The Leigh University Technical College celebrates its first Awards Dinner

Last week, The Leigh UTC held its first Awards Dinner recognising the exceptional work of 10 of its students during its first year of opening.

Special guest for the evening was Lord Kenneth Baker, Chairman of Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which developed the concept of UTCs and helped the Leigh UTC by funding its ‘state of the art’ engineering workshop and also the computer and science facilities.

Business partners were invited to sponsor tables at the dinner to support each of the winners with each student bringing two family guests.

Clive Barker, a governor and master of ceremonies for the evening said “A key difference that defines The Leigh UTC is the great support that we have from our business partners, developing and participating in projects, work experience, mentoring and many other engagements throughout the year”.

When choosing the trophies for the winners it was decided to reflect the engineering specialism of the college by asking Keith Ellis M.D. of Kenard Engineering and Chair of Governors of The Leigh UTC if they could possibly manufacture a suitable trophy. The result was magnificent (see right).

The evening’s award winners were:

Chantelle Cornett – Award for STEM Year 10, sponsored by University of Greenwich

Casey Crowley – Award for Computer Science Year 10, sponsored by RK International

Harry Dressel – Award for Engineering Year 12, sponsored by 8 Point 3

Thomas Dressel – Year 12 Computer Science, sponsored by DMA

Harrison Firth – Outstanding Achievement, sponsored by Eurostar

Cameron McIntosh – Enterprise Year 12, sponsored by CSB Logistics

James Mannion – Year 12 STEM Male, sponsored by Cucina

Charlie May – STEM Year 10 Male, sponsored by Cleantec

Callum Shepherd – Year 10 Engineering, sponsored by SEM

Sophie Woodhead – Award for STEM Year 12 Female, sponsored by Kenard Engineering

The award winners are pictured below with Lord Baker and Principal at the Leigh UTC, Steve Leahey.


Guest of honour, Lord Baker commented “It was a fabulous evening with fantastic support from our business partners.”

Towards the end of the evening a ‘silent auction’ took place which raised the fantastic amount of £10,500 to go towards various special resources to support the engineering and computer science specialisms of the college.

Simon Beamish, CEO of Leigh Academies Trust said “The awards evening was a magnificent event bringing students, staff, governors and business partners together to celebrate our many achievements after just one year. The Leigh UTC is the place to be.”

Steve Leahey, Principal of The Leigh UTC said “It’s unique and unprecedented to have such a level of support from the business community and the support they gave us for this event was tremendous. The evening was thought by everyone to be fantastic.”