Weather update 27/02/2018

UPDATE: The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy students will be allowed to leave at 1.40 pm this is due to the adverse weather conditions to ensure they can travel home safely. Many thanks

Due to weather conditions the school will close at 2.45pm today to allow time for students to travel. Should the situation change we shall update you by text/email. The Leigh UTC.

Computer Science Final Competition

It is a pleasure to announce that our Year 7 Computer Science team of Finalists attended BAE systems STEM competition Final round at Rochester last week and came 4th among the 6 groups of Finalists.
The pupils endeavoured and performed immaculately the tough competition which included developing skills in computer programming using binary, contextual mathematics, data analysis, logical reasoning, creative thinking and team building.
Our year 7, team at UTC were amazing and performed the very difficult tasks and showed brilliant team work, problem solving and logical reasoning. The best part was that they kept their enthusiasm till the end and were enjoying the tasks and had fun.
It was announced at the end that they were the youngest team among all the competitors which included Year 8, 9 and 10.
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Anti bullying Week

Last week The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy marked National Anti-bullying week with a wide range of activities and workshops across all year groups. We spent some time looking at the This Mornings ‘Be Kind’ Campaign and completed a number of activities and events that included students learning about the different types of bullying, how to identify bullying and what to do if you think you are being bullied. Students shared experiences of bullying and when they have identified bullying as well as (In true UTC style) using their CAD CAM skills to create a leaf pledge and coding their way trough anti bullying and citizenship’s online game Interland #bekind #bullyfreezone.

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Glittering Evening at The Leigh UTC Awards Dinner 2017

The Leigh UTC recently hosted its third annual awards evening. The evening has become a highlight of the calendar for The Leigh UTC and is becoming an increasingly popular event attracting a higher number of business participants from last year’s inaugural event.

Proceedings were chaired by governor, Clive Barker, Chairman of CSB Logistics, with keynote speaker, Luke Thomas, one of Britain’s youngest head chefs.

Hemlow, who sponsored one of our awards, tweeted before the evening.

hemlowltd‏@hemlowltd Nov 15

We’re looking forward to attending @theleighutc awards evening tonight to celebrate the achievements of last year’s year 10 and year 12 students. We wish everyone a successful and enjoyable evening.

As a college specialising in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, this is the opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of students.

The event was catered by Leigh Academies Trust’s catering contractor, Cucina, who supplied an amazing three course meal.  The evening’s photography was undertaken by Brandon Baily and the photos can be seen at the following link UTC Awards Ceremony 

Superb trophies were manufactured for the evening by Kenard Engineering.

The 2017 award winners were:

STEM Year 10 Male – Joshua Jobson, sponsored by Cleantec (

STEM Year 10 Female – Ioulia Kasapidis, sponsored by Hemlow (

STEM Year 12 Male – Joseph Fasogbon, sponsored by Bam Construction (

STEM Year 12 Female – Amelia Cockran, sponsored by Kenard Engineering (

Engineering Year 10 – Bethany Arney, sponsored by SEM (

Engineering Year 12 – Malika Vara, sponsored by RAP Interiors (

Computer Science Year 10 – Ethan Bailey, sponsored by Temple Brown Consulting (

Computer Science Year 12 – George Waterman, sponsored by Fujitsu (

Enterprise Year 12 – Samuel Holloway, sponsored by CSB logistics (

Ambassador Award – Max Parkin, sponsored by DMA (

Outstanding Achievement Year 10 – Ross Dell, sponsored by Leigh Academies Trust ( ) and Briar Associates (

Outstanding Achievement Year 12 – Courtney Weir, sponsored by Cucina (

The Leigh UTC values the participation of its many business partners; in fact, links to industry are very much at the heart of every aspect of education at the college. The winner of this year’s Business Partner of the Year Award was presented to CSB Logistic’s Director, Clive Barker by Steve Leahey, Principal of The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy. This award was sponsored by Leigh Academies Trust in recognition of the outstanding contribution of this business in supporting The Leigh UTC.

A silent auction was held during the evening resulting in an amazing total of over £15,000 being raised towards various additional extracurricular projects for the college. Sincere thanks to all who generously participated to support learning at The Leigh UTC.

Quotes from attendees:  Joanne Cockran

Parent of Amelia Cockran

We would just like to say, thank you for an amazing evening last night. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the academic success of the students at The Leigh UTC as well as allow them to meet the various sponsors of the school. It was a wonderful night and it was a privilege to be in attendance.

We are immensely proud of Amelia and all that she has accomplished in her time at The Leigh UTC and marvelled at her confidence to talk to the different organisations present at the event. The opportunities available for Amelia at The Leigh UTC are incredible and we can only thank yourself and all your staff for allowing Amelia to blossom into the Engineer that she is striving towards.

Please pass our thanks onto Kenard and to the other sponsors.

Clive Barker

The 3rd Year of the Leigh UTC annual awards for students proved yet again to be a great success. With even more tables sponsored by businesses, the event has now become a permanent fixture in the calendar.

In addition to the sponsored tables for the winning students and their family guests, we were pleased to be able to include a table for our alumni, which will undoubtedly be a feature of our future dinners.

Our inspirational guest speaker, Luke Thomas, Britain’s youngest Head Chef, entertained us with his story of drive and determination in achieving his goals.

It was a great opportunity to recognise the extra effort that the winning students have demonstrated to be awarded these prestigious trophies and their family guests were undoubtedly filled with pride at their achievements.

Once again during the evening we raised substantial funds of £15200 to go towards a number of targeted resources to enable us to deliver the engineering, computer science and STEM specialist education in which we excel.

It was a fast moving, inspiring evening which everyone enjoyed, and our great thanks go to all our sponsors and the organisational team that made the evening such a success.

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Dartford and Gravesham District Cross Country

Last week we took 9 students to The Leigh Academy for the annual Dartford and Gravesham district cross country. The team consisted of 2 year 7 girls, 3 year 7 boys and 3 year 10 boys.

The day was hugely successful with fantastic team spirit being demonstrated from all students. The students ran with true determination and showed resilience from the start to the end.

It was a delight to see students from different key stages cheering and encouraging each other and being outstanding ambassadors for the school. One student qualified to represent the district with a fabulous  yet exhausting run.

The students placings:

Year 7- Girls 7th and 22nd, Boys- 26th, 38th and 42nd.

Year 10- Boys 22nd, 23rd and 27th.

Well done to all those involved.