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8 January 2018

Challenge – Scientific Poster Design
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8 January 2018

Challenge – Scientific Poster Design

The Year 13’s most recent Challenge project was to design a Scientific Poster.

Subjects included ‘How caffeine in energy drinks affects BPM and blood pressure’ with the winning poster looking at the correlation between the circumference of an individual’s upper arm and the total force they can apply to a force plate.

The winning team, pictured above, from left to right, are Jacob, Toby, Edward and Nanyo.

Certificates and goodie bags were presented by Georgina Norris, from the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, and Karen Hlaba from Cambridge Clinical Informatics who worked with students over a 7-8 week period.

1 January 2018

Year 12 Work Experience a Success
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1 January 2018

Year 12 Work Experience a Success

All of our year 12 students completed a weeks work experience before the Christmas break.  The feedback has been incredibly positive both from students and employers.  The work experience programme really does help prepare students for their future career paths.  Here are a couple of quotes from the employers.

“ Thomas showed incredible maturity and composure and played a very active role within the team.” – Espai Ltd.,

“Normally when we advertise for internships they’re aimed at university students, however it’s not completely unheard of for us to take on naturally gifted programmers before they start university (if university is their plan for the future). I’ve encouraged him to apply” – Redgate.

19 December 2017

Senior Maths Challenge
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19 December 2017

Senior Maths Challenge

We can’t let 2017 go without mentioning our fantastic group of maths supremos – who were in the impressive top 10% of students in a national competition against 82,000 pupils across the UK. The competition was the Senior Maths Challenge from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, and Luke and Aaron are going through to the next round.

14 December 2017

TV Crew Visit for Feature on Ofsted Annual Report
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14 December 2017

TV Crew Visit for Feature on Ofsted Annual Report

A TV crew spent two hours filming at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology after we were highlighted in Ofsted’s Annual Report as an example of a school that had successfully turned itself around.

The final piece, broadcast on BBC Look East (West), featured headteacher Sian Foreman and several pupils, as part of a feature looking at schools within the East of England Region.

Ofsted’s report, released yesterday (Wed 13 December), looked at education across the whole of England – and revealed that the majority of schools in the East of England, which includes Cambridgeshire, are performing above the national average.

By the end of August 2017, a total of 90% of schools in the region were judged either good or outstanding at their most recent inspection, compared with 89% nationally (a 2% improvement on the previous year).

For secondary schools, 87% of those in the East of England were judged to be good or outstanding – well above the national level of 79 for England and, again, an improvement from 2016.

Specific areas Ofsted inspectors chose to praise us for at the time of their inspection in May 2017 included strong leadership – with headteacher Sian Foreman and her Senior Leadership Team praised for their ‘calmness and passion.’

Also praised was the ‘excellent behaviour of students in lessons and around the college’ creating an environment ‘in which it is a joy to teach and study.’ The report also added that students took ‘real pride in the UTC and are enthusiastic ambassadors for its values.’

Whilst here, BBC Broadcast Journalist Emma Baugh interviewed headteacher Sian Foreman; filmed robotics with Year 10 students led by Computer Science Lead Barry Cooper; spoke to several of our students and filmed a Challenge project in our lab with Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield, in charge of Challenge and Careers.

Speaking after filming had finished, Ms Foreman said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as one of the schools in the East of England Region which has been identified for its good practice within Ofsted’s Annual Report.

“Our success has been attributed to the senior leadership team and their systematic and organised approach. As headteacher I am very proud to be leading such an exciting and inspiring school as it continues on its journey towards becoming a regional centre for excellence in the Sciences.”

BBC Journalist interviews Barry Cooper about closing the STEM skills gap:

Toby Fellows, Year 13 student, discussing life at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology:

6 December 2017

Microscopy Challenge Trip
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6 December 2017

Microscopy Challenge Trip

Year 12 Microscopy Challenge group continued their project looking at Microscopes by visiting the Gurdon Institute and Carl Zeiss Factory. The students had a fantastic experience seeing different types of microscopes in action (and even having a go at working with the microscopes). Also seeing the production line manufacturing the Electron Microscopes at Zeiss Factory. The students had a great time and we thank all the scientists and employees of Zeiss who made us very welcome and gave so much of their time to us.

17 November 2017

MRC Unit Visit
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17 November 2017

MRC Unit Visit

World-class scientists and psychiatrists spent a day with students at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology teaching them about mental health and wellbeing.

The team of experts from the University of Cambridge’s MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and Department of Psychiatry spent last Thursday (16th) at the Academy talking to Year 10 students about the teenage brain and how it works, what happens to the brain when it is under stress, along with ways to stay well.

Interactive workshops, designed to engage students, ran throughout the day. In one, a volunteer was asked to answer challenging maths questions whilst standing with their hand in a bowl of ice-cold water to demonstrate how stress affects a person’s ability to think clearly.

The second workshop involved students being given a super sour sweet and being asked to hold it in their mouths for as long as they could whilst Dr Melissa Black, from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, talked them through the process.

The aim of the workshop was to teach students about working through uncomfortable emotions – using the analogy  that working through something uncomfortable and coming out the other end demonstrates to young people the importance of working through difficult situations knowing that things will improve in time.

6 November 2017

Duke of York Awards
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6 November 2017

Duke of York Awards

On Monday 6 November Danielle Pacey accompanied some of last year’s Year 13 students to their Gold Duke of York Award presentation at St James Palace. All students looked very smart in their suits and ties and we were made to feel welcome by the event organisers. At 3pm the Duke of York arrived and personally presented the certificates to the students and even found the time to chat with some of our students about their destinations and the challenge lessons afterwards. We are very proud of all of our students who recieved this award and the fact that we had at least twice as many students who had achieved the Gold award than any other UTCs at the event.

29 September 2017

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology wins award for Careers Advice
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29 September 2017

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology wins award for Careers Advice

CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY ONE OF ONLY FOUR IN COUNTY TO WIN AWARD FOR CAREERS ADVICE

We are very proud to announce we have just become one of only four schools in the county to have won an award for the quality of our careers advice.

We have been awarded the Cambridgeshire CEIAG Quality Award ‘Investing in Quality’ – which recognises high standards in careers education, information, advice and guidance and is national recognition from the awarding body, Quality in Careers Standard.

We are absolutely delighted to be one of just a handful of schools in the county to have been given this award. Our staff work incredibly hard to maintain the quality of support provided to students and the award comes on the back of our last Ofsted report which described our work with students, preparing them for the world of work, as ‘exceptional’.

Careers is more than simply information on jobs. It is part of a whole raft of processes that prepare young people to be work ready – everything from preparing CVs to mock interviews and working with employers for extended periods of time.

Assistant head Alistair Easterfield runs the Academy’s Challenge Projects working with partner employers as well as careers guidance and employer engagement and says “It is a prestigious award for the Academy to be given and validates the high-quality support we provide to our students.”

The award is a national award, given to Secondary and Post-16 educational establishments.

Janet Harris, CEIAG Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “ Young people and adults need to be competent career managers with the skills and knowledge to design their own career paths.  The rigorous standards of the award will give confidence to parents, carers and students that they are being supported at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology to make the right decisions as they move through their educational journey and into employment.”

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is a University Technical College that specialises in Science and Technology for pupils from year 10 through to sixth form and offers courses in BTEC, GCSEs and A levels. As of September 2018, the Academy will also be taking students from year 9.

We will be holding several open days and evenings throughout October, on the 7th, 18th, and 30th. To find out more please go to:http://www.cam-ast.org.uk or call (01223) 724312.

20 September 2017

Three years on and three good reasons to celebrate
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20 September 2017

Three years on and three good reasons to celebrate

Yesterday evening we were proud and pleased to celebrate the many successes of the college and our students and also the launch of our new name Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology. We were honoured and delighted to welcome Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust who congratulated all involved.

Please read our press release:

Today Cambridge’s University Technical College celebrated not only its third birthday and the many and varied student successes to date, but also the fact that the academy has joined Parkside Federation Academies from 1st September, and the launch of a new name and logo. This represents all that the flourishing academy has come to symbolise and strive for.

This is a place of learning to be proud of …” commented Jon Green, Chair of the Board of Governors as he thanked staff, Baker Dearing’s UTC movement and Parkside Federation Academies for their support “enabling us to achieve our ambitions and outcomes for our students, their hard work has been rewarded with a grading of “good” from Ofsted, an outstanding achievement.”

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is the new name for this specialist college, “We wanted a name that explained exactly what we do here, working with the inspiring science community of Cambridge. The culture of our Academy and the specialist nature of our Science and Technology curriculum combine to ensure that our students enjoy their studies at the heart of an innovative, exciting and ground-breaking environment”.  said Sian Foreman, Headteacher.

Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust said in relation to the academy’s recent Ofsted grading “Staff and students at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, which is still part of the UTC movement, have had a busy year with much to celebrate. Since Sian Foreman was appointed as Head teacher positive steps have been taken to improve the school. Their exam results have seen much improvement and Ofsted have recognised their hard work. My congratulations go to all those involved. You are part of the UTC movement, a bigger group – keep contact with them. I wish you absolute, excellent success.”

One of the key differences at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, along with all UTCs, is the commitment to modernising education by working in collaboration with industry partners in order to develop skills that lead to employment as well as ensuring that students gain the qualifications that accredit them.  The growing army of industry partners working with the academy were well represented at the celebratory event.  It is not only biotech companies like MedImmune that are experiencing difficulty in recruiting suitably skilled staff.  “Show me an industry where the shortage of key staff is not an issue.” commented Lee Smith of ARM.  “We work in an industry where technology has a short shelf life, the rate of change is phenomenal.  We need people who relish learning, specialists who can adapt and take a long term view. Educationalists need to recognise this and start to change the way education is delivered in the UK – not everyone is suited to our default academic trajectory and the unquestioning inertia in education is not supporting STEM employers.  Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is dedicated to giving to students exactly the kind of opportunity that works.  The most powerful reason for doing anything at all is that it is the right thing to do – that is why ARM is proud to support the academy and the effective style of STEM education that it represents.”

Anne Campbell, Chair of the PFA MAT “We at PFA are delighted to welcome Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology into the MAT and we value the specialism that this brings. The academy continues to be extremely proud to be a UTC, part of a very exciting vision and one which is changing the course of British Education.  We intend to help achieve that vision.” 

Jon Green (Medimmune), Sian Foreman, Rosie, Lord Baker, Charles Parker (Baker Dearing), Anne Campbell (PFA MAT) Sian Foreman, Lord Baker, Alistair Easterfield Maisie, Annan, Lord Baker, Luke, Rosie

24 August 2017

UTC Cambridge celebrates GCSE success
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24 August 2017

UTC Cambridge celebrates GCSE success

UTC CAMBRIDGE celebrates GCSE success

Staff and students at Cambridge’s academy for science and technology are celebrating a good set of results today, with 86% with a C or above in at least one Science. 76% of students passed GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above and 63% of students secured at least 1 A or A* grade.

99% of students at the college took the three separate sciences with 72% gaining grade C or above in all three. Students were also very successful in Maths.  85% achieved grade 4 (C) or above and nearly half of all learners gained grade 6 (B+) or above. Of students taking Further Maths just under half of the grades achieved were at A  or A* and 89% were at C or above. In addition to success in the specialist areas of Science and Maths, students also did well in English, with 82% achieving a grade 4 (C) or above.

These results, coming soon after Ofsted praised the college’s innovative Maths and Science teaching, are a sustained improvement on last year.

At UTC Cambridge, the staff have high expectations of students and the exceptional “real-world” projects delivered by top biomedical and technology companies enhance and enliven their studies, developing young people with the skills, attitudes and ambition required to succeed. The Year 11 cohort have clearly taken full advantage of the innovation and challenge at UTCC and their results are testament to this.

Headteacher Sian Foreman commented “Students and Staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve impressive results in a rigorous set of subjects at a time when examinations have become more challenging. These results clearly demonstrate that UTC Cambridge in its short life is developing into a centre of excellence for Science, Technology and Maths as part of Parkside Federation Academies.”

24 August 2017

GCSE Success Stories
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24 August 2017

GCSE Success Stories

There have been numerous individual GCSE successes, here we share a few of these with you:

Luke Dolan  A*A*A*A*AAAABBB
Luke is celebrating his 11 GCSEs passes, including A* Physics and Biology, As in Chemistry and Further Maths and the new level 9 in Further Maths. Luke had to accept he had done pretty well in his exams when he saw his results included 100% in four papers!  “I have loved the environment and the people here at UTC and will now stay on to take my A Levels here.  My Biology teacher really pushed me and I’m so pleased she did.  I’m on the Student Council here and I really like how open and honest the staff are with students.”Luke intends to study Particle Physics in the long term, exploring the minutiae of atoms and their behaviour and hopes to become an expert on dark matter.
Ghazal Seidi  – A*A*A*A*A*AAAA

Ghazal was delighted with her results which included 9 A or A* grades.  She is going on to Hills Road to study Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Philosophy and is looking forward to that.  “I have really enjoyed my time at UTC and of course I loved the Sciences but for me English became one of my favourite subjects too.  I wasn’t predicted A grades in English when I joined UTC and so my levels 8 and 9 in English Literature and Language are really special.”

Ghazal is already thinking ahead to University and plans to apply for Oxbridge.

Jamie Darby A*A*A*A*AAAABBC
Jamie is another happy student at UTC, celebrating his 11 GCSE passes which included 7 A/A*s.  “UTC is a really different kind of school.  I feel more confident about studying and working in new environments just because of the way we are taught and the experiences you gain through challenge projects.  I did work really hard and did plenty of revision and I’m happy its paid off!” Jamie too, got 100% in four papers.Jamie hopes to be a Physicist or perhaps to study Medicine in the long-term.
Katrina Cloherty A*AAAABBCCC
With her A Grades in five subjects including the three she intends to study at A level, Chemistry, Biology and Maths, Katrina is staying on at UTC for the next two years. “I really like it here at UTC, I feel respected as an individual and it is such a friendly environment.  I’ve made a lot of good friends and many of them of them are staying on at UTC.”Katrina was delighted with her A in Biology, her favourite subject, and just as delighted (if a little surprised!) with her A in Physics.

 

 

18 August 2017

A Level Results – Students Hit Top Marks in Science
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18 August 2017

A Level Results – Students Hit Top Marks in Science

Staff and students at UTCC are delighted to be celebrating a great set of results today, with 100% of students passing their A level and BTEC courses.

Over 80% of the grades across the A level Sciences and Maths were at A*-C. In Biology, an outstanding 93% of students achieved grades A*-C and in Maths the figure was 89%. The average grade in BTEC Applied Science was Distinction.

These results, coming soon after Ofsted praised the college’s innovative Maths and Science teaching, are a sustained improvement on last year.

At UTC Cambridge, the staff have high expectations of students and the exceptional “real-world” projects delivered by top biomedical and technology companies enhance and enliven their studies, developing young people with the skills, attitudes and ambition required to succeed. The Year 13 cohort have clearly taken full advantage of the innovation and challenge at UTCC and their results are testament to this.

Headteacher Sian Foreman commented “Every student has been successful in achieving the grades they need to progress onto their chosen university places, apprenticeships and careers in Science. The staff and students have worked incredibly hard to ensure this level of success and I’m really proud of them all.  These results clearly demonstrate that UTC Cambridge in it’s short life is developing into a centre of excellence for Science, Technology and Maths as part of Parkside Federation Academies.”

 

Destinations for students at UTCC are very impressive, with currently 70% going on to university this year to study courses ranging from Medicine to Palaeontology and Internal Architecture to Zoology.

17 August 2017

A Level Success Stories
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17 August 2017

A Level Success Stories

There have been numerous individual successes, here are a few examples:

  Peter Reeve AAA* A Levels and A* EPQ

Peter came to UTC to study A levels having relocated to England from New Zealand. He joined UTC with six IGCSE passes (slightly below the normal entry requirement) and today celebrates having achieved A grade A levels in Chemistry and Physics an A * in Biology and an A* for his EPQ project which investigated how binaural beats affect cognitive ability.

Peter will now go on to study Medicine after a well-deserved year out. “I have really enjoyed the people I met here and we had a lot in common – the teachers are amazing and because it is quite a small college you form a much deeper connection with the staff and they are always happy to help. I’m really pleased with my results and so happy that I can follow the career path I want to.”

Vicki Reeve (Peter’s mum) was clearly delighted with her son’s achievements and commented that the school’s flexibility and excellent teaching staff, meant that they could see Peter’s potential and enable him to achieve to the full.

Shannon Roberts AAC A Levels and A* EPQ

Being a practical learner, Shannon was attracted to UTC Cambridge by the idea of the Challenge projects and the fantastic facilities and equipment at the college. She was delighted today to learn she had achieved AAC in her Biology, Geography and Chemistry A levels and an A* in her EPQ, which explored how equine physiotherapy techniques could be applied beneficially to human brain injury patients. 

She has now secured a place at Coventry university to study Physiotherapy.“It was my work placements at UTCC that helped me decide exactly what I wanted to do. I worked with Addenbrookes Hospital in various departments and my experience in the Physio Department really made up my mind. I then went to Highfields in Ely and realised that I wanted to work with trauma and brain injury patients in the long-term. I have loved UTCC, the facilities and teaching, and of course all the work placements and projects have been inspiring.”

Shelly-Ann Coutts. Triple Distinction* in BTEC Applied Science

Having studied for her AS year at another school and not quite achieving her best, Shelly-Ann decided to start again with a BTEC course in Applied Science. She is delighted to learn that this was a very wise decision resulting in Triple Distinction*.

Now Shelly-Ann plans to go on to Bournemouth University to study a Forensic Biology Degree. “I always had an interest in forensics and crime scenes and I excelled in Biology. The course at Bournemouth combines all the elements that excite me and now I can’t wait to pack! I have met the best friends I could ever ask for here and I have loved being able to work with companies on our challenge projects. A recent project with the Botanical Gardens and the Sanger Institute where we DNA barcoded an endangered species of plant resulted in data which is now in an official European bio database. I was able to include this in my personal statement when applying for Uni places and feel that my experience of real lab processes gave me a bit of an edge.”

Jonathan Howes Triple Distinction* in BTEC Applied Science

Jonathan plans to make a difference in the world and to work in the field of environmental disaster planning and management. His unbeatable grades have secured him a place on the Environmental Geography degree course at York University which for him is a dream come true.

“At UTC Cambridge, the teachers encouraged me to aim for top marks and helped me to stay motivated. The BTEC course is hard work and the continual assessment really helped me stay on track. I’m thrilled to be able to go to York, the trips and surveys are fantastic. The college introduced me to opportunities and encouraged me to connect with the Science Community. I’m really grateful and I’m proud of my friends and happy for them that they have all done so well.” 

Sadek AhmedTriple Distinction* in BTEC Applied Science

“Studying a BTEC instead of A levels really suited me. It allowed to me monitor and control my own destiny. Each assignment I undertook was assessed and that helped me know how I could improve and what I needed to do to achieve top grades.” He felt that nowhere locally had the same facilities and seized the opportunity to study at UTCC.

With his fabulous grades, Sadek is staying in the Cambridge area and is delighted to be going to Anglia Ruskin University to study Biomedical Sciences. Long term he plans to work in pharmacology and pharmaceuticals and the course offers him a perfect combination of Biology and Chemistry studies.

When I applied to ARU it was clear that they were looking for students who knew their stuff, but being able to say I also knew how to use the equipment and undertake research professionally obviously impressed them and will give me a head-start on the course.”

17 July 2017

Challenge Festival
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17 July 2017

Challenge Festival

Young people, parents and staff at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology gathered today with leading lights from Cambridge’s STEM community to celebrate the diversity and success of the 23 collaborative Challenge projects that have taken place in this academic year.

Please see the news article here.

19 June 2017

Daniel Zeichner Visits Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology
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19 June 2017

Daniel Zeichner Visits Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology

We were recently visited by Daniel Zeichner MP to celebrate the ‘remarkable’ turnaround following our Ofsted report, published 16th June 2017. To read the full article, click here.

Please also see a news article from FE Week on our recent Ofsted report here.

Daniel Zeichner with Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology staff and students

Daniel Zeichner MP and Sian Foreman, Principal of Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology

Daniel Zeichner MP and Anne Campbell, Chair of Parkside Federation MAT Board

18 May 2017

‘UTC Transformed’ says latest Ofsted Report
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18 May 2017

‘UTC Transformed’ says latest Ofsted Report

We are delighted to be able to share our most recent Ofsted report with you.
Please click here to read the report.
We are very proud of our students and their amazing commitment and enthusiasm for learning. They really showed the college at its best on the two days of the visit.
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