Principals Blog, Week 22 of 2019

Its literally been full STEAM ahead this week after our half term break (what half term break I hear you cry)
The massive 36 tonne Titan arrived on Monday with its’s imaginative interactive gadgets and brilliant staff from RS Components. BIG BANG! on Tuesday and Wednesday gave an amazing experience for primary and Year 7 students to become totally engaged in interactive STEM challenges from our Engineering and Science staff. A big thank you to Leigh for brilliant organisation and delivery. It’s events like this that remind me how totally committed all our UTC Plymouth staff are. Everyone pulled out the stops to create a fantastic inspiration event. I think Pete got the price for steps over 20K I believe! Great input from our industry partners Babcock International and Royal Navy

Following on from what was already a busy day on Tuesday evening we launched our first Alumni celebration. So lovely to see our ex-students now in amazing positions across the city and beyond.
Above a great portrait of Harrison Redwood who received the Governor’s AWARD for Excellence. Harry is now an officer in Royal Navy based at RNAS Culdrose.

Similarly, we made some wards to our industry partners who volunteer support in so many ways. Above MoD colleagues, Julie Catterall and Lorna Stubbs (shorter hair)
receiving Silver Award for their support in Employer breakfast and mentoring.
A big thank you to the amazing work from Peter Bragg our Careers and Employer Engagement lead for the evening, so successful and heart-warming! Below the benchmarks for good career education; I believe we are well on the way to having a platinum level of support for our students.

Gatsby Bench marks

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Maths Feast

On Wednesday UTC Plymouth hosted the annual Maths Feast. Brains were a whirr as students from across the city grappled with high level Maths. Again another thankyou to Cat Clark for the organisation. Well done to the UTC Plymouth teams for being part of this.

Year 9 and 10 for September 2019
If you have previously expressed an interest in UTC Plymouth, and attended one of our Open Days there is still time to sign up. I appreciate that moving school is a big decision and not one that you will want to rush into, which is why I wanted to personally invite you to come along to find out more about the education we offer, and how we could support your child.

We are going from strength to strength at UTC Plymouth, and were delighted to feature on BBC Spotlight on 27 February when they showcased the Big Bang Fair that we hosted, and the fantastic work of some of our students – including a new App our sixth formers designed for the Royal Navy to help them with their recruitment.

I very much hope that you will be able to visit us again on 23 March from 10 – 2 pm, as we would love to welcome your child to the UTC in September. Should you then decide you would like your son or daughter to take up a place with us, then we can help support you with the process.

To confirm your place at the Open Evening or if you would like to visit the UTC and have a tour with me, please email me personally at

Had to end the blog with a Woody puppy update! I month old here and getting lots of love already!