The Leigh UTC recently hosted its fourth annual awards evening. The evening has become a highlight of the calendar for The Leigh UTC and attracts a growing number of business participants eager to contribute to the educational achievement of students.

Proceedings were chaired jointly by the popular double act of Governor, Clive Barker, Chairman of CSB Logistics, and the College Principal, Steve Leahey.

This year’s keynote speeches were eloquently delivered by 4 former students:

Sophie Woodhead, who was a founding student of the UTC and is currently at Ravensbourne University, London, studying Product Design

Huw Prosser, who has developed his passion for computer science into his own company, Blooware, working with local businesses to create a range of digital solutions

Will Fifield, a computer science student who secured a Level 3 Technical Apprenticeship with Microsoft as a Front-Line Support Engineer

Amelia Cockran, a former UTC engineering student, who has been recruited by Coca Cola on to a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering.

As a College specialising in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, this was the opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of students and showcase the many talented young adults that the College is proud to have educated.

Catering for the event was provided by Leigh Academies Trust’s award winning catering contractor, Cucina, who supplied a truly gourmet three course meal.  The evening’s photography was undertaken by Agata Politanska-Konecka of

Our thanks go to Kenard Engineering for the manufacture of the 12 Superb trophies for the Award Winners.

The 2018 award winners were:

Sponsor Website Award Recipient
Cleantec STEM Year 10 Male William Groves
Temple Brown Consulting Computer Science Year 10 Bradley Gillies
Temple Brown Consulting STEM Yr 10 Female Molly Webb
BAM STEM Year 12 Male Tom Mason
CSB Logistics Enterprise Year 12 Ryan Dell
SEM Engineering Year 10 Kai Busfield
Fujitsu Computer Science Year 12 Reece Buttery
Cucina Outstanding Achievement Year 10 Callum Leahey
Coca Cola Engineering Year 12 Carter Collins
Alumni Ambassador Award Jeril Joseph
staff table Outstanding Achievement Year 12 Joseph Howe
Trust Table Business of the Year Award Temple Brown
Kenard STEM Yr 12 Male Alistair Carter

The Leigh UTC values the participation of its many business partners; in fact, links to industry are very much at the heart of every aspect of education at the College. The winner of this year’s Business Partner of the Year Award was presented to Temple Brown Consulting Director, Dan Brown by Steve Leahey, Principal of The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy. This award was sponsored by Leigh Academies Trust in recognition of the outstanding contribution of this business in supporting The Leigh UTC.

A significant part of the evening was the silent auction held to raise funds for various projects that will enhance the education of the students.  This resulted in an incredible total of over £17,500 being raised for such projects as new Library Books, a Green Power Car kit project, sponsorship of the College Minibus, Duke of Edinburgh Award equipment, STEM Research & Development Projects and Duke of York Awards for Technical Education.

The College is indebted to all the organisations and businesses that have and continue to support the education of its students, through this event.

A quote from Parents who attended, eloquently sums up the evening:

Please can we offer our sincere thanks for a truly amazing and inspirational evening last night at the Awards Dinner. We were very proud of our son for his STEM award and it will be a night we will all remember for many years to come.

The hospitality, food and atmosphere made the evening so very special.

To have so many sponsors there was a true eye opener and so reassuring as a parent knowing that so many businesses have invested time and interest in your college and the students, encouraging the potential they can achieve.

We spoke with many members of your staffing team and its truly admirable that they love their jobs with such a passion and ‘want’ to do everything possible to change these young people’s lives to help them to excel.

Many thanks again.

Mr & Mrs C