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Energy Coast UTC: Best Secondary School 2019

Shortlisted for five Golden Apple Awards and winner of two, plus a highly commended!

Laura Devlin IMG 20191001 WA0022Energy Coast UTC is delighted to announce a double win at the prestigious, Cumbria -wide, Golden Apple Awards for 2019.

During the awards ceremony at Energus on Friday night, nominees were overjoyed to learn that they had won two out of their five categories, with the added pleasure of receiving a ‘highly commended’ in recognition of a special environmental community initiative.

The UTC won:

Best Secondary School

Best Industry Engagement (with Morgan Sindall Infrastructure)

And a Highly Commended Best Community Initiative

Principal Cherry Tingle said:

“I am absolutely delighted that all of the hard work and dedication of our amazing staff team and employer partners has been recognised through these awards. They work incredibly hard and have committed themselves to making Energy Coast UTC the thriving, winning school that it is and will continue to be. Their support both for each other and the student body is reflected in the excellent results we receive, the fact that almost 90% of leavers go on to apprenticeships and in our recent ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted result. Our winning employer partnerships with companies such as Morgan Sindall Infrastructure give students a solid foundation upon which they can build a career in the engineering field and beyond.”

We are over the moon to have won Best Secondary School, which is a fabulous recognition and a direct result of every single member of staff working together to achieve the very best for all our students. Our students are hardworking, motivated and focused and we envisage great things for each and every one of them.

I am truly humbled to be a part of Energy Coast UTC.”

Morgan Sindall Infrastructure’s massive contribution to our UTC, including a range of employer projects and sponsorship has resulted in a very welcome and well deserved win. Morgan Sindall Infrastructure work with students every week on real life projects. They also ensure students have valuable work experience that will help them gain apprenticeships.

Our student-led Eco Energy Group is committed to tackling climate change head-on with a range of recycling and awareness raising initiatives. Empowered by teacher, Fiona Heslam (who has recently become one of the first Climate Change Teachers in the UK), our driven Eco Energy Group has introduced a number of innovative projects to drive home the climate change message to students, our staff and supporters of the school. This hard work has resulted in the richly deserved ‘highly commended’ community initiative status.

Our other finalists were:

Best Newcomer (Hope Redmond, Teacher of English)

Best Teaching Assistant (Catherine Coleman)

Ms Tingle continues, “Our staff team is the beating heart of Energy Coast UTC and without our dedicated teachers we simply wouldn’t be the fortunate recipients of these awards. Staff members who were shortlisted as finalists for a Golden Apple, such as Hope Redmond and Catherine Coleman, dedicate time and energy to ensuring students have the very best start to the rest of their lives and receive so much pleasure from seeing these young people thrive, learn and grow.”

Cherry Tingle, Principal


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