If you have been offered a place...
If you want to be the best...
Way back many centuries ago there was a TV Programme called ‘Record Breakers’ with a theme song that said that ‘If you want to be the best…dedication’s what you need’ (here’s the proof! https://youtu.be/GilqqHC0SQ8 ) Our recent experiences have reminded me of that long forgotten show!
You’d be naïve if you thought that it was just the two days’ effort that went into creating our paper structure world record attempt. It was completed in partnership between Anglian Water and GPUTC but began with an inspirational idea, months of research, project development, focused hyper-detailed planning and was achieved by committed enthusiastic individuals… including 75 of our prospective students.
There is a lot to do before we open in September. Our potential post-16 students have their own challenges to face with GCSE exams in abundance and grades to aim for. We wish them well – exam success is no guarantee of success in life, but it opens door for future choices and opportunities. All our students must do the thinking necessary to complete their Options and Place Acceptance forms and get them back to us before the Easter break. Our staff team needs to be appointed – admin team, technicians, mentors, instructors, teachers and leaders – all requiring adverts to be written, applications to be reviewed, interviews conducted and initial planning meetings take place. There’s also £500,000 to spend on additional specialist equipment and ICT resources to ensure we are fully equipped for the 28 courses we are delivering from September. Planning for 40 projects integrating the daily challenges faced by our industry partners into the curriculum also continues and it has been great to begin detailed discussions with partners like Marshall Aerospace about these opportunities.
I recently met the Department for Education team overseeing the opening of GPUTC and they were very encouraging about the progress we have made, especially recognising the fact that there have been over 90 applications for our post-16 places and agreeing to our request to continue offering places despite our target number being only 75 students. This is good news for those who are only just finding out about us… and means there are still places available in Year 10 and Year 12.
Sweet Taste-er of Success
February half term saw the doors at GPUTC open for the first time to our 2016 cohort of students. Over 100 students took time out of their half term holidays to meet their fellow students, as well as taking part in events with our sponsors and partners Anglian Water, Perkins Engines, the Larkfleet Group & Gaia Technologies, showcasing what a day in the life of a UTC student looked like if they chose to study Engineering or the Built Environment with us.
Having now had over 145 applications and exceeded our initial target for 2016 entry, this was the first of a number of ‘taster’ activities that are planned to take place before the school opens officially in September.
The Larkfleet Group had our students racing against the clock to build a timber frame house, in fact one of our groups managed to do this in just 22 minutes after mastering the architectural drawings. Showcasing the engineering side of the UTC, Perkins Engines had the students undertake the Hill Climb challenge where with a very limited number of resources the teams had to build a miniature car to test up a rather difficult hill! Not only did this test our students’ problem solving skills, it also challenged their understanding of maths and physics.
Over in the design studio Gaia Technologies had our students working on the 3D programme Mudbox; a sculpting and painting tool allowing our students to run with their imaginations to create some great visuals. Our lead sponsor Anglian Water helped our students to gain an understanding of their work throughout the region in their water supply challenge.
Here’s what some of our students said about the sessions and the UTC:
‘I enjoyed working with the sponsors and doing tasks specific to their fields. My favourite task was the 3D Sculpting Session with Gaia as I am thinking about becoming a designer or architect in the future’.
‘The day was good because of the range of activities that kept the day interesting from building houses to pyramids, and cars to designing dinosaurs it was all very varied like how the school will be when I go there in September’.
Thank you to our partners and sponsors for putting on such great activities for the UTC students. We cannot wait for term to start in September!
World Record Attempt
Greater Peterborough UTC students and Anglian Water employees recently joined forces to construct the world’s tallest paper structure.
The paper pyramid stood at an impressive 3.51 meters and was built during taster’s week for new students. The lightweight structure was made from around 5000 sheets of rolled up A4 recycled paper, secured with rolled paper pegs, and is large enough to fit two Ford Mondeos inside.
The challenge was designed by Anglian Water Engineer and STEMNET Ambassador Matt Humphrey, who wants to inspire more young people to pursue engineering as a career. Before the start of the challenge, he explained:
"Almost everything we use on a daily basis is engineered; from the house you live in, the car you drive, to your water pipes. We want to inspire students to think differently about engineering and see a career in engineering for the varied and challenging role it is.
Paper is an extremely difficult material to work with and no one has been brave enough to build a paper structure of this size before.
This world record attempt gave the students the opportunity to learn how different materials can be used in construction, that different designs and engineering techniques can be used to create really strong structures, and get an appreciation of the processes and organisation that’s needed to build a giant structure".
The BBC even came down to have a look at what was going on - did you spot yourself on TV?!
Drop in Saturday
Saturday, April 23rd, 10am-2pm
Our #dropinmondays have proved to be so popular that we have added a one off #dropinsaturday on April 23rd. Come along from 10am – 2pm to view our brand new £12 million state-of-the-art building and hear about our unique curriculum and why GPUTC is the place to be in September 2016.
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
GPUTC recruitment update
We are now over 30% over our intake target for September 2016. We are not stopping there, put in an application today to join us in year 10 or year 12.
Movers and Shakers!
Did you know that we now have a #dropinmondays session every week in term time from 5pm-7pm? There is no need to book to come and see us, just drop in and we will take you for a tour around our £12 million state-of-the-art building and answer any questions that you may have.