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The Principal's News - December

Season's greatings - written by GPUTC Principal Mr Bisley

Season's greetings to you all,

Another term has flown by here at the Greater Peterborough UTC, one that has seen our new students settle in and establish themselves as UTC learners. It has been a term that has seen us go from strength to strength with the standards we have set and with the outstanding way in which our students continue to step up and prove just how fantastic they can be.

For me, this year has been about putting the GPUTC on the map, making it absolutely clear who we are and what we are about as a UTC. It was great to see that every single student and adult involved with the UTC has had the chance to visit at least one of our sponsors within the first two weeks; these are the sorts of things that help us to stand out. Also, all our new Year 10's having had a mock interview with one of our professional partners in their first term here sets the tone for what we stand for.

I've been very pleased with the way in which our new Year 12 students have settled in too. They are showing the ethic of excellence in their studies that is required to be successful, and we are confident they will go on to secure fantastic outcomes in both their end of year tests and their final assessments.

The final word from me goes to our Year 11 and Year 13 students, those getting ready for their big exams. To think they are already halfway through their year really is quite scary! Easter will be on us before we know it, and then the final push begins for them. These holiday weeks are crucial for these students to keep up with their studies; of course, I want all my students and staff to rest and spend time with loved ones, but we will all find ourselves with some down time at some point over the break. You could watch Elf again for the 5th time (That is my personal Xmas film fav. by the way!), or you could pick up a revision book, log onto a revision website, or spend an hour here or there going back over a topic you've struggled with.  Trust me, all those extra hours help in the long run.

As is often the case, we say goodbye to a couple of staff this Christmas. Dan Wiltshire leaves the Engineering department to pursue other ventures, and Zahid Akbar leaves the Computer Science department. Zahid has secured a job at the Phoenix School in Orton; however, as staff leave we always look to use this as an opportunity to recruit high quality replacements, so we welcome David Templar to our Computer Science team. David is a highly experienced teacher with a background in programming and computer networking. We have also secured the services of an outstanding Engineering teacher; more to be announced on this very soon!

All that's left to be said is have a wonderful break. Enjoy spending time with those special to you, and I look forward to seeing you all in 2020.