New educational partnership

Salisbury’s UTC has announced a new partnership with the Active Learning Education Trust (ALET).

The University Technical College (UTC), which specialises in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) subjects for students aged 14-19, sought out a partnership with ALET earlier in the year and will work alongside four other UTCs from September.

ALET has a strong record in school improvement and UTC principal, Joe Mulligan has been instrumental in bringing the organisation on board.

Mr Mulligan said: “The specialist nature of UTCs means that they have unique challenges and opportunities. I wanted a school improvement partner that had a strong track record working with UTCs and understood our vision and values.  I am delighted that we’ve been able to secure the support of ALET.

“I came here to increase the rate of progress for all students, and this partnership with ALET will support that work through its experienced school improvement team as well as back office support.”

Joanne Harper, who was the founding Principal of UTC Reading, a National Leader of Education and Deputy CEO of ALET will work alongside Mr Mulligan and his leadership team to drive rapid and sustained improvement. 

Ms Harper said: “I am really looking forward to working alongside Mr Mulligan, to add capacity and further UTC experience to the team at Salisbury.  

“By working with staff, students, parents and partners we can raise standards to ensure that the UTC delivers the first-class education it has been designed for.

“Working with ALET, Salisbury’s UTC will benefit from enhanced leadership and management and will also be able to share the experiences and expertise of other partners.

Lee Nicholls, CEO of ALET said: “We are pleased to be working alongside Salisbury’s UTC; it has all the ingredients required to ensure the students are well prepared for successful careers in leading local industries. I am confident that, with the support in place, it will quickly deliver the improvements required to become rated as good.”  

ALET includes two very successful UTCs: UTC Reading - the first UTC to be rated outstanding across all areas and UTC Oxfordshire recently rated good with outstanding features.  The multi academy trust also includes UTC Swindon and, soon to formally join, Heathrow UTC, both UTCs are on a journey of improvement since joining ALET.  

ALET also includes The Bicester School (recently rated good), Bicester Technology Studio (not yet inspected) and the Theale Green School (joined the MAT in April 2018).

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