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New Principal takes the helm at Peterborough’s newest school

The Greater Peterborough University Technical College (GPUTC) has appointed Steve Warburton as permanent Principal with immediate effect.

Steve Warburton, who has been involved in the GPUTC project for the last year and was already Interim Principal, brings with him more than 30 years of senior leadership and teaching experience gained in local schools and across the UK.

As Headteacher of Hereward Community College Steve brought about changes that transformed the college’s performance from being in ‘special measures’ to enabling 65% of its students to achieve five or more A*-C grades. Steve was previously Director of Education at Thomas Deacon Academy and Assistant Principal and Director of Sixth Form at Sawtry Community College, as well as holding other leadership and teaching posts in the area.

Commenting on his appointment, Steve said: “I feel very privileged to have seen the Greater Peterborough UTC project develop to the state-of-the-art building and technical learning environment it is now. Many bright, enthusiastic students have come through the doors to secure their place for 2016 – with some looking for 2017 – so I’m delighted to be appointed as Principal to lead the GPUTC as we embark on this next exciting phase.

“GPUTC has attracted high-calibre students from 20 different local schools, drawn by its technical focus, specialised resources, vibrant learning environment and unparalleled links with employers from the engineering and construction sectors. Recognition of the value of fusing technical learning with academic qualifications in such an amazing environment has been a significant factor in convincing our sponsors to guarantee job interviews to all UTC graduates. Many parents acknowledge the unique nature of our offer and have stressed how they wish such a terrific opportunity had been available for them.”  

Chair of Governors and Anglian Water’s Head of Learning and Development, Phil Brown, who chaired the selection panel, said: “Steve has been instrumental in launching the GPUTC and brings a wealth of experience both in education and locally with employers, which will make the GPUTC a leading bridge to work or further education for students.”


The £10 million GPUTC building will be packed full with £2 million of equipment once it opens later this year (September 2016), providing  a world-class technical education for 14 year olds embarking on their GCSEs, and 16 year olds about to start A-levels and further education.

Interest in the new school is high and already 90% of the student places have been filled. Students can apply for a place online or at the next open evening on Thursday 4 February, 18:00-20:00.

Anglian Water, the main employer sponsor of the GPUTC will be guaranteeing all students job interviews on successful completion of their studies and, along with other employer partners, will provide students with various employer projects and real-life work experience along the way.

Ongoing support from educational sponsors, Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough Regional College, will ensure students receive excellent preparation for success at University or College if they choose that future pathway.