Your child is now one fifth of their way through their courses already. They will, no doubt, be ready for the holidays. This first term of long days and intense work can be challenging to adjust to. Congratulations to all the students who, day after day, arrive on time, looking smart and are ready for learning! They are already a long way towards taking their next steps in successful careers. For example, you may be interested to read about the HS2 project. This will generate about 25,000 jobs. Very many of these jobs will need the technical skills that our students are learning.
We would like to thank Network Rail, Transport for London and LandSec for working with our students on their business challenge projects. Our students are making great progress in understanding team work, project planning and presentation skills. Network Rail not only described our students as ‘amazing’, but also said that the staff were ‘magnificent’. Winning groups have enjoyed their prizes of a day’s experience working at the companies.
Next term we are looking forward to working with Sir Robert McAlpine on their projects.
We were thrilled that Lord Baker, the founder of the UTC movement, came to visit us. After lunch with our students, he said, ‘This UTC, which opened in September, has got off to an excellent start. I have seen some outstanding teaching and very determined students. Everyone I have spoken to said they like the UTC much better than their old schools.’
There has been a constant flow of industry experts in the UTC. They have met our students and opened their eyes to many interesting career possibilities. We were also honoured to be the launch venue for Westminster Enterprise Week. This was quickly followed by our students winning the ‘Pounds for Bright Ideas’ competition run through Westminster University.
We have many visitors to the building and they unfailingly comment about how smart and polite our students are. The holidays and the sales may be a good opportunity to ensure that if your child wears trousers they are suitable for interviews – ie tailored and not tightly stretched. Also please check that footwear are shoes and cannot be taken for trainers – if they have white soles they look like trainers and are not suitable. If you have questions about our business dress policy, please follow this link:
Our target setting day was very well attended by parents and guardians. Thank you all for supporting your child and helping them on their way to a successful future. We are posting reports home this week, do discuss with your child how they are progressing. Let us know if you have any concerns.
Next term we will be holding elections for parent governors. Please look out in the post for the next stage of this – thank you to those who have put themselves forward for this important role. The more of us that work together creating a fantastic school for all our students, the better their opportunities will be.
Finally I would like to thank you, as the families of our students, for the support you give to them.
Wishing you a warm and peaceful holiday. Looking forward to seeing all our students back on Monday 8th January.