Newsletter 27 February 2017

February 27, 2017 11:35 am

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Thank you to you all who completed the Ofsted questionnaire. We have been preparing for this statutory inspection since September 2016 so it was somewhat of a relief that a team of three inspectors finally arrived. All new schools receive an inspection and our evidence was already in place. We do not know the final outcome and any findings shared remain confidential until the report is published. A reflective school identifies its strengths and weaknesses through constant evaluation and I do not anticipate any surprises. I am very grateful to staff and students who performed admirably during the inspection; the behaviour of our students was, as always, excellent. I am looking forward to reading the official report and working with the UTC’s community to build on the firm foundations already laid.

In addition to a busy week with Ofsted we have continued to enjoy success. You may have noticed on social media the on-going work Jessica Wyatt is completing with the University of Lincoln in their new pharmacology school. Work with our three sponsors, (Siemens, Lincoln College and Lincoln University) is vital to the rich experience our students enjoy. This is complemented by a close relationship with the RAF amongst others and we are delighted that the construction company, Willmott Dixon, who was responsible for our building, won first prize at a recent construction awards’ dinner. The project managers visited the college last week and remarked on how well students and staff are looking after the building. They have offered to deliver talks to students on the cantilever method used to add the new wing to the site: another way we use industry to contextualise learning. This close relationship with employers sets us apart from other schools, providing a wealth of opportunities for work experience as well as project-based learning. The UTC does not suit all students’ career plans and we pride ourselves on ensuring they get impartial advice to achieve their potential. Thus we are delighted that Hannah Watt has been offered a sixth form place at Welbeck to pursue her personal dream. One of the pleasures of teaching is the reward of inspiring students. The Mathematics Department are extremely proud of Toby Reichelt who has been awarded a Future Teaching Scholarship in order to pursue his interest, and excellence, in Mathematics. With support from the department, Mr Tomlin in preparing Toby’s demonstration lesson, and the on-going work of Careers in their preparation of students for interviews, Toby was almost instantly offered a scholarship: congratulations Toby.

In other news, our association with Bishop Grosseteste University continues with attendance at the ‘Business and Enterprise Advisory Board’ which happily coincided with the start of an Entrepreneurship Challenge run by under-graduate business students in collaboration with our Year 12 and Year 13. I have been invited to join the BGU’s LiNC Higher Governance Board which is charged with increasing access to higher education for those traditionally less likely to attend.

 

We have several projects running at school aimed at raising the outcomes of different groups of students. You will be aware of SAM-Learning, our on-line review resource, which supports students in the absence of ‘homework’. In addition, Mobilise and Achievement for All are initiatives that provide stimulus and training, helping to strengthen our provision for students who struggle with study for one reason or other. These schemes complement the work we already do, including the excellent Year 12 mentoring group supporting Year 11 students.

It would be remiss of me to not congratulate our cricket team that has already qualified for the Winter Indoor Cricket League Play-offs with one league game to spare.

Next week we are hosting a delegation from Hong Kong’s Vocational Training Council as well as our usual range of life guidance and careers’ speakers. This evening we host over 150 guests to our Open Evening and expect many more in the weeks to come as Government legislation comes into effect, requiring Local Authorities to write to all Year 9 students about their KS4 options. Our next Open Evening is in April and my intention is to modify the format somewhat to include a greater focus on ‘careers’: I will keep you fully informed. I am looking forward to Monday 6 March when we welcome Year 13 parents to meet staff and review their recent Mock Examinations. The next set of grades for all students are released in a few weeks and written reports for Year 10 and 12 are issued after the Easter break. In next week’s newsletter I shall discuss revision and examination leave.

As ever, please do contact me should you wish to discuss anything and feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Yours faithfully

Paul Batterbury