Jake is in Year 13 at Lincoln UTC, where he is studying for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science.
Jake's UTC journey began when he was left disappointed with his AS Level grades at his previous school. As a dyslexic, he felt he was not getting the support he needed to reach his full potential so he arranged an interview himself with Lincoln UTC’s Principal, Dr Rona Mackenzie. A successful transfer and a few months later, Jake is on track for a Triple Distinction in his BTEC and is aiming to go to university and pursue a career in alternative fuels or brewing.
Jake is an excellent ambassador for the UTC, confident in speaking to the general public as well as all forms of media.
He is also a dedicated international rugby referee and was able to finish his A2 PE qualification, even though this is not on the set curriculum. Having agreed with the Principal that he would ensure he was on top of all his work, the UTC allowed him take the qualification and continue to referee during the week. In addition, Jake is as an ambassador for the Rugby Football Union’s Youth Council, a two year appointment, with a particular emphasis on engaging 16-24 year olds in the sport.
Jake's journey: A parent's perspective
We asked Jake’s father, Nigel Hill, why he thought the UTC had worked so well for his son and helped to bring out his talents. He said:
Aside from Jake’s own determination to succeed, it’s largely down to the excellent support, encouragement and dedication of the teaching team. Staff are able to do things differently from a mainstream school. The project work is so engaging, which means the students really enjoy it and want to do well - they are able to demonstrate their abilities in a different way. We were delighted to hear that one of Jake’s teachers has won a National award in teaching.
Working with the UTC’s employer partners really helped Jake to set in stone his future career aspirations, opening him up to new ideas and career choices. His UTC experience has helped him mature and through opportunities like Head of the School Body, to become a confident young man.
Jake's journey: A Principal's perspective
We asked Lincoln UTC Principal, Dr Rona Mackenzie, for a report on Jake's progress:
UTCs are created for students exactly like Jake. He is an intelligent, talented young man who simply needed to find an alternative mode of education to traditional Post 16 options.
At the UTC he has shone, making the most of every opportunity afforded to him. His mature attitude and work ethic has meant that his collaboration with staff, local businesses, sports groups and our community has been first class. His commitment to his studies is exemplar. He is a true ambassador for Lincoln UTC and the UTC movement as a whole.
I could not be more proud of his achievements and look forward to supporting his transition to the next successful stage of his career.