July 2021 Newsletter

Message From The Principal

Wow, what a year 2020/21 has been. Once again testing student, staff and parent and family resolve to get through a very challenging time.

Staffing Updates

We say goodbye at the end of this academic year to Kamal Khan, Alan Bailey and Sunjeet Kaur. We want to thank them for all that they have done to support students here at Bucks UTC.

Key Term Dates

A summary of term dates and upcoming event information can be found on our Calendar page (click here) or below. We will continue to update this with additional key dates that will be important for students, staff and parents or carers. Please note these dates may change due to government guidance.

Table of key term dates
Table of key term dates

Refer A Friend

Our ‘Refer A Friend’ scheme for current students is still active until August. Encourage a friend who has an interest in Computing or Building Studies to apply to join us in September, and receive a reward (dependent on the number of people you refer). Try and refer as many people as you want! Simply tell them to apply here, and enter the name of the student that referred them in the ‘How did you find out?’ entry.

Accreditation

Thank you to Sarah Wood who has worked hard in earning some accreditations and collaborations for Bucks UTC. One is the National Literacy Trust, who we are now officially working with and delivering forward-thinking Literacy initiatives, such as DEAR time, introduced last year. We have also achieved the National Online Safety ‘Safe Remote Education’ accreditation and look forward to receiving more.

Open Events

We hosted our first in-person open event in over a year in June, welcoming potential students and parents for the first time. It was a fantastic environment, and it was lovely to have our employer partners there as well. Visitors were given tours of our facilities and introductions from staff members using a time-slot approach. We will share more details about future open events later this year.

Cloudy IT Project

BMW Group Project

Students have been placed in teams and tasked with designing a car, which will eventually complete a set of challenges. Team members have taken on individual roles and have been incorporating their Maths, Science, DT and Enterprise skills to complete the project. Mark from BMW Group has been overseeing the work and regularly meeting with teams. The final presentation and challenge day will now take place in September, when another BMW Group employee will also attend to judge.

Student Views

We know how important it is to hear from students about their experiences when joining a new school or college. Some of our former and current students from most year groups and both Computing and Building Studies specialisms have provided what they think about their time at Bucks UTC. It should provide an insight into the progress our students are making. Learn more about what they think on our new Student Views page. Thank you to Crina (Year 10) Ben and Nathan (Year 12) and Anna, Charlie and Nathaniel.

Induction Days

This year, our induction days for Year 10 and Year 12 were virtual. Our new Year 10 students experienced two days of online fun and were introduced to staff members and their soon-to-be peers. Firstly, we ran an exciting virtual tour of the UTC facilities with current students. Icebreaker activities and work with some of our employer partners also engaged everybody. With Mario, students used a variety of graphic design applications to create a personal profile.

How The Education System is Responding

As part of the UTC (University Technical College) community we know that the learning is different than other schools. We describe ourselves as “a journey with destinations in mind”. Lord Baker, former Education Secretary, has been in the news so much recently emphasising the technical gaps of careers in the UK and how the UTC concept is the key to managing the gap for our future economy.