Posted by Dennis G. Lucan on June 1, 2018
The Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC is very pleased to announce that Miss Antonia Evans has been appointed as permanent Principal of the UTC. This appointment decision has the unanimous support of the UTC’s Governing Body and Miss Evans will take up post on 1 June 2018. As an Oxford graduate and with Teach First sponsored teacher training for high achievers at Canterbury Christ Church University Miss Evans has already established an impressive career as an innovative leader in secondary education since 2010, as demonstrated through senior roles in other London schools. Following her appointment as Assistant Principal for the UTC in early 2017 Miss Evans has been leading the development of teaching and learning, since February 2018 as Interim Joint Headteacher with Mr Mike Finn. Her vision is for ‘High achievers who work together’ and she has consolidated the UTC’s stakeholder relationships with its influential co-founders and supporters to achieve this aim.
Development of the UTC’s STEM specialism, promotion of opportunities for women in engineering and the built environment industries, and enhancement of the diversity and inclusion ethos of the UTC and its Employer Alliance partners are core objectives. Miss Evans will be supported in delivering this vision for the UTC by other significant staff appointments.
Mr Dan Chandrakumar currently teaches at the UTC two days each week as a secondee from the Ofsted Outstanding St Marylebone CE School, and he will take up the post of UTC Vice-Principal on 1 September 2018. He is a leader of a very successful Mathematics department, supporting and directing the professional development of teachers nationally as Maths Hub Lead for London Central and North West, and internationally through the Shanghai Maths Exchange. Since joining St Marylebone in 2006 Mr Chandrakumar’s roles have included STEM and Enrichment Coordinator, Specialist Leader in Education supporting others in whole school improvements as well as in Maths provision, and he has also been a Head of House and a member of the SLT.
His appointment complements that of Mr Mike Finn, the UTC’s founding Vice-Principal appointed in October 2016 to contribute to the final phase of the UTC’s development prior to opening. Mr Finn’s experience as Assistant Principal and then Acting Deputy at Woking College, 2014-16, a leading Sixth Form college with a 1300-strong student community, and Pastoral Director at Reigate College from 2006, provide valuable expertise for the UTC. Support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and development of Safeguarding practices, have been enhanced with Mike’s direction. Most recently Mr Finn has shared the leadership of the UTC as Interim Joint Headteacher with Miss Evans which helped to ensure continuity and progression during a period of rapid change.
Mr Nathan Mealor teaches Chemistry at the UTC and holds the role of Director of Curriculum and Quality, following his earlier career at schools in Huddersfield. Mr Mealor’s particular strengths are in teaching and learning, and analysis of data to demonstrate student performance. As Assistant Principal from 1 May 2018 he will focus on promotion of active student learning and assessment, and the promotion of the quality and consistency of assessment outcomes.
Mrs Suzanne Lyne joined the UTC in March this year as the permanent Business Manager and has established a clear high performance ethos amongst her team of professional and business services staff. Mrs Lyne’s previous school experience encompasses responsibility for management of the building and educational facilities and the establishment of charitable trust status, both of which will be valuable for the UTC as it evolves to become a mature flagship provider of employer-related education.
There are currently 49 UTCs open across England, but only 5 as yet in London. Of the 2000 students who graduated from UTCs last year only 26 are NEETs, i.e. not currently in employment or further education or training. UTCs have a fantastic record of achievement for their students.
Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College (UTC) is a non-selective, non-fee paying school for 14-19 year olds within the state education system. It is co-founded and supported by the University of Westminster, Network Rail Infrastructure Limited, and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, a charitable trust set up in memory of a former Westminster Council leader. Its development has been supported by Westminster City Council since the inception of the project.
Sir Simon Milton UTC specialises in transport engineering and construction. It provides its students with hands-on workplace experience through collaboration with its unique Employer Alliance of relevant industry partners, led by Network Rail, with Alstom, Landsec, Sir Robert McAlpine, Colas Rail, and Transport for London.