Principals Blog, Week 26 of 2019

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a week since our ‘Open Day’. A great event with students, staff and employers plus, prospective students and their parents! Once again many parents were left stunned by our unique offer, passionate staff and confident students. A big thank you to all of you who supported us. As you can see, even the parents got involved in a spot of welding! If you couldn’t make it and would like to visit, please book a tour with me plus we have additional evening tour event on May 15th from 4 pm. Please use Eventbrite to sign up!

Our study area
As you can see from the picture below our new study area is starting to look pretty cool! Great graphics, thank you Jason. A great job Jo for getting this project up and running. It looks stunning.

Reach South Head Teachers Meeting
I have been out and about this week. Firstly, a visit to our Special School within the Trust. Big thank you to Jon Hamp, Head teacher at Springfield’s Academy. All our head teachers had a great day in Wiltshire – a brilliant bunch of creative minds and so refreshing to be working across phase with primary and special schools. We have so much to learn and gain from this process.

Royal Navy Engineering Challenge
After a beautiful journey across some stunning countryside I found my way to HMS Sultan and, after a VIP lunch, I was desperate to get to ‘Newcomen Hangar’ to see UTC PLYMOUTH Teams in action. What an amazing effort from staff and students. This was the most challenging task to date with ‘Exercise Downbird Recovery’ kicking off a gruelling competition. I could barely watch as our teams battled it out against 70 other teams! Great job from all our students with one team in the top 5 for KS4! Lots of support from staff Simon Pykett and Cat Clarke! I was so proud of what a buzz UTC Plymouth created. Great job! Also students got to meet the architect of the UTC Movement, Lord Kenneth Baker pictured below with our Year 10 students, Matt, Dan, Simon Pykett, Dylan, Josh and David.

Postcards from South Africa
Lovely to hear from our new English teacher Justine who will start in September. Justine can’t wait to start at UTC but is packing in some well-earned travel. Brilliant pictures of her visit to Robben Island and the cell where Nelson Mandela lived. I am sure she will share more pictures with us as her journey progresses.

Why UTC Plymouth?
Yet more opportunities for our students. Great to see students enjoying placements at Relay and visits to Princess Yachts. Over the past 2 weeks, year 13 students have been in at Relay Engineering in South Yard HMS Devonport completing trial placements with the intent to apply for a full time role at Relay Engineering.

Relay Engineering approached UTC Plymouth earlier in the academic year after hearing great things about our students, as they are in need of recruiting skilled and motivated Engineers. Over the past few months UTC Plymouth and Relay have been developing strong working relationship and have allowed students and staff in for workshop visits and, most recently, trialling our students with the intention to recruit 3 Year 13s after they have completed their BTEC Level 3. Students will now go through an application and interview process which will result in at least 3 appointments for Relay Engineering.

This is just one example of how UTC Plymouth engage with local employers, it is a unique opportunity that only UTC students would have access too.
A big thanks to the Relay Team and, in particular, Gavin Coulton who has created this opportunity for our Students, and a well done to our students for taking up the mantle and demonstrating what great engineers they have potential to be.

Don’t forget
Join us for our ‘Good Eggs’ celebration next Friday at 2 pm!
We can’t wait to reward our students for holding the UTC Plymouth values and really looking forward to seeing our parents.

Woody Corner
Finally I have to share a picture of our new pup Woody – so sleepy! Two weeks until we pick the little guy up. Can’t wait!