The Leigh UTC recently hosted its third annual awards evening. The evening has become a highlight of the calendar for The Leigh UTC and is becoming an increasingly popular event attracting a higher number of business participants than last year’s event.

Proceedings were chaired by Governor, Clive Barker, Chairman of CSB Logistics, with keynote speaker, Luke Thomas, one of Britain’s youngest head chefs.

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As a college specialising in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, this is the opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of students.


The event was catered by Leigh Academies Trust’s catering contractor, Cucina, who supplied an amazing three course meal.  The evening’s photography was undertaken by Trust photographer, Brandon Baily.

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Superb trophies were manufactured for the evening by Kenard Engineering.

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The 2017 award winners were:

STEM Year 10 Male – Joshua Jobson, sponsored by Cleantec (

STEM Year 10 Female – Ioulia Kasapidis, sponsored by Hemlow (

STEM Year 12 Male – Joseph Fasogbon, sponsored by Bam Construction (

STEM Year 12 Female – Amelia Cockran, sponsored by Kenard Engineering (

Engineering Year 10 – Bethany Arney, sponsored by SEM (

Engineering Year 12 – Malika Vara, sponsored by RAP Interiors (

Computer Science Year 10 – Ethan Bailey, sponsored by Temple Brown Consulting (

Computer Science Year 12 – George Waterman, sponsored by Fujitsu (

Enterprise Year 12 – Samuel Holloway, sponsored by CSB logistics (

Ambassador Award – Max Parkin, sponsored by DMA (

Outstanding Achievement Year 10 – Ross Dell, sponsored by Leigh Academies Trust ( ) and Briar Associates (

Outstanding Achievement Year 12 – Courtney Weir, sponsored by Cucina (

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Hemlow, one of our valued sponsors, reported on their website:

As one of the sponsors of the awards evening, we were delighted to share a table with Ioulia Kasapidis, winner of the STEM Year 10 Female Award. Ioulia is a highly motivated student whose enthusiasm for STEM and success in external events and competitions made her a very well-deserved winner.

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As a University Technical College, The Leigh UTC gives students the experience, skills and values they need not just for exams but to fill the STEM skills shortages of the 21st Century workplace.  STEM skills are vital to our business so we’re deeply invested in the work that The Leigh UTC does.  In fact, Chris Ward, out Sales Director, has been involved in their mentoring  scheme, offering advice, guidance, work experience, training and life skills to students.

Congratulations to all the award winners and we look forward to continuing to support The Leigh UTC.

Business Partners

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 CSB Logistic’s Director, Clive Barker 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.

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Silent Auction

A silent auction was held during the evening resulting in an amazing total of over £15,000 being raised towards various additional extracurricular projects for the college. Sincere thanks to all who generously participated to support learning at The Leigh UTC.

A parent’s view

“We would just like to say, thank you for an amazing evening last night. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the academic success of the students at The Leigh UTC as well as allow them to meet the various sponsors of the school. It was a wonderful night and it was a privilege to be in attendance.

We are immensely proud of Amelia and all that she has accomplished in her time at The Leigh UTC and marvelled at her confidence to talk to the different organisations present at the event. The opportunities available for Amelia at The Leigh UTC are incredible and we can only thank yourself and all your staff for allowing Amelia to blossom into the Engineer that she is striving towards.

Please pass our thanks onto Kenard and to the other sponsors.”

                                    Joanne Cockran – Parent of Amelia Cockran

A Governor’s view

“The 3rd Year of the Leigh UTC annual awards for students proved yet again to be a great success. With even more tables sponsored by businesses, the event has now become a permanent fixture in the calendar.

In addition to the sponsored tables for the winning students and their family guests, we were pleased to be able to include a table for our alumni, which will undoubtedly be a feature of our future dinners.

Our inspirational guest speaker, Luke Thomas, Britain’s youngest Head Chef, entertained us with his story of drive and determination in achieving his goals.

It was a great opportunity to recognise the extra effort that the winning students have demonstrated to be awarded these prestigious trophies and their family guests were undoubtedly filled with pride at their achievements.

Once again during the evening we raised substantial funds of £15200 to go towards a number of targeted resources to enable us to deliver the engineering, computer science and STEM specialist education in which we excel.

It was a fast moving, inspiring evening which everyone enjoyed, and our great thanks go to all our sponsors and the organisational team that made the evening such a success.”

           Clive Barker

Event photos and video

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