February Newsletter 2021

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As we reach the end of this term, I have been reflecting on all that we have achieved over the past six weeks. Being away from the UTC, and unable to continue with our ‘normal’ routine is difficult for all members of the UTC community. Our staff thoroughly enjoy working at the UTC and are passionate about providing the very best possible opportunities for our students, allowing them to succeed. Whilst this may be more challenging under the current circumstances, we are extremely proud of the strength of our online learning provision. 

As the Vice Principal, I am a member of every Google Classroom as a ‘student’ so that I can view the lessons from a student’s perspective. This gives me a valuable insight into the online learning experience of a student. Our students really do deserve to be congratulated for their continued efforts. They have demonstrated resilience, organisation, motivation and independence throughout the past few weeks. We continue to be proud of each and every one of them.

We have been delighted by the positive feedback from parents regarding our remote learning provision. All of our students in year 10 and around 50% of our students in year 12 were at different schools during the last lockdown, and many have commented on the contrast in the quality and standard of our remote learning.  

It is hard to believe that already, we have reached the halfway point of the academic year. We hope that all members of our UTC community find some time to enjoy themselves this half term. Online lessons resume on Monday 22nd February and we look forward to seeing our students (virtually) then. 

Take care and stay safe!

Stuart Hamer

Vice Principal