Paul Blake – Science, IT and Technology Teacher of the Year, Dartford and Gravesham

PBL awardThe Leigh UTC is proud to announce that newly qualified teacher, Paul Blake, was selected from a highly competitive field of nominated professionals to be awarded the prestigious title of Science, IT and Technology Teacher of the Year, Dartford and Gravesham at The Kent Teacher of The Year Awards 2016.

Paul was nominated by a group of Year 12 students at The Leigh UTC.

Principal of The Leigh UTC, Steve Leahey commented “A deserved award for Paul’s outstanding contribution during his first year at the Leigh UTC. It’s encouraging for all of us at the UTC to receive teacher recognition as we strive to deliver student career defining pathways”

Paul commented “I worked as a computer engineer for over 20 years before I even considered teaching, so to say I’m an older NQT would be an understatement! But I am so honoured to be named a winner, and I’m ever-thankful to my Year 12 group who put me forward for nomination and The Leigh UTC who gave me the opportunity to work in such a fantastic place.”

Student Presentations “Wow” Guests

On Wednesday 4th May The Leigh UTC hosted another of its popular networking business breakfasts. Delegates listened intently as Year 13 students demonstrated examples of their extended engineering projects which included go-kart refurbishment, an engine strip down project and participation in the highly competitive Royal Navy Challenge.

Mr Nutter, The Leigh UTC’s Pastoral Support Coordinator, gave a fascinating overview of the recent project carried out for the Metropolitan police where students built a petrol bomb trolley to be used at the police training centre in Gravesend. Mrs Lindars, Assistant Principal of The Leigh UTC informed the delegates, who all come from the local business community, of the many exciting forthcoming developments at the College including the opening of a new site in September 2017 which will be adjacent to the current UTC building and will accommodate 11-14 year old students.

Our next business breakfast is scheduled for the 6th July 2016 and will afford delegates the opportunity to celebrate with us the students successes in gaining both employment and further education places.