UTC Oxfordshire news round-up October 2016


UTC Oxfordshire doubles in size as year two begins

UTC Oxfordshire students returned from their summer image5break with two new year groups who have joined the school for the first time.

The school has doubled in size this year as a new cohort of Year 10 and Year 12 students were welcomed on the first day of term, along with several new members of staff.

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RM Education introduces first employer-led project of the year

Year 11 and Year 13 students were introduced to their first img_0012employer-led project of the year last month.

Paul Chew, Head of Development at RM Education, came into the UTC to give students an introduction to the project before they were divided into groups to receive their formal brief.

The project is based on encryption. Paul gave students an inspiring introduction to encryption to help them to see how much they come across it in their daily lives,without even realising.

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Rocket car challenge takes off

Year 10 and Year 12 students will take part in the dsc_0281BLOODHOUND model rocket car challenge this term.

The project was introduced to the students with a demonstration of some example rocket car models in UTC Oxfordshire’s car park.

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UTC Oxfordshire students are top fundraisers for Spurgeons

A group of young carers at UTC Oxfordshire ran several dsc_0283fundraising activities during an awareness week for the charity Spurgeons in July.

Spurgeons supports children and young people aged up to 18, whose lives are impacted by the responsibility of care for an adult or sibling. Young carers may typically be involved in cooking, cleaning, shopping, paying bills, assisting with getting dressed, washed or toileting, as well as helping with medication and emotional support.

A group of six UTC Oxfordshire students worked together to raise a total of £455 for the charity before the end of last term. This included a cake sale, a 100-mile charity bike ride and a non-uniform day.

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UTC Oxfordshire students inspired by top motivational speaker

Positivity levels ran high at UTC Oxfordshire following a smaller-dsc_0290visit from top motivational speaker David Hynes.

David visited the school at the beginning of term to speak to all students, across two sessions. The talk was focused around memory stacking and how to achieve more than you believe you can.

David focused on encouraging students to believe in themselves and to start the school year with the right attitude towards their learning; knowing that they can achieve amazing things if they want to.

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Richard Noble OBE inspires Year 10 students

Richard Noble OBE, BLOODHOUND Project Director, 20160921_092251continued his work to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers as he spoke to our Year 10 students.

Students were given an overview of BLOODHOUND SSC, a project to build a supersonic car designed to travel at 1,000mph. They are spending their first term working on the BLOODHOUND model rocket car challenge, which was introduced to them last week with a demonstration of some existing models.

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NCS success for Year 12 students

The start of term was action-packed for our Year 12 p1090042students as they took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

Our Year 12 induction programme began with a residential trip to Woodlands Outdoor Education Centre. Students took part in several team-building activities including a night-time mountain walk, canoeing, orienteering, caving, bonfire, zip wire, high ropes and climbing.

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Code breaking experience for UTC students

Last month, our Year 11 and Year 13 students visited Bletchley Park as part of their first employer-led project of the year.

Read on for Year 13 student Will Barnes’ account of the experience.

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Open events

UTC Oxfordshire has opened its doors to a number of prospective students throughout the first half of term with four open events. Year 9 and Year 11 visitors were given tours of the UTC by current students and opportunities to try activities and speak to our staff.

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 8 November, 9-10.45am: Book your place
Tuesday 22 November, 9-10.45am: Book your place

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