July 2021 Newsletter

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Message From The Principal

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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.

Friday 16th July 2021 End of term, students finish at 3pm
Tuesday 10th August 2021 A-Level/Level 3 Results day
Thursday 12th August 2021 GCSE/Level 2 Results day
Thursday 2nd September 2021 College resumes, student onsite from 8:30am
Wednesday 20th October 2021
UTC closes for Half Term, students finish at 3pm

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Open Event

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.

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Students worked in groups to design and develop an app for young people to express their views on through the Aylesbury Youth Survey. They developed skills in marketing, videography, design and development and had access to professionals in all areas to provide support and expertise. A total of seven groups were narrowed down to just three through presentations to a judging panel.

These then visited the Buckinghamshire New University campus in Aylesbury to present to representatives from the community, including local MPs and the Mayor. Congratulations to team UPSKILL that will now have their app developed by Buckinghamshire Council for young people to use!

National Literacy Trust

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Skills Builder

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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 take place on the final day of term, when another BMW Group employee will also attend to judge.

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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.

New students also enjoyed pitching to judges in a Dragons Den-style activity, incorporating team work and business-focused skills. We are grateful for the support from McAfee, NCS, Flannery Plant, Insight6 and Taylor Wimpey.