As we approach February half term the attention is focusing on the opening of our Inspiration Academy for year 7 students in March and targeted intervention for our older students to help support them, for their impending ‘A’ Levels and GCSE examinations. The next round of mock examinations take place, students await University offers and many employers start advertising for apprenticeship programmes. All of this makes for a busy period and one in which planning plays a vital role. We have had another successful module with a number of events taking place across all year groups. It is important to remind all parents / carers and students that we have firm guidelines with regards to attendance, behaviour, dress code and use of mobile phone technology in our academy. The latter being very prominent in the press of late, involving young people understanding their digital footprint and using the internet safely and appropriately. As this module draws to a close I would like to draw your attention to the school policies that can be found on our website here. Please can I ask that you familiarise yourself with these so that we can make sure all students are following school requirements. Regarding mobiles The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy encourages the use of new and modern technologies to aid with learning. Students may sometimes be permitted to use their mobile phone, electronic device or headphones if the teacher allows them to use as a learning aid during lesson. Mobile phones are not allowed out during lessons unless instructed by the teacher. In lessons we use a simple logo system to display to the students if they are permitted to use their devices or headphones for learning. Students must not use to contact parents for collecting during the school day or social media. Any students that misuses this may have their devices or headphones confiscated for parents to collect at a later date. You may be aware that Cucina are no longer accepting cash for food and drink items. I am aware that a number of parents have still not activated their parentpay accounts and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you Cucina no longer accept cash and that Parent Pay is the only form of payment method for students and staff. ParentPay is an online payment service to make payments for school meals, trips, after school clubs and much more online. If you are experiencing any difficulty activating your account please contact the school office who will assist you in activating your account. This module students were fortunate enough to receive a visit from Chief Petty Officer Andrew Denley and two other officers of the Royal Navy UTC Outreach team. They came along to meet with our five teams, who all successfully secured places in the finals of the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 2018-Exercise Clean Sweep. Students were able to have an informal chat with the officers , discuss their ideas and seek advice regarding the design and manufacture of their vessels. This was a great opportunity for the teams, who are now more motivated than ever to follow in the footsteps of last year’s overall winners of the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 2017, HMS Saviour 2.0, from The Leigh UTC. I would like to wish all our students who are finalists good luck for the competition to be held, on 21 March 2018, at HMS Sultan and hope they enjoy their overnight stay on HMS.
Year 7’s had the opportunity to enjoy an insightful day with visitors to The Leigh UTC for a lesson on their digital footprint. Students explored how what they post online on various forms of social media, search through the internet and things they purchase connect them to so many other people, people who they don’t actually know in the real world. Students were able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of social media and learnt how to control what they post and search to prevent their digital footprint from getting even bigger.
33 year 7 students were involved in the STEM Computer Science workshop today. All the students behaved really well, learnt difficult concepts, listened, participated in various challenging activities and performed to a very high standard. Facilitator left our site really happy and congratulated us to have such exceeding students in our school as he has delivered this session in many schools and ran the similar workshops with Year 10s and they were not anywhere near our Year 7s. He further commented on our student’s subject knowledge strength as most if not all understood the difficult concepts of computational thinking he had designed the activities for the day. We have a winning team who will be participating in the finals for The Leigh UTC: 1. Patricia Antunes 2. Liam Crumby 3. Ella Ferris 4. Kellie -Ann Bawor 5. Christopher Wilkinson Amy Muskett – really stood out from her designated group and will also be joining the winning team in the finals. ALL the students will be presented with a certificate later on in the module.
All students at the Inspiration Academy and the Leigh UTC have enjoyed learning about how to be safe online. We encourage you to speak to your child about this. Further information please visit https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018#saferinternetday2018
I wish you all a restful break and we look forward to welcoming students back on Monday 19th February 2018.