Preparing for Success Evening – Year 7’s

It was wonderful meeting so many year 7 parents last night for our ‘Preparing for Success’ evening. So many wonderful comments from parents and students about how much they are enjoying their learning experience at Inspiration Academy at The Leigh UTC so far. All details from presentations will be emailed to all year 7 parents. We look forward to seeing you all again for our first Parent and Tutor day on Wednesday 8th November 2017 in module 2.
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Head of College wins employer engagement super-user award

Carina Lindars, Head of College at the Inspiration Academy at The Leigh UTC won the Founders 4 Schools super-user accolade last night for her consistent efforts in accessing useful business engagement for students at the academy.

Super-User Award:

Carina Lindars from The Leigh UTC, South East LEP, England

Our Super-Users are widely renowned within the F4S community for using our services consistently and prolifically. They also possess a strong understanding of the value and impact of careers education. Key findings about careers and enterprise programmes suggest that they can: improve young people’s ability to make career decisions and their optimism about the future; help young people to increase their attainment and be more likely to enrol in post-secondary education; reduce young people’s likelihood of becoming unemployed; increase young people’s earnings after they complete their schooling. Our Super-Users are well on their way to ensuring that the students at their schools are given every opportunity to succeed in the future.

Carina Lindars from The Leigh UTC has facilitated 475 student-employer encounters since 2015 which far exceeds the national average of 289 per school!

Ms. Lindars has made it a priority to provide each students with three employer encounters in 2016 and four in 2015, which is one of our highest records ever. These encounters have been part of a motivational ‘Route to Success’ week, which is organised to provide them with more information on a wide range of STEM careers available through Apprenticeships, University or workplaces. Ms. Lindars is clearly well aware of the research which shows that four student-employer encounters helps to make young people more prepared for the world of work. The students at The Leigh UTC are well on their way to being employable.

Judges’ Comments:

 

  • Nominated for the volume of encounters.
  • To facilitate such a high number of student-employer encounters is impressive in itself, but we also love the way Carina has created a theme called ‘Route to Success’ that is so inspiring and relevant to the students. All the nominations in this category are super impressive, but Carina stood out for us.
  • We commend the sheer passion.
  • The volume of encounters and Carina’s commitment to giving her students access to business professionals is impressive.

 

As a result, Ms Lindars was interviewed by local radio station KMFM as part of a news item.

Congratulations to Ms Lindars on this recognition of her invaluable work in assisting students at The Leigh UTC.

 

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New mentors at The Leigh UTC

Friday 8th September saw youth mentor training for the newest cohort of mentors at The Leigh UTC.

Facilitated by Kevin Nutter and Anna Wilton of the Students Services team, new mentors were given a comprehensive grounding on the work that they will be doing with our students.

Within a highly interactive session, delegates from a wide range of businesses including Thames Water and Metro Bank were able to meet each other and discuss how they will bring their industry, and indeed life expertise, to bear in supporting our students.

“The UTC mentoring programme is now firmly embedded into our programmes, the role of the mentor is acknowledged as pivotal in raising aspirations.  It was a real pleasure to meet our new mentors for 2017/18 bringing a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the role.   It is yet another example of business and education working in partnership at The Leigh UTC”.

Steve Leahey. Principal

Thank you to all involved.

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Press release The Leigh UTC GCSE results for 2017

Steve Leahey, Principal The Leigh UTC

“I am extremely proud of our Year 11 GCSE students reaching their potential across all their subjects at The Leigh UTC.  We have improved our performance from 2016 with our strongest set of academic outcomes”.

Our A*-C has improved in 70% of our subjects since 2016 and notably we have improved our A*-A by 68%.  Our students achieved at least 2 grades better than predicted from their previous school demonstrating the UTC’s rapid progress being made at Key stage 4.

Highlights

  • English 9 – 4 — 63%
  • Mathematics 9 – 4 — 63%
  • Engineering A*-C — 100%
  • IT A*-C — 100%
  • Art A*-C — 75%
  • Financial studies A*-C — 100%

The Leigh UTC GCSE Results

Photo left to right: Jason Wenden 2A*,3A and 3 B grades, Charlie Dring 2 A, 3B and 4C grades, Robbie White 2A,5B and 2C grades, Artur Bujok 1A*, 1A, 1B and 6 C grades , Ewen Johnston 1A*,2A,3B and 2C grades

 

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Photo left to right: Harry Hopgood 1B and 3C grades, Morgan Stansell grade 9 in English, 1A*, 2A and 4 B grades, Kieran Edwards 1B and 6 C grades

 

Keith Ellis, chair of governors MD Kenard Engineering
“I’m delighted to congratulate all the students on their excellent results this year, they’re to be commended for all their hard work and should be very proud of what they’ve achieved. 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.”

 

Steve Leahey

“One of our core aims is to get more girls into engineering and IT, our girls have excelled this year and will be future role models for those choosing STEM careers”.  Following on from the excellent Post 16 results last week, and the large number of students being employed in jobs within engineering and IT or going to university, we are delighted. As this is our second year of results, it’s extremely impressive how our UTC is developing. We will be taking our first students from age 11 in September 2017.

 



Post 16 Results 2017. The Leigh UTC, Dartford

Left to right.: Amelia Cockran, Carys Harvey, Carris Williams, Akeem Rhoden, Esther Boafo, Curtis Martin, Tom Saunders, celebrating their results

Left to right.: Amelia Cockran, Carys Harvey, Carris Williams, Akeem Rhoden, Esther Boafo, Curtis Martin, Tom Saunders, celebrating their results

 

The Leigh UTC has proved again, the combination of mathematics and a technical qualification at Level 3 provides the foundations for a successful STEM career.  Our students have all secured either an Apprenticeship programme or their preferred University destination.

Highlights

91% of all students achieved a Level 3 mathematics qualification

100% of students achieved engineering A*-C at Level 3

100% of students achieved IT/computing A*-C at level 3

100% of students achieved AS extended project A*-E

Average grades for BTECs are Distinction * (1.2 grades higher than national average)
“I am immensely proud of these results. It reflects on the unique positive relationships between our staff and students at The Leigh UTC. Gaining outstanding qualifications is only part of the process which includes our students securing fabulous employment and higher education destinations.  I am extremely proud of all our students and they must be warmly congratulated”.

Steve Leahey

Principal
“I’m delighted to congratulate all the students on their excellent results this year, they’re to be commended for all their hard work and should be very proud of what they’ve achieved. 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. I’m sure this will inspire and encourage younger children towards STEM subjects. 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



Principle’s Blog End of Module 6

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I can’t believe another year of school is over. At this time of year we have a chance to look back and reflect on our college achievements along with the hard work of the staff and students. This year saw our first Ofsted inspection with the UTC being judged  ‘Good with Outstanding features’ and it is brilliant news to end the school year on the highlight of being granted IB World School status giving the UTC the opportunity to continue our hard-earned reputation of high standards of teaching and student achievement.

A few highlights from this module include Harry Dressel successfully completing his Technical Baccalaureate at The Leigh UTC. This included gaining qualifications with a BTEC Engineering Extended Diploma, Core Maths and EPQ all at Level 3.

Whilst at The Leigh UTC, Harry has been keen to demonstrate his skills by designing and building an electric car for the ‘Greenpower’ series. Fabricating the vehicle shell from carbon fibre, including a bespoke steering system and drive train, this has enabled him to develop specialised engineering skills.

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This has not gone unnoticed. Harry applied for a prestigious higher apprenticeship with F1 giants, Mercedes. With over 6000 applications. He underwent a series of rigorous interviews and tests. Mercedes were so impressed by Harry, that they made him an offer to be their apprentice for 2017, working in the engine and drive-train sector at their base in Brackley.

Year 12 students also had the opportunity collaborating in an Engineering Challenge with Thames Water.

Each team of students had to plan the route their network of pipes would take with the pipes only be laid vertically or horizontally and they had to cross a river and a railway line. This made the challenge even harder and the students worked together to find the solution.  The students were given a budget to work within and they costed their outlay accordingly. Each team of 4 had to plan the route their network of pipes would take. The pipes could only be laid vertically or horizontally and they had to cross a river and a railway line. This made the challenge even harder and the students worked together to find the solution.  A fee had to be paid for crossing each section of land and the selection of pipes they had chosen needed to be paid for.  The students were given a budget to work within and they costed their outlay accordingly.

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Year 10 Leigh UTC students competed in the Leigh Trust Sports Day at the Dartford Harriers running club. All our students had a great day, competing in several events each. Our stand out performer was Ioulia Kasapidis winning both the 1500m and 800m additionally she set Trust records in both of these events. 

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The Leigh UTC attended a Technology Challenge event held at the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham run by the Rotary Club of Medway.

The Leigh entered two ‘advanced’ teams in the Post 16 category, despite one team being formed solely by Y11s. The students were given the Technology challenge on the day with no prior knowledge of what it may be. They were asked to bring tools and basic equipment and then they were given the task and a kit of materials in the morning. Students frantically got into the designing of their task which was to design a vehicle that could drive itself along a half pipe, through a bridge and then push ‘debris’ formed of pebbles, then capture the pebbles and drag them back to the start point under the bridge. This was all using basic equipment such as mdf, pine blocks, pulleys, elastic band, string, card, batteries and wires.

After lunch students constructed and tested their vehicles. At this stage the Leigh UTC ‘A’ team were in the lead, although this as unknown to them at the time, based upon their portfolio and team work marks. The challenge was tough and stretched students skills.

Finally they had to test their vehicles under the scrutiny of the judges, their peers and the mayor of Gillingham! Very few vehicles fully completed all the task correctly at any entry level, and although a hastily put together teachers team shone in the testing in the advanced, the overall winners were the Leigh UTC ‘A’ team who scored highest overall for the day.

Many thanks go to the Rotary club of Medway for organising the event, and the Royal Engineers Museum for such a great venue. Well done also to the Leigh UTC students Sam Holloway, Ehigie Usifo, Daniel Easter and Sukhdip Bambra for their winning work.

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The Leigh UTC was featured on KMTV Apprenticeships Program.  KMTV is a new tv channel specifically aimed at people in Kent, As part of their launch event The leigh UTC was the feature story as SMEs (small to medium size enterprises) in Kent continue to struggle finding appropriately trained staff in the engineering sector and in particular finding women to take up engineering roles.

This module saw The Leigh UTC hosting a fantastic networking Business Brunch  with a brunch themed on celebrating the year’s successes.

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Chaired by governor Clive Barker of CSB Logistics, attendees were given a raft of information on current engineering apprenticeships as well as those that will be begin next year in ICT. Principal, Steve Leahey gave glowing reports on students many positive destinations in terms of jobs, apprenticeships and university places whilst Rebecca Warner explained the new UTC hub and Sophie Dickinson explained the academy’s excitement in the forthcoming IBCP.

As part of a blog article, Chris writes-

“I am just completing my first year as a mentor for The Leigh UTC and highly recommend it to anyone in the local area from my industry.

For those who don’t know The Leigh UTC, it’s a University Technical College in Dartford and part of the Leigh Academies Trust. They take students from the age of 14 who want to pursue a career in engineering, and if you are an engineer, take a look around, their facilities are pretty special!

Excuse the cliché but I really feel that becoming a mentor has made a difference both to the student that I have been working with and myself personally.

Last year I was paired with a 17-year-old student to offer some independent guidance and advice over 6 one hour sessions. What difference can you make in that time I thought to myself?

Well it turns out you can make quite a bit- life skill, advice and guidance to start with. It struck me that the things that I have helped my student with have been the things that mentors in my career have helped me with and I possibly took for granted as a slightly rebellious air conditioning engineer apprentice.

In fact, once we covered the basics, my student was so enthusiastic that we explored some more practical aspects of the M&E industry. Mark, our Hemlow engineer took him around the plant rooms of the UTC to show him the HVAC plant and what a maintenance engineer does.

We got so much positive input that we included him on some ROSPA accredited health and safety training with our trainee engineers at head office. His enthusiasm has gone up a notch and the next step is a three-day work experience package within the Hemlow business both in the office and out on site with more members of our team.

I have had the satisfaction of witnessing the student, gain confidence, direction, life skills, land a part time job and hope that he will make the choice to become an engineer of the future in the M&E industry.

All of this has taken up less than 24 hours of my life in total, spread over a 9-month period, surely this is a good thing for anyone in the local engineering industry to do?

I’m already signed up for next year and looking forward to it.  If you are interested email louisa.felstead@latrust.org.uk and sign yourself up for the Leigh UTC mentor inductions in September; you won’t regret it!

For this year result days the Leigh UTC we will be open at 9am for students to collect their examination results.  These dates are Thursday 17th August for A-Level results and Thursday 24th August for GCSE results.

The new academic year is set to be a very exciting time as the new Inspiration Academy opens for Key Stage 3, with its first cohort of students The building is on schedule with an anticipated completion date of March 2017 which will add to our already impressive facilities.

As the Leigh UTC grows, a restructuring of the senior leadership team to support our developing learning areas was required.  Carina  Lindars will take up Head of College at the Inspiration Academy and Likhon Muhammad will be Head of College at the UTC,  both will be supported by two Assistant Principals, Harroop Sandhu and Neil Arnould.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the continued support you have given both to your child and to The Leigh UTC. All the staff at the UTC wish you a restful summer and look forward to seeing you on Monday 4th September for Year 7 students and Tuesday 5th September for Year’s 10, 11, 12, 13.

 




On Friday two of our maths staff attended a course run by Craig Barton of Mr Barton maths fame.  It was based around how we teach problem solving to our students. He has done some amazing research and he has changed his teaching practice based on his findings.  His findings show that we cannot ‘teach’ problem solving and has some really interesting ideas based on Cognitive Load Theory.

His findings have generated a lot of discussion and has shown ways in which we can help our students gain knowledge.
The day run by the Thames mathshub was well attended and has given us all food for thought.
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