A few words from our Founding Partners

Ron Dearing UTC’s Founding Partners have spoken of their pride and delight at the school’s “Outstanding” Ofsted rating.

Representatives of our Founding Partners, clockwise, Professor Stephen Kelly of University of Hull; Sean Royce of KCOM; Dr Bruce Charlesworth of RB; Kevin Wilkinson of Siemens Gamesa; Kris MacDonald of Smith + Nephew; and Yvonne Moir of Spencer Group.


University of Hull

Professor Stephen Kelly, Special Projects Officer (Research & Enterprise) of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “The guiding principle from day one has been attaining excellence in everything the school does.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to see Ron Dearing UTC rise up from architects’ plans on paper into the thriving and highly-successful school it is today”.


Sean Royce, Managing Director of KCOM Retail, said: “We’re delighted to see Ron Dearing UTC achieve such fantastic recognition while helping its students to achieve great results and reach their full potential.

“The school has become a highly-respected and important local institution within a very short space of time and this hugely-impressive Ofsted report is due to the great work of its leadership team, teaching staff and all that work there.”


Dr Bruce Charlesworth, RB Chief Medical Officer, said: “Ron Dearing UTC is an outstanding school and the recent Ofsted inspection affirms that our employer partnership is delivering results.

“Our ambition for the UTC is to improve the employability of young people, giving them a genuine insight into future careers and building the skills required. As one of the largest employers in the region, we have much to give in terms of shaping an engaging curriculum and ultimately employing apprentices from Ron Dearing UTC to help in our pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world.”

Last year we saw the first great exam results and now we have this outstanding report. What a journey!” Kevin Wilkinson

Siemens Gamesa

Kevin Wilkinson, Head of Commercial Services, Siemens Gamesa UK, said: “This result is down to the vision, talent, hard work and dedication of all involved with the school.

“I have had the pleasure of seeing the school grow from ideas, plans and recruitment, through construction to opening. Last year we saw the first great exam results and now we have this outstanding report. What a journey!”

Smith + Nephew

Kris MacDonald, Senior Director, Manufacturing Engineering, said: “We are proud to support Ron Dearing UTC.

“Considering the calibre of students we interact with through their school projects, and now working on our site, we are not surprised to see such fantastic results.”

Spencer Group

Yvonne Moir, Human Resources Director, said: “We’ve been closely involved with Ron Dearing UTC since before it opened and we have always been incredibly impressed with the passion, skills and dedication of all of those involved.

“The quality of the students and the exam results achieved have exceeded all of our expectations and it is wonderful to see the hard work of the staff and pupils has now been officially recognised with the Outstanding Ofsted report. We look forward to continuing to work with the UTC and welcoming more talented students into our business.”