stage 4; a trend set to continue in 2017/18 as we further develop opportunities to get young people into the best careers in Warrington and beyond.

At UTCW, we aim to create a unique, aspirational, technical and academic curriculum, which prepares our students for an exciting career. This could be via full time university study, a degree apprenticeship or direct entry into employment. Alongside our powerful network of employer and university partners, getting students into outstanding destinations is our passion. At the heart of this lies our aspiration for students to achieve the best Maths, English, Science and Engineering outcomes at GCSE and A Level.

With close support from our university sponsor, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), we reap the benefit of their expertise by supporting students’ access into high-quality Higher Education provision, as well as the technical know-how of the academic experts at the MMU School of Science Engineering and Faculty of Education. Whether delivering master classes and technical projects with students, or upskilling staff through CPD, MMU are helping us deliver education to the highest level.

Centrally located with excellent train and bus transport links on our doorstep, UTC Warrington is accessible for students far and wide. I look forward to working with students, parents, MMU and employers alike, as we continue to establish UTC Warrington as an outstanding, unique and dynamic educational institution.

Lee Barber, Principal & Chief Executive


Lee Barber, Principal & Chief Executive

An Ideal Location

The UTC is located in the heart of the town, and in close proximity to Warrington’s transport interchange, making it ideally located to support the growth of key engineering  businesses. UTC Warrington is the most iconic building in the locality. Rising 6 stories high, UTC Warrington creates a professional, corporate environment, as opposed to the more traditional school and college facilities across the borough.

Carefully designed by leading academics, employers and architects, the building is home to £1 million of specialist engineering equipment, purposely chosen to teach students the skills needed for industry. This really is how our students will gain a competitive edge; other schools and colleges simply do not have this wealth of resource to deliver such a specific, technical curriculum.

UTC Warrington houses state-of-the-art ICT resources. All students have access to their own personal learning tablet device, to use across the college and at home. Each teaching space has the latest interactive computing technology, to further engage and support students.  Our engineering workshops, science labs, learning resource centre and general learning spaces also benefit from contemporary furniture and stylish design, providing an aesthetically pleasing environment for students to flourish.

Student health and happiness is at the heart of all our planning at UTC Warrington; working alongside our catering partners, we will be serving tasty and affordable food in our top floor food hall, as well as our café and snack serveries dispersed throughout the building.


UTC Warrington has a business-like feel in every aspect of college life. It is embedded throughout all aspects of the college from the curriculum and 8:30am – 4:30pm working day through to technical projects and enrichment activities.

Students earn reward tokens based on the 5 elements of the PiXL EDGE personal development framework; leadership, organisation, communication, initiative and resilience. The PiXL Edge is a framework designed for schools and colleges to develop and accredit in students those personal attributes essential for employability and life.

The PiXL Edge framework underpins all activities at UTC Warrington and is used by staff to encourage and track students’ development.

Working Day

At UTC Warrington the working day starts at 8:30am and runs until 4:30pm Monday – Thursday. On Fridays the working day runs from 8:30 – 1:20pm.

Monday – Thursday the working day is split into 7 x 1 hour blocks. This comprise of 6 lessons, plus a 20 minute break mid-morning, a 30 minute tutor session and a 30 minute lunch break. On Fridays students have 4 one hour lessons, plus a 20 minute break mid-morning and 20 minutes for tutor time.

Days spent out on work placements will vary depending on the employer, however parents will always be informed of any changes to the standard working day in advance.

Dress Code

All Year 10 and 11 students are required to wear a grey business suit, accompanied by a white shirt or blouse, smart black shoes, a UTC Warrington tie or neck scarf in their house colours and a UTC pin badge. Additionally, students wear a UTC Warrington lanyard and identity badge.

Year 10 and 11 students are required to purchase a UTC Warrington sports kit comprising of shorts or skirt and t-shirt in their house colours. A sweatshirt is also available for purchase. Year 12 and 13 students at UTC Warrington wear a business suit along with a shirt or blouse, a UTC Warrington tie or neck scarf and smart shoes.