Principal Blog End of Module 5

It has been another challenging yet successful and enjoyable module for the students and staff, with a number of activities and events taking place.

I am delighted that The Leigh UTC was featured in local Kent Messenger newspaper  having been awarded ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features in our recent Ofsted Inspection. It has also featured more recently in the Newsshopper and the Kent on Sunday with regards to the new Inspiration Academy opening September 2017.

Kent County Council invited me to talk about apprenticeships at the UTC and changes taking place with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, this was featured in the local press during a recent apprenticeship campaign (Made in Kent).

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A large proportion of our students have now been accepted on apprenticeship programmes across the STEM network.  We are working with the rest to secure 100% destinations as with last year.  Those wanting to go  to University have all had acceptance letters but await final results this summer

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Harry Dressel (pictured with Keith Ellis, Chair of Governors) applied for an apprenticeship with Mercedes AMG F1 in March this year.  He recently found out he had been selected after a gruelling interview process.  Being the first UTC to have a former student working in F1, is a real achievement as Harry was up against students from across the UK.  He was the only one selected and will start in September 2017.  Mercedes congratulated him and said ‘Harry achieved the highest assessment score ever seen by Mercedes during their recruitment process’ He will start his programme with the F1 engine design team and will be relocating to Brackley.

The Leigh UTC is proud to announce that Keeley Bowen, Teaching Assistant at the college, was selected from a highly competitive field of nominated professionals to be awarded the prestigious title of Kent Teaching Assistant of The Year at The Kent Teacher of The Year Awards 2017.

The Leigh UTC is proud to announce that Keeley Bowen, Teaching Assistant at the college, was selected from a highly competitive field of nominated professionals to be awarded the prestigious title of Kent Teaching Assistant of The Year at The Kent Teacher of The Year Awards 2017.

The award recognises Keeley’s hard work in supporting students and parents at The Leigh UTC. Keeley received her award at a gala event, hosted by the Kent Messenger at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone on Friday 19th May 2017.

As well as winning the overall award for the county, Keeley also won the award for Teaching Assistant of The Year, Dartford and Gravesham.

Keeley was nominated by a number of students and colleagues at The Leigh UTC. The judging panel were particularly impressed that one of Keely’s colleagues said, as part of the nomination process, that “Keeley has the magic touch for building amazing relationships with both students and parents.”

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Year 12 students played a huge role as actors and helped to  film our new LAT16 online adverts. You can check our latest Post 16 campaign here https://youtu.be/vJ-gQVysvds

Earlier this week year 11 UTC students went to the Gravesend ‘Panic Room’ experience. We felt this was a good opportunity for students to re-energise during the stressful revision period. A great day was had by all with students left feeling calm and collected ready for the exam season.

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This module also saw re-election of our Senior Student Team . After an extremely intense interview process, we are extremely proud to introduce our new Student Senior team:

Amelia Cockran – Student Principal

Taran Panayi – Student Vice Principal, Engineering

Joseph Fasogbon – Student Vice Principal, Computing

Lulu Regan – Events Coordinator and Student Liaison

Max Parkin – Student Council Lead

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Students from Year 10 had a school trip to the Bank of England museum and had the opportunity to complete engaging activities relating to the real life application of mathematics. In addition to this, they visited the LMA to investigate the properties of salt and ice-cream. They learnt the amazing history of salt and were able to make their own ice-cream without technology, by investigating the chemical properties of science and salt. Overall, students enjoyed the day and the opportunity to apply their learning in London.

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Preparation for the Inspiration Academy @ The Leigh UTC is progressing well with Year 7 families attending a very successful induction evening to discuss the transition process from Year 6. As you will have seen if you have driven or walked along Brunel Way recently, the building works for the Inspiration Academy building are well under way with the steel construction partially completed.

 

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A local start up company ‘Simi Stove’ came to the UTC in May to demonstrate their idea to our Post 16 students.  They have invented a cooking stove for third world countries primarily but it can also be used in the camping / leisure market.  They have asked our students to design additional features before it comes to market.  This is a great opportunity for our engineering students to tackle a ‘real-life’ problem and make it part of the Extended project qualification.

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Finally I would like to wish all the students and families at The Leigh UTC a restful half term and best of luck to the students who will be revising during the holidays.