Principal Blog – Module 1

I would like to start this post by welcoming new and existing students to The Leigh UTC. We are now into our 4th year as a University Technical College with our school continuing to grow and expand both in student numbers and opportunities that enable us to develop a more diverse curriculum.  

Our examinations that our former students have secured over the last 3 years proves that the value of a STEM based education in our current economy. Results on both GCSE and Post 16 are the best yet and maintain our position as one of the very best UTCs in the country. I am extremely proud of our Year 11 GCSE students reaching their potential across all their subjects at The Leigh UTC.  We have improved our performance from 2016 with our strongest set of academic outcome.

Photo left to right: Jason Wenden  2A*, Grade 8 in maths, 3A, grade 6 in English and 3 B grades.  Jason is returning to the Leigh UTC to study the Technical Baccalaureate route including L3 Engineering, A level maths and Extended Project Qualification.  Charlie Dring 2 A, 3B, Grade 6 in maths, Grade 5 in English  and 4C grades. Charlie is returning to the UTC to study the International Baccalaureate Career Pathway (IBCP).  Robbie White 2A, grade 6 in maths and English, 5B and 2C grades. Robbie is returning to the UTC to study IBCP pathway. Artur Bujok 1A*, 1A, 1B, Grade 4 in maths and English and 4 C grades. Artur is returning to the Leigh UTC to study the Technical Baccalaureate pathway including L3 Engineering, Core maths and Extended Project Qualification.  Ewen Johnston 1A*,2A, grade 6 in maths 3B, grade 4 in English and 2C grades. Ewan is starting a L3 Engineering Apprenticeship. 

The Leigh UTC GCSE Results

The new Inspiration Academy building is nearing  to completion with an anticipated completion date of March 2018, with last year being oversubscribed and with current demand for school places suggests the same for September 18/19.  This bodes well for the future as parents become more familiar with the benefits of a STEM based education (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the career opportunity benefits this will bring.

It has been hugely satisfying to see our new intake of year 7 settle in so quickly. Students came from 27 different primary schools made history as the first to transfer to a University Technical College in the country.

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I am excited by our new build which will provide state of the art facilities across the Key stage 3 curriculum.  The sports fields are also making good progress with all 5 acres currently being cleared ready for levelling. 

The Leigh UTC will be upgrading its management information system during the half term to reflect our growing intake. This will provide parents with online access to pupil reports, calendars and parent pay.  We will continue to use classcharts, which provides parents with full online access to the behaviour trends of students across all subjects.  Our business partners fully support the use of classcharts and provide the range of rewards students can achieve.

Inspiration Academy @ The Leigh UTC currently has vacancy for a Parent Governor to serve on the Governing Body of Inspiration Academy @ The Leigh UTC. We would like to encourage parent/carers of registered students to nominate themselves if you feel you can add value to this role. If you would like to stand for Parent Governor please contact the office by info@theleighutc.org.uk or by telephone phone on 01322 626600.

On a final note….

With regards to the current  government performance measurement system, Progress 8, it does not take into account that The Leigh UTC takes pupils aged 14.  In the 18 months we have with them before they take their GCSEs, we make excellent progress but this is then compared to all other schools who have 5 years.  I also feel that destinations should be reflected in performance measures as it would show the number of students securing apprenticeship programmes and university places.  That said, I have increasing faith in parents that they too can see beyond this flawed measure.  Being able to take students aged 11 will benefit us in the next few years, as they will have secured the skills we hold dear at the UTC.

Students return back for Module 2 on Monday 6th November with the next module requiring students to sit mock examinations along with the opportunity of parents to meet with tutors to discuss your child’s progress on Wednesday 8th November.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of The UTC,  have a restful half term enjoy and I look forward to seeing everyone back ready for Module 2 on Monday 6th November.