Principal’s Blog – September 2018

Principal's Blog - September 2018

Principal's Blog - September 2018

Principal's Blog - September 2018

Principal's Blog - September 2018

I would like to start by congratulating our most recent leavers on their examination achievements and their success in achieving such worthwhile destinations.

 

A big shout out to all of the outgoing Year 11s. Virtually all of them enjoyed a positive journey during their time at the UTC and a large number are still with us in sixth form. A number of students achieved some of the best GCSE grades in Wolverhampton including:

 

A** is a 9, A* an 8 etc…, some grades still appear as letters, in the interest of consistency we have presented as follows…

 

Georgina: 1 A**, 3 A*, 6 A, B

Rudis: 5 A*, 1 A, 2 B, 2 C

Emily: 1 A**, 3 A*, 3 A, 3 B

Kian: 4 A*, 1 A, 6 C

Gurpal: 1 A**, 3 A, 4 B, 3C

Sarbjeet: 2 A*, 5 A, 3 B

Claudia: 1 A**, 1 A*, 3 A, 4 B, 2 C

 

There were also similar success stories at A-level with the average grades per student rising this year to grades B, B, C. Some of the big achievers included Jo who achieved grades A, A, A and B and will be going on to study Architecture at Birmingham University. A massive well done to Jo.

 

One of the reasons that our students make the decision to attend a UTC is the improved offer around employability. In fact of our Year 13 leavers 42% have secured an apprenticeship, the national average is only 6%!

 

A big welcome to the new cohort of students in Year 10 and Year 12 who have settled in incredibly well and are telling me that this has without doubt been the right choice for their future.

 

Site visits took place the week before last with students visiting Construction sites across the West Midlands.

 

We are enjoying the UTC Extra slot with Employer led projects running on virtually every evening. This terms build projects have been set by Lovell and Redrow. We are also involved in a really exciting innovate projects with 3-D Printer partner ‘Avatar’ and the ‘Catering Academy’.

 

We were delighted to be joined recently by representatives of CIOB and QSi professional bodies. Our students have applied to be considered for membership to the founding ‘Student Board Group’ for each organisation. This is an initiative that is a world first, delivered in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton.

All involved praised the calibre of our students at interview. Well done those involved, we are proud of you!

 

Dr Paul Hampton from the University of Wolverhampton and myself look on with excitement at the collaborative research project being undertaken between the University of Wolverhampton and the BECCI project, with support from staff and students at West Midlands UTC.  Students will be able to experience first-hand collection and analysis of research information and then the ‘Wiki’ House will remain as an excellent teaching aid for students in coming years.

From all of the information above you can see that students have certainly hit the ground running. The UTC feels settled and purposeful.

 

Av Gill

Principal