May 6, 2017 3:49 pm

6 May 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,

There has been a pause in Newsletters although there has been no such pause in Lincoln UTC activities. However, you will know that we have had issues with our links between our management information system software and our emailing processes. I apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and we are working with the software team and contracted suppliers to correct this. In the meantime, there is a delay in sending out reports and glitches that I do not wish to expose you too.

Reports for Year 12 students will be available on Monday 8 May as you arrive for the Parents’ Evening and we hope to have the Year 10 reports available by email before their Parents’ Evening on Monday 15 May.

Examination Leave

A letter outlining our plans for Year 11 and Year 13 examination leave is available as a pdf linked to this on-line newsletter. We shall be sending printed versions home with students next week. In summary, Year 13 have exam leave from Monday 5 June and Year 11 can begin exam leave on Monday 19 June. Students in Year 11, who are still under 16 by the end of the summer holiday, are officially at school until the last Friday of June.

Careers

We are delighted with the number of students who have received UCAS offers or have arranged placements at College or in an apprenticeship. All Year 13 students who applied to university, bar one, have at least one offer they have accepted. We are also pleased with Alfie Hinton. To quote Mrs Doughty, Head of Careers:

Alfie Hinton (Y13) has been offered an apprenticeship at Fairfields for next year!! I’m so chuffed for him – he’s worked incredibly hard. This also means that we have a 100% success record with UTC Graduates getting onto the Fairfields apprenticeship scheme.”

In addition, we want to ensure that you as parents feel completely informed about all the options available to your students Post-18, so we have arranged to run an information evening in tandem with the University of Lincoln and LAGAT to begin at 5pm in the UTC Auditorium. This will include presentations from Kevin Leeming, Recruitment Manager at LAGAT Training, on the apprenticeship opportunities available locally and nationally; Mr John Gibbins form the University of Lincoln on personal statements; Mrs Doughty on the UCAS and apprenticeship application processes and the support available at the UTC.

Mathematics Revision Days

As part of Lincoln UTC’s commitment to ensuring all our students achieve the best grades possible, we are offering revision days for GCSE (Year 11), Additional (Year 11) and A-Level (Year 12 and 13) Mathematics over the forthcoming holiday. This will take place on the dates and times below and letters are on the way home.

Session Times available are:

A-Level (AS maths)   Wednesday 31st May – 10:00 to 14:00

Additional Maths Wednesday 31st May – 10:00 to 14:00

GCSE Maths Thursday 1st June – 09:00 to 13:00

In addition Mr Baker has organised a trip to Cambridge to visit Girton College and take palce in a tour and Maths Masterclass. Students from Year 11 and 12 are attending this bespoke day of mathematics.

SPARK Festival

I am extremely grateful to Matthew Wells (Year 10) and Mr Olsson who supported all three days of the SPARK Festival held in the Cathedral. Shannon Barnes and Sam Dollings had a masterclass in model car construction from Mr Hamer although the students had already completed most of building in their mentor periods. Sam Baxter, James Beaumont and Hayden Laughton brought along their prize winning Vex ‘robot’ which toured the knave and aisles.

Science and University of Lincoln

Mr Orviss has been working closely with University of Lincoln with visits in both directions. More recently he has been able to confirm that as well as KS5 students completing assessed practicals at the University, KS4 will also be doing practical work there too.

Trophies

We will be holding our annual Awards Evening at the end of the year, in mid-July. This event celebrates the success of our Year 10 and Year 12 students. Students who won trophies last year are asked to return them to school in the coming weeks and prior to taking exam leave.

We are pleased to report that numbers for next year are buoyant and out various Open Evenings and Careers Evenings have gone extremely well. If you do know of students interested in STEM, please encourage them to contact us in order to visit the school.