Friday, 19 April 2013

Meet Sarah Driscoll the New Principal at UTC, Houghton Regis

Sarah Driscoll
http://www.centralbedsutc.org
enquiries@centralbedsutc.org
01582 867756
Kingsland Skills Centre,
Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis,
Bedfordshire LU5 5PY

Kingsland Skills Centre, Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire LU5 5PY

Central Bedfordshire’s University Technical College Appoints Sarah Driscoll as New Principal

The Central Bedfordshire UTC, which promotes technical learning for 14-19 year-olds in engineering, design and
technology, has appointed Sarah Driscoll as its new Principal.

Sarah has been a part of the UTC since it opened in September 2012 and was a member of its leadership launch group.

She said: “The UTC provides a fantastic opportunity for the young people of Central Bedfordshire and Luton to get qualifications rooted in employer and university learning to set them up for these careers. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity to lead a school which provides students with such advantageous progression routes.”

Sarah has worked in a senior educational leadership capacity since becoming Director of Teaching and Learning at Mellow Lane School in 2007. In 2009 she was appointed Assistant Principal at the Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust in Hillingdon, and in 2012 was made Assistant Principal at the Central Bedfordshire UTC. She comes from a family of engineers and her husband Mark is a designer at Formula One world champions Red Bull Racing.

The UTC has close ties with local employers and the University of Bedfordshire and Cranfield University to ensure students leave with a clear vocational path to follow in the fields of engineering or design.

The UTCs’ unique set-up and relationship with industry and education means every student who completes their studies receives support in securing apprenticeship, further education or employment.

It is at the vanguard of a new type of education which equips students for the workplace or higher education, and its curriculum is jointly written by the school, industry and universities.

University Technical Colleges are promoted by the Baker Dearing Trust and funded through the Department for Education. The Central Bedfordshire UTC was one of the first to open and Lord Baker was delighted with the latest announcement. The former education secretary said: “Sarah has been involved since the very beginning and has already contributed a great deal to the planning and its curriculum. I am sure that she will make this UTC very popular and very successful.”

Prospective parents and students can find out more about the Central Bedfordshire UTC at www.centralbedsutc.org or contact us via enquiries@centralbedsutc.org or call 01582 867756.