Dr Sarah Clark joined UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park in February 2016. Sarah, who has a PhD in Molecular Genetics and a BSc in Microbiology, has held a variety of senior roles in education for 11 to 18-year-olds across Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Prior to joining UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, she was Principal and Vice Principal at Landau Forte Academy Sixth Form in Tamworth, West Midlands.

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Welcome from Principal Sarah Clark

Welcome to the second University Technical College for Sheffield City Region.  I am proud to have been appointed as Principal of this ground-breaking new development.

“I feel privileged to lead such an exciting new facility that is building on the success of Sheffield’s first UTC. Both institutions offer students high quality technical as well as traditional academic qualifications, so they get the skills that employers need to grow.”

Sarah Clark, Principal

Our flagship £10-million-pound building is located on the visionary Olympic Legacy Park and will provide a unique experience for students to study adjacent to elite athletes and professional sports people. At the UTC itself, we benefit from cutting-edge facilities such as a three-dimensional motion capture studio, a sports science laboratory, a fitness suite, a health and development suite, together with research and computing labs.

The specialisms of health sciences and computing have been chosen specifically to address key skills shortages, not just in the UK but globally, and will give students an excellent route into employment or higher education.

I’d like to thank our employer partners who have been working with me to design the innovative curriculum – especially both universities and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. The involvement of employers in every aspect of the UTC – from curriculum, to mentoring, to work experience, to governance – is what makes the UTC effective, and we are fortunate to have such good support.

I am looking forward to helping our first cohort of Year 10 and Year 12 students settle in and I am already excited about the talented staff team we have recruited to the UTC. I am confident that UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park will provide the high quality, careers-focused education and outstanding student experience that will help our students to thrive.

(Pictured above Dr Sarah Clark with Lord Kenneth Baker, former Education Secretary, and founder of the Baker Dearing Trust, an educational trust set up to promote the establishment of University Technical Colleges)

UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park