UTC@habourside prospectus coverThe new UTC@harbourside prospectus is now available to download, detailing our Year 10 / 11 and year 12 / 13 curriculums.

In the 6th form we have an extensive academic A-Level offer including sciences, maths, geology and geography, together computing and product design. We also have vocational qualifications in Engineering and Biomedical Applied Science, and technical qualifications in electrical installation and plumbing.

For younger students we offer a wide range of STEM GCSEs together with English Language and Literature, and geography, as well as vocational awards in engineering.

To find out more why not come along to one of our upcoming events. Fuul details on our events page.



UTC@harbourside Students Celebrate First Results

Our students were celebrating their A-Level results today, the first since the UTC opened in September 2015.

Head boy Kyle Brackenfield’s grades includes a Distinction* in Engineering and an A Grade in Electronics. The UTC, which specialises in science, maths, technology and engineering qualifications, has a focus on marine and environmental engineering, and while studying Kyle was also an RNLI volunteer. Kyle, has secured an apprenticeship at CNC Engineering. Kyle said: “I am really excited to start an apprenticeship in Computer Numerically Controlled, Engineering which has been created especially for me. I also want to start my own business in 3D printing.”

Jack Sawyer, who’s engineering qualifications included a Distinction and a Distinction* said: “I am going on to study an apprenticeship in machine maintenance engineering at Xerox, something studying here has really helped me get!”

Other students celebrating today include Tom Plain, who got a Double Distinction* in Engineering and an A Grade in Electronics; Danielle Vences, who achieved a Double Distinction* in Engineering; and Freya Bowie, who celebrated a Triple Distinction* in Engineering.

Frazer Last collected his results today before starting a career in the Armed Forces. Frazer said: “I am going to join the Navy. I had never thought about it before but decided to apply after the Field Gun Challenge the UTC participated in. The skills I have learnt have allowed me to get this opportunity to travel the world.”

Bernie Flint, UTC Director of Curriculum and Standards, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of our students and teachers today on our first set of results. It is great to see so many students following their passion for science and engineering to university or into jobs with leading employers. Their achievements in the subjects they love is reflected in the fact that nearly two-thirds of all our vocational qualification passes were top Distinction or Distinction Star grades.”

(Photo L-R: Kyle Brackenfield and Mr Flint, Director of Curriculum and Standards)

UTC@harbourside competes in the Junior Field Gun Competition

From Monday 3rd July our students started their (only!) one week of training for the annual Junior Leaders Field Gun Competition, which was hosted by HMS Collingwood and culminated in the final competition on Friday 7th July. The competition is for those aged 16-24 and several UTC’s from around the country were represented, as well as teams from Fareham College, Chichester College and Sea Cadet units.







The team from the UTC@harbourside had 18 members in total and were inspired by the mentors and trainers messages of commitment and integrity, which made them really focus their minds from the get-go quickly at the start of training.

Although there were complaints of difficulty at first, these quickly faded out and our team showed positivity and encouragement with lots of suggestions on how they could improve, “next time we need to do it quicker” and “come on guys! We’re a unit!” The amazing team-working and leadership skills displayed by our students really shone through in the final competition on Friday and showed how much they would take away from this experience.

Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE addressed the teams on completion of the event, saying “You have taken part in something pretty extraordinary this week. You have overcome the challenge of moving something the size of a small car. Remember what you have achieved because it is extraordinary.”




A showcase of students’ work was presented in the College’s enterprise zone. It showed the immense creativity and skills of our talented and hardworking students from years 11, 12, and 13 in product design and engineering. The level of the outcomes is extremely high – showing off the great facilities we have at UTC@harbourside and the ability to which our students are able to use them to excellent effect. Some projects from the showcase included:

  • A solar powered public bench warmer – to help homeless sleepers
  • A range of lighting products for the office and the Design Museum
  • Anti-slip manhole covers to prevent vehicle accidents
  • A solar powered camping light


Clean Green Marine Project

Students worked with Carol Harvard of Art Techniques to explore a wide variety of materials to express their ideas about our local environment and our strong connection with the coast and seas. This combined with a real emphasis on renewable technologies and the importance of recycling allowed students to produce a variety of exhibits that represented the UTC at the Newhaven Fish Festival, itself a celebration of the seas around us. Students greatly enjoyed the process and were rightly proud of the excellent artwork they created.


Royal College of Arts Graduate Degree Show & V&A Museum

Our A-level designers took a whirlwind tour of the V&A in June looking at the architecture, painting and sculpture galleries.

They felt sufficiently ‘cultured’ before taking inspiration from the work by talented young designers when they visited the Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore, London.

The wide range of work shown has triggered their creativity as they now plan out their final A2 design and make projects. Watch this space for their products this time next year.



UTC@harbourside Student Wins Newhaven Community Award for Young People 2017

The 2017 Newhaven Community Awards for Young People were presented at the Annual Town Meeting, which took place on the 2nd May at the Hillcrest Community Centre, and was organised by Newhaven Town Council.

Awards were presented to young people who had accomplished significant achievements or made exceptional contributions to the Newhaven community. In addition to the award ceremony, several local organisations spoke about the work they did within Newhaven. Sophie Lewis, Young Mayor of Newhaven and UTC@harbourside student also attended the presentations.

Seb Zuddas, also a student at the UTC@harbourside, was awarded the overall Newhaven Community Award for Young People. Seb was the first student to volunteer when the UTC was challenged to build something from nothing, and he did this by working with other students as a single team, identifying initiatives and delivering them. He managed this with no funding and little resources and now has eleven other UTC students on board with him to deliver the current three projects he is helping to run.

(Photo Credit – Haven News)


Engineering Trip to the University of Brighton

Our year 12 engineers made a trip to the Waste House at the University of Brighton meeting the architecture tutor Duncan Baker-Brown. He showed us how he came to build the experimental house, made completely from building waste, with City College and university students.

A thoroughly stimulating educational experience was enjoyed by all. If you get the chance to visit the Waste House as part of their open house events – take up the opportunity!




Students Win Future Foundations Awards

Future Foundations, an independent training organisation with a mission is to inspire young people to achieve their full potential and become leaders in their lives and within society, named UTC@harbourside student Callum Beers as the national winner of their Individual Impact Award at their Annual Awards ceremony on March 25th.

Callum was accompanied at the event at Wellington College by colleagues from the UTC and Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, who’s students Caspian Armani, Keeley Wade and Rebecca Farley won the ‘National Citizens Service (NCS) Award’ for their Community Hub and Café project.

Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership Institute are committed to supporting and celebrating young people who are working on innovative social action projects across the globe. Callum’s award was open to members of Global Social Leaders Societies they have established and assessed on criteria including measurable impact to date on the community, the student’s personal growth, learning/knowledge and skills gained, and creating a sustainable social action project involving other people and/organisations.


Girls Night In and Employer Links Address Science and Tech Education Gap


As a national report reveals what science and technology workers thought of their schooling and on the eve of British Science Week (10-19 March), UTC@harbourside is working with employers and organisations to prepare Sussex students for the world of work.

A report published last Tuesday (28 February) by the Baker Dearing Trust reveals that many workers in science, technology, engineering, maths and computing (STEM) jobs would have liked more technical skills training and employer involvement in their education (1).

UTC@harbourside in Newhaven specialises in STEM education for 14-18 year olds from across Sussex. This year it has liaised with the University of Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne councils, STEM Sussex, Sussex Engineering Skills, Sussex Heritage Trust and Newhaven Enterprise Zone to develop its strategy to equip students to become the highly qualified workforce Sussex’s hi-tech growth industries need.

Employers who have pledged to provide work experience and input to the curriculum include Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Brightwells and Newhaven Port.

Activities this term include a STEM Girls Night In last Friday (3 March) with STEM Sussex and GCSE science and maths revision sessions – all open to students from other schools. Work experience and challenge projects from local employers are in the pipeline and the UTC is hosting an employers event with STEM Sussex at the end of March.

Principal Adanma Umunna says, “Employers in region have more than 90,000 jobs in science and technology roles and industries such as low carbon and environmental, advanced engineering and digital and IT are all forecast to grow. One in four year 10 students across Sussex will need to study for STEM qualifications if this demand is to be met.(2, 3, 4).

“We can see just how exciting the future could be for young people so we are giving them the best possible chance to be part of the planned regeneration of this region. The Greater Brighton Deal and the new Enterprise Zone in Newhaven bring great employment and commercial opportunities for people with the right education and training. With £15m invested in UTC so far, our state of the art STEM specialist facilities ensure we are well placed to support regeneration across Sussex and beyond. Also, as we build on partnerships with employers in the local community we hear time and time again that they have been waiting for this opportunity for years; this is great news for our students.”

“UTC@harbourside is a pioneering provision, targeting science and engineering and working closely with employers and organisations to make sure that the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers leave school with the qualifications, attitudes and mindset needed to take on the challenges of regeneration, in Sussex and across the country. Alongside the other schools in this area, we are committed to closing this skills gap and transforming the life chances for the next generation”

Danielle Vences, Head Girl of UTC@harbourside, says the school is preparing her for a future career in engineering or technology.

“Through being a part of UTC, I have learnt and continue to learn countless expertise, I have developed transferable skills to the industry I will succeed in. I look forward to the future and all the prosperity it holds for not only myself but the fantastic students that stand beside me. Call me biased but there is no academic institution I would choose over UTC@ harbourside. We are family.”

One employer committed to providing learning opportunities for UTC@harbourside students is the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, being built off the Sussex coast. Pete Andrews, Plant Manager there said: “The ability to solve technological and operational problems are key skills for young people looking to work in the offshore wind industry. Having the opportunity at college to build technical aptitude and to experience hands on engineering is of great benefit to young people interested in pursuing this type of career.”

Activities coming up at UTC@harbourside include:

  • Thursday 16th March, 5.30pm – trial exam night and parents’ exam prep evening to share advice on the best way to get ready for exams.
  • Saturday 25th March, 10-2pm GCSE science revision
  • Tuesday 28th March open evening for potential students and their parents, 6-7pm.
  • Saturday 22nd April, 10am-2pm GCSE maths revision
  • Saturday 20th May, 10am-2pm GCSE science revision
  • Thursday 15th June, 6-8pm – engineering pizza and pi night for new students
  • Thursday 6th July new student induction night.

To find out about any of these events visit www.utc-harbourside.org/events or call 01273 916170.


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