A specialist college welcomed Education Secretary Michael Gove and a number of special guests yesterday afternoon.
Elstree University Technical College’s headteacher Moira Green welcomed Mr Gove and former education secretary and UTC founder Lord Baker.
The college, in Studio Way, is the first University Technical College that Michael Gove has visited.
Students Megan Ratcliff and Georgia Feldman, both 17, spoke to the Education Secretary about the film they created for the charity Brain Injury is BIG, explaining how the whole film was produced by solely by students.
Brandon Baum, aged 15, also spoke to Mr Gove about his work with the Music of Black Origin Awards after producing their promotion graphic.
Michael Gove also watched a GCSE maths lesson involving Year 10 GCSE students undertaking A* star work.
He said: “I’ve been incredibly impressed with what I have seen at Elstree University Technical College today. The school is harnessing the talents of students from a diverse range of backgrounds, providing them with a fantastic education tailored to a future career in the entertainment industry.
The UTC offers full time technically-orientated courses, giving students the expertise to work in the entertainment, film, television, theatre, visual arts and digital communications sectors.
A number of students spent the afternoon using their skills to record the Education Secretary's visit, using the school's top quality equipment.
Moira Green, principal at Elstree UTC, said: “It is essential that young people have a good understanding of business and are well prepared to join the world of work. At Elstree UTC we equip our students’ with confidence and the skills that employers’ value. I’m proud that many of our students have already received job offers.”
Lord Baker, chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, added: “The fact that many of the students have already secured job offers is testament to Principal, Moira Green’s strong leadership and passion to deliver an education that is relevant and rewarding to both students and local employers.”