A very busy week with exams for our year 11 and 13s. Well done for working hard in preparation. Mock exams are an invaluable opportunity to test understanding and receive feedback from staff on how to improve before the summer exam series. Our other year groups have been exceptionally busy too, participating in project days which help them to understand our specialisms and build valuable future skills which support them to achieve a job, university place or apprenticeship. We have also enjoyed visits from students at our sponsor university and the amazing team at Grads in Games.
Lots of experiences to enjoy this week, with visits to employer partners to learn about sustainability and the chance to immerse ourselves in Peruvian culture with a visit from the Bruning School. We have also enjoyed a visit to the National Apprenticeship Show to learn more about apprenticeships and think about them as potential future next steps.
November is flying by and it feels like the Christmas break will be with us in no time. There is lots still to do and many incredible experiences to explore. We have enjoyed sharing our passion for science this week with primary school students from Windsor Primary. We have also loved the opportunity to link computing and biology thanks to our University Sponsor, University of Liverpool. Working directly with a university sponsor ensures our students have the best information when applying for university, plus the opportunity to secure a University of Liverpool bursary to support their studies. We are so grateful to be in this privileged position.
Welcome back, we hope you enjoyed a restful half term break. The second Autumn half term is always very busy and it is important that students use their time wisely with mock exams around the corner.
We were devastated by footage of the Ukrainian Peace Garden being destroyed on Guy Fawkes night, which was created through support by more than 100 members of our community and our local businesses. If you would like to support the community clean up, there is a session on Saturday 11 November at 12pm to help to repair the damage caused, please do pop along to the gardens if you would like to get involved.
We have reached the end of a very busy half term and are so pleased at how well everyone has settled in. There have been a range of amazing opportunities to work with partners and the local community which I hope have quickly made it very clear that joining us has been a good decision. We hope you have a lovely break this week and look forward to seeing you on Monday 6th November for another brilliant half term of experiences.
This week, Year 10 students were inspired by our business partners who worked through the Covid-19 pandemic to race against the clock to come up with solutions to save humanity from an outbreak of Airborne Ebola. Students built teamwork and leadership skills as well as testing their creativity and communication. This was a fantastic opportunity and we are so proud of students for completing their first drop down day.
Another exceptionally busy week. We welcomed over 600 people to the CUC building for our Open Evening. We have been part of the education landscape now for ten years and it is always a joy to share the opportunities with new families. Well done to students for being incredible ambassadors for the UTC and Studio, and to Grace Pinkerto and Mishelle Gino Charlton from Creative Pathway who were brilliant event photographers. They were so professional – every day is an interview after all.
This week we celebrated our Tenth Anniversary. It was a fantastic opportunity to get together with former students, staff and our business partners to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the last ten years. We loved catching up with alumni students who had traveled across the country to be with us and hear about what they are doing now. They are doing inspiring things and reminded us just how many doors are open to our young people when they finish with us. Our current students had the opportunity to share their project work with our attendees and gave professional explanations of their work.
Our thoughts and prayers today are with the young people and families involved in the school bus crash on the M53. It reminds me how life can change in an instant and how very lucky we are. Please do give your children an extra tight squeeze this evening.
We have had lots to celebrate again in school this week. Massive congratulations go to Selma who was announced as the Best Researcher of the Year by the Institute for Research in Schools. Our PBL programmes really do help our young people to stand out. Make sure you check in with your young person about what they are currently doing in PBL. It is an opportunity to build key employability skills and secure an incredible destination at the end of their time with us.
It has been a wet and windy week but there have still been so many smiling faces arriving each morning. It is really important that students have a warm coat as it often is baltic in the Baltic Triangle. If your coat is wet, let us know and we can put it in the drying room for you. If you are still missing any pieces of uniform, pop into the Uniform Hub or speak to Andy Mackenzie.
Our next in person Open Evening is on the 12th October – if you have family or friends who are keen to join us, make sure you sign up online to come along.
This week, we have welcomed our new Year 12 students to the CUC Building. They have hit the ground running with a full programme of lessons and experiences. Check out just a few of the highlights here and follow us on social media for all the latest updates. We finish the week with hundreds of happy students, new friendships and relieved parents across the whole of Merseyside.
It has been fantastic to welcome so many new students to the building this week. We had an incredible number of applications for September and will soon be bursting at the seams. Our new Ignite and Year 10 students are settling in well and starting to get to grips with the building and our expectations. We cannot wait to meet our new Year 12 students when they join us on Monday.