Welcome from the Principal
Welcome to South Bank Engineering UTC. I am incredibly proud to have opened our doors to our first cohorts of outstanding students and staff. We will achieve excellent academic standards in line with the many other excellent schools in the area. However, we offer so much more. We are non-selective, accountable to Ofsted and charge no fees. We offer great teaching in traditional subjects with the powerful addition of high-quality technical courses, including BTECs, GCSEs and A levels in our specialisms of engineering for the building and health sectors. Our state of the art facilities house industry-standard equipment for hands-on learning, with incredible new buildings being constructed on site in Brixton.
We are privileged to be sponsored by London South Bank University and co-sponsored by world-leading employers such as Skanska, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College NHS Foundation Trusts. Our partners are fully engaged and work with us to design and deliver real-life projects where they our students solve real-world problems and learn hands-on and across a range of subject areas. This contextualised learning and experience of the workplace gives our students the edge academically as they develop understanding grounded in the real world. Additionally, our students develop the technical skills and exposure to working practices to set them apart from their peers.
Our specialisms in engineering link to the proud heritage in London. Engineering is much more than building things: it is creative, practical and aims to make the world a better place for future generations. We focus on allowing our students to apply their own imagination, ideas and creativity in their learning in an engineering context. We incorporate the use of cutting-edge technology across the curriculum including the use of high-end computers, machinery and digital devices such as 360 degree video cameras, robotic exoskeletons, virtual reality devices and 3D printers.
Students who choose to study with us will have pathways into university, whether to study for engineering qualifications or other subjects; likewise they may choose to pursue higher-level apprenticeships or aim for employment.
Our school is open to young people from 14-19, with students joining us either in Year 10 or Year 12. Our small size means we are able to give highly personalised support and development to all of our students, and we aim to offer unparalleled pastoral care. One of our main areas of focus is to develop our students’ character and employability, to prepare them for successful, high-status careers in the rapidly changing 21st-century world. Employability, along with literacy and numeracy, is driven through the entire curriculum.
Our students will be exceptionally motivated young people with a thirst to be creative and to work in a practical environment. Our students are given support to become effective self-managers and work well in a team. They are in tune with our business-like way of working, with a working day that typically ends at 5pm with no homework, demanding business dress instead of a traditional uniform. In exchange, we will offer opportunities far beyond those in a traditional school.
If this excites you, I look forward to welcoming your application. But be quick – we anticipate strong demand.