It has been yet another successful and enjoyable module for the students and staff here at The Leigh UTC, with a number of trips and events taking place this term.
I am delighted that The Leigh UTC was featured in local Kent Messenger newspaper having been awarded ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features in our recent Ofsted Inspection. To read the article please click here.
I have had the opportunity to witness several assemblies focusing on STEM career opportunities; presentations and more recently a trip to a University. A number of our Year 13 students have received offers from Universities and securing impressive opportunities of a Level 4 apprenticeships. It is also worth noting that all students have been focusing on examination preparations taking up the opportunity to attend extra subject sessions, with revision sessions being offered to students during the Easter half term, details regarding these sessions can be found on the year 11 newsletter that is circulated to parents every Wednesday.
It is exciting to see building work beginning on the new Inspiration Academy, having a new college as part of our growing campus will bring with it exciting new challenges and opportunities. Currently we are appointing new staff members as part of the expansion while developing the curriculum to support KS3.
Students at The Leigh UTC had the opportunity to compete against other youngsters across England to take part in the Royal Navy University Training College Young Engineers Challenge – Operation Angel 2017. This was held in partnership with University Technical Colleges (UTC’s) with a total of 70 teams competing in the challenge. Our students got the opportunity to experience an overnight stay of naval life on the HMS Bristol. A total of 11 prizes were presented across three categories to the teams taking part, The Leigh UTC students won ‘Overall winners’ in the 16-18 category and the students were delighted with their award.
“After all that effort to actually get something out it and win feels amazing.”
“It feels really good to accomplish something.
Year 10 students had the opportunity to visit King’s College University to learn mathematics and to give students the opportunity to think about their choices should they wish to pursue going onto a ‘red-brick’ university. Students attended a lecture about financing studies in higher education. They also had the opportunity to ask current King’s College students about their experience, followed by a tour of the university facilities and recently restored library by a current KCL student reading mathematics.
“It gave me a much more open and detailed view of what my previous expectation was. Plus I enjoyed it!”
“I liked the tour around the university as it gave me an idea of my future and got me thinking about how I can live my life, with the costs and everything. Before this I wasn’t even thinking of uni”
Students enjoyed meeting with AECOM engineers who came to the UTC to speak about study and working in the Engineering field. They encouraged students to think about all the different routes that are available to them and answered questions in more detail about their jobs and what it is like being a female engineer.
As part of National Careers Week all students had the opportunity to learn more about going onto an apprenticeship. Victoria Lawrence from Kent County Council Apprenticeship Ambassador gave presentations to all students detailing what an apprenticeship involves and where to look for one. Student’s learnt about apprenticeships within a 5 mile radius of The Leigh UTC, with 139 apprenticeships being currently available.
This module staff helped students by holding a ‘Preparing for Success’ event. This was for all our year 11 students, who worked alongside staff to create personalised revision plans and revision material to support their upcoming deadlines and examinations. Students found this a useful opportunity to help them succeed but it also enabled them to take create home revision guide booklets and personalised exam calendars that they will display at home.
Year 10 students participated in the FMSP Maths Feast, hosted by Strood Academy. The Maths Feast involved a competition for students to test mathematical comprehension, problem solving, communication and teamworking skills. A great day was had by all the students who enjoyed the competition and are keen to attend more further events.
The MoD supported The Leigh UTC students with their BTEC Level 3 Engineering project. The brief was to design and build a robot that could disarm an IED (improvised explosive device) by cutting a wire. Students worked in small teams to create their solutions using the VEX robotics kits. As part of the support, the MoD invited all the year 13 engineers to the IEDD (improvised Explosive Device Disposal) training facility in Warwickshire. Here, students were taught about IEDs and how the MoD currently respond to the threat. The students were able to operate some of the current RCVs used by the MoD. This experience was key to the students understanding the brief and the real world application of their project.
On completion of the project, 4 members of MoD visited the UTC as the panel for the student presentations. Each group presented their robotic solution to the panel and answered questions from them. They each then demonstrated the success of their robot, navigating the bot across the sand and rock terrain in the test site set up in the workshop to find the mock device and disarm it. The MoD were impressed with the work carried out by the students over the duration of the project and are keen to support the UTC next year.
Leigh UTC students from years 10 and 12 participated in an event at Nottingham Forest Football Club supporting KS2 students through a wide range of STEM activities. It was a very intensive, but rewarding day that all students gained a lot from. It was a pleasure to see how quickly older and younger students built a strong rapport and used this to achieve very high outcomes across the range of activities. Some of these included; building a helipad for the RAF, Drag racers powered by elastic bands and ‘slow marble machines’. Well done to all involved!
The Leigh UTC staged the first round of the Bloodhound SSC Model Rocket Car Competition on Wednesday 29th March. The Leigh UTC was represented by 3 teams with cars entered by Tyler Draper, Hayden Thomsett and James Biscoe. St. Olave’s School had 3 teams and Dartford Bridge Primary submitted 5 teams. With 11 cars in total, it was a busy afternoon. The students were assisted by men from the Royal Signals and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). The secondary school category was won by St. Olave’s with a speed of 31.68mph and The fastest car from Dartford Bridge managed a top speed of 31.46mph. The two winning teams go on to the regional final, to be held next term at the UTC! The challenge becomes a lot tougher as the students will have a maximum of 1 hour to prepare a car from scratch… we wish them luck. With a first prize of a trip to South Africa to see the real Bloodhound car go for the world land speed record, there is a lot to work for The Leigh UTC is already planning for next year’s competition and we will be looking to put in a record breaking performance.
Finally I am pleased to announce that students worked extremely hard raising money for comic relief, raising a grand total of £181.94. The money was raised by students working especially hard selling raffle tickets and cakes. Enjoy the Easter holiday and good luck to all those preparing for examinations.