Students experience culture and creativity in the capital

August 6th, 2019

Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) students have visited London to expand their creative and cultural understanding, gaining inspiration as they progress on their learning journeys.

The 31 Year 10 students spent three days in the capital learning more about the different subjects offered at the employer-led school, including art and design, creative media, digital technology, engineering and computer science.

Students enjoyed touring many of London’s top attractions. Here they are with St Paul’s Cathedral in the background.

All of the places they visited, such as the Science Museum, Covent Garden, Design Museum, Tate Modern, the Van Gogh Exhibition at the Tate Britain, and the British Museum, link into the topics they can study within these subjects.

Kate Blowman, Teacher of Art and Creative Media at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “The trip had something for everybody. Those interested in computer science really enjoyed the Design Museum and the artists loved the Tate Modern, or Tate Britain, seeing a wide variety of exhibitions.

“They see art online, or in books, but it’s so different seeing it in real life, and the architecture around London was also fascinating for students interested in design engineering.

“The creative digital aspect has always been embedded at Ron Dearing UTC, but art is fairly new and we wanted everybody to experience the creative side of the exhibitions.”

Ron Dearing UTC Assistant Principal Lynn Garland-Collins with students outside Channel 4’s headquarters.

The students, who also saw the hit musical Wicked in London’s West End, said the experience brought learning to life.

Harvey Jubb, 14, said: “I would like to go into engineering in the future and I took a lot of information away from the trip, which I can use in my lessons. I got involved in everything and really enjoyed the whole experience.”

Liam Garrett, 15, who dreams of becoming a pilot and has a keen interest in computer science, said: “Trips like this help you to see more and improve your social skills because you’re with a lot of people and you’re learning away from the classroom.”

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