UTC@harbourside has announced that fifteen A-Level will spend a day at the home of the Large Hadron Collider – the CERN Laboratories in Geneva, Switzerland

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) visit is taking place from the 4th to the 6th of November and includes a mix of A-Level Physics students, A-Level Chemists, and A-Level Engineers. They will spend a whole day at CERN, undertaking two S’Cool laboratory workshops led by CERN scientists: Making a Cloud Chamber and “Resistance is Futile: Investigating Superconductors”. S’Cool Laboratory workshops are a physics education research facility at CERN.

The UTC had to bid for this opportunity as CERN gets thousands of applications every year from schools across the world wanting to take part in their education programme.  As part of the bid the UTC@harbourside students had to produce a collaborative piece of research on superconductors and liquid nitrogen, and suggest experiments that they would like to undertake in addition to the main workshop. The selection committee said: “We are impressed and we are looking forward to working with your very motivated students in November!”

Acting Principal Lisa Jepson said “I am proud that the staff here at the UTC are committed to our students, and that they are providing this very exciting opportunity for our young people. After the difficulties in the last academic year, this educational visit demonstrates just how much we all want to make sure that our remaining students get the best education and experience for their final year at UTC@harbourside”

Students will also have a tour of CERN and a networking lunch with researchers and engineers currently working at CERN to learn about the organisation’s research projects and careers. The group will be visiting Geneva for 3 days, and they will also be visiting the History of Science and Natural History museums.

A-Level Results Day

“Congratulations to all UTC@Harbourside students who received their results today. I wish you all luck and send you my warmest wishes for your future plans. These results really are testament to the talents and abilities of you all. There have been some fantastic individual performances and you really have excelled in subjects that are at the very heart of our UTC.

 There is no denying that the last 12 months have had their challenges, however, the staff have worked tirelessly with the students and it has paid off. The results are a real credit to everyone in our community.”

Acting Principal,

Lisa Jepson

Course Outlines

Here are the course outlines for all UTC@harbourside courses.

10 UTC Year 11 Engineering Department Course Outline

UTC Course Outlines

Summer Holiday Homework

Here is the list of the summer holiday homework for UTC@harbourside students. Students can also access their summer holiday work via Google Classroom by clicking on the link https://classroom.google.com/u/1/ and using their email address ending @utcharbourside.org with their school computer password. They are also able to download the Google Classroom App from either the IOS App store or Google Play Store and log in with the same details.


Letter from Acting Principal Lisa Jepson

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for all your recent support and communication with college around the recent events. I have felt supported and proud to be stepping in at this point in the history of the UTC, albeit for a finite time.

During the next week there will be subject specific information posted onto the UTC@harbourside website for yourselves and the students to look at in preparation for Year 11. There will be some tasks to complete as well as the opportunity to do some reading around the upcoming topics.  For Year 13 there will be the topic lists for your subjects available for you to prepare for, and Ms Browne has written separately to you to let you know what is in hand to help you to prepare for the next stage in your learning.

The school calendar will also be published during the holiday, in addition to the term dates that are currently on there. Please note that all students will arrive back at college at 8:50 am on Wednesday, 5 September.

Should you need to contact someone over the summer break please do contact the main school number and someone should be available to talk with you between 10:00 am and 15:00 pm. I will also be picking up email at different points in the holidays.

Many thanks again for your continued partnership with the college and I look forward to seeing more of you in the coming term.

Ms L Jepson, Acting Principal

Results Day Plans

Dear parent,

I am writing to let you know about the arrangements for exam results days in August and look forward to hearing about the results of the students hard work.

A Level results day (16 August)

Students will get their results emailed to them, this will be sent to the college email, please ensure you can access this (if you are unsure please contact us for help on how to do this)

College  will be open from 10:00 am until 14:00 pm should you wish to collect them in person or come in and talk to someone about what your next steps are and to support you should you require it.

GCSE results day (23 August)

Students can arrive at the college any time after 9:30 am to collect their results, but please make sure that you are here before 13:00 pm as we will be closing shortly after that. There will be staff available here to talk to about any issues that may arise and to make sure that you have a place for a course or training provider in September.

There will be someone available to talk with you on the main school number throughout the holiday break between 10:00 am and 15:00 pm should you wish to talk with someone about a question or inquiry that you have. I will also be picking up emails throughout the break if you should need to contact me.

Acting Principal

Ms L Jepson

UTC@harbourside Ofsted: Statement by The Governing Body

Following an inspection on the 22 and 23 May 2018, Ofsted have graded the UTC as inadequate.  We are very disappointed by this outcome but fully accept the findings of the inspectors and are committed to implementing the recommendations contained in their report for the students that remain with us until the UTC closes in August 2019.

We have brought in an Acting Principal, Lisa Jepson, who has already started to address the issues raised in the report.  We will continue to work closely with Ofsted to secure improvements and guide our current year 10 and 12 students to successfully completing their courses in July 2019.

Download the report here.

Announcement To Parents and Carers, Monday 2 July, 2018

On Monday, 2 July 2018, the Governors of UTC@harbourside made an announcement to parents, students and staff that they have asked the Department for Education to terminate their agreement to run the UTC in August 2019.  Existing pupils will be able to stay and finish their courses. New students due to join the UTC in September 2018 will be offered places in alternative schools.

In response the Minister formally confirmed to Governors last week that he has accepted that request.

The UTC has not been able to recruit enough students to become financially stable and to deliver fully on its educational vision. The Governors decided that the best way forward is to propose termination of its agreement with the Department for Education. The UTC was inspected by Ofsted last month and the report is due to be published on Wednesday 4th July.

This has been a very difficult and hugely disappointing decision for the Governors to make. They recognise that this announcement will cause concern to students, staff and parents. Their primary concern is the welfare and education of students currently attending the UTC and those who have applied to join from September, and the decision was taken at the earliest opportunity in the light of the upcoming summer break.

The UTC is absolutely committed to ensuring that support is available to current and prospective students following this announcement and through to 31 August 2019.

The UTC is already in discussions with the relevant local authorities to secure alternative places for the students who had accepted an offer to join us in September. They are working closely with parents, students, schools and the local authorities to do all we can to assist this. There will be opportunities for students to meet with local authority advisers and UTC staff before the summer break. Details will be widely publicised in due course. In the meantime, you can access up-to-date Questions and Answers by following this link.

The college will remain open and fully committed to ensuring our current year 10 and 12 students successfully complete their courses in July 2019.

Governors also recognise that this decision will cause concern for members of our staff team at the UTC. The management team, led by the acting principal Lisa Jepson, will be involved in on-going discussions with both teaching and support staff.  Lisa Jepson is encouraging staff to contact their professional bodies and trades unions for advice and support.

The Governors are deeply disappointed to announce the proposed closure of UTC@harbourside. Their hope is that a more successful future for the Harbourside building can be secured which will promote the very best educational opportunities for young people in the area and support the regeneration of Newhaven.

Services Careers Evening at UTC@harbourside

Over 60 parents and students came to UTC@harbourside’s first services careers event to meet representatives from the Royal Navy, the RNLI, the British Army, the Royal Air Force, and South East Coast Ambulance Service.

This was an excellent opportunity for young people in the East Sussex area to meet potential employers and to hear more about the prospects of developing a career in the services.

Thank you to each of the service providers for joining us and spending time talking to visitors to UTC@harbourside that evening.

If you would like a tour of UTC@harbourside please contact Carolanne Morgan in reception and she can arrange a time for you to stop by.

Update of UTC activity across the UK

Here is an informative clip with updates from the first couple of months of 2018 for UTCs from all over the UK.

When students embark on an education with us it opens up their opportunities to working with companies like Bentley, Microsoft and Jaguar Land Rover.

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