GCSE Results 2019

Following on from our impressive P16 results last week, we are excited to celebrate the achievements of our Year 11 students.  All UTC students successfully gained a level 2 Technical Qualification as well as reaching their potential across all of their GCSE subjects, allowing them to follow their chosen pathways for the next step in their successful STEM careers.  

There has been a steady increase in the numbers of 9- 4 grades (A*-C grades) since 2016 across the majority of our subjects.

We celebrate our best ever English Literature results which also include the best of English overall grades since opening in 2014; our best ever GCSE Art and Design  grades at 83% 9-4; and continued significant improvements in Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics. All students studying L2 BTEC Engineering achieved a Pass grade or above. WIth 16% of all students gaining Distinction or Distinction*. 

Our students achieved at least two grades better than predicted by their previous schools,  demonstrating the rapid progress being made at Key Stage 4 by The Leigh UTC. 

Some of our student highlights:

Bradley Gillies celebrates his GCSE results of Grades 9 Maths,  A* Further Maths, 9 and 8 in Science, 8 Computer Science, 7 English Language, 6 English Literature,  B CiDA with Principal Steve Leahey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kai Busfield celebrates his results of Grade 8 Maths, 8 and 7 Science, 7 Computer Science,  BTEC Engineering – Distinction, *B Smart Product Design Manufacturing. He is pictured with Director of Learning for Science Mr Osborne.

 

Year 11 student Rebecca Punshon celebrates her results of grades Grade A CiDA, 7 Art and Design, 5 and 4 in Science, 7 English Literature, 5 English Language, Grade 4 Computer Science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special personal mention to the achievement to Tyler Younger who gained Merit BTEC Engineering L2, grade 4 in Maths, 5 in English Literature and 4 in English Language. Tyler has gained a fantastic Apprenticeship with Mercedes. Tyler is pictured here celebrating with Director of Maths, Dr VonDerGoltz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am extremely proud of our Year 11 GCSE students, who have reached their potential across all their subjects at The Leigh UTC.  We have improved our performance year on year. Following on from the excellent post-16 results last week, and the large number of students taking up further career opportunities within STEM I am proud to say we continue this trend at GCSE with all of our students taking up with P16 courses here with us, employment or apprenticeships. As this is only our fourth year of results, it’s extremely impressive to see how fast our UTC is developing.” 

Steve Leahey, Principal The Leigh UTC

“I’m delighted to congratulate the students on their results this year. It’s extremely encouraging to see the positive learning experience and support provided by the dedicated team at The Leigh UTC translating into opportunities for students to realise their highest potential. The results also continue to show the benefits of a business-led problem-solving curriculum, which is so important for employers and young people at the start of their careers.”

Keith Ellis, chair of governors MD Kenard Engineering

 



A Level Results 2019

Following from the Leigh UTC’s recording breaking results last year, we are extremely delighted to announce yet another year of outstanding results at Post 16. All students completed a combination of academic and technical qualifications which have allowed for high levels of achievement across our pathways. 

“I am delighted with another set of outstanding outcomes at The Leigh UTC. Once again our students have secured extremely impressive destinations with top apprenticeships and university places. Again, The Leigh UTC has provided outstanding STEM education to support our future STEM leaders. I would like to thank all of our staff, students and parents for their support to ensure this was a memorable and enjoyable day for all.”  Steve Leahey, Principal.

Highlights

80% of Mathematics A- level students achieved  A*-B grades

73% of BTEC Engineering students achieved Double Distinction or above 

40% of  A-level grades were grade A*-B

100% pass rate across our 3 ICBP Diplomas

Average grade of Distinction – for Tech level students 

An increase in all top grades, bucking the National trend 

We are extremely pleased with the positive value added of all students studying the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme, (IBCP) pathway and the positive value added of the following subjects:

  • A-level maths
  • Extended project
  • Core maths
  • AS Maths

Students celebrating their results with Assistant Principal Mr Arnould.  

Left to right: Joshua Hall, who gained “A” A level maths, “Distinction* Distinction” BTEC Engineering, “B” Extended project. He is going to study Civil Engineering at Swansea.

Jeril Joseph, “A*” A level maths, “A” Further maths, “B” A level Physics, “Distinction * Distinction” in BTEC Engineering. He is going to study Civil Engineering at Leeds University. 

Alistair Carter, “Distinction* Distinction” BTEC Engineering,  “A” Extended Project, “C” AS maths and “D” in A level Physics. Alistair has secured an Engineering Apprenticeship with one of our Industry partners, Kenard and Bruce Dias who gained “A” Extended Project, “B” A level Maths, “B” A level Physics, “Distinction* Distinction*” BTEC Engineering. He is going to study Physics at university. 

 

 

Joshua Hall celebrates his A level results of grade “A” A level Maths, “Distinction* Distinction” in BTEC Engineering and “B” Extended Project, with Principal Mr Leahey and Assistant Principal Mr Arnould. Joshua is going to Swansea University to study Civil Engineering. On his time at the Leigh UTC Joshua said “ Great times and gained lots of experiences. My teachers were very supportive and went out of their way to help me”

 

 

 

 

James Burch celebrates his results of “Distinction Distinction BTEC Engineering, “Grade 4” IB Design and Technology, grade “C” in Reflective Project. James has successfully secured an Engineering Apprenticeship with CocaCola, one of our Industry partners. On his time here at the Leigh UTC James said; “The facilities and opportunities the Leigh UTC gave me helped me to move into my desired career path.”  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robbie White celebrates his results of “Distinction* Distinction” for BTEC Engineering, grade “6” IB Design and Technology, Grade “5” IB English and grade “A” Reflective Project. Robbie who successfully won an Arkwright scholarship in Y11 for Outstanding Potential as a future leader in Engineering starts his L4 Apprenticeship in Engineering with Berkeley homes.

 

Callum Leahey, celebrates his grades of “B” A level Maths, “Distinction* Distinction*” BTEC Engineering, “C” A level Physics, “A” Extended Project with Mr Arnould. Callum is going to University of Leeds to Study Physics. Callum said  “ I have really enjoyed my time at the Leigh UTC. I have found it extremely beneficial to my future career”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right; Bruce Dias, “A” Extended Project, “B” A level Maths, “B” A level Physics, “Distinction* Distinction*” BTEC Engineering. He is going to study Physics at university. Bruce said “Thank you to all the of the teachers that have helped me over the two years. The Leigh UTC has helped me to develop as a person. I am very glad that I decided to join the UTC for my P16” and Warrick Daden “Distinction Distinction” BTEC Engineering, “C” Extended Project. Warrick said “ I have really enjoyed my time at the Leigh UTC. It has given me so many opportunities I would not have had anywhere else.” 

From left to right; Bruce Dias, “A” Extended Project, “B” A level Maths, “B” A level Physics, “Distinction* Distinction*” BTEC Engineering. He is going to study Physics at university. Bruce said “Thank you to all the of the teachers that have helped me over the two years. The Leigh UTC has helped me to develop as a person. I am very glad that I decided to join the UTC for my P16” and Warrick Daden “Distinction Distinction” BTEC Engineering, “C” Extended Project. Warrick said “ I have really enjoyed my time at the Leigh UTC. It has given me so many opportunities I would not have had anywhere else.” 

 

Keith Ellis Chair of Governors said:

“I am extremely pleased to, once again, congratulate all the students and staff on their excellent P16 results this year. Strengths particularly should be celebrated in the outcomes of our Maths and Engineering students. It is impressive that the Leigh UTC students top grades continues to increase, bucking the national trend. Success with many impressive destinations for our students should also be celebrated. It is noticeable the amount of added value the UTC has given to its students when compared to national figures, through the opportunities the students have.  Students and staff are to be commended for all their hard work and should be very proud of what they’ve achieved. The results also continue to show the benefits of a business-led, problem-solving curriculum, which is so important for employers and young people at the start of their careers. Well done to all and good luck on the next steps towards your future goals and aspirations.” Keith Ellis, Chair of Governors, MD Kenard Engineering. 



Meet Alumni, George

Thank you to former student George Holt for answering our questions about his time at The Leigh UTC and his career since.

● When did you attend the academy?

2017

● What did you like best about being there?

The Scope of what the school focuses on allows you to meet with other students who are interested in what you are interested in for me this was hardware and programming. It
was great to be with other students who enjoyed this.

● Any favourite memories?
IT Lessons with Mr Blake, he was great at engaging the class and would be able to guide students who had a genuine passion.

● Any clubs/activities that you participated in?
Mr Blake’s film club, this was a great opportunity for students to meet.

● Favourite subjects

IT

● Any teachers you particularly remember?
Mr Blake and Mr Adams who were both excellent at engaging the class.

Dr Von Der Goltz as he made maths fun.

● Where you went after leaving?
Shortly after leaving I started my Software Development Apprenticeship at Schroders

● What you studied after leaving?
I completed my Level 4 Software Development Apprenticeship and also completed a Microsoft

Certification in C#

● Career journey since (all)

I started my Apprenticeship in August 2017 and completed my certification in March. I am currently working at Schroders as a Software Developer.

I have also become a local councillor in my hometown of Longfield and I have been serving since May 2019

● Any advice that you’d give to the 18-year-old you?
Don’t be so nervous about starting your Apprenticeship. You’re there to learn (on the job), focus on making the most of this opportunity and volunteer, get involved as much as you can.





Year 12 Trip to Mercedes Benz

Sparshatt Truck and Van has been working closely with The Leigh UTC building a healthy working relationship and even being our partner Enterprise Advisor. The following opportunity is a result of a successful interview day during the year 12 Route to Success Week, with potential for work experience and possible invites to apply for their apprenticeship programme.

Last week a group of year 12 students were invited to Sparshatt Truck and Van in Dartford. They are working as an Independent company with the franchise of Mercedes Benz. The students were given the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes. The day started with a presentation explaining the history of Sparshatt and sharing the missions and goals of the company.

We were then given a tour of their superb facility and our tour guides were technicians that work there and have an in depth knowledge of the company. The students were motivated to ask questions and during part of the tour they were able to see technicians working on site.

The students then had lunch ordering anything they wanted from several food shacks they the company hired for their open day. The students that attended the trip came out very motivated and informed about a career working as a technician for Mercedes Benz. We would like to thank Sparshatt for this opportunity and we are looking forward to all the good work that will be done between us in the future.



UTC Sports Day

Here are some highlights from our very first #UTC Sports Day. It was such a fantastic event for us all at The Leigh UTC.
Seeing the students cheering each other on, working together and taking risks was one of the highlights of the year by far.

The rain clouds did not stop us, everyone involved had a great day.

A huge thank you to our fantastic PE team: Mr Young, Mr Baldock and Miss Chapman. Not only for the hard work on the day but all of the hard work that has lead up to the event to ensure the day ran smoothly and our students were given a wonderful experience.



Year 7 Induction Day

It was wonderful to welcome our new year 7 students to the Leigh UTC today as they took park in their induction.
Throughout the day students took park in a range of activities that helped them to solve the mystery of the lost Principal. In Science they investigated a crime scene completing a range of forensic experiments.
In English they analysed transcripts and character profiling whilst in Maths they completed probability puzzles based on who they thought the suspects were.  Many astute students solved the mystery and found out that cunning Mrs Fox our Careers and LRC manager was the villain.
This was an excellent opportunity for all of our year 7s to experience our interdisciplinary approaches to learning. all students collected class chart points on their IB cogs which will be added to their class chart totals at the start of the year.  At the end of the day we proudly awarded certificates linked to our IB character profile to students that had demonstrated these attributes consistently throughout the day.
We are really looking forward to seeing them all again September. We hope that they have enjoyed the day as much as we have.