Teacher Interviews

Welcome to the Teacher Profiles section of our website. Here some of our teaching and senior leadership staff share their experiences of working at the UTC and explain why they chose to join the UTC Leeds team.

Meet Karla Bennett Head of Maths 

Karla Bennett, Head of Maths at UTC Leeds, is inspiring students with the importance of maths within STEM and engineering: ‘Here all the work we do with science and engineering ties in maths to real-life contexts. You don’t have students asking, “Why are we doing this?” as they see the relevance across the curriculum. It’s great to be able to say to a student, “You might see this in engineering” and to tell them where they might see the maths.’ 




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Meet Head of Engineering and Assistant Principal Bradley Mellor C.Eng, MIET

A Chartered Engineer, Bradley Mellor chose to step out of a successful career in industry and join the teaching profession after sitting on the Parent Teacher Association for his daughter’s school gave him an interest in education. An opportunity to do a teaching qualification at University of Huddersfield arose and a series of teaching posts in Barnsley followed, culminating in becoming Lead Teacher Engineering at Holy Trinity ALC in Barnsley before joining the UTC in 2017.

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Meet Amy Hirst Teacher of Engineering

Amy Hirst has been teaching engineering at UTC Leeds since September 2017, having previously taught engineering at UTC Sheffield for three years. After taking a year out travelling, she returned to teaching at a UTC as she decided that she couldn’t teach the subject to the level that she wanted to teach it anywhere else: ‘The way that we try and inspire students is by getting the employers on board to create exciting real-life projects, so students can see how their engineering work can develop into potential careers.’


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Meet Gemma Wright Head of English

Gemma Wright is Head of English at UTC Leeds. She joined the UTC in May 2017 after previously teaching at other schools for 11 years. She was attracted to the UTC as she saw it as an exciting opportunity: ‘I’m really passionate about students being prepared for the next steps in life after they have been at school. I think there is nowhere like the UTC, preparing the students the way we are doing here, so that they are ready for apprenticeships or university. It is all focused on their skills for later life and their employability. I think that isn’t as prominent in some other places of education.’ 

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