Welcome to the end of another wonderful year at Lincoln UTC. As Peregrine falcons screech past my office window, plummeting from their Cathedral eyrie, I am reminded of the school cycle: September 2016 does not seem so far away yet a new year begins in less than eight weeks.
We have had a good year and it is impossible to single out one event or notable achievement without overlooking another equally impressive occasion. Of recent note has been another successful set of work experience placements, marked by numerous emails and letters from impressed employers. We are developing ever closer links with businesses, students reaping the reward of a reputation for being ‘employment ready’. External agencies are visiting us with increasing frequency and adding context or real-life challenges to our teaching. The Awards Evening celebrated the achievements of Year 12 and 10 students and we were honoured to host many of our sponsors.
Examination results are released in August. KS5 results are available from 0900 on Thursday 17th August and GCSE students can collect theirs at 0900 on Thursday 23rd August. Students prepared for their examinations with an increasing sense of urgency and the majority were peaking at the right time. This year GCSE Mathematics and English are graded with ‘Levels’. With numerical scores from 9 to 1, no one is quite sure what the results will be. The government has indicated that a ‘4’ is a ‘C’ and a ‘5’ is a strong ‘C’; some pundits are even suggesting that the number of Level 9 scores will be in single figures!
The academic year has seen some staff changes, the most notable of which was the resignation of our founding Principal, Dr. Mackenzie. I was delighted to be asked to act as Interim Principal although everyone I meet continues to espouse her inspirational vision and her shoes have been challenging to fill. I am pleased that the Board’s appointment, Mr. J Morrison, is able to begin in September and I shall be taking very much a back seat as I support his transition. We also say goodbye to other staff this term. Mr. M Hubert leaves us to take up a post in his spouse’s home country of Wales whilst Mr. A Barker joins a university teaching team. I am also very sorry that we will also lose the outstanding services of Mrs. V Weaver. One of our founding team and a stalwart, loyal member of staff, Mrs. Weaver has led our SEND department with great skill and huge success. Her successor is an experienced school leader who will build on the strong foundations laid by the hard work of Mrs Weaver and her team. Mrs P Graves is also moving on to begin teacher-training. We wish all our colleagues great success as they head to their next challenge.
We finished the term with an assembly for Year 10 and Year 12 students. The school is quiet without the examination cohort but maintains an energy that characterises engaged students and purposeful study. I reflected on the year and all that has been achieved. I also thanked the staff and students without whom our success is a hollow victory and I would like to extend these heartfelt thanks to you too.