Welcome to the First Principals Blog of the Year!

A massive welcome back to everyone for the start of a brilliant UTC Plymouth year. I have so much to tell you! We have had some brilliant news that we have been given the green light to take our first Year 7’S in 2020! More on this later but if you are looking for your next step or a change in direction with your careers we will be advertising some Key Stage 3 specific posts in the next few weeks for an October or January start date.

I hope everyone had a great summer break. For me it was good to see family and spend time walking my amazing puppy Woody. (Follow him on Instagram). 

In between the relaxing I did some reading and came across an incredible book that I have shared with my staff;

Boys Don’t Try by Matt Pinkett and Mark Roberts – I had a real moment about our boys and male teachers and our false perceptions of what masculinity is and how we present toxic versions of these in schools. We are now working hard on developing that tender masculine approach and I have really appreciated all our staff and their approach to this philosophy. Highly recommend a read if you have the time!

Training Week

Last week was fantastic in terms of all of our staff working closely with each other for the first time, especially after the summer holidays! We spent a great deal of time going through the new Year 9 Curriculum, working with our amazing Visible Learning program and planning for the exciting year ahead! We have a brilliant team of staff who are making UTC Plymouth thrive and we are all really excited about the year ahead!

Year 7 in September 2020

We have been given the ministerial green light to extend our 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. The Year 7 students will attend STEAM School within the UTC family, following an internationally–recognised curriculum, helping them to develop their core academic knowledge and give them the skills they need for success in the future.

Open Evening.

We welcomed over 100 people through our doors on the evening of the 5th of September with many families from Plymouth showing an interest in our new Year STEAM School.

As you may have read earlier in the blog that we have been given the ministerial green light to take on Year 7 students from September 2020, this was the first of our Year 7 specific Open Evenings. We welcomed back the Royal Navy and had exciting STEAM-related activities throughout the site such as paper helicopters, 3D printing, Virtual Reality and took many wide-eyed children and their families on a tour throughout our cutting-edge college! It was an inspiring evening and we can’t wait to do it again!   

We Welcome Our New Students.

We have two new year groups joining us into Year 9 & 10 and they seem to have settled in perfectly. It’s so inspiring seeing our College full of excellently presented and excited young people, ready to face a new challenge and they have our full respect as many f them have left the comfort of their old school with their friends and familiar surroundings, and have taken a huge leap of faith into UTC Plymouth – they are all Engineers of the Future and we are so excited about having them with us!  

Cardboard Boat Race.

This Saturday sees us taking part in the Cardboard Boat Race, organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Our three teams will be floating their home-made cardboard creations at the Barbican this Saturday from 10:00 where we will have our own stand with our brilliant new Prospectus and we will be showing you how to make your very own (albeit much smaller!) cardboard boat! Photos will be published in next weeks blog about this!

Welcome New Baby!

We are very proud to welcome a brand-new baby into the UTC Family – Frederick James Willy Bragg who was born over the Summer Holidays! As you can see he is a beautiful little Bragg and his daddy Pete is very proud of his new bundle of joy.

Good Luck to Sophie

We also send all of our love and wishes to Sophie who leaves us today to go on her very well-deserved maternity leave. Sophie is due to give birth in October – she does not know whether she is having a little girl or a little boy, but we have had a few guesses here over the last week!

Good luck to you Sophie and we will see you soon!

Thanks for reading. Until next week.