A message from our Head of School, Jo.

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!’

Kindest regards

Jo

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