I don’t think anyone’s feet touched the ground this week as students and staff worked at a breathless pace! So here we go, a roundup of this week’s learning and activities.


Our Primary STEM Project was in week 5 and this week we welcomed over 60 parents from our Reach South partner school ‘Goosewell Academy’. I was so impressed to see Year 5 students presenting their Mayflower 400 boat creations to a large audience. These truly are our future engineers and I hope that we  will be welcoming some of them to our first Year 7 intake in 2020!


Year 10 ‘Navy week’ Portsmouth

Eight Year 10 students have been lucky enough to visit Portsmouth and stay on-board HMS Bristol as part of our Royal Navy affiliation. What a week they have had, I have been following their Twitter posts this week and it looks like it has been a real hands on insight into Navy life.
Next week ‘special edition’ with insights from our students Alex, Jake, Max, Dylan B, Dylan C, Cameron and Bradley.


6th Form Careers

This week our careers lead, Pete Bragg, took our Year 13 BTEC students to the UK Universities and Apprenticeship Fair at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol.

This was an opportunity for our students to explore national options for higher education and apprenticeships for their progression from UTC Plymouth on to their career pathways.

Careers Fair Bristol

Year 13 students Trip to Bristol Careers Fair


Why we are different?

Our industry connections are what makes us different and having Tina Brinkworth on our staff, helps to open doors for both our students and staff. As part of Year 13 BTEC Unit 42, students visited MPV Environmental Energy waste plant in Devonport. This gives our students a real understanding of how to apply what they have learnt, to real life Industry.

Staff Corner

Say hello to Jess McCarron.  Jess is a trained chef and has worked in the hospitality industry for 3 years.  She is married to Andy, who we all know well, and who is now training to be a Chemistry teacher on the Teach Direct programme at Stoke Damerel Community College.

Erin their lovely daughter is a student at one of our Reach family schools, Stoke Damerel Primary School.  Jess loves to make chocolate brownies and enjoys visiting National Trust properties, music and climbing. Jess joined us in September this year and has already made an impact with all staff, students and guests enjoying her food.

This week we were really proud to see a flawless Food Hygiene visit giving us a top score 5 rating! Well done Jess!

Why we are different?

When you walk in a classroom and see a full mock-up of our field gun team in #LEGO! Simply genius, courtesy of Simon Pykett.


Our College Improvement Group, skilfully led by Chair Ellie Gregory, met this week. One of the Group’s tasks was to create a student teaching and learning survey! Thanks team and we will be rolling this out next week.


Today we had a visit from Dr. Mark Coleman, a Consultant from Derriford Hospital and Chair of the charity Bowel Cancer West.  Dr Coleman addressed the students at assembly about bowel cancer and how the charity supports people locally.  Pictured here with Natasha, Alex and Liam from our College Improvement Group.  We are looking forward to supporting this charity this year and helping to make a difference to people’s lives.  If you are interested in finding out more about the charity:




Next Thursday 18th October we have our second ‘Open evening’ running from 7 – 9 pm

Lots to see and do plus information on our skills-based curriculum for Year 9, 10 and 12’s. All students helping out will be provided with a sit down meal from 6 pm – 7 pm


Nearly forgot…
UTC Plymouth welcomed Jon Yates, Special Advisor to Damian Hinds our Education Minister to school today. It was a real privilege, as it always is for me, to share our vision, show our facilities but more importantly see our young people flourishing within our work place ethos.



Thanks for reading and have a great weekend