Preparing for Success Evening – Year 7’s

It was wonderful meeting so many year 7 parents last night for our ‘Preparing for Success’ evening. So many wonderful comments from parents and students about how much they are enjoying their learning experience at Inspiration Academy at The Leigh UTC so far. All details from presentations will be emailed to all year 7 parents. We look forward to seeing you all again for our first Parent and Tutor day on Wednesday 8th November 2017 in module 2.

Head of College wins employer engagement super-user award

Carina Lindars, Head of College at the Inspiration Academy at The Leigh UTC won the Founders 4 Schools super-user accolade last night for her consistent efforts in accessing useful business engagement for students at the academy.

Super-User Award:

Carina Lindars from The Leigh UTC, South East LEP, England

Our Super-Users are widely renowned within the F4S community for using our services consistently and prolifically. They also possess a strong understanding of the value and impact of careers education. Key findings about careers and enterprise programmes suggest that they can: improve young people’s ability to make career decisions and their optimism about the future; help young people to increase their attainment and be more likely to enrol in post-secondary education; reduce young people’s likelihood of becoming unemployed; increase young people’s earnings after they complete their schooling. Our Super-Users are well on their way to ensuring that the students at their schools are given every opportunity to succeed in the future.

Carina Lindars from The Leigh UTC has facilitated 475 student-employer encounters since 2015 which far exceeds the national average of 289 per school!

Ms. Lindars has made it a priority to provide each students with three employer encounters in 2016 and four in 2015, which is one of our highest records ever. These encounters have been part of a motivational ‘Route to Success’ week, which is organised to provide them with more information on a wide range of STEM careers available through Apprenticeships, University or workplaces. Ms. Lindars is clearly well aware of the research which shows that four student-employer encounters helps to make young people more prepared for the world of work. The students at The Leigh UTC are well on their way to being employable.

Judges’ Comments:


  • Nominated for the volume of encounters.
  • To facilitate such a high number of student-employer encounters is impressive in itself, but we also love the way Carina has created a theme called ‘Route to Success’ that is so inspiring and relevant to the students. All the nominations in this category are super impressive, but Carina stood out for us.
  • We commend the sheer passion.
  • The volume of encounters and Carina’s commitment to giving her students access to business professionals is impressive.


As a result, Ms Lindars was interviewed by local radio station KMFM as part of a news item.

Congratulations to Ms Lindars on this recognition of her invaluable work in assisting students at The Leigh UTC.


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New mentors at The Leigh UTC

Friday 8th September saw youth mentor training for the newest cohort of mentors at The Leigh UTC.

Facilitated by Kevin Nutter and Anna Wilton of the Students Services team, new mentors were given a comprehensive grounding on the work that they will be doing with our students.

Within a highly interactive session, delegates from a wide range of businesses including Thames Water and Metro Bank were able to meet each other and discuss how they will bring their industry, and indeed life expertise, to bear in supporting our students.

“The UTC mentoring programme is now firmly embedded into our programmes, the role of the mentor is acknowledged as pivotal in raising aspirations.  It was a real pleasure to meet our new mentors for 2017/18 bringing a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the role.   It is yet another example of business and education working in partnership at The Leigh UTC”.

Steve Leahey. Principal

Thank you to all involved.

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