DAVENTRY’S new University Technical College will ‘raise the standards of education in the town’ according to its newly appointed principal.
The first principal of the UTC has been revealed as David Edmondson, 47, who will work alongside the board of governors to develop the curriculum and welcome the college’s first intake of pupils.
Currently a Lieutenant Colonel in charge of the command, leadership and management school for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Reading, he is looking forward to taking the new job in January.
Lt Col Edmondson said: “When I saw the partners working on this, it was a job I really wanted.
“I have seen the plans and to me they are very exciting. I think it will raise the standards of education in the Daventry area.”
He believes his background working with young people can help to make the difference.
Lt Col Edmondson said: “I have worked with a lot with people of that age in my job and as a rugby coach, so I have a lot of experience.”
“My job now will be to develop the curriculum ready for September 2013 but also the ethos of the college.
“My motto will be new technology and traditional values and I think this will bring success.”
The Daventry UTC is one of 13 in the country and building work is to start next month. The college will specialise in new technologies and engineering alongside core subjects such as English and maths.
The plans were spearheaded by Moulton College with several partners including Daventry District Council and both the town’s secondary schools.
Chris Moody, chair of the UTC Board of Governors said: “We are pleased to have secured David as Principal, and I am sure that his experience and drive will serve to lead and inspire staff, students and local employers as we establish the UTC as a centre of educational excellence.”
Parents and carers of children moving into Year 10 or 12 in September 2013 who are interested in applying to the Daventry UTC can fill in a form online at daventryutc.com/admissions.