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UTC Reading newsletter September 2017

Welcome to the September edition of the UTC newsletter. Take a look at the range of exciting activities that have been taking place.

UTC Reading students celebrate post-16 results

Students at UTC Reading were celebrating post-16 exam results in August. The UTC maintained its very high average grade of Distinction*- for engineering and computing, with a C- average in A-level subjects.

Jonathan Nicholls, Principal at UTC Reading, said: "We are really proud of our students and staff who worked so hard to achieve these excellent results.

"It’s great to see the delight on so many faces as they realise they have secured their place at university, an apprenticeship or employment. We wish them every success and happiness in the future."

Students celebrate GCSE results day

It was also smiles all round on GCSE results day for UTC Reading students. 

A remarkable 89% of students from UTC Reading gained 4+ in Maths, with more top grades (7-9) than in any previous year.

75.5% of students achieved 4+ in English in Mathematics, with 53% achieving 5+ in both subjects.

It was fantastic to see so many students securing progression onto further study and apprenticeships, with brilliant results and significant progress over the last two years.

Partners and teachers discuss exciting plans for the year ahead

UTC Reading kicked off the academic year in style with a networking event, offering our industry partners and teachers the opportunity to meet before the students returned after their summer break.

Industry partners delivered brief, compelling presentations on their engagement with UTC Reading and gave their plans for the upcoming year, before teachers and partners were invited to discuss the plans in more detail.

The event was a positive and successful start to the year and a great chance for partners and teachers to network and share ideas on some of the exciting opportunities that could prosper for this year’s UTC Reading students.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers launch the Craftsman CUP challenge to Activate Learning students

130 students from UTC Reading, UTC Swindon and Activate Learning’s Technology Faculty were recently invited to MOD Lyneham, home of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), for the launch of the Craftsman CUP.

The visit comprised of a number of exciting experiences, including exploring Challenger 2 Tanks and operating simulated remote weapons systems; all whilst gaining first hand insight into British Army engineering. These experiences offered the students an insight into how the REME maintain, repair and manufacture equipment to keep the British Army’s high-tech aircraft, tanks and weapons in fighting order and served as a vibrant introduction to the Craftsman CUP challenge.

UTC students travel further for specialist technical education

Teenagers attending UTC Reading are willing to get up earlier and travel further for the state of the art facilities and the chance to study technical subjects.

According to a survey commissioned by the charity Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the organisation that supports and promotes UTCs, nearly 45% of UTC Reading students travel more than five miles each way to get a specialist technical education. This compares to only 21% of all students in England travelling further than five miles (the most recent National Travel Survey).

Students design chairs with DP Architects

To enrich our new A-level course, DP Architects visited UTC Reading to deliver a fantastic chair-making workshop.

The students worked in pairs and were given 25 sticks each. They designed their own specification, in which the chairs had to have at least three legs, a back, be the height of a standard chair, and must be able to hold a person for 30 seconds. The students worked with pace and enthusiasm to manufacture their designs, some creating very innovative structures. The Year 12 architecture students had less than an hour to assemble their chair, with only elastic bands and cable ties to hold the structure together.

UTC Reading launches 2017/18 enrichment sessions

UTC Reading's exciting enrichment programme has officially launched.

On Wednesday 13 September, the Salesforce Trailhead Challenge and Sage AI enrichment sessions were launched by experts who came into the school to introduce them to students. Other sessions introduced included the Royal Navy Challenge, F1 in Schools, Reading Rock Academy, Sports and Arts.  This was followed by the introduction of further activities on Thursday.

Students sign up for NCS programme

On Thursday 14 September, representatives from National Citizen Service (NCS) came to UTC Reading to recruit students to their fantastic programme.

The NCS programme is the government’s largest youth and community programme for young people (aged 15 – 17). Completion of the NCS programme is highly valued by both employers and university admissions tutors.

The programme is a hugely popular activity with our students and each year a large number sign up. For more information about NCS, visit the website.

NQTs celebrate as their induction year comes to a close

We are delighted to welcome three new qualified teachers (NQTs) to UTC Reading this year.

Georgios Aronis, Sheila Metcalfe and Paula Iveson return to UTC Reading as NQTs this year, having completed their induction year under the supervision of Siobhan Tyson, UTC Reading's Director of Science.

Architecture students get creative with Lego

Architecture students had a creative start to the year as they took part in a Lego workshop inspired by Channel 4's "Lego Masters".

Students were initially tasked with designing and building a mode of transport. They were then required to choose a hobby or interest and use this as a theme to create a design of an architectural building.

Open event: Wednesday 8 November, 5.30-7.30pm

Our open events are a great opportunity to find out more about studying at the UTC. You’ll meet students, staff and industry partners and have the opportunity to take part in some great science, engineering and computing activities.

Applications for September 2018

You can now apply for a place at UTC Reading in September 2018. For more information, download our 2018-19 prospectus.

To apply for a place, complete the Year 10 application form or Year 12 application form on our website. We will be in touch shortly afterwards to confirm the next steps of the application process.

Keep in touch

You can also keep up to date with the latest developments of UTC Reading through our website and social media channels:

Twitter: @UTCReading

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