My name is Jenna and I am currently in Year 12. I am studying biology, chemistry, maths and further maths A levels.

I joined UTC Oxfordshire in Year 10 and was in the first cohort of students, when the college opened. I joined because I love science and the school I was at didn’t really push that. When I heard there was somewhere I could go where science could be my main focus, I knew it was for me.

This year I have accepted a work experience placement with one of our employer partners, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and on completion of my sixth form studies I plan to study for a joint biology and maths qualification at university.

Coming to UTC Oxfordshire as a female wasn’t a big change for me. I came from a mixed school so it didn’t feel too different. When I started here I wasn’t very confident, that soon changed, with the support of the students and staff.

I think it’s important to get more girls into STEM-related careers if that is their passion. It can be off-putting when you look at the stats of the divide, but if you have a real interest in it, do it.

My advice to any girls looking to come here would be to try it. Look around and meet our Principal, Owain and Head of Sixth Form, Sue. When you interview with them, you’ll get a feel for if it is the right fit. The long days and travel may not be for you, but you won’t know unless you come and see. As soon as I walked in on my first day I fell in love with it. I knew it was the right decision and have never looked back.