Last week I was lucky enough to have a visit with our Governor, Rear Admiral John Clink and the CEO of Plymouth City Council, Tracy Lee to HMS Daring, a Type 45 Destroyer. What an amazing experience this was as I accompanied the FOST team (Flag Officer Sea Training) in an exercise out in the channel. Standing on the Bridge watching the team going through their paces as ‘enemy’ aircraft attempted to attack the ship, watching the skills of the exceptional team and the leadership of their Captain, I realised the potential our students have in their future engineering careers. The crew largely in their 20’s were so inspiring in their ability to present a situation clearly, act on information, communicate in challenging situations and yet all the while remain positive. I think we have a lot to learn about the skills that Navy Training gives young people and I would highly recommend our students to think about what a forces careers can offer. The crew I spoke to where so passionate about their roles and loved the excitement and the skills they have gained.

Thoughts on change and happenings at UTC Plymouth

As we progress through the summer term, my staff are in the midst of working with our present students and also preparing for next academic year. I always find this time of year exciting as students embark on pursuit of their future goals. In preparation for next year we are in the midst of creating a new competency based curriculum that will ensure all our students gain the skills that they require together with their qualifications. Our new curriculum will ensure that all students leave with a portfolio that shows employers and universities the following:

1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.
2. Communication and Collaboration.
3. Digital Literacy
4. Creativity and Innovation
5. Leadership and Personal Development.

Kerry Eldershaw is leading on the development of their curriculum and I think all our students will hugely benefit from a curriculum that will help develop their future employability.

Sixth Form at UTC Plymouth

In Key Stage 5 I am also making some changes to uniform to ensure we can differentiate between are upper and lower school and to reflect the workshop time our sixth form have. Details will be sent our regarding purchase of this. The new Sixth form Uniform will include combat trousers, a fleece and a polo shirt which you can see in the photo to the right.

This week Pete Bragg, Head of Sixth Form has met many of our new year 12 students. It was good to find out about their future aspirations whether it be Forces careers, University or Apprenticeships.

For our present Year 11 students who are staying on at UTC, can I remind you to complete your applications ASAP. This can be done by contacting Pete Bragg or Julie Rae.

We will also be running an Induction Day on the 5th July for all students intending to take up places in our sixth form.

Study leave

Finally I want to share with you our Study Leave Schedule for our Year 11, 12 and 13 students.

Please note that the sessions in red are compulsory and all students must wear uniform when attending college revision sessions and exams. Additionally Year 12 BTEC students cannot go on study leave until their BTEC is signed off.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week,


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