Newsletter 11

SSMWUTC’s First DEC Workshop

The UTC has had its first workshop ran by Mr Longwani where the students had used specialist engineering machines (Lathes) to cut and turn metal into their very own hammers as part of our DEC experiment.
The UTC believes in hands on experience to help the students’ in growing their passion.

State of the Art ICT Suite

Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC has just opened its state of the art ICT suite which adds to the four suits we had already in place available for our students to use, the UTC has an extremely high PC: student ratio!

Autumn Nights 2018

Dear Parents,

We under the Safer Westminster Partnership of the City Council and Metropolitan Police Service would like to reassure you that we are working very closely with our partners in the London Fire Brigade, residential housing associations, Youth Offending Team and youth clubs to ensure that the borough remains a safe place for the enjoyment of seasonal celebrations of Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Around this time of year we tend to see an increase in firework-related incidents and activity. Please can we ask you to be mindful of where your children are around this period, especially on Wednesday 31st October and Monday 5th November, this is to ensure that they do not get caught up in any potential large scale disorder. Please also be aware of what your children are carrying in their rucksacks – whether they are getting hold of any fireworks or rockets which are age restricted to 18 years.

Feel free to feed back any concerns or information to the Pastoral Team – details on the Safety and Wellbeing letter attached.

Safety and Wellbeing Education

Dear Parent / Carer,

As part of the UTC’s programme to safeguard the welfare and safety of its students, the UTC is educating students on ways to keep themselves safe. The UTC PSHE programme has covered a number of areas and topics including drug and alcohol awareness, mental health and crime prevention. A number of organisations and charities are working with the UTC to develop its education in these areas. These organisations are listed at the end of this letter, with information about how you as parents and carers can access their services.

Crime prevention in Westminster schools
Part of this programme has been a focus upon crime prevention and safety awareness relating to the carrying of illegal and dangerous items including drugs and weapons. Schools and colleges located in central London have been advised by the Metropolitan Police to invite specialist school officers into their institution to meet young people and share their message about safety and crime prevention. This includes telling young people where to go if there wish to report something they are concerned about, and who to talk to in school.
Specialist school police officers have recently visited the UTC to present to our students about this. The Metropolitan Police have advised schools and college in this area that for the purposes of prevention and as a deterrent, to use a metal detecting device to undertake spot checks on students and other visitors entering the building. The UTC will, from the week commencing Monday 15th October 2018 be undertaking weekly random spot-checks of students entering the building using a metal detecting device. This is designed to give the message that the UTC takes seriously the safeguarding of its students and is no way reflective of any concerns about the safety of its students.

School’s ability to search
Parents and carers are also reminded that schools have the ability to search a student if they suspect an illegal or prohibited item is being carried on their person, or within their belongings. UTC does not make it regular practice to undertake such searches, but wishes to remind parents, carers and students of its right to do so if necessary in order to safeguard the wellbeing of its community.

I hope this information will prove useful, and please be assured that the UTC is following protocols advised by the police to schools and colleges in the borough. We take very seriously the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. If you / your son/daughter/ward have any concerns, please report them directly to a member of senior staff (details below).

Kind regards,
Miss Evans
UTC Senior Staff and Pastoral Team
Miss Antonia Evans (Principal)
Mr Finn (Vice Principal)
Mr Coley (Welfare Officer)
To contact the UTC by phone: 020 3301 7660
Organisations and Charities offering support and guidance to parents, carers and students
Insight – A local charity that work closely with the UTC. Insight offer a parent app full of advice about safeguarding young people around drugs, alcohol, gang-related activity and other areas. Insight will be offering one to one mentoring for the UTC and can do so for young people outside of the school setting. Visit their website, phone or email for more information:

020 8960 5510
Crimestoppers – The national line to call for advice on suspicion of crime and for advice relating to safety. 0800 555 11115/04/social-icons.png