As we look back on last year, it is great to follow some of our students on their chosen careers. This week many universities see students enjoying their first experiences of University life during Freshers week. Cara Beveridge, a former student at UTC Plymouth, joined in the fun at Plymouth University. Cara left us with a BTEC Level 3 Merit and 2 A-Levels and is now on a BA (Hons) 3D Design course.

“Hi Polly,
 
Just wanted to let you know that Plymouth Uni is amazing! Freshers week has been awesome, and I’ve made loads of new friends before my 3D Design course even started! Everyone’s so supportive and the socials are great, getting to make friends with the 2nd and 3rd years who are ensuring that we’re settled in.
 
So happy I came to this university!”

New Appointments

We have two new staff that joined us in the last few weeks. Welcome to Jasmin Chapple and Beth Parsons who have been appointed as Learning Support Assistants. It was a really strong field of candidates and both Beth and Jasmin did really well and are fantastic additions to our team.

Beth:
Hi, I’m Beth, one of the new Learning Support Assistant’s here at UTC. I’m a recent graduate of Plymouth University, where I studied Criminology and Criminal Justice studies with Sociology. I have also been volunteering with the Youth Offending Service for a year and a half now as an appropriate adult, which I thoroughly enjoy. I’m really looking forward to working as an LSA; everyone has been so welcoming.

Jasmin:
Hi, I’m Jasmin, one of the new Learning Support Assistant’s here at UTC. I’ve been supporting secondary students with learning and behavioural issues for the past four years. I’ve recently moved to Plymouth and have found UTC a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all the students and staff here.

Beth/Jasmin

Moodle

Simon Pykett, our IT and Computing Teacher, has been hard at work setting up our Moodle. This week he has added our Virtual Library – please take a look and enjoy the feature of being able to download some really good reads! He is also featuring updates on our Twitter account and will be hash tagging #moodlemonday. If you get an opportunity to read a book or have suggestions or positive comments about our Moodle, please use this hashtag to do so.

CCF

Last week our CCF were out on the water learning to sail. CPO Richard Clements, our CCF Adult Volunteer, was really pleased with our students.
‘The Cadets have really done us proud this weekend, and flew the flag with pride for the college.’

Annabell Mears, Pedro Jorge, Yazzmin and Jessica Morfey, Michael Quick, Siobhan Mackie and Eliza Szymkowiak have all achieved RYA Stage 1 & 2 sailing and can now single-handily sail dinghies. The Plymouth Youth Sailing Centre commented that they were ‘some of the best student they have trained’. Brilliant, I am so proud of you all.

Ofsted Update

We have a great deal of external support to ensure that the college has made rapid progress at our next visit.
This week Carol Hannaford, Head teacher at Stoke Damerel Community College, visited to observe lessons with me to quality ensure my feedback and Peter Wylie from Baker Dearing Trust spent the day with me on learning walks around the college. There was a sense of calm and order with young people engaged effectively in learning. Well done to all our students who met and spoke with Peter and Carol, they were truly impressed!

Women in STEM

Our students really shine in so many ways. This week our Year 12 Girls, Siobhan Mackie, Phoebe Forbes, Nicola Martin, Annabel and Clarissa Mears represented the college at a ‘Women in STEM’ event at Devonport High School for Girls. They spoke to parents and students at our stand about life at UTC Plymouth. They were all extremely confident and able to convey the spirit and our uniqueness – well done!

Reminder

Don’t forget ‘Open Evening’ 29th September at 5.30 pm we are looking forward to inviting prospective students and their families to see why UTC Plymouth is such a great place to study!

Thanks for reading

Polly