Christmas Lectures 2017
On the 14th of December 2017 our UTC held the 3rd Annual Christmas Lecture here right on campus. This year we had two lectures by Joshua Glicklich and Safanah Khan which were on Saving STEM and The future Treatments of Addiction. The event was deemed a success and has many positive comments and feedback from the audience which is always a pleasure. A video of highlights form the event will soon be available and this will be put onto our YouTube channel and onto our website.
The lectures brought about thought, ideas and innovation and hopefully inspired some of our audience into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The event followed with an in-depth discussion and questions and answer session based upon the lectures which were very engaging and rewarding for those students in the audience which had the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge into the research the lecturers conducted.
Joshua Glicklich (The Student Principal) said, “It was a pleasure to give this year’s Christmas lecture and I am thankful for the positive feedback. The lecture was aimed at changing perspectives and changing the ways we approach teaching, learning and innovation and I believe we can do exactly that. I will definitely be looking forward to the 4th Christmas Lecture next year when I am an Alumni of the UTC where I believe the UTC will again inspire students, innovate new ideas and integrate industry into education.”
Date: 13th November 2017
RE: OFSTED Monitoring Visit, October 2017
UTC Bolton was inspected by OFSTED on 19th and 20th October 2017 in a monitoring visit to follow up from the previous inspection in February. We have received a letter from OFSTED which confirms their findings on our progress since the last visit, a copy of which is available from the school reception or you can download an electronic version from our website (www.utcbolton.org).
I am very pleased to inform you that OFSTED have recognised improvements in numerous aspects of the school since February. Key observations made are:
- UTC Bolton’s Safeguarding arrangements are now judged to be effective.
- The Interim Management Committee appointed by the DFE made up of experienced school leaders, continue to be supportive of the changes being made.
- Teaching and learning is monitored more closely and is improving.
- The proportion of pupil’s achieving a grade 4 in English and in Mathematics was higher than the national average in 2017.
- Pupils’ views are better represented.
I am grateful for the efforts from my team here at the UTC and the support from the University of Bolton, the Regional Schools Commissioner, the Department for Education and the Baker Dearing Educational Trust.
Thank you also to you, as parents, for providing your feedback to help us improve the school and for your overall support since February.
Whilst it is excellent that our work has been recognised by OFSTED, there is still a lot to be done to sustain the changes made and achieve our vision of providing outstanding technical and academic secondary education for health sciences and engineering in the local area. I assure you that we are committed to the school and your child’s education so that UTC Bolton is formally recognised as the high quality educational provider that I believe it is.
I will be holding a Parents’ Forum at the UTC from 6pm – 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.
Acting Principal and Interim CEO