October 2015 news round-up


“Your career starts now”, Lord Baker tells students

image1Lord Baker congratulated students at UTC Oxfordshire for taking the first brave step on their future career as he visited the school on 22 October. The former education secretary is joint founder and chairman of the Baker Dearing Trust, the organisation behind the University Technical College concept.

During his visit to the UTC, Lord Baker spoke to all 140 students in the main hall, saying: “You have made a courageous decision to leave your school and join this new UTC. In doing so you have made an important start on building your future career.”

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UTCOx-NCSStudents learn valuable skills as they complete National Citizen Service programme

Over 20 UTC Oxfordshire students were awarded certificates on Friday 16 October as they delivered presentations to their parents and UTC staff. The ceremony marked the completion of a four-week programme with the National Citizen Service (NCS).

As well as taking part in a residential weekend of team building activities, the three groups of students were tasked by the NCS to work together to fundraise for a charity of their choice. In order to graduate, they also had to complete a volunteering programme in their local community. The students thrived on the challenge.

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Bloodhound 4Students centre stage at BLOODHOUND world debut

Students from UTC Oxfordshire joined the excitement as the team behind a world land speed record attempt revealed their supersonic car to the world. Seven students from the school, attended the world debut of BLOODHOUND SSC at Canary Wharf in London.

The students secured their places at the high profile event, attended by the world’s media, following a competition to build their own rocket-powered cars. The winning teams not only got the chance to attend the BLOODHOUND world debut, but will also have their names listed on the car’s rear fin.

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Open events success

UTC Oxfordshire opened its doors to a number of prospective students throughout the first half of term with five open events. Year 9 and Year 11 visitors were given a tour of the UTC by current students and a talk by Principal Owain Johns, providing lots of opportunities to ask questions.

We were delighted with the number of interested parents and young people who came to find out more information. We hope to meet more prospective students at one of our next open events, which are as follows:

  • Tuesday 24 November, 6-8pm: Open Evening
  • Thursday 3 December, 4-6pm: Sixth Form Taster Event


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