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UTC Portsmouth breaks ground and announces Principal

L-R: Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council David Williams, University of Portsmouth Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Hayes, Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth Leza Tremorin, Lord Mayor David Fuller, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, Cllr Neill Young, Principal UTC Portsmouth Ciaran O'Dowda and Royal Navy Captain Andrew Cree.

L-R: Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council David Williams, University of Portsmouth Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Hayes, Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth Leza Tremorin, Lord Mayor David Fuller, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, Cllr Neill Young, Principal UTC Portsmouth Ciaran O’Dowda and Royal Navy Captain Andrew Cree.

UTC Portsmouth hosted its ground breaking ceremony today for its £10m new school building with the Lord Mayor, special guests and the newly appointed Principal.

Ciaran O’Dowda will officially join the UTC in January and the school will open in September 2017.  With over 26 years of education leadership experience Ciaran has been head teacher at Crofton School in Fareham for four years and lives in Waterlooville.

Ciaran O’Dowda, Principal Designate UTC Portsmouth said: “I’m really excited about taking on this role.  Being Principal of UTC Portsmouth is a unique opportunity to make a difference to the education and future careers of the young people from the region.

“My aim is to work with pupils and parents to make sure they get the best from our school.  I want students to have the motivation and opportunity to exploit their knowledge, ability and talent.  When they leave I want them to have enjoyed their time at UTC Portsmouth, to have flourished and to go on to be successful in their chosen future path – whether that’s further education, employment or apprenticeship.”

Lord Mayor David Fuller cuts the turf

Lord Mayor David Fuller cuts the turf

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the UTC Portsmouth Project Steering Group Professor Paul Hayes commented: “We are delighted to have appointed Ciaran as the Principal of UTC Portsmouth. Ciaran has a wealth of experience and brings a passion to the role that will ensure that UTC Portsmouth exceeds the expectations of students, parents and employers.”

Led by University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy, Salterns Academy Trust and Portsmouth City Council and supported by major employers including BAE Systems, QinetiQ, AirBus, NATS and Land Rover BAR –  UTC Portsmouth is being built in the grounds of Trafalgar School in Hilsea.

The school will start taking applications for admission from across the Solent region in September 2016 for year 10 and year 12 students and will specialise in electrical and mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing.

UTC Portsmouth will offer an engineering curriculum alongside the core GCSE subjects in years 10 and 11 and a range of options including Level 3 engineering diplomas and A Levels in years 12 and 13.

Visit the website www.utcportsmouth.org for more information about how to apply.

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