Busy Open Evening!

A record number of prospective students and their parents attended October open evening. Young people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects flocked to the Wilton Road school with its state-of-the art facilities.


Fifteen year old Oliver Facey was there with his mum and dad to have a look around. “I am interested in drones and a career in engineering,” said Oliver, who has already built his own robots.

In his welcome speech to young people and their parents, Principal Joe Mulligan, explained that he wants students attending the UTC for the right reasons. “We want students who are passionate about what we offer. We are STEM focussed with fantastic engineering and science facilities and strong links with top local employers. We are a school but we’re a school with a difference.”

Mr Mulligan went on to talk about the school's recent GCSE results which were a major improvement on last year's. “We’re making really good good progress with every subject area improving on its performance from last year.”

He also talked about the UTC's strong links with relevant employers and how that helps students attain more skills. Employers who attended the event included Roke, Stannah, QinetiQ, Dstl, Porton Biopharma, Wiltshire College and Cranfield University.

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“We love getting involved in outreach projects and we know how important they are.”

One employer who has recently linked up with the UTC is Cranfield University. Dr Lisa Humphreys who attended the event said they are keen to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. “We love getting involved in outreach projects and we know how important they are.”

Stannah from Andover employs around 30 apprentices a year. Pauline Read from Stannah explained the company has strong links with the UTC. “We make everything on site and we have lots of opportunities for engineers.”

Brothers Sam and Tom both attended the open evening with their parents. Sixteen year old Tom is considering the school for sixth form. “I am really impressed with the modern facilities and I will be considering it as one of my options.”

One student who made the decision to move to the UTC just over a year ago says it was the most positive decision of her life. Fifteen year old Katie Hopper travels to Salisbury from Southampton every day to study a range of STEM focussed subjects including, electronics, engineering and computer science. “When I came here I didn’t know anyone but I found it easy to make friends.”

Katie, who plans to be a bio medical engineer, shared her experiences with the prospective students and their families in a welcome speech. She told the audience that students get lots of support from teachers and talked about the enrichment programme and what it offers.

The next open evening is on Wednesday December 5th at 6.30pm. Register your place now.


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