Newsletter 7 February 2017

March 7, 2017 5:46 pm

7 March 2017

Dear Parents and guardians,

Hardly has our first break of the New Year finished and already we are in March and the countdown to Easter. For some this is exciting, a time of mad March hares and chocolate eggs, but for most of our students the countdown to their public examinations appears to be accelerating. We publicise the number of teaching days left before the first examination across the school and from now on I shall add this to my Newsletter. Congratulations to this week’s award winners: to David Fox, Shannon Ashby and Jacob Pasco.

The Heads of Department are responding to the mock examination data by providing support and guidance: marks are rising and attitudes are changing. Please talk to your son/daughter about their plans as they begin to consider revision schedules: contact us if you need our help. The Mathematics Department, through the hard work of Mr Hubert, entered fifteen students into the Canadian University of Wellington’s international challenge whilst Mr Orviss and Mrs Brace took seventeen KS5 chemists to the University of Lincoln for a day of analytical chemistry. University staff remarked on the excellent behaviour of our students as well as their academic engagement. We continue to challenge our students with these additional activities, involving businesses and employers in our curriculum so students are workforce ready. This is reflected in the success of our Year 13 students in gaining offers through the UCAS process and receiving apprenticeship places as well as our Year 10 students in getting work experience placements.

This additional curriculum is provided through the dedication of our excellent staff and Mr Baker would like to remind all that there are regular talks on maths and physics topics at local universities: please look out for his publicity. The most recent offering can be seen at:

Our engineers have just received their first round of results and, with eleven distinctions, nine merits and fifteen passes across the various components, we are confident of a highly successful summer. Such is the nature of our provision that on Thursday we will be hosting a team from Hong Kong’s Vocational Skills Council who are looking at ways in which education integrates vocational teaching with more traditional forms.

I would like to conclude by congratulating the Business Enterprise group on their ‘UTC Fest’ success. At very short notice this group of students arranged and executed a series of charity events which in one day raised over £250. The fun is not yet over and I trust the members of staff due to be soaked in a public wet-sponge throwing event on Monday will forgive donors as it is all in a good cause: Cancer Research.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Batterbury

Teaching Days left: 32 to GCSE; 28 to A-Level