It has been yet another successful and enjoyable module for the students and staff here at The Leigh UTC, with a number of trips and events taking place this term.
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. To read the article please click here.
I have had the opportunity to witness several assemblies focusing on STEM career opportunities; presentations and more recently a trip to a University. A number of our Year 13 students have received offers from Universities and securing impressive opportunities of a Level 4 apprenticeships. It is also worth noting that all students have been focusing on examination preparations taking up the opportunity to attend extra subject sessions, with revision sessions being offered to students during the Easter half term, details regarding these sessions can be found on the year 11 newsletter that is circulated to parents every Wednesday.
It is exciting to see building work beginning on the new Inspiration Academy, having a new college as part of our growing campus will bring with it exciting new challenges and opportunities. Currently we are appointing new staff members as part of the expansion while developing the curriculum to support KS3.
Students at The Leigh UTC had the opportunity to compete against other youngsters across England to take part in the Royal Navy University Training College Young Engineers Challenge – Operation Angel 2017. This was held in partnership with University Technical Colleges (UTC’s) with a total of 70 teams competing in the challenge. Our students got the opportunity to experience an overnight stay of naval life on the HMS Bristol. A total of 11 prizes were presented across three categories to the teams taking part, The Leigh UTC students won ‘Overall winners’ in the 16-18 category and the students were delighted with their award.
“After all that effort to actually get something out it and win feels amazing.”
“It feels really good to accomplish something.
Year 10 students had the opportunity to visit King’s College University to learn mathematics and to give students the opportunity to think about their choices should they wish to pursue going onto a ‘red-brick’ university. Students attended a lecture about financing studies in higher education. They also had the opportunity to ask current King’s College students about their experience, followed by a tour of the university facilities and recently restored library by a current KCL student reading mathematics.
“It gave me a much more open and detailed view of what my previous expectation was. Plus I enjoyed it!”
“I liked the tour around the university as it gave me an idea of my future and got me thinking about how I can live my life, with the costs and everything. Before this I wasn’t even thinking of uni”
Students enjoyed meeting with AECOM engineers who came to the UTC to speak about study and working in the Engineering field. They encouraged students to think about all the different routes that are available to them and answered questions in more detail about their jobs and what it is like being a female engineer.
As part of National Careers Week all students had the opportunity to learn more about going onto an apprenticeship. Victoria Lawrence from Kent County Council Apprenticeship Ambassador gave presentations to all students detailing what an apprenticeship involves and where to look for one. Student’s learnt about apprenticeships within a 5 mile radius of The Leigh UTC, with 139 apprenticeships being currently available.
This module staff helped students by holding a ‘Preparing for Success’ event. This was for all our year 11 students, who worked alongside staff to create personalised revision plans and revision material to support their upcoming deadlines and examinations. Students found this a useful opportunity to help them succeed but it also enabled them to take create home revision guide booklets and personalised exam calendars that they will display at home.
Year 10 students participated in the FMSP Maths Feast, hosted by Strood Academy. The Maths Feast involved a competition for students to test mathematical comprehension, problem solving, communication and teamworking skills. A great day was had by all the students who enjoyed the competition and are keen to attend more further events.
The MoD supported The Leigh UTC students with their BTEC Level 3 Engineering project. The brief was to design and build a robot that could disarm an IED (improvised explosive device) by cutting a wire. Students worked in small teams to create their solutions using the VEX robotics kits. As part of the support, the MoD invited all the year 13 engineers to the IEDD (improvised Explosive Device Disposal) training facility in Warwickshire. Here, students were taught about IEDs and how the MoD currently respond to the threat. The students were able to operate some of the current RCVs used by the MoD. This experience was key to the students understanding the brief and the real world application of their project.
On completion of the project, 4 members of MoD visited the UTC as the panel for the student presentations. Each group presented their robotic solution to the panel and answered questions from them. They each then demonstrated the success of their robot, navigating the bot across the sand and rock terrain in the test site set up in the workshop to find the mock device and disarm it. The MoD were impressed with the work carried out by the students over the duration of the project and are keen to support the UTC next year.
Leigh UTC students from years 10 and 12 participated in an event at Nottingham Forest Football Club supporting KS2 students through a wide range of STEM activities. It was a very intensive, but rewarding day that all students gained a lot from. It was a pleasure to see how quickly older and younger students built a strong rapport and used this to achieve very high outcomes across the range of activities. Some of these included; building a helipad for the RAF, Drag racers powered by elastic bands and ‘slow marble machines’. Well done to all involved!
The Leigh UTC staged the first round of the Bloodhound SSC Model Rocket Car Competition on Wednesday 29th March. The Leigh UTC was represented by 3 teams with cars entered by Tyler Draper, Hayden Thomsett and James Biscoe. St. Olave’s School had 3 teams and Dartford Bridge Primary submitted 5 teams. With 11 cars in total, it was a busy afternoon. The students were assisted by men from the Royal Signals and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). The secondary school category was won by St. Olave’s with a speed of 31.68mph and The fastest car from Dartford Bridge managed a top speed of 31.46mph. The two winning teams go on to the regional final, to be held next term at the UTC! The challenge becomes a lot tougher as the students will have a maximum of 1 hour to prepare a car from scratch… we wish them luck. With a first prize of a trip to South Africa to see the real Bloodhound car go for the world land speed record, there is a lot to work for The Leigh UTC is already planning for next year’s competition and we will be looking to put in a record breaking performance.
Finally I am pleased to announce that students worked extremely hard raising money for comic relief, raising a grand total of £181.94. The money was raised by students working especially hard selling raffle tickets and cakes. Enjoy the Easter holiday and good luck to all those preparing for examinations.
This week The Leigh UTC welcomed two engineers from AECOM, Georgia and Harriette.
They came to speak to our students about studying and working in the field of Engineering. Their particular specialism is designing and structurally refurbishing bridges, which is classed as Civil Engineering. They are currently working on a project based in Dubai for a new bridge.
Georgia and Harriette first gave a presentation to all year groups. This presentation gave students glimpses of how vast the field of engineering is and gave a few specific examples of the different areas available. They encouraged students to think about the different routes that were available and advocated a year in industry if students chose to go to University.
After this they specifically spoke with Post 16 Engineers in depth about the different pathways available and answered questions in more detail about their jobs and what it is like being a female engineer.
Our students left with ‘food for thought’ about their chosen routes as speaking with Georgia and Harriette opened their minds to other possibilities.
At the end of question time Harriette and Georgia participated in a Podcast. They were interviewed by Morgan Stansell and Loui Ringer for their BBC news report.
The Leigh UTC held its first open business event of the year on March 8th. Local businesses came together to hear a useful presentation on updates on the forthcoming apprenticeships levy from Malcolm Healey of The Leigh UTC’s apprenticeships partner, SEMTA, www.semta.org.uk
Principal, Steve Leahey, went on to talk about the attributes of students and character development through The Leigh UTC and forthcoming International Baccalaureate Careers Programme learner profiles.
A number of year 13 students shone as they gave short presentations to delegates on their extended project qualifications:
Akeem Rhoden presented his solidworks animation of a wind turbine
Niamh Arklie showed off her electric skateboard project
Oliver Lock displayed his electric guitar
Royal Navy team, Greg Tindell, Lewis Cartmell and Jack Evans spoke about their project and forthcoming national competition aspirations.
Business attendees were most impressed by the students at The Leigh UTC who also joined delegates for business networking at the brunch. Several offers of work experience, mentoring and possible apprenticeships were received as a direct result of the event.
Delegate comment included:
“I would like to thank The Leigh UTC for inviting us to listen to the presentations today. The levy presentation was so insightful and I feel happier about how it all works. You all must be so proud of your students; they gave brilliant presentations and are a credit to the Academy.”- Sarah Doyle, HR Partner, Colorcon
The next UTC business event will be a breakfast on Friday 12th May from 8.00am to 10.00am. Subject topics will be business funding and apprenticeships in ICT. To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of national careers week, all students at The Leigh UTC had the opportunity to learn more about going onto an apprenticeship. Kent County Council Apprenticeship Ambassador, Victoria Lawrence gave several presentations to year 10, 11, 12 and 13 year groups on what an apprenticeship involves and where to look for one. Presentations were adapted each time according to the year group of students. Detail included that within a five mile radius of the Leigh UTC, there are 139 apprenticeships currently available. Students were then offered the opportunity to have a one to one meeting to discuss their own particular future aspirations in regard to becoming an apprentice.
Teacher comment was:
“I have had some really good feedback from staff and students.” – Jay Wright, Director of Apprenticeships
“Some great comments from students especially about the 1:1 meetings which they were all positive about”– Richard Nash, Director of Engineering
Victoria Lawrence commented – “Thank you very much, I really enjoyed coming into The Leigh UTC. The students were really engaged and listened well. I was impressed with their maturity when having the one to one sessions.
Having the one to one sessions was a fantastic idea as it allowed students to be open with their questions. I will be emailing information to the students based on our discussions.”
To help students begin their journey to university and higher education select year 10 students took part in the Uni Pathways R&D. The purpose of this R&D was to learn some university level mathematics and to start thinking about the choices the students had to make to go onto a top level university, whatever their chosen subject. The students have learnt how graph theory can be used to search computer networks and in logistics.
To celebrate the completion of the mathematical aspects of the course 8 students from year 10 attended a trip to King’s College London, currently ranked 14 in the Guardian University League table. During this trip students attended a lecture about financing studies in higher education and choosing subjects that would enable them freedom to choose the course they are interested in. They also had the opportunity to ask current KCL students about their experience. The lecture was followed by a tour of the university facilities and recently restored library by a current KCL student reading mathematics.
“It gave me a much more open and detailed view of what my previous expectation was. Plus I enjoyed it!” – Ioulia Kasapidis Yr 10.
“The library was cool & big” – Nathan Stokley Yr 10.
“I liked the tour around the university as it gave me an idea of my future and got me thinking about how I can live my life, with the costs and everything. Before this I wasn’t even thinking of uni” – Dahab Hajaj Yr 10.
The Leigh UTC Year 10s and D von der Goltz with their guide, third year Mathematician Isabelle.
Today we held another very successful ‘Preparing for Success’ event for all of our year 11 students. Students worked with staff to create personalised revision plans and revision material to support their upcoming deadlines and examinations. Students have embraced this opportunity to succeed and have taken home revision guide booklets and personalised exam calendars that they will display at home.
YOUNG ENGINEERS TAKE ON DISASTER RELIEF CHALLENGE
FOR BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK
HMS Sultan welcomed youngsters from across England recently to take part in the Royal Navy University Training College Young Engineers Challenge – Operation Amphibious Angel 2017.
Held in partnership with University Technical Colleges (UTCs), Young Engineers and BAE Systems, the challenge encourages young people to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
A total of 70 teams competed in the Challenge, with several of the teams enjoying the opportunity to experience 24 hours of naval life, including a night on board HMS Bristol.
Themed around the Royal Navy’s role of providing disaster relief, the students were tasked with designing a remote controlled vehicle capable of operating on land and water, negotiating dangerous debris and retrieving vital supplies from a safe location and deliver them to the affected island.
With the event falling in British Science Week, 10 – 19 March it gave everyone involved the chance to demonstrate how organisations such as the Royal Navy, UTC, Young Engineers and BAE Systems across the engineering industry are encouraging young people into STEM careers.
The Challenge was hosted within an aircraft hangar normally used by Air Engineering Technicians from the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School (RNAESS) and in between competing, the students were given the opportunity to look at a number of aircraft and enjoy a number of interactive displays around the arena. In addition youngsters were given tours of marine engineering training facilities used by the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) including Diesel Engines and thunderous Gas Turbines.
Within a display of industry apprentices up to the age of 25, Royal Navy students from the RNAESS and DSMarE and the Weapons Engineering Training Group (WETG),HMS Collingwood were put up against teams from RAF Cosford and competition sponsor BAE Systems with Cosford’s team ‘Lateral Thinking’ proving the most efficient model.
A total of 11 prizes were presented across three categories to the teams taking part, with Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) Rear Admiral John Clink OBE presenting the overall winners awards.
Team ‘HMS Saviour 2.0’ from The Leigh UTC, was declared overall winners in the 16-18 category and the students were absolutely delighted with their award. Justin Chapman(17) said::”Our boat was made up in two stages, it was a boat vehicle and a land vehicle.”
“We actually entered the competition last year with a design that focussed on having two hulls and this year we decided to evolve our old design and include dual thrust which we think helped it what manoeuvres.”
“After all that effort to actually get something out it and win feels amazing.”
Sukhdeep Bhambra(17) Said: “We made sure that our design was amphibious but could also be used on the land and that made it easier to capture all the obstacles.”
“We had two runs with the vehicle throughout the day and made a few changes in the second to try it without the claw, which didn’t work quite as well, but the vehicle still had lots of power.”
“It feels really good to accomplish something.”
Charles Parker,CEO of UTCs Said: “It is great to see 18 UTCs sending 212 students to this event and I know they have been working really hard to get ready for it. The RN UTC Engineering Challenge is an excellent example of the practical application of the theoretical learning they have done in school. We are very grateful for all the support the Royal Navy provides, running this programme for so many UTCs and local schools.”
Assistant Chief Of Staff Training, Commodore Andy Cree Royal Navy said: “The Royal Navy is proud to support the UTC Engineering challenge at HMS Sultan. The event is about inspiring the engineers and scientists of tomorrow and encouraging innovation. It enables the Royal Navy to highlight the variety of exciting roles and opportunities available to engineers, not just within the Royal Navy, but across the whole engineering and scientific community, which in turn, is helping to build a better future for the United Kingdom.”
RN UTC Young Engineers Challenge – Operation Amphibious Angel 2017 Awards:
|Category||14-16 yr olds||16-18 yr olds||Industry Apprentices||Award Presented by|
|Best presentation||Team Axcel
|Brig Richard Bennett, Commandant DCTT|
|Best design||HMS Bismark
Reading UTC Team
South Devon UTC
|Caroline Dinenage MP for Gosport|
|Valiant effort|| Team Archimedes
|Capt Tim Neild RN, CO HMS ALBION|
|Runner Up||Turtle Power
South Wiltshire UTC
|BAE Snr Representative, Brooke Hoskins, Transformation Director|
|Overall Winners||HMS Dumper
|HMS Saviour 2.0
The Leigh UTC
|Flag Officer Sea Training RAdm John Clink OBE|
Earlier this week The Leigh UTC Year 10 students participated in the FMSP Maths Feast, hosted by Strood Academy. The Maths Feast is an exciting competition for students in year 10 testing mathematical comprehension, problem solving, communication and teamworking skills. We were delighted to be able to take two teams which included a team from the Year 10 financial maths class and the alpha maths class. Both teams found the task challenging and were very engaged in each of the rounds. Students enjoyed the competition and are very interested in attending further events.