Principal appointed for new Health UTC

Robert Fell has been appointed as the Principal Designate for the new Health Futures UTC.

Robert FellHe is currently the Principal of the Landau Forte Academy QEMS in Tamworth. During the last three years he has taken the school out of Special Measures and transformed it to a ‘Good’ status in all OFSTED categories.

A graduate of mathematics at the University of Warwick in 1992, Mr Fell completed a PGCE before starting his teaching career in 1993 as a secondary teacher of mathematics in Acton, London.

Mr Fell has subsequently held successful teaching posts in a range of West Midland schools as he progressed into senior leadership roles.

The UTC is sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton, the West Midlands Ambulance Service, the Midcounties Co-operative Pharmacy, amongst 23 employer and educational partners including NHS Foundation Trusts in the Black Country and Birmingham.

Aimed at 14-19 year-olds it will have a strong focus on science and healthcare but cover a range of traditional subjects at GSCE and A-Level as well as practical and technical qualifications with a view to providing skills for a career in the NHS public health or health science and pharmaceutical industries.

Work started on the new UTC in High Street, West Bromwich, on the former site of Sandwell College, last month. The £10 million project is being built by BAM Construction and will open to students in September 2015.

It will feature science laboratories, simulation and skills units, a mock hospital ward, a visualisation centre, IT suites, class and seminar rooms, café and a rooftop games area and gym.

Mr Fell, Principal Designate, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Principal Designate of the Health Futures UTC. The UTC is being created to provide an outstanding academic education to young people while also giving them a unique insight into the health and health science sector.

“We are partnered with a huge range of employers who will lend their expertise, facilities and time to make sure our students are best placed to be their future employees. This, allied with our state of the art facilities, will make the Health Futures UTC an essential choice for any young person interested in a career in this high skill, high demand and high employment sector of the economy.”

Parents and prospective students will have the chance to meet Mr Fell and find out more about the UTC at an open event being held at West Bromwich Town Hall in High Street between 6pm and 8pm on Monday 6 October 2014.

The Health Futures UTC is now recruiting to Year 10 and 6th Form . Visit the website for more information www.healthfuturesutc.co.uk

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For more information please contact James Allen in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322003.

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