Kingswood (Tuesday) Day 2

Day 2 (Tuesday) A wonderful second day at Kingwood. Some excellent teamwork and leadership skills from all of the students. Tonight we are all looking forward to the campfire.

Please watch out for updates of our estimated time of arrival back to the Inspiration Academy tomorrow.


Day 1 (Monday) Kingswood 2018

Day 1 – Monday 1st October: Year 7 are having a great first day at Kingswood. We enjoyed a tour of the facilities and lunch followed by some amazing activities. The students have been really well behaved so far and everyone is having a great time. More pictures tomorrow!


The Leigh UTC GCSE Results

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The Leigh UTC has proved once again that the combination of STEM focused GCSE qualifications has provided a good foundation for a successful STEM career. We are proud of our Year 11 GCSE students, reaching their potential across all of their subjects, at The Leigh UTC, allowing them to follow their chosen pathways. We have continued our success with GCSE resit results and celebrate 100% pass rate in maths and 83% in English, ensuring our students can progress on to their intended careers.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts of both the students and staff. The outcomes achieved have ensure that all of our students get to their preferred destinations. These have included post sixteen here at the UTC to study level 3 qualifications, Apprenticeships and College places. We are delighted to contribute to the ongoing growth of the STEM industries in the UK with so many of our students following this pathway. Finally, I would like to say how proud we are to have yet another student, Joshua Jobson, who has won a full Arkwright scholarship. An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK to inspire and nurture school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the Engineering Profession. This will financially support Joshua’s ongoing education through to University and Beyond.”

Steve Leahey, Principal The Leigh UTC


  • 100% pass in GCSE Maths resit
  • 83% pass in GCSE English resit
  • 100% pass in Engineering
  • 100% pass in IT
  • 100% C or above in GCSE Smart Product Design and Manufacturing (42% A*-B grade)
  • A significant increase in both 9 to 4 and 9 to 5 grades in English, Science and Financial Studies

arneygroup picBethany Arney Y11, celebrates her GCSE results; 8 English Language, 8 maths, 7 English literature, A product design, B smart product design, double Distinction in engineering, double 5 science, C further maths,  4 computer science with Mr Leahey, Principal and the SEN team, Mrs Bowen, Mrs Daniels, Mrs Wilton, Mrs Hayes and Mrs Lindars, Head of College.


Ioulia Kasapidis Y11 celebrates her GCSE result of A Greek, B product design, A smart product design, 7 French, 6 English language 6 English literature, 6 maths, C further maths, double Distinction in engineering double 5 in science  with the English team, Mrs Hughes, Mr Murtagh, Miss Dickinson and Mrs Shchedrova. Ioulia also celebrates her results with her sister Isla Kasapidis Y10 who also received an A* in GCSE Greek.


Left to right; Joshua Jobson Y11 celebrates his GCSE result  6 maths, 5’s in science, English language and English literature, double Distinction in BTEC IT and C in systems and control. Joshua also celebrates winning a full Arkwright Scholarship to support his STEM career. Chante Orrett Y11 6 English language and literature, 5 4 science, 4 maths, double Distinction in BTEC IT, grade A Level 2 finance and grade B level 3 (P16 level) finance.

“I’m delighted to congratulate the students on their results this year. It’s extremely encouraging to see the positive learning experience and support provided by the dedicated team at The Leigh UTC translating into opportunities for students to realise their highest potential. The results also continue to show the benefits of a business-led problem-solving curriculum, which is so important for employers and young people at the start of their careers.”

Keith Ellis, chair of governors MD Kenard Engineering

The Leigh UTC celebrates its best ever academic results

The Leigh UTC celebrates its best ever academic results at P16 and has proved yet again that the combination of mathematics and a technical qualification at Level 3 provides the foundation for a successful STEM career.  Our students have all secured either an apprenticeship programme or their preferred university destination.

“I am delighted with our best ever set of academic outcomes at the Leigh UTC. The highest quality destinations in either degree apprenticeships or University, reflect the truly fantastic set of grades across all of our subjects. I would like to thank all of our staff, students and parents for their support to ensure this was a memorable and enjoyable day for all.” Steve Leahey, Principal.

83% of Mathematics A- level students achieved  A*-B grades
100% of students achieved engineering A*-E at Level 3
100% of students achieved IT/computing A*-E at level 3
31% of  A-level grades were A*-B


Left to right: Malika Vara Y13, celebrated with the Principal Mr Leahey, her results of triple Distinction in BTEC extended diploma in Manufacturing Engineering and C grade for her Extended project qualification. Malika will be going to the University of Portsmouth to study BSc Civil Engineering.  Ross Dell Y13, celebrated with Mr Leahey, and Mr Arnould, Assistant Head of College, receiving an grade A in A Level Maths, double Distinction* in BTEC Manufacturing Engineering, Grade C in A Level Physics and D in Further Maths. Ross has secured a place at Leeds University to study BSc Mathematics.

ameiliaAmelia Cockran Y13, celebrates with Miss Warner, coordinator of post 16,  and our Chair and Vice Chair of Governors Keith Ellis and Clive Barker, receiving triple Distinction* in BTEC extended diploma Engineering,  A* in Extended Project Qualification and B grade in Core Mathematics. Amelia has started her L4 Degree apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering with Coca Cola.

cameronpic 2pic 3 Left to right: Cameron Whitaker Y13, received Distinction, double Merit in BTEC extended diploma in Manufacturing Engineering. Cameron starts his L4 Degree Apprenticeship in Engineering with Kennard next week.  Sam Holloway Y13, received triple Distinction in BTEC extended diploma in Manufacturing  Engineering, C grade at Core Math and C in Extended Project Qualification. Sam has applied to join the Royal Navy as a Royal Navy Engineer. Taran Panayicelebrates with Mrs Lindars, Head of College, achieving double Distinction * in BTEC Manufacturing Engineering, a grade B in Core maths and grade C in Extended Project. Taran has accepted a place at Coventry University to study BSc Mechanical Engineering.


Left to right: Ranul Galanne Gedara Y13, celebrates with Mr Leahey, receiving  double Distinction* in BTEC Manufacturing Engineering Diploma, a grade A in A level mathematics, a grade D in Physics AS. Ranul secured his place to study BSc Mathematics at the University of Leeds.  Lucas Diaz Del Castillo Y13  celebrates with Dr VonDerGoltz, Director of Learning for Maths and Mrs Sandhu, Assistant Head of College achieved a grade B in Extended Project and a double Merit in BTEC Manufacturing Engineering Diploma

Key student successes include,

  • Alex Andrews achieved a grade A in Core maths and an award of Distinction Distinction Merit in Engineering extended diploma
  • George Brett achieved a grade A in Core maths an award of a double Distinction in Computer Science Diploma and a Distinction in IT Systems Diploma
  • Joseph Fasogbon achieved a grade C in Core maths, grade B in Extended project, Distinction in IT systems Diploma and Distinction Merit in Computer Science Diploma
  • Libbie Martin gained a grade C in Core maths, double Distinction in Computer Science Diploma and a Merit in IT Systems diploma
  • Malika Vara achieved a triple Distinction in Manufacturing Engineering extended diploma and a grade C in Extended Project
  • Ranul Galanne Gedara double Distinction * in Manufacturing Engineering Diploma, a grade A in A level mathematics, a grade D in Physics AS
  • Lucas Diaz Del Castillo achieved a grade B in Extended Project and a double Merit in Manufacturing Engineering Diploma
  • Sukhdeep Bhambra achieved a grade C in AS Mathematics, grade in Extended Project, an award of Distinction Merit in  Manufacturing Engineering Diploma
  • Taran Panayi achieved grade B in Core maths, grade C in Extended Project, an award of Distinction* and double distinction for Manufacturing Engineering Diploma
  • Theodore Bradley gained an excellent set of results with a grade A* in Extended project, a grade B in Core Maths, and a double distinction for  Manufacturing Engineering Diploma

“I am extremely pleased to, once again, congratulate all the students and staff on their excellent P16 results this year. Strengths particularly should be celebrated in the outcomes of our Academic students. Particularly in the STEM subjects which supports the UTC vision and promotion of STEM.  Success with many impressive destinations for our students should also be celebrated. It is noticeable the amount of added value the UTC has given to its students when compared to national figures through the opportunities the students have.  Students and staff are to be commended for all their hard work and should be very proud of what they’ve achieved. The results also continue to show the benefits of a business-led, problem-solving curriculum, which is so important for employers and young people at the start of their careers. Well done to all and good luck on the next steps towards your future goals and aspirations.” Keith Ellis, Chair of Governors, MD Kenard Engineering. Our Results day video can be seen here:


Thursday 12th July saw the second annual LAT Awards take place at Strood Academy. It was a glittering, red-carpet event to celebrate the achievements of some of our very best staff and governors. Nominees were put forward by their colleagues and winners were decided by an independent panel of judges.

The evening started with a prosecco reception and was followed by dinner provided by Cucina and entertainment from Donnel, a sixteen year old exceptional pianist from The Halley Academy in Greenwich.

Master of ceremonies for the evening was the Trust’s Deputy CEO, Neil Willis. Nominated staff and their guests watched the Trust’s latest video featuring CEO, Simon Beamish, promoting its first ten years as an organisation.

Prizes were presented after dinner by senior LAT executives and Directors with the support of Nicola Everett from kmfm. A closing speech was delivered by LAT’s Chairman, Bob Findlay. Award winners were as follows:


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As part of the evening, a £2,000 cheque was presented to the winner of the inaugural Leigh Prize by Cllr Jeremy Kite, MBE, Leader of Dartford Borough Council and LAT Director. It was awarded in its first year for the best dissertation on the topic of teacher wellbeing. The top prize was awarded to Sophie Dickinson from The Leigh UTC for her excellent essay which will now be published nationally.

The Trust is already planning the same event for next year which it is hoped will be even bigger and better still. In addition, plans are now underway for an inaugural LAT Christmas Ball to take place in December 2018. It is events like these that bind us together and remind us that we are much more than simply a set of individual schools.

Click here to see the photos from the evening.