Parents and students will have a chance to meet the newly-appointed Principal of the University Technical College (UTC) in Newhaven tomorrow, 3 September.
Jon Clarke will explain more about the college at an event being held at Veolia’s Energy Recovery Facility in North Quay Rd, Newhaven, from 10am to 3pm.
Building work on UTC@harbourside, co-sponsored by the University of Brighton, begins on 28 September.
Plans were approved by Lewes District Council Planning Committee in July to convert and extend the Grade II listed marine workshop and carpenters workshops at Railway Quay, Newhaven, and demolish other buildings to create the state-of-the-art college. There will also be a riverside boardwalk alongside the UTC.
Jon Clarke said: “This is the first of many events taking place across Sussex where parents and young people can meet me and the team behind the UTC to ask questions and find out more about our exciting new college.
“We will be offering an outstanding academic and technical education for 14 to 18 year olds interested in science, engineering, technology and maths. Focusing on the specialist skills in demand by the growing marine engineering and environmental technology sectors, the involvement of employers will help our students develop entrepreneurial and employability skills which will make them stand out in today’s competitive jobs market.”
“I’m really looking forward to talking to students and parents about the great GCSE, A Level and technical qualifications we’ll be offering in our inspiring setting, just two minutes from Newhaven Town railway station.”
Professor Andrew Lloyd, Dean of the College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences at the University of Brighton, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Jon Clarke to lead UTC@harbourside – his extensive experience of school leadership, partnership working and personal development of mathematics and engineering at Chalfont College will provide inspirational leadership to ensure the UTC provides, in partnership with local employers and other stakeholders, a progressive, work-related, education in a stimulating learning environment for all our future pupils.”
In addition to meeting the Head, there will be a Veolia’s ‘Wonder Day’ which will feature guided tours of their facility and opportunities to ask questions and discover more about waste and recycling. Places are limited and booking is essential through www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk/southdowns or by calling 01273 544205.
Applications are now open for students from across Sussex interested in joining the UTC in years 10 and 12 in September 2015. More information can be found at www.utc-harbourside.org