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.