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Class of 2020 – Adam Bellis is progressing to University of Salford to study Cyber Security

18-year-old Adam Bellis is celebrating achieving a place at University of Salford to study a degree in Cyber Security after his great BTEC results.

Adam achieved Distinction, Merit, Merit in BTEC Applied Science. He said: “I feel really relieved about my results because I got what I needed to get into my top choice and I’m really happy.”

As well as his interest in Computing, Adam also played badminton alongside his studies at the UTC. Talking of the UTC he said: “I moved to the UTC because it was a better environment for me to learn in. There were smaller class sizes and more specialised learning.”

He is looking forward to starting at University of Salford in September: “I’m really excited to go to university and to start my course. The UTC has prepared me well for it with the different styles of learning – both practical and written – and I’ve been able to develop key skills such as practising problem solving which is a big part of my degree.”

To anyone else thinking of studying at the UTC, Adam said: “I think the UTC is really good. If you want to learn and push yourself then you should go.”

Class of 2020 – Nikola Nakrewicz is looking forward to continuing her studies at the UTC in September

Nikola Nakrewicz is looking forward to continuing her studies at the UTC in September after achieving an 8 in Art, a 7 in Maths and Merit in Engineering Design and Manufacture.

Talking about her results, she said: “I’m really pleased with my results. I moved to he UTC in Year 9 and it was the best choice I’ve made. I liked the smaller classroom sizes and the subject choices because I thought it was an appropriate place to study for the career I want to go into.

In the future, Nikola would like to be a nurse: “I want to be a nurse, and the science teachers at the UTC have really helped me and given me support and extra help when needed. My previous school didn’t offer the specialisms so I decided to move.”

Nikola thinks going to the UTC has improved her grades. She said: “I’m really pleased with the results I’ve got today. The teachers are really good and they’ve pushed me further than I thought was possible. I think if I went to a more conventional school I would have got a lower grade and I wouldn’t have improved as much.”

Nikola found the staff at the UTC really helpful: “I really loved the staff. If you ever needed support with anything you could talk to them. The smaller class sizes allowed you to get a more personalised education and we were able to use state-of the art equipment which I wouldn’t have had access to at my old school.

“We got to use lathes, welders, and cast molten metal. These opportunities I wouldn’t have got outside the UTC.”

The trips were something Nikola enjoyed too. She said: “I liked doing all the extracurricular parts of the UTC too. We got to go on lots of trips to see universities, employer partners and career fayres.

“We worked with Land Rover, testing fair ground toys in one of our projects which was really exciting. You don’t get opportunities like that at your typical school.”

Nikola is excited to start sixth form at the UTC in September: “I’m staying at the UTC to study applied science and Art. After sixth form I’d like to get an apprenticeship in the NHS to do either Nursing or Midwifery. I’m really excited to go back to the UTC in September. I’m looking forward to be doing tasks and having support with all my work and getting better and being the best I can.”

To anyone thinking of joining the UTC, Nikola said: “If you’re thinking of joining the UTC in Year 9 you should go for it. Everyone is lovely and it’s given me a whole range of different experiences. My old school told me not to move, but I decided to move and I am so glad because it is a much better choice for me.”

Class of 2020 – Callum Prescott is excited to continue studying at the UTC

16-year-old Callum joined the UTC in Year 9 to study his GCSEs in Triple Science, Maths, Business Studies and IT. He is looking forward to new opportunities continuing studying at the UTC in sixth form in September.

He said: “I moved to the UTC for more career opportunities. It also focussed more on subjects I was interested in, so I could do better in those.”

Callum is really pleased with his results. He said: “I got a 5 in Maths, a Merit in Business and 5 in Sciences.” He is awaiting his IT grade.

He said: “I enjoyed that the school offered more subjects to what I’d been able to do at an average school. I really liked being able to specialise in IT. My favourite project was coding Lego robot cars out of robo-technics.”

Callum enjoyed work experience whilst at the UTC: “I did work experience whilst at the UTC with Cavendish Nuclear. We did team building and worked on a presentation about the company in groups.”

Talking about the skills he’s developed, Callum said: “I’ve developed in confidence at the UTC. We’ve worked a lot on speaking at interviews and with people higher up, and we’ve done lots of career prep too. I think I’m more resilient too, having worked on lots of different projects at the UTC.”

Callum has chosen to stay at the UTC for sixth form. He said: “I’m staying at the UTC to study A Level Maths and specialise in Cyber. I’m happy to be staying on and looking forward to studying Cyber most. The UTC work with Fujitsu and I’m excited to be able to work on projects like that with employers. That’s one of the main reasons why I stayed at the UTC.”

The UTC has prepared Callum well for his future: “It’s developed my confidence but also allowed me to experience the workplace and how that works. The UTC has an adult atmosphere too, and you can wear business dress.

“In the future I’d either like to go into an apprenticeship In cyber security or possibly university.”

To anyone thinking of joining the UTC, Callum would say: “To someone thinking of joining the UTC in Y9 I’d say it’s a good option. It was scary at first but it has opened up so many opportunities. You are all in the same position and you get to meet lots of new people and it’s really worth it. It paid off for me.”

UTC Warrington’s students celebrate GCSE results success

UTC Warrington students are celebrating receiving their GCSE and technical results this week.

UTC Warrington – which is Ofsted graded ‘good’ – is a technical school for 14 to 19-year-olds that specialises in engineering, digital and construction, with healthcare starting in September 2021. At the UTC, students complete technical qualifications and GCSEs.

Lee Barber, Executive Principal of UTC Warrington, said: “I am so proud of our students and staff who have pulled together and shown remarkable resilience this academic year. I’d like to congratulate them on their results and wish them all the very best as they progress to the next stage of their education.”

The UTC equips students with the vital skills that employers and the economy need, enabling them to go onto great careers. The majority of students have chosen to stay on at the UTC for another two years, to further develop their STEM skills and knowledge, so they are well positioned to secure top university places and apprenticeships.

Callum Prescott joined the UTC in Year 9 to study GCSEs in business studies, maths, triple science and IT. He is looking forward to continuing studying at the UTC in sixth form in September.

Callum is really pleased with his results achieving a grade 5 in maths, a merit in business and a grade 5 in sciences. He is awaiting his IT grade. He said: “I really liked being able to specialise in IT. My favourite project was coding Lego robot cars out of robo-technics. I did work experience whilst at the UTC with Cavendish Nuclear. We did team building and worked on a presentation about the company in groups.”

Talking about the skills he’s developed, Callum said: “I’ve developed in confidence at the UTC. We’ve worked a lot on speaking at interviews and with people higher up, and we’ve done lots of career prep too. I think I’m more resilient too, having worked on lots of different projects at the UTC.”

Callum has chosen to stay at the UTC for sixth form. He said: “I’m staying at the UTC to study A Level maths and specialise in cyber. The UTC work with Fujitsu and I’m excited to be able to work on projects like that with employers. That’s one of the main reasons why I stayed at the UTC.”

The UTC has prepared Callum well for his future. He explained: “It’s developed my confidence but also allowed me to experience the workplace. In future, I’d either like to go into an apprenticeship in cyber security or possibly university.”

To anyone thinking of joining the UTC, Callum advised: “I’d say it’s a good option. It was scary at first but it has opened up so many opportunities. You are all in the same position and you get to meet lots of new people and it’s really worth it. It has paid off for me.”

Nikola Nakrewicz has achieved GCSE and technical results including a grade 8 in art, a grade 7 in maths and a merit in her engineering design and manufacture. She said: “I’m really pleased with the results I’ve got. The teachers are really good and they’ve pushed me further than I thought was possible.”

She explained: “I liked doing all the extracurricular parts of the UTC too. We got to go on lots of trips to see universities, employer partners and career fayres. We worked with Jaguar Land Rover, testing fair ground toys in one of our projects, which was really exciting. You don’t get opportunities like that at your typical school.”

After sixth form, Nikola would like to get an apprenticeship in the NHS to do either nursing or midwifery. She said: “I’m really excited to go back to the UTC in September. I’m looking forward to doing tasks, having support with all my work, getting better and being the best I can.”

Students who have completed their sixth form studies this year are going on to a range of destinations including BMW, Boeing, Cavendish Nuclear, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Bangor, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Exeter and the University of Salford.

Class of 2020 – Ben Danby is progressing to study Computer Science at University of Edinburgh

Ben Danby is celebrating after receiving top grades in his A Levels.

The 18-year-old achieved A* grades in computer science and maths as well as an A grade in physics.

Ben is looking forward to starting a Degree in Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh.

He said: “I am very pleased with my grades and really looking forward to going to university. It feels as though everything is falling into place.”

Ben added: “I chose the UTC for the engineering options and STEM subjects. I’ve had a great time and really enjoyed being part of a close knit community.

“Even though coronavirus means things will be different at university, I just want to move forward with my life and did not want to defer.”

Class of 2020 – Teagan Feerick is progressing to study Civil Engineering at University of Exeter

Teagan Feerick, 18, has gained D* D* D* after completing a technical qualification in engineering and is going on to the University of Exeter to study civil engineering.

She said: “I felt pretty confident about my grades and am really pleased with my results. The UTC has prepared me well.

“It’s great for engineering and it has allowed me to gain experience in the industry and understand my career path. I am really looking forward to going to university.”