This has been a fast paced week with visitors, training, and lots of incredible learning! Sometimes our feet don’t hit the ground and it’s quite rare for our steps to be under 12,000! It’s so great to work with such a positive team all wanting the best for our students!

Primary STEM Project

This term it is a real pleasure to work with Marlborough Primary School on their STEM Project! I visited the students hard at work in their design and make phase. Really impressed how engaged they were and how enthusiastic they are about their learning at UTC Plymouth.  Engineers of the future for definite!


Combined Cadet Force led this week with one of our key themes, #oracy. This week UTC’s Combined Cadet Force Contingent demonstrated their knowledge of the CCF syllabus by presenting information that they had researched about Weapons, Ships, Submarines and Aircraft all used by the Royal Navy.  The oracy & literacy related presentations were judged by CCF CPO Strong – based on use of technical language, professionalism and conduct, communication skills and timings of the presentations which are additional soft skills that are embedded into all CCF sessions.

DFE visit

On Tuesday we welcomed a visit from our Educational adviser, Dr Malcolm Willis and Tom Williams, DfE UTC Adviser. Both Malcolm and Tom know the college well and have seen the progress that we have made over the last few years. It was great to get some very positive feedback and for the team to see the difference between our students from their last visit.


Pete’s dad 

Some lovely news from our Head of Sixth form, Peter Bragg. His Dad David Bragg was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. He is very proud and I would like to share this article with you.

Congratulations to David Bragg who has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in
the New Year 2019 Honours List. 



We have been working this week on our hospitality packages for conferences and meetings, so watch this space and our website if you are interested in holding a meeting, conference, evening class, or if you have a group that want to use the space over a weekend.

Please contact our Office Manager Sarah Beveridge for a quote. We have some amazing spaces and fully functioning catering and IT for all your corporate or social requirements.


Our expansion; you may be aware that we will be taking our first year 9 cohort in 2019 as well as Year 10.

This means we need more staff:

We’re looking for great teachers to join our amazing team – email, call or tweet us if you have passion, industry experience, energy and want to work in a college with great behaviour and incredible professional development opportunities.

We need all areas but it would be great to speak to staff with multi discipline subjects.

Our alumni 

Great to have some visits from our alumni, it was lovely to hear about how they are getting on in their careers and courses.

Sam – left us in 2017 and is a Fabricating apprentice at Babcock

Gareth – left us in 2018 and has just finished his basic training with the Royal Navy on their advanced apprenticeship scheme

Callum – left us in 2018 and is at City College studying Law

Kira – left us in 2017 and is a CAD Designer for Flood Control International.

Gareth and Peter Bragg

Sam, Kira and Callum


A fantastic visit to Royal William Yard from our Entrepreneurial IT students in Year 12, Kaye, Gloria, Jack and Tyler.

They presented with their teacher Simon, to the @ConnectPlymouth meeting. Great to see such confidence in our students as they mix in business circles in Plymouth.

The STEM App is aiming to be the ‘go to’ for all STEM related activities throughout the City of Plymouth and since going live on January 1st, it is already being used by several Plymouth Libraries and local schools are looking to use it to highlight their activities.  To see the STEM app, simply search STEM calendar Plymouth or visit


Big thanks to the Admin and IT Team for getting this new piece of kit in place. It is going to make checking in a lot easier at UTC Plymouth

Great to have a new entry system installed and our welcoming area looking so smart and tidy! Thanks Jo!

Our Students

Sam and Polly

Meet Sam who started with us last week. Sam has joined us from a local secondary school and is really happy to be at the UTC. He has settled in brilliantly and these are his words “I like getting an extra lesson every day, its making a massive difference and I feel I’m getting a better education”.  Sam loves all the learning opportunities he is gaining with us. Welcome on board Sam!

Also welcome to Michael Johnston, who is an ex-student volunteering as a mentor. Many thanks Michael

Visible learning

This week I met with Jacquie Ashton, Visible Learning Lead for  Reach South, Lisa Meek, Head teacher at Pilgrim Primary and Belinda Crowhurst, new ASL for Primary Literacy across the MAT. We had a brilliant planning meeting and lots of great implementation working with our staff and students here at UTC Plymouth

Student Briefing

We welcomed a familiar face back to the UTC, in the form of our amazing Field Gun No 1 trainer, WO1 Andy Welch. Andy led an assembly on our Field Gun preparation. Great to see him and we are looking forward to our #fieldgunfridays

Tours and Events

Finally, we our first public event this year with 6 families joining us for a tour around the college.   If you are interested in starting with us in Year 9, 10 or 12 – just call us or email me.

On another note If you have applied for UTC Plymouth to start in 2019 for Year 9 or 10, you will hear officially from PCC on 1st March 2019.

Don’t forget it’s our 4th Annual Employer breakfast on 8th February. If you are a Year 11 student and are unsure about your next steps please contact Peter Bragg at

Have a great weekend! I’m pretty exhausted after a very busy week and two work outs with the team!

Thanks for reading