UTC Co-Founder Lord Baker visits Greater Peterborough UTC
Students and staff were delighted to receive a visit from former Conservative Education Secretary and UTC Co-Founder Lord Baker. Lord Baker spent the day with students and staff, where he had the opportunity to see the first cohort of Engineering and Built Environment students in action.
Lord Baker joined the Principal, Steve Warburton, and the Chair of Governors, Phil Brown, on a tour of the building encompassing all aspects of the UTC’s teaching programme. An opportunity for Lord Baker to hear about the employer engagement from lead sponsor Anglian Water, a round-table discussion with current students and lunch in the canteen with the Year 10s and Year 12s also featured on the agenda. A highlight of the visit was Lord Baker’s visit to the VEX Robotics session where a Year 10 student taught him how to manoeuvre a robotic vehicle.
Lord Baker spoke at length with the students in regards to what led them to change schools at aged 14 or 16 to join the UTC and how the experience differed to their previous school. Alfie, aged 14 spoke about his interest in Engineering and Computer Science. Alfie explained to Lord Baker that he was about take part in a six-hour long cyber hackathon, to help him develop his cyber security skills as part of a national challenge undertaken by GPUTC Computer Science students. Alfie commented on how the hands on experience at GPUTC was not something that his previous school were able to offer him. Ryte, aged 16 spoke of the unique Built Environment course at GPUTC and how this would be a stepping stone to a career in either Architecture or Construction. Other students echoed both Alfie’s and Ryte’s sentiments and shared with Lord Baker their highlights of a successful first term at the Greater Peterborough UTC. Lord Baker commented on the flying start students and staff had got off to and how impressed he was.
Principal Steve Warburton had the following to say about the visit: ‘It was a privilege to introduce Lord Baker to our staff and students. His passion for technical education shone through and we very much appreciated his seal of approval on the way that GPUTC has started its journey’.
Interested students can visit GPUTC at their next open day on Thursday 19th January 6pm – 8pm to view the state-of-the-art facilities, hear about the unique curriculum and speak with students and teachers.