More industry visits for our students; I think they need their own ‘high vis’!

This has been a packed week of learning in so many different ways.  Cat Clarke has been busy finishing our application to gain Internationals Schools Award, Simon has been out presenting to Plymouth City Council (more on that later), Michael has been incredibly busy writing a business plan for our own apprenticeship programme. Yes they do teach as well!

So take a breath – and a big thank you from me to all my amazing staff.  Its Friday… 😊

Year 12 BTEC industry visit

Alderman’s tooling was our latest visit, where students met MD Karen Friendship. Karen is a real supporter of UTC Plymouth and the BTEC Course. The visit linked nicely in with our BTEC unit 44 fabrication and professionalism in the work place (UTC)


Alderman’s is a great family business that Karen has taken from strength to strength. She is also a trained civil engineer and a brilliant role model for girls and STEM.

Plymouth STEM App

What a crazy day – all members of the Plymouth STEM board were amazed on Tuesday by the inspirational Simon Pykett and our equally-inspired Year 12 students.  The feedback was insane – and they all recognise how the UTC has come.  Watch out for more on the STEM App.  A little bit of background on the App – this was an idea that came out of the students BTEC and it made sense to turn into a real live business plan.  Students with their teacher have developed the App to communicate and share all the STEM activities that are going on across the city.




Christmas is coming!

Yes, I know it’s only November 16th, but Jess our Chef has plans in place. So don’t forget to buy a ticket for your Christmas lunch.




Staff Corner 

Say hello to Major Peter Messenger, who is our new Contingent Commander of the UTC Plymouth.  Just a little bit about Pete!

He was born and educated in Exeter.  At school he joined the CCF Army section and through the cadets he had his first taste of SCUBA diving with the Royal Navy eventually joining the British Sub Aqua Club.  Diving became his lifelong passion.

After leaving school he went to Liverpool University where he studied Marine Biology.  He qualified as a teacher and taught biology and science in several south east schools before moving back to teach in Devon.  Whilst working at Hele’s School he joined the CCF there as an officer eventually becoming Contingent Commander and promoted to Major.  Although retired from teaching, he has stayed on with the cadet forces supporting the CCFs at Hele’s and at UTC.  Pete says ‘I am a great believer in the value of the cadet movement and have seen many youngsters benefit from the opportunities it offers.’  A very big thank you Pete for supporting our UTC with such passion and professionalism.




Why we are different?

Really good to see Students giving lesson feedback on their Chromebooks.  They are really getting in to the spirit of our Teaching and Learning approach.  Students are beginning to understand independent learning strategies through our visible learning approach.  A big ‘shout out’ to Helen, my Vice Principal, who is quite frankly the ‘data queen’!




Press Launch

Not once but twice these students in Year 12 had to present the Plymouth City STEM App.  This time is was the full media launch.  Hopefully you will be seeing some press reports in our local papers.

Brilliant launch of the STEM app today with Councillor Jon Taylor. This really show cases how innovative our curriculum is. A massive well done to the team from geekiweb – Kaye, Gloria, Tyler and Jack for their work on the Plymouth STEM App.

We should be up and running soon so download on to your phone for the lasts STEM activities across our amazing STEM City!



And Finally…

Don’t forget Open Evening next week – please encourage students in Year 8, 9 and 11 to come and see what we do. It’s not just a school, it’s a way of life!

  • We take the time to listen to students, parents and carers.
  • We partner with industry
  • We actively seek out and embed new technology and innovation into the UTC environment and curriculum.
  • We provide effective careers information, advice and guidance to ensure all of our students are on the right learning journey, to successfully transition into rewarding, highly skilled and highly paid STEM careers.


Thanks for reading and have a great weekend