Principal's Blog - February 2018

Principal's Blog - January 2018

UTC Portsmouth: Excellence in STEM Education


We are at the halfway point in the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a very good time to reflect on how the college is doing. We completed surveys with staff and students before Christmas and these were most beneficial is helping us to identify areas of strengths and areas for further work or consideration. This kind of feedback is invaluable especially for a college starting up such as ours.

In January, parents were asked to complete a survey. We are a community that listens carefully to all of our stakeholders and we are appreciative of the time parents took to complete this survey. The following is a summary of the percentages of parents who either ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ with the statements in the survey:

  • 91% of parents say their son/daughter is happy

  • 100% of parents say their son/daughter is safe

  • 95% of parents say their son/daughter is making good progress

  • 98% of parents say their son/daughter is well looked after

  • 100% of parents say their son/daughter is taught well

  • 95% of parents say their son/daughter receives appropriate independent study work

  • 98% of parents say behaviour at the college is excellent

  • 100% parents say that the college deals effectively with bullying

  • 100% of parents say the college is well lead and managed

  • 100% of parents say the college responds well to concerns

  • 97% of parents say they receive valuable student progress information

  • 100% of parents say the college offers strong links with employer partners

  • 97% of parents say their son/daughter has adapted well to the new environment

  • 100% of parents are pleased their son/daughter came to UTC Portsmouth

  • 100% of parents would recommend UTC Portsmouth to another parent


Congratulations to…..

….the following students who were voted by their peers into these leadership positions:

Ben D- President

Joao D- President

Lauren M- Vice President

Jamie H- Vice President

These students, as well as the other students who went for these positions (Gurgeet S, Freddie W, Zoe B, Michael A and Justin A), ran good campaigns that commenced with speeches to all students in the lecture theatre a week before the elections. We were all so impressed with the quality of their delivery and the thought that went into the details conveyed. Each student really demonstrated skills in communication, responsibility, resilience and teamwork. They should rightly be proud of what they did.

Our new Presidents and Vice Presidents will play an integral part in the leadership of the college. Very soon, other student leadership positions will be filled. Next we are looking for house captains, prefects and a curriculum lead.

Training and enrichment

The short and cold days this winter have not stopped students, staff and our partners from enjoying our full and diverse programme of activities. Thank you very much to everyone involved in the following:

  • First aid training was delivered to the Sports Leadership and Duke of Edinburgh groups. CPR equipment was given to us following a successful grant application from British Heart Foundation, and some of the training was delivered by St John Ambulance.

  • A successful Quiz Night organised by a group of Year 10 students

  • The BAE STEM ambassadors, who turn up and work really eagerly every week, are helping students to build projectile launchers that work with compressed air. We are really looking forward to finishing them and testing them after half term.

  • HMS Diamond hosted our sixth form engineering diploma students for a tour of the ship. Each department was explained both in terms of its role and how the marine and weapons engineering departments feed into it (supplying power, keeping equipment running, weaponry, loading systems etc).

  • HMS Excellent hosted a ‘Meet the Marines’ multi-activity day for a large mixed age group of our students. Students thoroughly enjoyed the activities which included high speed boat rides, rock wall climbing, weapons stances and a military physical session!



Summer Ball

We have pencilled in 6th July as the likely date for our first College Ball (but please note this may change). This occasion will be organised entirely by our very capable students, many of whom have already made progress with fundraising activities. More information will follow as the organisers make progress this term.


Student Admissions

UTC Portsmouth has filled its places to join both Year 12 and Year 10 in September. We are now adding to our waiting lists. This is a wonderful position for the college to be in and is a real indication that word has rapidly spread that our college is such a great place for a STEM education.


Ciaran O’Dowda



Other important dates for the rest of the spring term:

Wednesday 7th March: Year 10 parents evening

Week beginning 19th March: Year 10 Mock exams fortnight

Year 12 reports issued just before the spring break


Other important dates for the summer term:

Week beginning 16th April: Year 12 Mock exams fortnight

23rd and 25th May: CAMNAT exams all week

Year 10 reports issued just before the half term break


Half term 28th May to 1st June


Friday 25th May- INSET Day (college closed)

Monday 4th June: Work Experience week for Year 10

Sports Day: date to be confirmed

Monday 16th July: Work Experience week for Year 12

Friday 20th July: summer term ends