Principal appointed for University Technical College in Daventry

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A PRINCIPAL has been appointed for Daventry’s new University Technical College as plans for the flagship facility continue to move forward this summer.

David Edmondson will take up the position of principal designate in January. He will work with the UTC’s Board of Governors and employer partners to deliver the facility and develop the curriculum before welcoming the first intake of students in September 2013.

Mr Edmondson, 47, is currently a lieutenant colonel and in charge of the command, leadership and management school for the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. He has a BEng (Hons) in electronic systems engineering, an MBA, is a chartered engineer and is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. David is also an enthusiastic rugby referee and coach and will bring a wide range of experience to his new role.

The UTC will specialise in a vocational curriculum in sustainable and related new technologies, alongside the core GCSE subjects of English, maths, science and a wide range of sport and enrichment activities.

Mr Edmondson said: “I am excited about shaping the development of the UTC with a strong focus upon New Technologies, Traditional Values. Supported by high quality staff and world-class partners, I will strive to satisfy the engineering and development thirst of enthusiastic students through an engaging, interesting and project-driven curriculum.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to provide a learning environment with a rich blend of teaching excellence, leadership development, vocational foundation and positive experiences that equips each student morally, emotionally, socially and academically to make their contribution to the wider world, in the sphere they choose, as successful, rounded and happy people.”

The Daventry UTC was one of only 13 proposals in the whole country that was approved by the Department for Education as part of the first phase of UTCs.

Chris Moody, chair of the UTC Board of Governors said: “The Principal will play a key role in developing and implementing the new UTC and providing the vision, leadership and direction that’s necessary to establish high quality teaching and learning and shape the future of this innovative new facility.

“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.”

The application was spearheaded by Moulton College and its partners including Daventry District Council, the University of Northampton, Danetre School, William Parker School, Northampton College, Northamptonshire County Council and West Northamptonshire Development Corporation.

Parents and carers of children that will be moving into Year 10 or 12 in September 2013 who would like express an interest in applying to the Daventry UTC can fill in a form online at Daventry UTC.