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Celebrating a fantastic first year

To mark the end of a successful first year of opening, we celebrated the success of our students with industry partners, parents, students and staff.

To mark the end of a successful first year of opening, we celebrated the success of our students with industry partners, parents, students and staff.
 
 
Alongside awards for achievement and attainment across our GCSE, A-Level and BTEC subjects, students also collected certificates for gaining Microsoft and Autodesk professional qualification.
 
 
Industry partners and local employers were also on hand to present prizes to students who had taken part in their employer challenges during the term.
 
Sixth Form student Daniel won £200 from ConnectTVT for creating the winning video that showcased the best of technology in the Thames Valley.
 
The committee at the British Computer Society (BCS) had looked at some of the projects our students have been working on in their own time, and Antony Parker, Chair of the Berkshire branch of BCS awarded raspberry pi equipment to Year 10 student Samkeliso for his Lite app.
 
 
 
The biggest award of the day was for the large scale project led by Peter Brett Associates (PBA), one of our lead industry partners. Within teams, every student took part in the project to redesign the old part of Reading railway station, with the project integrated into every part of the curriculum including English, geography and IT.  
 
With support from their mentors at PBA, teams designed their stations using CAD (computer aided technology) software. The 2D designs, alongside a 3D scale model – printed using the UTC’s 3D printers – at an exhibition that was judged by a panel from PBA. The top five teams were invited to present their project to the panel at PBA offices.
 
PBA partner, Steve Capel-Davies said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the UTC and the PBA mentors for taking part in this huge project. It's been really successful, and we've all learnt a lot and got a lot out of it. We were bowled over by the presentations – the level of detail and delivery was excellent. The panel agreed that you wouldn’t know that each team hadn’t worked on this type of project before.”
 
 
The project also won the Project Management Award at Big Bang South East earlier this month. Rob McMenamin from Mott MacDonald (who sponsored the award) said: “It was exceptional work by the team who were up against stiff competition. The judges were looking at how students demonstrated key skills such as organisation, teamwork and the ability to work with numbers. Just as importantly, we also looked for passion which was clearly demonstrated by this team.”
 
At the end of the awards, Chair of Governors Lee Nicholls said: “Today’s celebration typifies what we trying to do at the UTC, which is to align your studies and the skills you gain with those that are needed in the workplace. I doubt many other schools have so many businesses working this closely with their students.
 
“I’d like to say a big thank you to the industry partners and UTC staff for making our first year a great success. Undoubtedly though, the stars of the show are our students – you are all really well placed to succeed in industry in the future.”
 
There’s still time to join us in Year 10 or 12 from September – get in touch via enquiries@utcreading.co.uk / 0118 938 1020 to find out more and apply!
  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett