The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy


School Description

The Leigh UTC opened in 2014 and is part of Leigh Academies Trust. Sponsors include University of Greenwich, Bluewater, Eurostar and Kenard Engineering. The Leigh UTC provides an exciting, innovative, business-led, problem-solving curriculum throughout Key Stage 4 and 5, enabling students to achieve relevant work-related qualifications and transferable skills for future training or employment. The project-based approach develops a deeper understanding of real issues and create life-long real world learning in a 21st century engineering society.

Our STEM-based curriculum allows students to work independently and collaboratively tackling engineering, ICT and business challenges.

Principal: Stephen Leahey

Values and vision: The Leigh UTC’s vision is to produce the next generation of world class engineers, inspiring them throughout their learning and providing a rich and varied employer-led curriculum to engage all students. The secondary school works to provide an inspiring and vibrant training environment where students feel motivated to learn and excited for their future careers. The Leigh UTC wants to ensure that all students achieve to the highest of their capabilities and continue to have high aspirations for all that they do – with the most able having the opportunity to continue their training at a top university. The Dartford school nurtures students as respectful, honest and polite individuals and works to develop their confidence and self-esteem so that they leave fully ready for the challenges and of a modern and ever-changing society. The Leigh UTC focuses on creating a strong working relationship between parents, carers and the community in order to maximise the opportunities for students. Along with a vocational curriculum, the secondary school encourages students to get involved with extra-curricular activities outside the classroom to broaden their experiences, offering a wide range of sports clubs.

The Leigh UTC Ofsted grade (February 2017): Good with outstanding leadership and personal, behaviour and welfare

"Leigh Academies Trust, governors and leaders provide strong direction and leadership. In partnership with staff and employers, they are well on the road to establishing the school as a centre of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) excellence.

The vision for a UTC that provides quality pathways into engineering and technical industries has been realised. The school is well on the way to becoming a beacon of excellence.

The principal’s passion and commitment to the UTC vision is infectious. With his leadership team, he has created a model working environment for pupils and staff alike. One staff member summed up, commenting: ‘I have never felt more respected and fairly treated in a workplace as I do here. There is no them and us, we are one team working together for the best for our students.’ Pupils value highly the UTC ethos and the rich opportunities it provides.

The promotion of pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. A rich range of opportunities prepares pupils very well for life in modern Britain. Pupils, including the disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, catch up from any previous underachievement and make strong and often rapid progress in a range of subjects and disciplines."


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