Weather Update 27/02/2018

UPDATE: The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy students will be allowed to leave at 1.40 pm this is due to the adverse weather conditions to ensure they can travel home safely. Many thanks

Due to weather conditions the school will close at 2.45pm today to allow time for students to travel. Should the situation change we shall update you by text/email. The Leigh UTC

Work experience business breakfast at The Leigh UTC.

The latest business breakfast at The Leigh UTC took place on Wednesday 7th February with the topic being the benefit to employers on offering work experience to students.

With governor, Clive Barker, acting as master of ceremonies, business delegates enjoyed networking prior to hearing from Principal, Steve Leahey.

An educator’s perspective

Mr Leahey discussed many aspects of work experience including when students from The Leigh UTC will be looking for opportunities; year 10 and year 12 students undertake block placements at the end of these academic years whilst the college also encourages longer term, one day a week placements for Post 16 students. He went on to elaborate upon the positive aspects of engaging with students in work experience for employers and explained that “red tape” in arranging work experience is not as onerous to as it could seem-

An employer’s perspective

As a regular supporter of The Leigh UTC, and indeed many of our Trust academies, Rob Brack, owner of the Kiwi Print Company,, related his experiences of offering work experience and how in a previous placement, an academy student, Connor, had blossomed. Rob explained that Connor had joined his previous company for work experience when in year 10 and has returned several times since making a positive contribution to the business.

A student’s perspective

Year 13 student, Amelia, eloquently described her experience of placements relating a journey through three work experience opportunities during her time at The Leigh UTC. Within her story she explained how, by being at a workplace, she was able to explore potential career paths and decide upon where she ultimately wishes her career to take her. Her experiences have taught her that an office job is not for her. One poignant comment that she made was that whilst studying, she’d never thought that she would use trigonometry outside of education but that she now has! Latterly, she has completed a placement at academy partner, SEM, and not only enjoyed the experience but has discovered that this is the type of working environment that would best suit her talents.

Delegate comment

Delegates were given a tour of the Leigh UTC at the end of breakfast and commented thus:

“The whole content was very engaging. I thought it was excellent. I was genuinely impressed by all I saw and met-looking forward to working with the College.” – Richard Schmidt, Coca Cola

“Fantastic school and event “ – Cassie Thomas, Coca Cola

“Excellent” – Les Nuttman, Verandi Ltd

Any employers looking to offer work experience to students from The Leigh UTC should contact Nicholas Payne via   

Business Youth Mentor visit.


3 mentors from Thames Water  gave a fascinating insight to 5 mentees from The Leigh UTC.

Long Reach Sewage Treatment Works serves a population of approximately 900,000 people, covering a 200,000 square mile catchment area in Kent.

The main sewage treatment works were constructed between 1921-1926, built on the original works which date back to the late 1800’s.  Since then, Long Reach STW has grown to meet the demands of an increasing population and with developments in technology.  As well as treating waste water before returning it to the Thames River, the site also produces biogas from sludge which is then used to generate electricity to help power the site -a Thermal Hydrolysis Plant (THP) is used to help optimise energy recovery at this stage.  The site also utilises a Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG) processing plant which produces biodiesel from left over cooking oil.

 A great day was had by all and we would like to a thank Phil Gilley, Julie Carter and Gregory Baker from Thames Water who gave our students the opportunity to visit the Long Reach Sewage Centre.



Project Management Consultancy is a sponsor of Dartford Football Club working to promote a new approach to careers guidance in schools that includes the use of this first purpose built, fully sustainable small stadium in the UK.

As part of this project, Charmain a year 12 student at The Leigh UTC was given the opportunity to become part of a Junior Press Team on Saturday 23 December 2017. This was enabled through Corporate Social Responsibility funds from a Northfleet based Construction Company – NBC Group Ltd.

This event was also a promotional opportunity for all parties as part of the ‘4 Roles, 4 Goals’ initiative. The Young People, Dartford FC, NBC Group and Diligence shared the event as a case study.

The online publication produced by the Young People can be found here

Fantastic work Charmain!

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Computer Science Final Competition

It is a pleasure to announce that our Year 7 Computer Science team of Finalists attended BAE systems STEM competition Final round at Rochester last week and came 4th among the 6 groups of Finalists.
The pupils endeavoured and performed immaculately the tough competition which included developing skills in computer programming using binary, contextual mathematics, data analysis, logical reasoning, creative thinking and team building.
Our year 7, team at UTC were amazing and performed the very difficult tasks and showed brilliant team work, problem solving and logical reasoning. The best part was that they kept their enthusiasm till the end and were enjoying the tasks and had fun.
It was announced at the end that they were the youngest team among all the competitors which included Year 8, 9 and some 10.
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Module 3 Principal Blog

As we approach February half term the attention is focusing on the opening of our Inspiration Academy for year 7 students in March and targeted intervention for our older students to help support them, for their impending ‘A’ Levels and GCSE examinations. The next round of mock examinations take place, students await University offers and many employers start advertising for apprenticeship programmes. All of this makes for a busy period and one in which planning plays a vital role. We have had another successful module with a number of events taking place across all year groups. It is important to remind all parents / carers and students that we have firm guidelines with regards to attendance, behaviour, dress code and use of mobile phone technology in our academy. The latter being very prominent in the press of late, involving young people understanding their digital footprint and using the internet safely and appropriately. As this module draws to a close I would like to draw your attention to the school policies that can be found on our website here. Please can I ask that you familiarise yourself with these so that we can make sure all students are following school requirements. Regarding mobiles The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy encourages the use of new and modern technologies to aid with learning. Students may sometimes be permitted to use their mobile phone, electronic device or headphones if the teacher allows them to use as a learning aid during lesson. Mobile phones are not allowed out during lessons unless instructed by the teacher. In lessons we use a simple logo system to display to the students if they are permitted to use their devices or headphones for learning. Students must not use to contact parents for collecting during the school day or social media. Any students that misuses this may have their devices or headphones confiscated for parents to collect at a later date. You may be aware that Cucina are no longer accepting cash for food and drink items. I am aware that a number of parents have still not activated their parentpay accounts and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you Cucina no longer accept cash and that Parent Pay is the only form of payment method for students and staff. ParentPay is an online payment service to make payments for school meals, trips, after school clubs and much more online. If you are experiencing any difficulty activating your account please contact the school office who will assist you in activating your account. This module students were fortunate enough to receive a visit from Chief Petty Officer Andrew Denley and two other officers of the Royal Navy UTC Outreach team. They came along to meet with our five teams, who all successfully secured places in the finals of the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 2018-Exercise Clean Sweep. Students were able to have an informal chat with the officers , discuss their ideas and seek advice regarding the design and manufacture of their vessels. This was a great opportunity for the teams, who are now more motivated than ever to follow in the footsteps of last year’s overall winners of the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 2017, HMS Saviour 2.0, from The Leigh UTC. I would like to wish all our students who are finalists good luck for the competition to be held, on 21 March 2018, at HMS Sultan and hope they enjoy their overnight stay on HMS.

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Year 7’s had the opportunity to enjoy an insightful day with visitors to The Leigh UTC for a lesson on their digital footprint. Students explored how what they post online on various forms of social media, search through the internet and things they purchase connect them to so many other people, people who they don’t actually know in the real world. Students were able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of social media and learnt how to control what they post and search to prevent their digital footprint from getting even bigger.

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33 year 7 students were involved in the STEM Computer Science workshop today. All the students behaved really well, learnt difficult concepts, listened, participated in various challenging activities and performed to a very high standard. Facilitator left our site really happy and congratulated us to have such exceeding students in our school as he has delivered this session in many schools and ran the similar workshops with Year 10s and they were not anywhere near our Year 7s. He further commented on our student’s subject knowledge strength as most if not all understood the difficult concepts of computational thinking he had designed the activities for the day. We have a winning team who will be participating in the finals for The Leigh UTC: 1. Patricia Antunes 2. Liam Crumby 3. Ella Ferris 4. Kellie -Ann Bawor 5. Christopher Wilkinson Amy Muskett – really stood out from her designated group and will also be joining the winning team in the finals. ALL the students will be presented with a certificate later on in the module.

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safer internet

All students at the Inspiration Academy and the Leigh UTC have enjoyed learning about how to be safe online. We encourage you to speak to your child about this. Further information please visit

I  wish you all a restful break and we look forward to welcoming students back on Monday 19th February 2018.