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.

Year 8 English in Top Debate

8B had a debate in English lesson today. The team for the opposition won the debate (Joe’s team) but when it came to voting for the Star Speaker (equivalent to Man or Woman of the Match), there was a draw. After a second vote, the result was the same – a draw, going from 7 votes each to 9 votes each.
Completely spontaneously and entirely unprompted, these two students leant across the table and shook hands.
Talk about professionalism in action!
Please congratulate any one of today’s eight speakers, shown in the pic. Tyron was host and did a great job as always.
They thought, acted, and performed.

International Women in Engineering Day Celebrations at The Leigh UTC


Sincere thanks to Abbey, Alana and Priya from Connect Plus Services (M25)


for coming to The Leigh UTC to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day with some of our younger students.

Our guests presented to year 7 and 8 girls on what Connect Plus Services do and the variety of careers available within the organisation- it was certainly a long list!

They further went on to explain the career pathways possible as well as how each of them had come to work where they do. Having asked students to fill out a short survey, our guests then gave students the opportunity to come forward and ask one to one questions.

A wealth of information was given on the very real opportunities available in Civil Engineering for girls (and indeed, boys!) as well as the other vital roles required to keep such an organisation running smoothly.

Sincere thanks to Abbey, Alana and Priya for their valuable time and their colleague, Cintia for arranging such a useful encounter for our students.




Year 8 University of Kent

On Wednesday this week all of our year 8 students had the wonderful opportunity to attend the University Of Kent Canterbury campus.

The visit to the University of Kent (at Canterbury) introduced students to a University environment as they explored the campus, having the opportunity to experience life in higher education, including meeting current students who shared their own University experiences. A particular highlight was the University Campus Challenge, that was designed to encourage them to reflect on what a university environment feels like.

A great day was had by all our students who came back feeling inspired.



UTC Sports Day

It was good to welcome Mr Young to KS3 assembly this week who spoke to our students about the upcoming UTC sports day.
This will be held on Thursday 18th July at Dartford Park. A letter will be sent home next week to parents/carers regarding details. #UTC #SportDay#STEM


Interdisciplinary Day – Water Day Thursday 20th June

Building on the ongoing learning we have been doing with visiting Thames Water and the Sustainable Development Goals we held our second MYP Interdisciplinary day based around the theme of ‘Water’. Staff and students were given the Leonardo Da Vinci quote ‘Water is the driving force for all nature’  last week to start pre leanring before the day. 
Working with the charity Fields of Life, a Kent based charity that supports water projects in East Africa,  students and staff wore blue with their business dress and donated money to support the charity. We were very fortunate to have Deborah Cameron form the charity come and deliver an assembly to the students about the work they do and how our support will have a direct impact to provide clean water to the communities they are working with. 
Throughout the day students worked across all learning areas completing a range of activities for example; building filtration systems, extended writing pieces around the theme of refugees and the role water plays in war, creating water turbines, investigating why some people around the world do not have access to fresh water, developing websites and apps promoting cleaner oceans and eco systems. These were just a snapshot of activities. 

It was an excellent day and worthwhile learning experience for our students and staff showcasing students making connections across learning through exploring clear and relevant links across the curriculum as well as an fantastic opportunity for a large number of class chart points to be given away based on our IB Learner profile character attributes.

We will share our final total collected for Fields of Life once all monies have been collected. Further details about the charity that we are supporting