Parental Communication 18.12.16

December 18, 2016 2:33 pm

These last five working days have been very hectic indeed. We welcomed a number of potential students and their parents for daytime tours so that they could see us in action, and, as always, they were very impressed with our students, staff and facilities. We also welcomed members of the Lindum Rotary Club for a tour, showing them the restoration of the building and enabling old girls to reminisce of their school days in the mid-1900s. On Tuesday I travelled to London to meet with colleagues from UTCs across the country and we spent a day looking at the latest information on a range of important issues UTCs must consider, including marketing, recruitment and specialist qualifications. Never afraid to stretch our students, Mrs Doughty and Mr Orviss took Year 11 and Sixth Form science students to the University of Lincoln for a Christmas themed Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics activity day. Along with hearing about recent research, there was also a Christmas quiz in which the students acquitted themselves well.

Our students have been working hard to raise money for charity. My heartfelt thanks to students and parents who provided an enormous amount of food for the local Trussell Food Bank. Under Mrs Brace’s leadership, they collected impressive quantities of food, drinks and toiletries. We were delighted to hand it all over to a food bank representative, Amy, on Friday morning. The students also donned Christmas jumpers and collected spare change, resulting in over £165 being sent to the One Me charity. This charity supports young people from the ages of 16 to 25, providing funding to assist them in education, employment, citizenship and community development. The charity has already assisted one UTC student so we were delighted to support them in their charitable fund raising efforts. Chris Vaughan, One Me Director, came to see us wearing our festive attire and collect the funds, as you can see in the photos attached.

We were also pleased to award Nuffield Bursary Certificates to three Year 13 students who spent their summer holidays working in Siemens and Software Europe. Toby Reichelt, Cameron Wood and Levi Palmer enjoyed 4 – 7 week work placements, completing bespoke research projects during this exciting time and also received outstanding reports from their employers. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience work, research programmes and develop news skills and knowledge: I hope many current Year 12 students will take up the opportunity next summer.

Sadly on Friday we said goodbye to Jannine Heeley, our Science Technician. Jannine joined us in September 2015 and has been instrumental in creating efficient and effective procedures to support the practical delivery of Science. Jannine takes up a new, promoted post in her home town of Grantham and we wish her every success in her new, exciting role. On Tuesday we will also say goodbye to Rachel Taylor, Teacher of Physics. Rachel has been at the UTC since its inception and has worked tirelessly in teaching, pastoral and leadership roles. Rachel has enjoyed a wide range of responsibilities with us and has been successful in securing a considerable promotion into a senior leadership role. I am absolutely delighted that Rachel has achieved such success and we wish her the very best of luck for her new challenges.

This week we were delighted to confirm the appointments of Alex Mead, Teacher of Physics, Helen Hargeaves, Teacher of Biology and Wendy Caudle, Science Technician. They will all join us in January 2017.

Looking to the week ahead, tomorrow evening we will welcome back our summer leavers to collect their GCSE and A Level certificates. If any of our current Year 12 students are yet to secure tickets, please click on the link below and ensure you can come and join us for nibbles, drinks and a chance to catch up with your fellow students whilst collecting those important GCSE certificates:

Doors open at 6pm and the event commences at 6.30pm, with an expected end time between 7.30-8pm.

On Tuesday the UTC working day will end at approximately 1.30pm. We have some exciting Christmas activities planned and look forward to ending the term with a bang!

I wish you all a very enjoyable final week at work before the festive fun begins.

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