Welcome to the Principals Blog Week 4

Insight into education

When I look at our college I really believe we are making a difference to young people’s lives. I found school frustrating as did my children. Generally, my education was brilliant in primary and I remember making things in Art and Science, learning in Maths and loving reading and listening to my teacher read in English, sports days and Gaelic dancing (in Liverpool!) … However, when I look back at my secondary education, it was fuelled with frustration, I found things boring and irrelevant. Part of my vision for this college is creating an environment where ideas can thrive, where students are respected, where staff are passionate and not bogged down with procedures. Today was a prime example of how our school works as a microcosm of society, it is our own small piece of democracy in Devonport!

Students voted for the college leadership team, we really value our student’s ideas, views, thoughts and their passion for change. It was brilliant to have three Year 9 students, Will, Leyton and Scarlett present to their colleagues in Year 10/11 about a charity they would like to support. It was a great presentation where these students skilfully talked about a difficult subject ‘suicide’ One of the greatest issues in our society today is mental health and here at UTC Plymouth we do discuss challenging subjects with our students. A few weeks ago we were really proud to have members of the Plymouth-born charity ‘Males Allowed’. We are hoping through our Year 9 presentation that we will be choosing ‘Males Allowed’ as our charity focus for this academic year.

Another reason to choose UTC Plymouth #Family

What is STEAM?

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. We talk with our students all the time about how these subjects connect with each other. The picture across the country is good and bad. At a basic level we need young people with these skills and we are not creating enough young talent. In Germany, where Engineers are seen as pinnacles of success, the same value has not been bestowed in this country.

Just a few facts for Friday to help you understand our urgency in creating a pipeline of talent!

Focus on Year 9 - examples of brilliant work

We love to celebrate brilliant and beautiful work so this week my focus is on Year 9. Walking around, it is great to see the confidence building with our Year 9 as they discuss, work in teams, question, explore. They are a real curious bunch which is brilliant and they have the right type of minds to work in Engineering.

Careers at UTC Plymouth

As you may be aware we are taking our first Year 7 cohort in 2020. Therefore, we will be expanding and we are looking to recruit staff to join our team. If you are interested, there are a number of positions but please give me a call or contact us if you would like to join the team in 2020.

Year 9 Parent Evening

Don’t forget, if you are a parent of a Year 9 student please come along to our parent evening next week. No need to make an appointment, just come along between 4 pm – 6 pm on Tuesday 8th October 2019

Being part of a UTC is not just about gaining a set of qualifications, it is about caring for our family, our environment, ourselves. So it was good to see Year 9 helping out with a clean-up of classrooms this week.

It is also about how much we care. It was really sad to see one of our Year 11 students, Alex, leave last week. We wish him the best of luck in his new home in Kent and we do really miss you Alex if you’re reading this! Stay in touch and let us know how you are getting on. Alex pictured below with Mike’s son, Jackson.

Our family Friday is not complete without a picture of me getting cuddles from Mikes youngest offspring baby Nathan.

On that note stay positive and don’t forget to check out the blog next week! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you very soon!