Bradford-based Leo Foltier joined UTC Leeds in Year 10 and gained a strong set of GCSE and technical results, including a Grade 9 in maths and a Grade 9 in physics. He chose to come to the UTC because it was engineering based and Leo was very interested in engineering at the time.
Interviewed on GCSE results day, he said, “I was happy to come here and try out something new. I feel pretty good about my results, they’re good grades. I’m particularly pleased with my maths, I got a 9, and getting a 9 in physics as well was really good.”
Although Leo lives in Bradford he said that it wasn’t a long journey to the UTC on the train and he enjoyed his time at the UTC: “There are lots of great people and the teachers were very good. The learning was good. They had some really good specialised teachers.
“We had quite a few employer interactions, mostly in Year 10. We had a lot of visits to employer factories and companies, like Agfa Graphics, and also they came in here to talk to us, including Siemens.”
Leo was not sure yet what he wanted to do after sixth form so was planning to do a wide, open range of A Levels, including maths, physics, chemistry and further maths.
Asked what he would say to someone in Year 9 considering whether to join UTC Leeds in Year 10, Leo said, “I would say it’s a good opportunity for learning a lot. Many schools don’t have the technology they have here or the teachers.”