The Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly

At 10.30am on the 7th November 2018 all of our UTC and Inspiration Academy students were involved in the biggest national assembly in the UK. We watched a live panel of engineers and were part of an audience of thousands of students and teachers. Students were inspired by stories and films of engineers on a mission to use their skills to make the world a better place with the first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly.

Remembrance Assembly

Throughout this week students in the Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy have been paying their respects to Service men and Women who served their countries throughout part and present world wars by creating poppies with messages of thanks and remembrance along with poems and letters of thanks.

Today the Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy held its service of Remembrance to make the end of the first World War. All students and staff across the Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy took part in the service and 2 minute silence along with special guests Clive Barker, Vice Chair of Governors and World War two veterans Bill Gladden Airborne Recognisance Reg. Ted Pieri Royal Army Service Corps AB and Frank Pendergast Parachute Regiment. Students Callum Leahey Y13, Charlie Parker Y13, Robbie White, Hannah Stonehouse Y11, Joseph Simmonds Y8, Jessica Uwadiae Y8 and Patricia Antunes Y8 were all wonderful ambassadors by taking part in readings of poetry, laying of the wreaths and reading the Exhortation in the service on behalf of the student body.

At the end of the service students were able to ask our guests questions about what it was like to be a Paratrooper regiment and to serve for our country. We would like to thank them for taking part in our very special ceremony.

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2020-21 Intake

Kent County Council is consulting on proposed changes to admissions arrangements for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools for intake in September 2018. The proposal is to provide priority to children adopted from outside of England, in line with Nick Gibb’s request in November 2017. (attached)

Schools are asked to respond to this consultation to let us know what you think of the proposed changes. We would be grateful if you could also draw this consultation to the attention of all parent with children in your schools. Where possible, please include a notice in your school newsletter/notice board or include a note in each child’s book bag. This will help ensure that the consultation reaches as wide an audience as possible. The LA will be consulting on our website and will make a public notice available in local papers.

The consultation of the proposed changes will run until 10 December 2018. The consultation documents can be found and responses can be submitted via the questionnaire here. If paper copies are required, respondents should contact 03000 41 21 21 and ask to speak to the school admissions department. Parents will also be able to find consultations from any other own admission authority school at

Responses will be collated and presented to Kent County Council’s Cabinet for a determination. Once determined the final admission arrangements will be placed on Kent’s website at you have any queries, please contact

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Cyber Prevent at The Leigh UTC

On Monday 10th September the Regional Cybercrime Prevention Team visited The Leigh UTC. Forty ICT students from years 11, 12 and 13 participated in an interactive workshop.

Working in small groups, students first explored phrases associated with cybercrime and hacking. The team went on to question students on their thoughts on what is acceptable behaviour as far as accessing data and the law- some of the answers were quite surprising!

Students actively participated in the workshop with our facilitators moving on to talk about the wide range of jobs available in cybersecurity and that this is not only a growth area of employment but very well paid.

Lastly, the Cyber Prevent Team discussed legal hacking and distributed a number of useful resources for those interested in learning more.

Staff at The Leigh UTC avidly listened to the information given and plan to cascade workshop detail to other team members.

Thank you to the Cyber Prevent Team for their valuable time.

Blast off as Space Week hits the Leigh UTC

This week students from across the Leigh UTC have been celebrating World Space week by students working on a wide range of STEAM space related activities in tutor time, launching the start of the First Lego league

‘Into Orbit’ challenge, with and Mr Van Heerden and fantastic assemblies with our Director of Learning for Science Mr Osborne. We also had a visit from STEM ambassador, Marino, from the European Space Agency who presented  to the students about careers in Space.

Year 7 Preparing for Success Evening

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the year 7 preparing for success evening on Tuesday 18th September. For those of you that were unable to attend or missed the preparing for Success evening last week, please click here to view the presentation.


Saturday 22nd September Open Day

Thank you to everyone who came to our open day on Saturday  that we held on Saturday 22nd September. Also a huge thank you for all the students who helped with many parents commenting on how blown away they were, not only with the facilities and ethos but the positivity of students and staff. One commented that they had never been to an open day “with such positive teachers”.

We look forward to welcoming people back to our next open day on Wednesday 7th November, 6 – 8pm  for Year 10 & Post 16.