New principal to take the reins at technical college

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 Mar 2017

A NEW principal has been appointed at the Humber University Technical College (UTC) in Scunthorpe.

Marc Doyle, who has been teaching for 21 years, will take over from Andrew Downing on April 1.

As a principal within Outwood Grange Academies Trust, Mr Downing will be moving to another principal's post closer to home.

Mr Doyle will join the UTC on Carlton Street with the remit of building stronger links with industry and community.

Mr Doyle was appointed as principal to realise the "huge potential" at Humber UTC. The new college, which opened in September 2015, has built its curriculum around the skills gaps identified by local employers. In doing so, it aims to better equip its students with relevant qualifications and skills needed for the workplace or further education.

Previously, Marc has had excellent success in turning around the performance of schools. As head of maths at the 'Educating Yorkshire' Thornhill School, he led its successful science bid and significantly improved outcomes in the maths department. As principal at South Leeds Academy, he took it out of Ofsted's lowest category for the first time in its long history, with the sixth form ranked as "good" and NEET figures dropping dramatically under his leadership.

He also appointed a business and community links manager, which helped to dramatically improve the reputation of the school. A key responsibility in his new role will be to engage more local employers with the UTC; joining British Steel, Dong Energy, Triton Knoll amongst others.

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The local employer partnerships aim to shape a more relevant curriculum and allows the students to interact with their potential future employers whilst still at UTC.

Mr Doyle said: "I firmly believe that wherever there are industry links in education, there is always greater success. As such, Humber UTC fits everything that I consider to be important in education.

"It has huge potential and is unique in its approach, turning students into the skilled professionals that local industry needs.

"The UTC has a very bright future ahead: it is in the centre of one of the biggest enterprise zones of Europe and has a very exciting curriculum specialising in engineering and renewables.

"I've been given the opportunity to move the UTC forward in its next phase and I'm very excited to welcome the next intake of Year 10 and Year 12 students in September."

Mr Doyle will travel to the town from his home in Sheffield and would like to meet as many of the local 14 to 19-year-old potential students of the UTC as possible to better understand their needs.

If any students or parents would like to meet Mr Doyle to understand more about his vision for Humber UTC, they are encouraged to phone the UTC to make an appointment.

Mr Downing said: "It's been an honour and a privilege to work with the students, employers and local community associated with the UTC since its opening in September 2015.

"I'm certain that under Marc's leadership the college will continue to go from strength to strength."

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