Leigh UTC Students’ Success at Duke of York Awards 2018

The Leigh UTC proudly attended, for the third year, the Duke of York Awards, at which seven Year 13 leavers achieved gold awards. The students attended the event at St James Palace and were presented with their awards by His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York.  This award reflects the unique specialist education young people receive at UTCs, institutions that offer academic, technical and practical education.


To gain this prestigious award students have to achieve a distinction or higher in engineering or computer science as well as working with companies on team projects, being team leaders and securing work experience within their chosen career paths.  This included designing and constructing a remote controlled vehicle which they had to run to under pressured conditions and present to the Ministry of Defence.

Students are interviewed by local business representatives and provide evidence to demonstrate how they had excelled outside the curriculum. Students discuss their accomplishments in areas such as chairing meetings, collaborative work and working with a variety of companies in the field of engineering and computer science, which helped many to secure apprenticeships or places at Russell Group universities.

After giving out awards to students from eleven UTCs which included the Leigh,

His Royal Highness The Duke of York said:

“By seeking out University Technical Colleges, you have set yourself apart from others in the education system. Those who make a success of it – as you all have – have a level of self-determination and motivation that means you will move quickly through the ranks in the workplace.”

Charles Parker, CEO, Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity that promotes and sustains UTCs said:

“The Duke of York Award for Technical Education provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of UTC students and the importance of their technical education. These young people have had a flying start because they went to a UTC. They are already making a huge contribution to society because of the relevance of their education to the modern economy and their experience of dealing with adults through the employer led projects, which are a key part of a UTC education.”   

Steve Leahey, Principal at The Leigh UTC, commented: I am immensely proud of our students and their desire to succeed.  They thoroughly deserve this accolade. It reflects well on the outstanding work going on across the UTC, I continue to be amazed by what can be achieved by our staff and students.

Our business partners continually praised the achievements of the Leigh UTC students consistently judging them to exceed the gold-award standard expectations by some considerable distance.

We would like to thank all our business partners for helping us with the external interviews. We are also grateful for the many aspects of their continued support of The Leigh UTC since its opening in September 2014 which includes provision of work experience, mentoring, governance and supply of materials.


Network Rail at The Leigh UTC

Thank you to Amina and Farhia from Network Rail for coming to The Leigh UTC to present to students from years 10 through to 13 on the apprenticeship opportunities that they 

The Leigh UTC looks forward to strengthening ties with Network Rail and looking into the possibility of joint project work for students.

The University of Kent’s Build a University Workshop

On Thursday 31st January 2019, Year eight students took part in The University of Kent’s Build a University workshop. The workshop serves as an introduction to higher education and prepares to participate students for a visit to the University later this academic year.  During the workshop, students learned about the differences between campus and city universities and explore the types of facility available by creating their own university. #RaisingAspirations


Module Awards Assembly

This week KS3 students across year 7 and 8 celebrated their successes in our module awards assembly.  Students received awards based on the IB learner profile attributes of Open Minded, Thinkers, Reflective, Balanced and Principled.  The awards assembly also celebrated the achievements of all of our wonderful students that took part in the national First Lego league competition. Finally we are pleased to announce yet another two millionaires with two Y8 students also reading over 1 million words since September. We are extremely proud of our students and all that they continue to achieve!


Lower Thames Crossing Project Workshop at The Leigh UTC

Thank you to Evelyn Ismail, Community Engagement Lead and Sarah Gardner, External Affairs, from The Lower Thames Crossing Project for presenting an interactive careers workshop at The Leigh UTC.


Beginning by giving a brief overview of their own careers thus far, Evelyn and Sarah then went on to explain to year 12 about the implications of the proposed scheme.

Using Sli.do polls, students were given the opportunity to discuss the following:

  • What jobs do students think will be involved?
  • Which are most important?
  • How will technology change the working landscape?

In a thought provoking presentation, students were encouraged to think about their wider geographical living environment and the future of employment.

A further benefit from the presentation was a generous offer of holiday time work experience via Highways England. A number of Leigh UTC students are keen to take up the opportunity.

Sincere thanks to the team at the Lower Thames Crossing Project; we look forward to building stronger ties in the future.

The Leigh UTC Quality In Careers Award

On Tuesday 24th January The Leigh UTC is proud to announce that they have passed the full Quality In Careers Standard Award, presented by Investors In Careers. Having worked so hard to support all their students, no matter what their requirements are, it is no surprise to have been awarded this National recognition for excellence in Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance.

Mr. Leahey, The Leigh UTC’s Principal responded, “I am delighted for us to receive this Award with the Investors In Careers. Our team does outstanding work across the academy and the wider Trust, to have this recognised is greatly appreciated”.

They will, of course, continue to deliver a brilliant service, maximizing their strengths and leading the way in many aspects of their work.


Year 7 and Year 8 Football Win

Massive congratulations to the year 7/8 Girls Football team who won their match against The Leigh Academy on Tuesday. The girls were victorious with a 9-0 win. Goals from Gracie Daniels, Ruya Shkri, Kellie-ann Bawor and Lillie-Mai Clarke. Well done girls!

Accelerated Reader

A huge congratulations to Max and John in year 7 receiving their 1 million words Accelerated Reader certificates this week.
Since September both students have read over 1 million words. John has read over an impressive 1,61,000 and Max an outstanding 1,900,000.
We hope that Max, along with a large number of year 7 and 8 students will be receiving their 2 million words certificate very soon!
A big well done!