Welcome to the Principals Blog Week 5

Really is it week 5 already?

We continue to work at an exhilarating pace through a wide range of learning activities that are challenging our students to think outside of the box! It’s also really great to see how our students respond to visitors. This week has been a special week and so many reasons to be positive.

Visit of Secretary of State, Rt. Hon Gavin Williamson, MP

There are not many times in a Principal’s day or life when you get a call from the Department of Education saying that a Secretary of State would like to visit you. This is what happened last week when the lovely team from his office, Hannah and Elena, called to ask if this was possible. Anyone that reads the blog regularly will know how thrilled I am any day of the week to show people around our amazing college.

On Wednesday afternoon we were truly thrilled to welcome the Secretary of State and our students were totally brilliant. Dan, in Year 11, led the tour of dignitaries that included our very own Lord Kenneth Baker, founder of the UTC movement.

Dan was joined by our college student group who are newly elected (more on that later) who led the Minister through the college sharing their experiences of being at UTC Plymouth. I believe the Minister was very impressed with our young people and talked about it in a short interview he gave with BBC’s Heidi Davey. Please share on your social media and watch out for our press release soon.

He was also impressed with our collaboration with employers – thanks Debbie from Babcock, Martin from Rittall, Karen from Aldermans and Mel from BD. Also great support from our educational colleagues, Dan Roberts from DHSB, Jackie Grubb from City College, Richard Maylon from DfE and Sam Smith from Stoke Damerel Primary Academy.

Our Royal Navy friends, thanks again for great participation in the day especially Captain James Band and Lieutenant Paul Youngman.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to all my staff who worked so hard to create an absolute buzzing atmosphere!

#Males Allowed

Males Allowed is our chosen charity and they stopped by this week to say hello and speak with our Year 9 and 10 students. They are a great bunch of guys who exude such positivity and are great role models for our students. They were visibly moved by our student’s stories and it’s fantastic that we are collaborating with them.

Please check out their Social Media pages and support! Plus if you can make it to their charity football match this Sunday Kick Off 3.00pm at DHSB.

College Improvement Group

Our new College Student Council was formed this week and lots of discussion as well as their first role supporting the tour for our SoS visit this week. 

Lovely to see such commitment from students – well done to all of you all,

Pictured below with Lord Baker

Year 9
Will, Cory and Scarlett

Year 10
Brad, Inguss and Ciara

Year 11
Billy and Dan

Beautiful books and Parents Evening for Year 9

It was wonderful to share with our new Year 9 parent’s great stories of hard work and success already. Parents were also very happy with UTC Plymouth and it was lovely to hear great feedback about happy young people who really want to come to college in the morning. We have another Open Day next week (15th Oct) so if you are still thinking about Year 7, 9 or 12 place for September 2020 please stop by and find out why parents and students love UTC Plymouth!

What a good one looks like’ comes from research from John Hattie and his Visible Learning programme. The idea is that we show students what they need to aspire to produce through excellent examples. We also use this as a way of celebrating outstanding work and raising the profile of our core values.

We are looking for a Parent Governor

We are looking for a parent who can give us some of their time to join our local governing body. Training can be provided and it is approximately 6 hour-long meetings a year. We would love someone to take on this role and join our veteran parent governor James Platts. If you are interested, please email me polly.lovell@utcplymouth.org

Our Football Team

The Year 10 Football Team had their first proper training session this week. Mike and Kelly took the team to Devonport Park with Matt from Males Allowed, who commented on the fantastic ability and potential our boys clearly have!

We hope to have a game soon and would love to have lots of support from you all when that happens.

It has been such a positive week with so many brilliant moments. Next week is another Open Evening. If you are still thinking about a move to UTC Plymouth for September 2020 please come and take a look around, meet our students and staff! It’s not just a school it is an amazing community where we change students’ lives! Great behaviour, commitment to learning and a relentless focus on our core values:

Discipline

Respect

Dedication

Professionalism

Resilience

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend #UTCfamily