A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL AND HEAD OF SCHOOL
A message from the Head of School
‘Engineering your future’
I am delighted to welcome you to UTC Plymouth, a groundbreaking engineering college in the heart of the South West.
We are Plymouth’s first Key Stage 3, 4 and 6th Form College dedicated to providing a specialist curriculum that excels in Science and Engineering. One of 35 University Technical Colleges in the country, our intent is to educate and equip our students with skills that are directly transferable to the huge demand for STEM careers both locally and internationally. Located in cutting edge premises we have the staff, the facilities and the direct engagement of our major industry partners to provide a unique educational pathway. We are proud that 100% of our Sixth form students continued their STEAM journey in national apprenticeships last year and are often on hand to guide and support our younger ones!
We wholeheartedly subscribe to our College values of: resilience, professionalism etc. At UTC Plymouth, we believe that an academic/vocational curriculum must be balanced with personal, individual growth and this is reflected in a strong pastoral programme dedicated to developing our core values and those of future employers. We make things real, whether supporting and raising funds for local charities, joining our college Combined Cadet Force or finding practical solutions to climate change, our students do!
As part of the Reach South family we also have the pleasure of working closely with twelve of our local primary schools, supporting the STEAM agenda and developing strong links within our local educational community. In order to provide a seamless transition, primary schools are given plenty of opportunities to work with us from Years 4 and 5. We have a shared pedagogy and are proud to be spearheading the way for innovation in our city and beyond.
It is an absolute honour to be the new Head of School for UTC Plymouth, working alongside our Executive Principal Polly Lovell. UTC Plymouth is an inspiring place to be and as a team, we are extremely excited to continue training our scientists, technologists, engineers, artists and mathematicians of the future in our pioneering establishment.
I would like to end with a recent testimonial from one of our Year 11 students who, as we know, is currently awaiting news on their qualifications:
‘I would just like to say a massive thank you to all of the teaching staff and my friends at the UTC. Their continuous dedication to student causes has blown me away…they are heroes in their own right. Without their continuous help and support I wouldn’t be who I am today…UTC is a second family to me; always will be. So from all of us at UTC, to the staff and each other, thank you!’
A message from the Executive Principal
As you approach the beginning of GCSEs or Post-16, you’ll be facing some important choices about your learning. You’ll know that getting these decisions right will set you on the path to a great career. We’re really pleased that you’re thinking of coming to UTC Plymouth and taking advantage of the many opportunities we can offer you.
Choosing a college is a huge decision and we would encourage you to come and visit us to see and experience our offer at UTC Plymouth for yourself. We are an exciting and vibrant college; visitors frequently comment on the buzz and energy from our staff and students. The combination of our outdoor space and state-of-the art technical facilities helps to create a fantastic learning environment. Our purpose is to provide high quality STEAM education that gives our students the knowledge, skills and practical experience to be successful in their chosen career.
With us, you’ll be able to follow your areas of interest in Science, Technology, Art, Engineering or Maths, Ewhile studying GCSEs, BTEC’s or A’ Levels and getting invaluable practical skills from the best in the industry. This is because UTC Plymouth has the support of local, high profile industry and academic partners who help to shape the curriculum and work closely with our students.
We can demonstrate that students, who attend UTC Plymouth, are given the best start in a variety of progression routes. Last year 100% of our students progressed on to university, an apprenticeship, a sponsored degree programme or employment.
UTC Plymouth will offer you something different than school or further education:
We are an inclusive college where students develop excellent practical and employment skills. We have a strong culture of continuous improvement; this is evident across the College, where students thrive and are challenged to achieve their full potential.
Students can expect an outstanding level of commitment and support from the staff; the majority of which have worked in industry. We have high expectations of all students and will provide excellent support to enable you to achieve your goals and aspirations. UTC Plymouth is proud of its confident, happy and independent students who work at all academic levels and across a range of STEAM based disciplines.
If you want to benefit from the latest technology, be in an environment that feels more like being at work than school and benefit from our wide industry links then UTC Plymouth could be for you.
We hope our website will inspire you to find out more about the great opportunities we have to offer at UTC Plymouth and we would warmly welcome you to join us in September 2020.
We have open days planned on 15th October 2019, 16th November 2019, 14th January 2020, 21st March 2020 and 12th May 2020. Alternatively, please feel free to book a tour with me by visiting this page.