Parental Communication 27.11.16

November 27, 2016 4:16 pm

Today Mr Hamer and I have spent time at Lincoln Rugby Club promoting the UTC. It was lovely to see current and previous UTC students playing there and we met a number of students who are interested in joining us in September 2017. We have our next Open Evening tomorrow from 5-7.30pm and look forward to welcoming lots of new faces to meet staff and view our facilities.

Last week the government produced an unvalidated analysis of GCSE performance of every publicly funded school in England. We received our document, called Raise Online, and it enables us to see how our students performed this summer compared to the national picture. The report contains a wealth of information which helps us to identify our strengths and areas for development. I am delighted to inform you that Lincoln UTC students made significantly better progress in all our specialist subjects than their peers across the country. Results in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Studies are all coloured green in our document, which identifies that this is significantly better than learners in other schools. Our recent sixth form results analysis identified outstanding progress in the sixth form. Our students on average achieve 0.4 grades higher than the government expected them to based on prior attainment. These results are testament to the hard work of staff and students and show that across all four year groups, we are achieving impressive outcomes.

Our new website will go live this forthcoming week and you will be able to find much more detailed information about our progress and activities on the new site. My weekly letter will form part of the ‘Principal’s Blog’ but I will continue to email it to you for ease of reading. Photos and reports on activities and events are also located on the website, along with a great deal of information including careers advice and guidance. I hope you will use the new site to keep up to speed with our developments.

Tomorrow we will welcome Scott Walker from the Department for Education to the UTC. Scott is our DfE Advisor and he will be joining us for his final visit before our Ofsted inspection, which is due at any time. He has been delighted with our progress to date and I look forward to sharing our superb exam results and other developments with him during his visit.

I appreciate that a number of parents have raised concerns about the cost of transport, especially for students in Years 10 and 11. This week the Chair of Governors, Paul Birt, and I will be meeting with Debbie Barnes, Director of Education at Lincolnshire County Council, to share our collective concerns and explore any possible future funding opportunities.

On Friday I am looking forward to a long drive to Plymouth to see two of our students who left the UTC this summer at the end of Year 13. George Westman and Alex Reay have completed their Basic Training with the Royal Navy and we are looking forward to celebrating their achievements with them and their families on Friday. I will share photos of their parade next weekend.

Congratulations to all the students who have started their SAM Learning revision this week. It is very important that revision is completed throughout the year and our Data Officer, Mrs Leeder, will be analysing the data to see which students have engaged successfully and which need support to get fully involved. Please do support us by checking your son or daughter has got off to a good start.

Year 11 mock exams start on Monday 5th December and will run over five days; all students involved must ensure they have full equipment as it is not possible to borrow any equipment for examinations. Please also ensure you have your locker available as all bags and phones must be secured in a locker; no bags can be taken into examination rooms.

I hope you have an enjoyable week.

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