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The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth (centre) with staff and representatives of UTC Portsmouth at the groundbreaking ceremony

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Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of building work on new UTC in Portsmouth

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 23, 2016 | Facilities & buildings

UTC Portsmouth recently celebrated the start of building work on its state-of-the-art facility with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony.

UTC Portsmouth will offer engineering qualifications alongside the core GCSE subjects in years 10 and 11 and a range of options including Level 3 engineering diplomas and A Levels in years 12 and 13. It is due to open in September 2017. 

The UTC’s Board of Governors also announced the appointment of the new Principal, Ciaran O’Dowda. Ciaran has more than 26 years’ leadership experience in education. He will officially join the UTC in January, ahead of the September opening.

An artist's impression of the new UTC building, via

The ceremony took place on the grounds of a local school, where the UTC will be built. It was attended by special guest, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor David Fuller, the new Principal, and representatives from UTC Portsmouth’s employer partners and leadership teams, including University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy, Portsmouth City Council and BAE Systems. 

During the event, Ciaran O’Dowda commented: My aim is to work with pupils and parents to make sure they get the best from our school. I want students to have the motivation and opportunity to exploit their knowledge, ability and talent. When they leave I want them to have enjoyed their time at UTC Portsmouth, to have flourished and to go on to be successful in their chosen future path - whether that's further education, employment or apprenticeship.

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