Technology Challenge – Royal Engineers Museum

On Friday 15th March 3 teams from the Leigh UTC were invited to take part in a Technology Tournament at the Royal Engineers Museum competing against students from other schools.

The Technology Challenge involved students nominated by their teachers in teams of 4 from Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. They were given surprise task on the day which included the design, manufacture and testing of a prototype crane that had to collapse to move under a bridge then lift a load out of a pipe via a magnet then return to the start carrying the load and moving back under the bridge.. Eg  A vehicle which can drive over different types of terrain. Students were given marks for teamwork, quality of designs, quality of the make and how well it performed in testing.

There were 15 teams in total with 2 overall categories and the Leigh UTC won the advanced category with their KS5 team. This is the Leigh UTC’s second win in 3 years.

Congratulations to the KS5 Y12 winners. Students, from left to right.

Josh Edney, Jason Wendon, Bethany Arney, Patrick Manning. (Other competitors were Y11,  Kai Busfield, Noah Green, Hannah Stonehouse, Joe Howe, and in Y8 Hayden Hooper, James Fowler, Lewis Bailes, Amy Muskett, Charlie Walder)

Key Stage 3 – Zero Club

As a reward for maintaining an immaculate behavioural record, 28 students from Key Stage 3 visited the London Docklands Museum in Canary Wharf. During the day, students discovered the significant role that the River Thames played in the development of London as well as the ethical issues linked to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The most popular exhibit among the students was ‘London during World War II’ where students were able to experience first hand what life in London was like during the Blitz – including the use of an underground shelter! The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the students were, as always, perfect ambassadors of the school.

Key Stage 3 – Humanities

Throughout Module 4, students across Key Stage 3 are studying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim is to get the entire world working together to achieve the universal goals by 2030. This week, students have been looking at the issues of equality in education around the world, as well as how plastic pollution is impacting on the planet and animal life on land and below water.

Students are working hard to create proposals as to how The Leigh UTC can do our part in making the world a better place for future generations. We welcome suggestions from all students and their families to aid our contribution to these goals.

Please contact Mr Blyth by email if you wish to share your ideas:

Fair Trade fortnight

Last week students at the Leigh UTC had a wonderful assembly to make Fair Trade fortnight. Students learn about how Fair Trade works and the difference this can make around the world. This also supported the work we are doing on The Global Sustainable Development Goals.

Computer Science

Last week year 12 Computer Science students had the opportunity to visit  KBC, Hug Group and STSL at The Nucleus Business and Innovation Centre. Students got to experience computing with security solutions and tracking devices made for recording data about pupils health habits which is used in primary schools.

Students have been offered work experience with Hug Group and possible Apprenticeships with KBC networks. The Leigh UTC look forward to collaborating in the near future. Overall, a great day was had by all with students really enjoying the trip.


Tate Modern Year 11 Trip

Year 11 Art students had a wonderful time at the Tate Modern on Friday prepping for their GCSE exam. Students had a private tour of artwork and artists that will support their exam preparation.