UTC Oxfordshire

5th February 2016

Rocket seeds

Science students at UTC Oxfordshire are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

UTC Oxfordshire will be one of the selected schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The students won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the students to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates
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Important Minibus Notice

The UTC will be closing early on the 9th February for the 6th Form parents' evening; we have, on this occasion, managed to organise for the minibus to leave at 2.45 allowing those students who are not staying on for the meetings, to leave early.

Please note that we cannot promise this for all such events due to the prior commitments of our drivers.

Year 10 Health and Fitness

Thursday is year 10 Health and Fitness day at the UTC. Students need to bring a change of clothes; if they don't have UTC branded kit, plain black trousers/shorts and a plain white t-shirt will suffice.

Students who forget their kit will be provided with alternative suitable clothing.

Safer internet day - 9th February

Please find some useful links for safer internet day on our Parent Portal: http://www.utcoxfordshire.org.uk/parent-portal/safer-internet-day/

6th Form News

Pre-public exams

The week after half term our A level students will sit Pre-Public Examinations as part of their preparation for the summer examinations. These examinations will take place during normal lesson time where possible.

Sutton Trust Summer Schools

Applications are now open for The Sutton Trust summer school programme, which aims improve social mobility through education. Year 12 students interested in finding out more about what going to university will be like are eligible to apply if they are in receipt of Free School Meals.


You can check whether your student is eligible for FSM via this link https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals/oxfordshire

If you have any further questions, please ring Alice on 01235 391587

Dates for your diary

9th February - Safer internet day and 6th form parents' evening. 2.45pm finish

12th February - End of term - 4pm finish

22nd-26th February - 6th form pre-public exams