Thank-you to those parents who attended January’s Year 11 Information Evening. I trust you found our hints and tips for supporting your children during the exam season useful. We look forward to seeing you at this week’s parents evening. This will be followed up with an intervention evening for those young people who require extra support.
Following the completion of last term’s Employer Projects the UTC Extra focus for this term is very much on intervention, particularly for Year 11 and 13. I would encourage our students to talk to our staff and ask if extra support with their studies is required. We will endeavour to provide whatever is necessary to make the difference to outcomes.
It is was great to see such large numbers of Year 11s applying to remain with us into the sixth form. Year 13 university applications have now been sent off and we wish you the best of luck with offers. Remember, university and sixth form is not for everybody and the UTC has a fantastic record of supporting young people onto apprenticeships. We had some fantastic success stories with students gaining apprenticeships last year, such as with Jack Perry below, and hope to continue in this vein.
Many of you will now be aware that we have gone out to consultation on an age range expansion. This means that we are hoping to have our first Year 7 intake in September 2020. In the meantime we will continue to recruit into Years 10 and 12.
Let me share my reasons for doing this. We believe that we are offering a high level of educational provision and at the same time preparing young people for the world of work. In our current admissions arrangement students cannot join the UTC until the age of 14 and too few students are willing to move school at this age. The school will still operate as a UTC with continued focus on technical skills and employer engagement and so by taking in students at the age of 11 we can not only offer these opportunities to greater numbers but this also affords us more time to instil the ethos and values that employers value so highly. If we are granted permission then the school will be extended on land adjacent to where we are currently housed at the Springfield Campus.
Work on the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Springfield Campus is gathering pace. Due to open in 2020 this is a massive regeneration project at the former brewery combining the home of the West Midlands UTC with the university’s flagship facility. It’s going to be quite amazing and we simply cannot wait!
A City Leading in Innovation and Design –Express and Star, January 2019
All in all a fantastic start to the New Year at the UTC.