Principal’s Blog – June 2018

PRINCIPAL’S BLOG

JUNE 2018

This has been an incredibly purposeful term at the UTC. All of our Year 11s and Year 13s have now completed exams and we look forward to results in the summer. Important dates for your diary are Thursday 16 August for A-Level results and Thursday 23 August for GCSE results.

 

Last week I said farewell to our leavers in what was quite an emotional assembly. However, we will see you many of you who will be attending a leaver’s trip to Alton Towers this week and I’m sure it will be great fun. We will also welcome many of our Year 11s back for the Induction Day on 11 July in preparation for Sixth Form. We said our final farewell to Year 13s with a staff vs students football match. As I understand it last year the students won comfortably, however this year the victory went to the staff with a close fought 6-5 win.

An emotional farewell for our Year 13 leavers on their last day at the UTC.

Parents will be pleased to know that we are providing training which will equip our students with a CSCS card, enabling them to work on a construction site unsupervised. This is just one of the many solutions we are providing in order to make our young people more employable.

 

There has also been some really exciting news around a number of our leavers securing Apprenticeships, with Keiran beginning work with Balfour Beatty Vinci, Jacob joining RMD Kwikform and Jack joining Pasquil, to name but a few. Students successful in apprenticeship applications have reported that their Employer Project experiences, specialist curriculum and Work Experience provided the content of their conversations at interview.

 

This week our Year 12s attended a UCAS Exhibition in Birmingham which will help prepare them for their next steps beyond life at the UTC. Year 10 and 12 students are currently working hard in preparation for their mock exams. I wish you the best of luck.

 

We are also pleased to announce that 5 students have been awarded a scholarship with the University of Wolverhampton for 2018/19.

 

In addition to this, both year groups are working alongside Midland Metro Alliance on a really stimulating Employer Project. We had some fantastic coverage for this in the local press. If you missed it please follow the link below:

 

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/education/2018/06/18/midland-metro-alliance-go-back-to-school-to-deliver-light-rail-module-for-wolverhampton-students/

Simon Maxfield, Vice Principal of West Midlands University Technical College in Cambridge Street Wolverhampton, thanks Midland Metro Alliance graduates Ben Crowe and Dan Colley for their work with his students.

I am proud to announce that many students at the UTC have been shortlisted for a number of awards and competitions. Gurpal Sahota is on the shortlist for Wolverhampton’s Young Citizen of the Year and we are extremely proud of him for all the charity work he has been involved in. We have a number of students whose work will be in serious contention at the DIGI awards to be presented at the Grand Theatre next week and we are confident in our entry for the Global Challenge Competition which sees a small group from different year groups find a solution for worldwide environmental issues using STEM. Please watch this space for more news on this next month…

 

Finally, the UTC enjoyed a visit from OFSTED last week. OFSTED will make judgements on the quality of our provision in a number of areas as well as an overall judgement. The final report will be prepared over the next week and as soon as I know more I will share the findings with you but I’m hoping it will provide a positive end to a very positive year.