It only seems 5 minutes ago since we started the new term and we are already in the run up to the autumn half term. It really has been an excellent term with new students settling in and current students really applying themselves to completing their work for their end of key stage assessments.
There have been some exciting activities happening this half term, with students out on work experience at South West Water, Centrax, MB Aerospace, the Royal Navy and Army, to name but a few. Our new employer engagement officer, Mr Barry Seager has truly made a difference focussing on this and making the links for employer projects to happen. We have work experiences at the Environment Agency and Yeo Valley coming up where students will learn about how science and engineering are used in the real world to provide the functions we need in society today.
Our new Lead for Engineering, Ms Kerry Eldershaw has really settled in well and is working hard with the Engineering Team to give young people the best possible experience in this key part of our specialism. We are looking at how we get further employer engagement in the classroom, an example of which is where our year 12 Engineers, who are just about to start an Arduino project visited SFS Simulation Systems to see how they have used pneumatics and this fantastic small computing tool to provide cost effective and realistic Apache Helicopter Simulators. It really was great fun flying this, interestingly most of us could get it to take off and fly, but landing it was a whole different challenge!
Another first for the UTC is the formation of our KS4 rugby team. Mr Golding, our new PE teaching really enjoyed the first session with a group of very talented and spirited rugby players. Another advantage of the UTC is the way it brings students with a diverse range of skills and attributes together to produce teams like this. I will indeed be a very proud Principal the first time I stand on a touch line cheering our team on.
The summer’s exam results really demonstrated how the UTC programme prepares young people for the workplace, in that in the most important measure, all students were able to achieve their destinations in terms of courses at University, College, Apprenticeships or Employment. As you would expect our post 16 diploma results were very strong indeed, a real testament to the quality of what is going on at the UTC. For the students, where appropriate to back this up with great A level results is truly a different opportunity.
As we move through half term we are all looking forward to the opportunities that we can provide for young people in the future, we are a growing institution with great outcomes, fantastic facilities and a school with well qualified, enthusiastic teachers who really enjoy teaching in our smaller class sizes. Keep a look out on our website for our open events, they are now busy, thriving evenings with students, teachers and employer partners to meet. We also have community events next year which will enable parents and families, along with the wider local community to experience Science and Engineering activities.