Immersing himself in the school’s activities, Lord Baker sat in on classes and observed presentations from the engineering students who boasted new design concepts for future technology. He toured the school with help from sixth form students who spoke with him over a lunch in the cafeteria and enjoyed the 360o views of London from the roof terrace. Lord Baker has been described as a major driving force behind the new UTC technical schools concept.

Speaking about the UTC Lord Baker said: “This UTC, which opened in September, has got off to an excellent start. I have seen some outstanding teaching and very determined students.  Everyone I have spoken to said they like the UTC much better than their old schools because they learn practical skills as well as academic subjects.  Already they are thinking of the jobs they will get.”

While focusing on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) Sir Simon Milton UTC also has a strong emphasis on practical learning and preparing students for entering the competitive workplace. Specialising in construction and transport engineering, it provides students with hands-on workplace experience through collaboration with a panel of relevant industry partners, including Network Rail, Transport for London and Alstrom.

Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC is a non-selective, non-fee paying school for 14-19 year olds within the state education system.  It is supported by Westminster Council, the University of Westminster and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, a charitable trust set up in memory of a former Westminster Council leader. UTCs boast an ongoing record of achievement for students - of the 2000 students who graduated from UTCs last year only 26 not currently in employment or further education or training (known as NEETS).

Principal, Karen Barker said: “Seeing these students engaging confidently with Lord Baker has made me really proud. I am confident our students will be among the high achievers of tomorrow.”

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