The Leigh UTC proudly attended the Duke of York Awards, at which seven Year 13 leavers achieved gold awards. Students were presented with their awards by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who also spoke at the ceremony and gave up his time to chat personally to each of the students at the post-ceremony reception.

Gaining an Award

This is the second year that the Leigh UTC have received these prestigious awards, where students will have gone through a screening process including having to impress at a final interview with local business representatives.

To gain the award students were required to gain excellent grades, which they all achieved through gaining a distinction or higher in engineering or computer science, as well as excellent grades in their other qualifications. Students provided further evidence through interview to demonstrate how they had excelled outside the curriculum, including working for companies on team projects, being team leaders and securing work experience within their chosen career paths.

Business Partners

We would like to thank all our business partners for helping us with the external interviews. We are also grateful for the many aspects of their continued support of The Leigh UTC since its opening in September 2014 which includes governance, provision of work experience, mentoring and supply of materials.

Awards Process

As part of the awards process, students discussed their accomplishments in areas such as chairing meetings, collaborative work and working with a variety of companies in the field of engineering and computer science, which helped many to secure apprenticeships. Students also had to work closely with various companies and professional bodies to demonstrate group project management such as working together to design and build bomb disposal robots which they then had to test run under pressure conditions and present to the Ministry of Defence.

Duke of York

After giving out awards to students from five UTCs which included the Leigh, – the Duke said: “The velocity of change in the workplace is only increasing, which means that many of you aren’t going to be doing what you are doing now.  But the basis of knowledge that you have gained whilst at the UTC is probably the most useful basis of knowledge in any school system that we have in the UK.  It gives you the greatest flexibility in being able to cope with that velocity of change. This country needs well-educated, technically-minded people. It doesn’t always need philosophers.  It doesn’t always need people who can write perfect English. It needs people who are going to be able to use their skills.”

Leigh UTC Principal

Steve Leahey, Principal at The Leigh UTC, commented: “I am immensely proud of our students and their desire to succeed.  They thoroughly deserve this accolade.  It reflects well on the outstanding work going on across the UTC and I continue to be amazed by what can be achieved by our staff and students.”

Gold Award

Leigh UTC students who achieved the prestigious gold award were Daniel Quinn, Kai Lewis, Oliver Lock, Akeem Rhoden, Greg Tindell, Justin Chapman and Yash Rusdharry.

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During the interview process, our business partners continually praised the achievements of the Leigh UTC students consistently judging them to exceed the gold-award standard expectations by some considerable distance. We are extremely proud of each and every one of them.

Well done to all concerned!