I am pleased to say we have had a very successful term at the UTC, with our Year 11 and Year 13’s having now completed all exams and meeting their coursework deadlines. A massive congratulations to you all for your hard work and perseverance, we now await for results days which is Thursday 15th August for A-Level results and Thursday 22nd August for GCSE results.
We have received some excellent news from the Young Writers organisation which promotes creative writing in schools through competitions. Six of our Year 10’s entered the most recent competition, called Mission Contamination, in which they had to write a 100 word saga on the theme of survival. All six entries were chosen for publication in a book displaying young adults’ work called Mission Contamination – Authors from the West Midlands. I was informed that having all entries chosen is quite rare, so this is great news for the students and for the school. Well done to Jessica Taft, Shawn Ncube, Peter Clevely, Tori Fisher, Ibrahim Habib and Rayyan Yasin.
Last week saw all of our Year 10 and Year 12 students meet with their allocated industry mentor. We are currently being supported by 28 mentors from our partner companies in a unique partnership to enhance the work-ready skills of our students. This mentoring relationship will continue throughout the student’s time at the UTC and demonstrates the commitment which both the industry and the UTC have towards producing the next generation of skilled employees.
Our Year 12 Business studies students took part in a trip at Alton Towers linked to their assignment. The talk had been on ‘Alton Towers – Creating Wicker Man’ which covers the topic of innovation and invention within Alton Towers. It was an excellent opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of business in practice and also understand the unique selling point of each of the famous rides at Alton Towers. Students were then able to enjoy full access of the Theme park for the remainder of the afternoon.
Our Year 12‘s recently attended the annual UCAS Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham where there was a great focus on higher education and degree apprenticeships for post 18 studies. There was a number of interesting seminars covering areas such as how to choose your degree course, student finance and student life. Our Sixth Formers left inspired and I urge them to spend the summer researching the various options available to them and to visit University campuses so they are ready to apply promptly when we return in September
We are constantly looking for ways to make our students more employable and I am pleased to announce that our Year 13 students will be undergoing training in order to acquire a CSCS card, allowing them to work on a construction site unsupervised and ultimately, widening their skills range.