Introduction from the Principal

You will already know that the governors of UTC@harbourside have asked the Department for Education to terminate their contract to run the UTC in August 2019. The information on this page is intended for the parents and carers of students who enrol for September 2018.

Whether your son or daughter is returning to complete their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC course or is a student starting a one year training course with UTC@harbourside, I want to let you know that we will put them first. Every single one of the staff here at the UTC will be focused on ensuring your son and daughter gets the very best education and advice we can offer. We have already made significant progress in addressing the issues raised in the recent Ofsted Report. For example, we have published the review into the use of the pupil premium in 2017/18 and will ensure that next academic year is even more successful. We have just had an external review on all our safeguarding processes and I have agreed on a follow up visit to check on the progress in October 2018.

We want our students to leave the UTC next summer having fulfilled their potential and with qualifications that enable them to move onto further opportunities. We will also have a varied programme of enrichment activities aimed to help develop their employability skills and prepare them for the next stage, whether that is in further or higher education or employment.

I’m sure there will be challenges over the next few months and I am running parent surgeries on the third Wednesday of every month, so please come along and talk with myself and other staff about any issues that arise through the year. However I want to let you know that my door is always open to any parent or carer who has a concern or worry.

All of the staff here at UTC@harbourside want the very best for your son or daughter in their studies. We will ensure that there is the minimum disruption to learning.

Finally, I want to thank parents and families for your support around the recent announcements. I have felt supported and proud to be stepping in at this point in the history of UTC@harbourside, albeit for a finite time.

Lisa Jepson,