Tottenham UTC specialises in technology in science for sport, health and engineering.
Jessica Wilson, 16 joined the school in September 2014 and is studying for her GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science, Geography, BTEC Sport and Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Design and Computer Science, as well as a BTEC in Sport and Active Leisure.
Jessica's journey: A parent's perspective
Jessica saw a flyer for the new UTC and asked her parents Catherine and Richard if they could attend the next open day. Catherine was not keen on Jessica changing school at the time, but when they'd been along to the open day, they liked what they heard about more hands-on learning and were pleased to see the links with Middlesex University.
Jessica's mum Catherine explains:
“Since starting at the UTC, Jessica has grown in confidence and had fantastic work and life experiences that she would not have had at her previous school. She’s also a Student Ambassador, House Team Leader and is taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh programme, roles that she put herself forward for, because she just really enjoys being at the UTC. She’s represented the school at some very high profile events, even taking Lord Sugar on a guided tour!”
Jessica's parents feel that aside from the quality of teaching, this is also because she has really taken charge of her own studies, becoming a focussed, independent learner. In addition, the work-ready skills that she has acquired such as working around adults, communication and people skills are ensuring she is a well-rounded employable individual.
At the UTC Jessica has been allowed to be herself. She’s not just a number, she’s a person. She has chosen the path she wants to take, aiming to go to University and train to be a physiotherapist, preferably in a children’s hospital. We’re delighted she made the move.
Jessica's journey: A Principal's perspective
Tottenham UTC Principal, Nick Hindmarsh, gives insight into Jessica's progress since joining the UTC and how she has developed to become a talented student and excellent ambassador for her school.
Academically, Jessica is a great student who, from the start, was eager to progress and puts in the hard work to achieve good grades, including attending extra revision classes after school and participating in every opportunity offered. Jessica's results from the baseline tests we carried out when she initially joined the UTC, in comparison to her current performance, demonstrates improvement above national expectations.
Jessica has been an asset to the UTC, by supporting us to drive forward our message of our unique educational offer, representing the school as a Student Ambassador in several internal and external events; including our open events, Skills London 2015 and our formal launch with Lord Sugar. Through participating in such high profile events Jessica's confidence and personal skills have excelled.
The UTC's modern business environment, equipped with industry standard machinery and tools has given Jessica skills which she can develop and go on to use in future employment. She has acquired many of these skills through her Project lessons delivered by school sponsor Middlesex University.
Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu and his team have imparted their knowledge in Mechatronics and Product Design to upskill our students in preparation for higher education and the professional working world. Jessica has demonstrated and utilised her knowledge in our Girls in Engineering workshops we run for primary school students, as well as our Year 12 Taster Days, by delivering activities and supporting students to complete tasks.
We are proud that the UTC has contributed in nurturing Jessica's talents and leadership qualities in such a short space of time to an extent to which she is a role model student for the school.