Welcome to the Principals Blog Week 3

Everyone remembers a teacher that inspired them. How many of us remember our principals? Principals are responsible for ensuring our schools are open, that the teachers who inspired us are receiving the support he or she needs, and that our classrooms are environments that will help us learn.

I was inspired by two inspirational leaders Carol Hannaford, retired Principal at Stoke Damerel Community College and Moira Devlin, retired Headteacher at Torbay pupil referral Unit.

Both inspired me to lead. Both helped me become a strong teacher. Both opened doors for me in education, challenged me, and supported me. Both showed me that strong leadership builds strong schools. What I learned from these amazing women is that leadership matters.

At UTC Plymouth our students thrive on leadership opportunities and this week we saw some of our students really shine as they welcomed our Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Richard Ball.

Councillor Ball was given a Ceremonial Welcome by the Academy’s Royal Navy Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Contingent, alongside Principal Polly Lovell, Governor Nick Buckland, Royal Navy Liaison Officer Paul Youngman and CCF Lead Sub-Lieut. Simon Pykett.

An ex-naval serviceman himself, Councillor Ball spent some time addressing and inspecting the well-turned-out Cadets before being given a tour of the site and its facilities by myself, Nick Buckland, our chair and Reach South Academy Trust CEO Dean Ashton.

A massive thank you to all the students involved and particularly Dan and Charlotte for their brilliant leadership skills and communication.

It has been another very busy week at UTC Plymouth and  culminated on Saturday with our amazing Open Day.

We really enjoyed showing over 200 people around our amazing school. We have already had so much feedback already!

We have been given the ministerial green light to extend their age range to accept Year 7 students. From September 2020 we will be educating children aged 11 to 19, as opposed to 14 to 19, matching other secondary schools in the area.

There will be 120 places available in Year 7, with the college, part of the Reach South Academy Trust, offering Key Stage 3 education as well as Key Stages 4 and 5.

If you are interested in this exciting offer, then please get in touch with us.

We also still have places on our ‘Meet the Principal’ tours every Friday. Simply book for free via Eventbrite. 

Please come along if you are looking for Year 7,9, or 12 places for September 2020.

Thank you for reading and I’ll see you very soon!