Stu­dents reach for the skies

New Heathrow en­gi­neer­ing col­lege

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A NEW avi­a­tion col­lege has taken off with a roar.

Heathrow Avi­a­tion En­gi­neer­ing Univer­sity Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (UTC) in North­wood, a spe­cial­ist col­lege for stu­dents aged 14 to 19 who are in­ter­ested in avi­a­tion en­gi­neer­ing, has marked the end of its first week.

The col­lege, in Pin­ner Road, wel­comed its first co­hort of more than 100 stu­dents – all year 10 and year 12 – on Mon­day last week.

It will re­cruit 600 stu­dents dur­ing the next four years.

Prin­ci­pal Bryan Berry said: “It’s been a fan­tas­tic week. Our first stu­dents have al­ready been en­gag­ing with our em­ployer part­ners.

“They’ve spent time tour­ing the fa­cil­i­ties at RAF Northolt and Bri­tish Air­ways’ com­po­nent en­gi­neer­ing fa­cil­ity in Hayes, and have been hear­ing about aero­dy­nam­ics and air­craft struc­tures at Brunel Univer­sity, the UTC’s spon­sor.

“Along with our new teach­ing team, they’re full of en­thu­si­asm and are look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing first term.”

The col­lege is one of 13 UTCs open­ing this month through­out the UK, of­fer­ing stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity of com­bin­ing aca­demic, tech­ni­cal and prac­ti­cal skills.

Stu­dents study for their GCSEs or A-lev­els along­side tech­ni­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tions geared to­wards the UTC’s spe­cial­ism; in this case, avi­a­tion en­gi­neer­ing.

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