It is one year since Bucks University Technical College (UTC) opened, and it has been a real success according to its principal.
The technical college in Oxford Road offers 14-19 year-olds the opportunity to study industry recognised technical courses such as construction and IT alongside traditional GCSE and A-level subjects.
Staff say they feel the students have improved both their confidence and academic work over the past twelve months.
Principal Bev Flanagan said: “We put their overall confidence down to our commitment to make our students ready for the world of work.
“By the end of week one, they were working in teams to make formal presentations to a group of employers and governors.
“The business dress code also gets them in the right work mind-set.
“At the end of term, all students took part in a performance to employers, governors, staff and parents.
“Some of these students would never have been so brave to talk and sing in front of an audience one year ago.
“All this helps them become self-assured, professional individuals.”
Students are also making huge strides academically including in maths, where they are jumping four levels rather than the two expected through secondary school.
Ms Flanagan said: “With the right attitude and aptitude, our students will get a job.
“They are already undertaking excellent work experience with our employer partners.
“Some students have been taken, a year earlier than expected, on work placements.
“Employers have praised the ‘professional attitude to work’ that our students bring.”
If you would like to find out more about Bucks UTC and what it has to offer, you can visit its open day on Thursday between 11.30am and 6pm.