Message from UTC Sheffield City Centre

  • Updated: Sunday, October 18th 2020
  • A Year 9 student has tested positive for Covid-19 and Year 9 parents/carers are asked to download our letter. Year 9 students are being asked to isolate and return to school after half-term on Monday 2 November.
  • The UTC remains open for all other year groups.
  • When Sheffield moved into the Tier 2, high risk category, we had to cancel tours of the UTC, but we are currently looking at strategies to enable tours in some format in the near future. We will be in touch as soon as possible about transition meetings/possible tours.

Message from UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Updated: Friday, October 16th 2020

All students will be able to return to learning on site at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park full-time – week commencing Monday, October 19th 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. Please note our campus tours are going ahead in single family groups.

UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park are running virtual events to hear about our exciting specialisms, with an opportunity to hear from the Principal, the Curriculum Director and staff, and our employer partners.

Computing Showcase:  Tuesday 10th November, 5:30-:6:20pm

Health Sciences & Social Care: Wednesday 18th November, 5:30-6:20pm

Sport Science Showcase: Tuesday 24th November, 5:30-6:20pm

Jack, Computing

Banner image: Jack Underwood

"I’ve really enjoyed the hands-on technical learning, and the creativity and problem solving skills that I’ve developed from being at the UTC."

UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park student Jack Underwood has achieved a top set of GCSEs and is looking forward to further developing his academic knowledge and computing technical skills.

Jack achieved nine GCSEs, including four grade 9s and three grade 8s, as well as a technical qualification in computing with a distinction*.

He said: “I felt a bit anxious waiting for my results. I’m really pleased with the grades.”

Jack, aged 15, is staying on at the UTC to study three A Levels in computer science, further maths and maths as well as a technical qualification in computing.

Jack said: “I chose the UTC because I love computing and wanted to study it in more depth. So, that’s why I took the computer science GCSE as well as a technical qualification in computing.

He added: “My career ambition is to develop and release my own digital products. I’ve really enjoyed the hands-on technical learning, and the creativity and problem solving skills that I’ve developed from being at the UTC.”

During his time at the UTC, Jack has enjoyed working on employer projects applying academic theory to technical projects. These have included creating an app for a local school to help them gather student feedback and taking part in the national computing competition Vex Robotics.

Dr Sarah Clark, Principal of UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, said: “Jack has excelled academically and through also succeeding in competitions such as the Intermediate Maths Challenge, Vex Robots and Code Make Win. He has a very promising future.”

The technical qualifications involve working on employer-led projects and developing skills related to the subject specialism as well as team working and problem solving skills. The £10 million UTC is equipped with cutting edge industry standard facilities.

UTCs are government funded technical schools that have been established to provide technical learning opportunities in partnership with employers and universities. They provide academic and technical qualifications to match the skills needs of regional employers, supporting economic growth and employment.

Employers supporting the UTC include Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, employers on the Olympic Legacy Park, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

Students can join the UTC at the age of 13 in Year 9 or at the age of 16 in Year 12 and the UTC recruits from across Sheffield City Region. For more information, visit www.utcsheffield.org.uk. Follow us @UTCSheffield.

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