Weekly Bulletin [10.10.16]

Important Notices:

Year 11 students will be sitting their final Speaking and Listening Exam on Thursday throughout the day.  A timetable will be published shortly, please allow students out of class 5 minutes before their registered slot in order to ensure they are prepared. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.
Teacher Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
MOR Room 75 11ma2 11ma1 11ma2
DSE Room 74   11ma1 11ma3


  • BTEC interventions still are taking place Monday 4-5pm. Important that students attend and catch up with work missing from last year.
  • 13 October Open evening 6pm – 9pm
  • 24 October Half term
  • 3 November New Year 12 Parent / Carers Consultation Evening 6pm – 7.30pmGCSE
  • Dance 4A Intervention on Monday and Thursday Lunch. Please see Mr Marks in lesson to find out more.
  • Money for BTEC Performing Arts trip to see ‘In the Heights’ and ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ should paid. Please see Mr Marks, Ms Wedd or Ms Deacon if you haven’t paid yet.
  • Opening of the gym coming soon.
  • Well done to Storm, Layla and Eva for making great starts to their choreography in year 11 dance.
  • A massive congratulations for Ethan in year 12 dance for getting ‘Essay of the Week’

The Studio System [Principal’s Blog]

The ‘golden era’ of the Hollywood Studio System has long passed but next week marks the launch of our own EUTC Studio System.  It’s aim is to bring a strength and clarity to the way we support our learners.  In other schools and colleges, they may talk about ‘houses’ but we are Elstree UTC so we’re going for studios.

Initially, there will be three studios and each one will have a year 10 tutor group, a year 11 tutor group and then 2 tutor groups from year 12 and another 2 from year 13.  This diagram makes it clear.


Each Studio has 6 tutor groups in it from all the year groups and each studio will be led by our new Heads of Studio.

Each studio will be led by a head of studio who will support the form tutors within their studio and ensure that all the students in their studio are safe, happy, attending and achieving well.  So congratulations to our three new heads of studio:  Ms Thwaites, Ms Thomas and Mr Golds.

It is expected that the studio system will improve the management of our learning community and help us to support students even better.  We have clearer processes for monitoring attendance and achievement and can intervene sooner when necessary.  The Studio System will also facilitate our Student Leadership Forum and each studio will have a student director as well as a student leader for each year group.

The first exciting job will be for each studio to name itself.  Students and staff have been offering names for consideration since before the summer and we have a considerable list.  The directions were simple – a successful British creative practitioner from the field of Media Arts, Productions and Digital Communications.  We have seen lighting designers, makeup artists, sound engineers and film makers suggested as leaders within the entertainments industry, and next week students will choose from a shortlist to name their studio.

We will be announcing the new studios soon and then updating regularly with news of which studio has the most achievement points, best attendance, highest levels of punctuality as well as Studio awards for professionalism, compassion, effort and progress.  We will also follow up with details of student leadership and mentoring programmes.