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2017

 
As it draws closer to next years’ Year 11 exams, Year 10 students at the UTC will be doing a week of mock exams commencing the 12th June. By doing this, the students will get a taste of what it will be like when it finally comes to doing the actual GCSE’s.

GCSE Tips and Tricks

8 June 2017 

As it draws closer to next years’ Year 11 exams, Year 10 students at the UTC will be doing a week of mock exams commencing the 12th June. By doing this, the students will get a taste of what it will be like when it finally comes to doing the actual GCSE’s.

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Engineering stars of tomorrow to showcase capabilities- Durham Oktoberfest 2017

Engineering stars of tomorrow to showcase capabilities- Durham Oktoberfest 2017

7 June 2017 

Budding engineers will be showcasing their capabilities to employers from across the region at Durham Oktoberfest, which this year celebrates its tenth birthday.

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UTC Visit Lucite Specialty Polymers

19 May 2017 

To support learning in GCSE Chemistry and to let students see a range of engineering roles in practice, some of our Y10 students visited Lucite Specialty Polymers

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Getting to know you event

UTC host student getting to know you event

21 April 2017 

On the 5th April the UTC South Durham held a “Getting to know you” event for students who will be joining them in September 2017.

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Lord Baker visit

Lord Baker visits UTC South Durham

24 March 2017 

Some would say that Lord Kenneth Baker is an eminent historical political influence who changed the face of education during his time as Education Secretary, however to the network of University Technical Colleges (UTC’s) he is one of the founding partners of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust.

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Greenpower Competition

Students build electric racing cars for Greenpower competition

3 March 2017 

Students build electric racing cars for Greenpower competition

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award win

UTC South Durham Wins First Award

2 March 2017 

UTC South Durham celebrated winning their first accolade of ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Aycliffe Business Park annual Make Your Mark Awards dinner

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Durham university

Year 10 at Durham University, working with postgraduate Soft Matter students

20 February 2017 

A small group of year 10 students from UTC South Durham were invited to Durham University Engineering Department to work with their Soft Matter, Materials and Interface group.

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Land Rover 4x4 challenge held at UTC South Durham

Land Rover 4x4 challenge held at UTC South Durham

9 February 2017 

A competition called ‘4x4 Land Rover’ was held today, Friday 17th of February at South Durham UTC.

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Girls in STEM

Girls in STEM

9 February 2017 

On the 7 February 2017 global IT firm Accenture, hosted a Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event across the UK

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Hydram

Students visit Hydram to look at advanced manufacturing techniques

25 January 2017 

Students visit Hydram to look at advanced manufacturing techniques

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Exciting 12 Week Industry Partner Project

12 January 2017 

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Industry partner project takes students on a train journey

12 January 2017 

Industry partner project takes students on a train journey

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John D Clare

UTC visit and write up from Clr John D Clare

12 January 2017 

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2016

 
UTC Japanese visit

UTC welcomes Secretary of State and Ambassador of Japan

9 January 2017 

UTC welcomes Secretary of State and Ambassador of Japan

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Durham Science Rounded

First public outing for the UTC

8 November 2016 

First public outing for the UTC

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Heighington CE Primary School to visit the UTC

8 November 2016 

Heighington CE Primary School to Visit the UTC

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Female student lego

Open for business

9 September 2016 

We welcomed our first intake of students this week; almost exactly one year since building work began at Long Tens Way, on Aycliffe Business Park, close to Hitachi Rail Europe's new rail vehicle manufacturing facility.

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Year 10 students

Ready to open

31 August 2016 

The UTC is ready to open on Thursday 8 September, 8.30am and we look forward to welcoming students to our fabulous new building.

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Young people

GCSE results and option choices

10 August 2016 

For students joining us in Year 12 in September, we'll be available at the Xcel Centre on 25 and 26 August so that you can come and discuss your GCSE results and option choices.

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Girl and boy on site

Students' site tours

1 August 2016 

We've added dates in August when students joining us in September 2016 can take a one-hour guided tour of our construction site with our Principal Tom Dower.

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Three boys on site

Students' site tours

1 July 2016 

We've added dates in July when students joining us in September 2016 can take a one-hour guided tour of our construction site with our Principal Tom Dower.

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Senior Leadership Team

Meet our Senior Leadership Team

10 June 2016 

We're delighted to announce the appointment of the remaining members of our senior leadership team. Tom Dower, Principal, and Jenny Trapp, Deputy Principal, will be joined by our latest staff appointment to form a seven-strong leadership team.

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UTC South Durham CGI

Next steps events

9 June 2016 

We're holding two events for students joining us in September 2016, and their parents, to meet our teaching team, choose their option subjects and find out about our uniform/dress code, travel arrangements and catering.

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Three boys on site

Students' site tours

11 May 2016 

We're inviting students joining us in September 2016 to a one-hour guided tour of our construction site with our Principal Tom Dower.

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Jenny Trapp

Deputy Principal appointed

13 April 2016 

Jenny Trapp, a former Air Traffic Controller who is currently Assistant Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, has been appointed as Deputy Principal of UTC South Durham.

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Boy and goggles

Business breakfast

24 March 2016 

Over 50 business leaders joined us for breakfast to hear about how we could work together to solve the engineering skills gap in the region.

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Girls into engineering

Student events

2 March 2016 

We were delighted to welcome students to founding member Hitachi's new site on Aycliffe Business Park. Students undertook a behind-the-scenes look around a carriage that will become part of an Intercity Express Programme train destined for Great Western and East Coast mainlines.

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2015

 
Blue lights

Season's greetings

21 December 2015 

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past few months.

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Girl and screwdriver

Parent and student events

18 December 2015 

We're holding two events in February for parent and students to meet our Principal Tom Dower and find out about studying with us.

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Female student in hard hat

Site visits

2 December 2015 

We invited three of our student applicants to visit our building site to see for themselves the progress on our new school and to view the detailed plans for the UTC.

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UTC South Durham CGI

Fly through

1 December 2015 

Watch our fly through for an impression of what it's like to actually visit our new school.

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Hitachi engineer

Train production underway at Hitachi

1 December 2015 

Since the Prime Minister opened the new Hitachi Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in Newton Aycliffe in September, the production process has begun in earnest.

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Young boy

Meet the Principal

1 December 2015 

We've added some more dates for families of potential applicants to meet our Principal Tom Dower.

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Male student in hard hat

Student recruitment

1 December 2015 

Recruitment is going very well with a series of events over the last few weeks and our first deadline on 1 December just gone.

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Steelwork silhouette

Construction update

1 December 2015 

Progress on our building has been impressive. From a muddy field and through some pretty grim weather, our construction contractors Willmott Dixon have levelled the site and erected a decent amount of steelwork.

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UTC South Durham CGI

Construction update

4 November 2015 

Our construction contractors Wilmott Dixon have been making excellent progress since our ground-breaking ceremony in September.

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Engineer with apprentice

Application deadline approaching

3 November 2015 

Our main deadline of 1 December for entry into Years 10 and 12 in September 2016 is approaching.

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Boy with safety goggles

Parent and student event

17 October 2015 

Meet our staff and find out about what we offer for young people interested in high tech careers. Staff from our founding members - the University of Sunderland, Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent - will also be available to talk about the support they're providing for UTC students.

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UTC welder

Parents fear children won't find jobs

8 October 2015 

New research released today by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust shows that for two thirds of parents their biggest fear is that their children will not find a job when they leave education.

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UTC South Durham CGI

Ground breaking at UTC South Durham

25 September 2015 

Today marked a momentous occasion when the ground was broken on UTC South Durham. Partners and local supporters met on site at Newton Aycliffe to officially mark the start on site of the new University Technical College.

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Young boy

Applications now open

11 September 2015 

You can now apply for entry into Years 10 and 12 in September 2016.

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Girl and screwdriver

Parent and student events

13 August 2015 

We're holding two events in October for parent and students to meet our Principal Tom Dower and find out about studying with us.

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