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The Leigh UTC celebrates students’ achievements at annual awards dinner

The Leigh UTC Awards Dinner

The Leigh UTC hosted its second annual awards evening on 17 November 2016. The event has become a highlight of the calendar for The Leigh UTC and is becoming increasingly popular, attracting a higher number of business participants and sponsors than last year’s inaugural event. The awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of its students.

Proceedings were chaired by governor, Clive Barker, Chairman of CSB Logistics, with keynote speaker, Stewart Harris, a war veteran who talked about his experiences and how he overcame adversity.

The winner of the first Business Partner of the Year Award was presented by Simon Beamish, CEO of Leigh Academies Trust to Kenard Engineering’s Managing Director, Keith Ellis. This award was sponsored by Leigh Academies Trust in recognition of the outstanding contribution of this business in supporting The Leigh UTC.

Speaking about the awards, Simon Beamish said:

The awards evening was another magnificent event for the UTC and the Trust. It recognised another year of high achievements when The Leigh UTC became the top performing UTC nationally based on the main government measure of Progress 8.

A silent auction was held during the evening resulting in an amazing total of over £19,000 being raised towards various additional extracurricular projects for the college.

Steve Leahey, Principal at The Leigh UTC commented:

I am amazed by the continued support we receive from our partners and this is particularly shown by their contribution to the awards evening. It truly is a special event where students, their families, staff and sponsors can share in the successes of the college. It makes me proud to be part of The Leigh UTC.

Dean Horobin-Wright, whose company, Cubic Transportation Ltd sponsored one of the awards, said:

On behalf of all my colleagues at CUBIC can I extend our thanks after attending a wonderful dinner. The whole occasion from start to finish was inspirational, the trophies were amazing and I managed to speak to more than one winner.

Keith Ellis, Managing Director at Kenard Engineering said:

The awards evening was a wonderful opportunity to bring together students, staff, parents and local businesses to celebrate the continued success of the school and its students. Kenard Engineering is proud to be working with The Leigh UTC. The Awards Evening is yet another example of how well they do things!

The 2016 award winners are:

STEM Year 10 Male – Aiden Grover, sponsored by Cubic

STEM Year 10 Female – Morgan Stansell, sponsored by Lee Evans Partnership

STEM Year 12 Male – William Fifield, sponsored by Bam Construction

STEM Year 12 Female – Emma Land, sponsored by Kenard Engineering

Engineering Year 10 – Connor Howell, sponsored by SEM

Engineering Year 12 – George Smith, sponsored by 8Point3 LED

Computer Science Year 10 – Connor Edwards, sponsored by Briar Associates

Computer Science Year 12 – Ryan Crane, sponsored by DMA

Enterprise Year 12 – Huw Prosser, sponsored by CSB logistics

Ambassador Award – Daniel Quinn, sponsored by Cleantec

Outstanding Achievement Year 10 – Sophie Webb, sponsored by Eurostar

Outstanding Achievement Year 12 – Matthew Nutter, sponsored by Leigh Academies Trust

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