UTC Leeds reopens its doors to students - UTC Leeds

23rd June 2020

We are delighted to have reopened our doors to Year 10 and Year 12 students after closing in line with government guidance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our main priority when preparing the school for the students’ return was their safety. In addition to social distancing measures, we’ve made changes to our biometric system and installed a thermal camera.

At the UTC we have a biometric entry system which uses a touch reader to identify each student. Students use their fingerprint to enter the building, pay for their lunches and register themselves in classes. However, due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have installed proximity card readers so both staff and students can use their individual card instead of their fingerprint.

We have also installed a high spec thermal camera in the reception area. This camera uses facial recognition technology to enable unobtrusive thermal imaging and temperature measurements of students and staff. An alert is issued to the Principal if someone’s temperature is above a certain level.

In addition to the measures we have put in to keep returning students safe, we continue to support our other students based at home with online learning activities. We are extremely proud of how our students have worked at home during lockdown and their engagement throughout our online lessons. We are also running a wide range of online Year 12 bridging sessions for students joining the UTC Leeds sixth form in September.

These sessions are running until Friday 17th July and are a great opportunity for current Year 11s to prepare themselves for sixth form study. Students can find more information about this in their UTC inbox. Other useful resources can be found on our ‘Summer School’ page.

If you are interested in joining our Year 12 bridging sessions and have not yet applied, please contact us to discuss an application or apply online through our website.


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