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Fran, Creative & Digital

The teachers are really supportive and understand the industry. The facilities are great. I used to be shy and was initially nervous about moving schools but now I’m much more confident.

UTC Sheffield student Fran Murray has ambitious designs on a career in fashion.

The 18-year-old, from North Derbyshire, has achieved two A Levels in photography and psychology both at grade C.

Fran also completed a technical qualification in creative and digital media achieving a distinction* distinction.

She is now going on to study a Degree in Fashion Promotion and Communication at Nottingham Trent University.

She said: “I am pleased with my results and relieved that the wait is over. I’m really happy that I can go onto my first choice, Nottingham Trent University.”

UTC Sheffield City Centre campus is Ofsted graded ‘good’ and was the first UTC to open in Yorkshire and Humber in September 2013. Fran joined the UTC in Year 10 when she was 14-years-old.

Fran said: “I chose UTC Sheffield because I’ve always been a creative person and enjoy the hands-on technical learning.

“I wanted to try different media sector subjects to help me work out what I wanted to do in future. I’ve created videos, trailers, game concepts, photography, journalism and creative writing and learnt how to use the latest software, which is good for going into employment and onto university.”

Fran added: “We were also set curriculum project briefs by employers, which gives you the confidence to know you can succeed. On one of the short film curriculum projects, we had to hire proper actors and go through casting auditions.

“The teachers are really supportive and understand the industry. The facilities are great. I used to be shy and was initially nervous about moving schools but now I’m much more confident. The UTC is a small specialist school. You get to know everyone. It was definitely the right decision for me.”

Alex Reynolds, Principal, UTC Sheffield City Centre, said: “It is so rewarding to see Fran progress on to university having studied with us for four years.  She is testament to what the UTC was put here to do, which is to give students industrial level skills that prepare them for the next phase of their education and careers.  Fran has done exceptionally well and we are all excited to see how her future career develops.”

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