Record number of companies support UTC work experience programme

A record number of leading businesses offered work experience placements to dozens of Ron Dearing UTC students this summer, enabling them to gain vital insights into industry and the world of work.

Almost 20 businesses provided more than 50 Year 12 students with placements ranging from engineering, creative and digital opportunities to project management and marketing roles – the most support received for the programme since the UTC opened its doors in 2017.

Lisa Regan, Assistant Principal – Horizons Professionalism at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “This has been our best year yet for engagement from employers and some have offered multiple roles while taking on more than one student for placements.

“Our students have been able to experience a wide range of opportunities which complement our curriculum and support students’ interests.

“We’ve also had support from a number of companies which are not currently partnered with us but want to offer placements to our students, which is fantastic.

Olivier Bruch at work at The 55 Group.

 

“Work experience is so important to help our students build on their professional skills, get a taste of the world of work and help them to become better informed for future applications.

“Some of our students have been offered jobs as a result of work experience last year because they made a great first impression.”

Companies provide details to Ron Dearing UTC about the type of placements on offer each year. Students then submit their CVs and covering letters, applying for the positions they would like before interviews take place and placements are offered.

Lisa said: “This gives them valuable application and interview experience and some students were offered more than one placement, which enabled them to choose or negotiate.”

Former Ron Dearing UTC student Olivier Bruch, 18, completed a week-long work experience placement at The 55 Group, one of the school’s Major Partners, in summer 2022.

After leaving Year 13 this summer, he has now secured a full time position as a Junior Software Developer at the company, which uses a range of dedicated software and web-based applications to enable its customers to evaluate, procure, manage and learn within the construction industry.

The business, based in Whitefriargate, Hull, also helps to educate those working in the industry to upskill workers and promote career progression.

Olivier, who studied triple Computer Science at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “I’m really enjoying my job at The 55 Group and I knew I would after my work experience.

“I like problem solving and I learnt web development and programming skills at Ron Dearing UTC, which helped me to realise I wanted to pursue a career in software development. The 55 Group is the perfect fit to follow that path and I haven’t looked back.”

Olivier Bruch benefitted from work experience.

 

John Martin, Chief Technology Officer at The 55 Group, said: “From the moment Olivier walked through the door for work experience, we were very impressed with him.

“His work ethic made it clear that he had a passion for software development and when he approached us for part time work alongside his studies, it was a no brainer for him to join our team.

“Fast forward eight months, Olivier has now finished his studies at Ron Dearing UTC and has a full time role with us.

“Taking students on for work experience enables us to identify the next generation of developers and we’re delighted Olivier can start his career with us.”

The companies which provided or offered work experience to Year 12 students this summer are:

  • Advanced Plastics
  • Alan Wood & Partners
  • Arco
  • BACB Renewables
  • Bluestorm Design
  • C4DI
  • CATCH
  • Cranswick
  • Humberside Fire & Rescue Service
  • Ideal Heating
  • J & CR Wood
  • Porsche Centre Hull
  • Ridings Consulting Engineers
  • Sewell Group
  • Smith + Nephew
  • Spencer Group
  • Studio Six Architecture
  • The 55 Group
  • Wood PLC

Students speak of delight at exceptional A-level and Level 3 technical results

Ron Dearing UTC sixth form students have spoken of their joy after securing excellent A-level and Level 3 technical results.

Here is what some of them had to say …

Dalia Rafik, 17, achieved a double Distinction in Creative Digital and a Distinction in Art.

She will now go on to Coventry University to study Psychology and hopes to become a psychologist or therapist, helping children through art therapy.

Dalia said: “I’m so pleased with my results.

“Being a student at Ron Dearing has really improved my knowledge and broadened my horizons. I’ve always wanted a career that enables me to help others.”

Tom Dannatt, 18, achieved A* grades in Chemistry, Further Maths and Maths, and an A in Physics.

He will now study a Chemistry degree at the University of Manchester and hopes to become a chemist in the future.

Tom said: “I’ve had really good teachers who’ve supported me to achieve these grades. They’ve done so much to help us.

“I’m excited for the future and really looking forward to starting university.”

Isabella Acaster, 18, achieved an A* in English Language and Literature, an A in Biology and an A in Maths.

She recently started a degree apprenticeship in Food Science at Cranswick Plc in Hull. Isabella is working in product development on Cranswick’s range of pork products which appear in UK supermarkets.

She said: “I’m so relieved – it’s felt like a long wait to get my results, and I’m delighted with the grades I’ve got.

“I’ve been working with Cranswick for a couple of weeks now, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far.

“I’m going to really miss Ron Dearing. All of the teachers are so passionate and have helped me so much.”

Marcus Swaby, 18, achieved an A in Biology, a B in Physics and a Distinction * in Level Two Engineering.

He is now heading on to the University of York, where he will study Biology.

Marcus said: “Ron Dearing has been a font of educational happiness for me.

“I was Chair of the student board when I was in Year 12, which was a role I learnt a lot from and has really helped push on to achieve my ambition of going to York.

“The staff at Ron Dearing are unlike anywhere else. They’ve been incredible.”

James Acey, 18, achieved A grades in Chemistry, Physics and Maths and will now go on to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester.

He said: “I’m so pleased I got the grades to go to university.

“I’d like to go into climate change consultancy and work in the energy industry because I’ve always been passionate about climate change. I can’t wait.”

Erin Rowe, 18, achieved Distinctions in all three of her technical qualifications, Digital Media, Art and Engineering.

She recently started work at Fresh Design International, an architecture and design company. Her early career has already seen her travel to Luxembourg, using high-tech software to scan buildings.

Erin said: “From the very first day at Ron Dearing, everyone has been so friendly and welcoming. I’ve massively enjoyed my time here, and am very sad to be leaving.

“I feel like I’m settling in nicely at Fresh Design, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.”

Peter Sward, 18, achieved straight A grades in all three of his A-levels, Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

He will now progress on to Oxford University, where he will study Biology. He has ambitions to work in genetics in the future.

Peter said: “I moved to Hull from Canada five years ago, and have been at Ron Dearing since Year 10. I’ve enjoyed my time here and I’ve met some great people. The teachers have been so helpful.

“I’m looking forward to starting at Oxford now, and seeing what the future holds.”

Mercy McFarlane, 18, secured a triple Distinction in her Extended Diploma in Engineering.

She is preparing to begin an Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship at Smith+Nephew, a Founding Partner of Ron Dearing UTC.

Mercy said: “I’m really proud of my grades, and all the hard work has paid off.

“I can’t wait for my apprenticeship. The whole male side of my family are all engineers and I want to be the first female. I’d like to be an offshore electrical engineer working on oil rigs in the future.

“I’ve loved my time at Ron Dearing UTC and all the opportunities it has given me.”

Cohen Morfitt, 18, achieved A* in A-level Further Maths and Maths, and a double Distinction in his Technical Diploma in Computer Science. He is now going to study Maths at Durham University.

Cohen said: “Coming to Ron Dearing UTC is the best decision I’ve ever made and the teachers have been amazing. They really pushed me and helped me achieve these grades.”

Leia Palmer, 18, achieved a double Distinction* in her Diploma in Digital Media and a C in A-level English Language and Literature.

She will now study Film Production at the University of Salford.

“My interest in film production started while I was at Ron Dearing, and I did a workshop in it which really captured my imagination,” said Leia.

“I loved Salford, and Media City, and it’s the place to be for film and broadcasting. At the moment I’m interested in a career in radio in the future, but let’s see what happens!

“Ron Dearing is the best place I’ve ever been – I came four years ago and I’ve loved it. I couldn’t have asked for any more support from the staff, they’ve been fantastic.”

Aleksis Vanags, 18, achieved an A* in A-level Further Maths, an A* in A-level Maths, an A in A-level Physics and a Distinction* in his Technical Certificate in Computing.

He will now progress on to Imperial College London, where he will study Aerospace Engineering.

Aleksis said: “I’m really happy with my results – I’ve wanted to study Aerospace Engineering for a while now, and I can’t believe it’s actually going to happen.

“I’ve made some really good friends here at Ron Dearing, and all of the teachers and staff have been supportive and have pushed me to get the best results possible.

“I’m going to miss it here, but I’m also excited for what comes next.”

Ron Dearing UTC students thrilled with outstanding GCSE and Level 2 technical results

Ron Dearing UTC students were delighted with their excellent GCSE and Level 2 technical results.

This is what a few of them had to say …

Beth Mason, 16, achieved a Distinction* in Creative iMedia and seven GCSEs including grade 9 in Art and Design, Biology and English Language, grade 8 in Chemistry, Physics and Maths, and grade 6 in English Literature.

She is looking forward to studying Art, 3D Design and English Language at Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form.

Beth said: “I’m so relieved because I was worried about my results.

“My favourite subject is Art and I’d like to go into a creative career. I’ve really enjoyed the subjects I picked and that’s why I’ve chosen to stay on in the sixth form.”

Josh Bishoprick, 16, achieved eight GCSEs including grade 8 in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, as well as a Level 2 Distinction in Creative Media.

He is staying at Ron Dearing UTC for his A-levels and plans to study English Language and Literature, Biology and Maths.

Josh said: “I’m happy overall with the results I’ve got.

“The teachers at Ron Dearing really are incredible – they have such a big impact on your learning and the grades you get, and I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I was attracted to Ron Dearing by the business environment and the focus it places on careers. It’s very different to any other school in Hull and I’m glad I made the decision to come here.”

Amaya Newman, 16, is currently Hull’s Young Mayor. She achieved nine GCSEs including grade 9 in English Literature and English Language, and a Level 2 Distinction* in IT and Creative Media.

She is focused on pursuing a career in politics and recently spent a day at Westminster with Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy discussing the impact of climate change on the city and Humber region.

Amaya said: “Since joining Ron Dearing two years ago, I feel I’ve found my place and found my feet.

“The teachers have been really good and the leadership at the school is brilliant.”

Sam Rowan, 16, is preparing for an Aircraft Technician apprenticeship at BAE Systems after achieving a pass in Engineering Systems and Control.

He also achieved seven GCSEs including grade 7 in Physics, grade 6 in Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature and Maths, and grade 5 in Computer Science.

Sam said: “I’m feeling really good about my results.

“I’d like to make a career at BAE and my dad and brother work there too.

“I’m looking forward to the future and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve all this without being a Ron Dearing student. Everyone at the school is so supportive.”

Ellen Walker, 16, achieved a Distinction* in Engineering Design and five GCSEs including grade 9 in Biology and grade 8 in Art and Design, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

She will now study Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Art at Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form.

Ellen, who hopes to study a degree in Medicine or Biomedicine after sixth form, said: “I was scared about my results but I’m really happy. Even though I’ve always done well in exams, I was worried.

“But the hard work has paid off and everything has gone well. I’m looking forward to a new challenge in the sixth form.”

Luke Simms, 16, achieved seven GCSEs including grade 8 in English Literature and Maths, grade 7 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, grade 6 in English Language and grade 5 in Computer Science.

He also achieved a Distinction* in Engineering Design and will go on to study Double Engineering, Physics and Maths in Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form.

Luke said: “I’m very happy and especially pleased with my Maths grade because it’s my favourite subject.

“The teachers here are excellent and are always there to help you. They go out of their way to give you extra time and encouragement.

“I know I will do well in the sixth form because it’s a great school and everything has gone well so far.”

Kyla Allen, 16, achieved eight GCSEs including grade 9 in English Language and English Literature.

She is returning to Ron Dearing UTC in September to study English Language/Literature, Biology and Chemistry.

Kyla said: “I’m so happy. It’s felt like a long wait this summer to get my results and then when I saw everyone else getting their A-level grades, it made me even more nervous!

“Ron Dearing is a really good school and I couldn’t have achieved the grades I’ve got today without the help of everyone here.

“You build a genuine relationship with every teacher and the learning environment is so positive. I’ve looked forward to coming to school every day and am always motivated to do my absolute best.”

Kearney Stephenson, 16, achieved nine GCSEs including grade 8 in Biology, Chemistry and Fine Art, and a Level 2 Distinction in Creative Media.

She is staying at Ron Dearing for her A-levels to study Biology, English Language and Maths and has ambitions to study Biology or Psychology at university.

Kearney said: “I’m so relieved to have got my results – I can relax a bit now!

“Ron Dearing has been brilliant for me and I’ve had so much help and support from teachers to get the best grades possible.

“I’ve loved Biology in particular and my teacher has been great, which makes such a big difference.”

Norbert Wawrzyniak, 16, achieved nine GCSEs including grade 8 in Chemistry and Physics, and a Level 2 Distinction in IT and Systems Control in Engineering.

He has aspirations to work in the aviation industry in the future and will return to Ron Dearing for his A-levels in September to study Maths and Engineering.

Norbert said: “My interest in planes started when I was a kid. I used to look at them and wonder how those massive things could fly.

“It’s gone from there and now I’m relieved to have got my results and am looking forward to coming back for my A-levels.

“Ron Dearing is a really good school and the teachers are so helpful with whatever you need. It’s definitely the best school I’ve been to and I’m glad I chose to come here.”

Madison Mason, 16, achieved seven GCSEs including grade 9 in English Language, grade 8 in Chemistry, English Literature and Maths, and grade 7 in Biology, Computer Science and Physics, as well as a Distinction* in Engineering Design.

She will now go on to study Engineering, Physics, Maths and potentially Computer Science in Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form.

Madison, who hopes to secure an apprenticeship with Ron Dearing UTC Founding Partner Spencer Group, said: “I’m really happy with my results and my Chemistry and English Literature grades are a lot higher than I expected.

“The teachers are so invested in us and really supportive. I’m really looking forward to exploring more subjects in sixth form.”

 

Kobi Toft, 16, achieved a Distinction in Digital Technology and seven GCSEs, including grade 9 in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, grade 8 in English Language, Physics and Computer Science, and grade 7 in English Literature.

He will now go on to study Maths, Physics, Chemistry and potentially Biology in Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form and is considering becoming a pilot in the future.

Kobi said: “I’m over the moon with my results and they’re better than I expected. I worked really hard and did a lot of revision in preparation for my exams.

“I love being a Ron Dearing student and I’m excited for the sixth form. It’s an amazing school and my grades have gone up since I came here.”

 

Josh Robson Moore, 16, achieved a Distinction in Creative iMedia and seven GCSEs including grade 9 in Biology, grade 8 in Chemistry, Maths, Physics and English Language and grade 6 in Art and Design and English Literature.

He will study Creative Digital, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form.

Josh said: “I didn’t know what to expect with my grades but I’m happy.

“Ron Dearing UTC offers a really good range of subjects, especially if you have an interest in a specific area, and the teaching is great.

“I’m looking forward to sixth form and managing my own time around my studies.”

 

Giacomo Davis, 16, achieved a Distinction* in Engineering Design, GCSE grade 9 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and English Literature, grade 8 in English Language and grade 7 in Computer Science.

He will now study Chemistry, Biology, English Language and English Literature at Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form.

Giacomo said: “I wasn’t expecting my results to be this good and it’s definitely a surprise.

“I had to increase my revision in the last few weeks before the exams and I worked really hard.

“I don’t think I would have achieved these grades without coming to Ron Dearing UTC. It’s a great school and my grades went up as soon as I came here.”

Ron Dearing UTC students excel in GCSEs yet again

Students at Hull’s Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) have once again achieved excellent GCSE and Level 2 technical results.

The Ofsted ‘Outstanding’-rated school, which last week announced fantastic A-level and Level 3 technical results, is now celebrating further success for a sixth consecutive year.

Over 500 students have applied for places at the school’s sixth form this year – the highest number of applications since it opened in 2017.

A total of 375 students will now complete the sixth form across Years 12 and 13 from September, including 130 existing students who secured top marks progressing into Year 12.

Highlights of the GCSE and Level 2 technical results include:

  • 81% of students achieved grades 4-9 in both English and Maths
  • 60% of students achieved grades 5-9 in English and Maths
  • 89% of students achieved Grade 4-9 in Sciences
  • 67% of students achieved grades 5-9 in Sciences
  • 96% of students achieved grades 5-9 in technical specialisms, including Art and Design, Creative iMedia, Digital Technology and Engineering
Students and staff at Ron Dearing UTC celebrating their excellent GCSE results.

 

The school is now preparing to welcome its largest ever intake of students after the completion of expansion work, creating capacity for an additional 200 places.

New facilities include science laboratories and independent study spaces in the UTC’s main building in Kingston Square, and the state-of-the-art STEAM Studios centre for creativity, which is based next door to the school in the renovated and repurposed former Central Fire Station.

It comprises a gallery and exhibition space, digital and photography studios, 2D and 3D studios and an additional sixth form independent study centre.

It means Ron Dearing UTC, which has been oversubscribed every year since it opened, is increasing student places from 600 to more than 800 as demand continues to grow.

Students enrolling on Year 12 creative courses on Thursday, August 24 will be given a tour of the new centre, to see where they will be learning in September.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley.

 

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We were over the moon with our Year 13 results last week, and this week it’s the turn of our Year 11 students to excel. They’ve absolutely smashed it out the park! We are so proud of them.

“Despite the exam boards returning marking to pre-pandemic standards, our results are even better than last year.

“Our students have performed brilliantly in all subjects. Results in the core subjects, English, Maths and Sciences, are extremely strong. Performance in our specialisms of Creative, Engineering and Digital is incredible – 96% of students achieved a grade 5 or higher.

“I’m delighted that these results will enable our students to progress onto their chosen destinations. The majority have chosen to return to continue their studies in our sixth form and I can’t wait to welcome them back and show them the amazing new facilities in STEAM Studios.”

Ron Dearing UTC caters for students aged 14 to 19 and has a specialist focus on Maths, Engineering, Digital Technology and Computing, Art, Photography and Design,  and Science (including Biomedical Science and Healthcare). While 130 students will embark on further education at the UTC in Year 12 next month, 32 have secured a mixture of apprenticeships or places at further education colleges and three will begin careers in the Armed Forces.

Amaya Newman.

 

Amaya Newman, 16, is currently Hull’s Young Mayor. She achieved nine GCSEs including grade 9 in English Literature and English Language, and a Level 2 Distinction* in IT and Creative Media.

She is focused on pursuing a career in politics and recently spent a day at Westminster with Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy discussing the impact of climate change on the city and Humber region.

Amaya said: “Since joining Ron Dearing two years ago, I feel I’ve found my place and found my feet.

“The teachers have been really good and the leadership at the school is brilliant.”

Luke Simms.

 

Luke Simms, 16, achieved seven GCSEs including grade 8 in English Literature and Maths, grade 7 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, grade 6 in English Language and grade 5 in Computer Science.

He also achieved a Distinction* in Engineering Design and will go on to study Double Engineering, Physics and Maths in Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form.

Luke said: “I’m very happy and especially pleased with my Maths grade because it’s my favourite subject.

“The teachers here are excellent and are always there to help you. They go out of their way to give you extra time and encouragement.

“I know I will do well in the sixth form because it’s a great school and everything has gone well so far.”

Kearney Stephenson.

 

Kearney Stephenson, 16, achieved nine GCSEs including grade 8 in Biology, Chemistry and Fine Art, and a Level 2 Distinction in Creative Media.

She is staying at Ron Dearing for her A-levels to study Biology, English Language and Maths and has ambitions to study Biology or Psychology at university.

Kearney said: “I’m so relieved to have got my results – I can relax a bit now!

“Ron Dearing has been brilliant for me and I’ve had so much help and support from teachers to get the best grades possible.

“I’ve loved Biology in particular and my teacher has been great, which makes such a big difference.”

Norbert Wawrzyniak.

 

Norbert Wawrzyniak, 16, achieved nine GCSEs including grade 8 in Chemistry and Physics, and a Level 2 Distinction in IT and Systems Control in Engineering.

He has aspirations to work in the aviation industry in the future and will return to Ron Dearing for his A-levels in September to study Maths and Engineering.

Norbert said: “My interest in planes started when I was a kid. I used to look at them and wonder how those massive things could fly.

“It’s gone from there and now I’m relieved to have got my results and am looking forward to coming back for my A-levels.

“Ron Dearing is a really good school and the teachers are so helpful with whatever you need. It’s definitely the best school I’ve been to and I’m glad I chose to come here.”

Madison Mason.

 

Madison Mason, 16, achieved seven GCSEs including grade 9 in English Language, grade 8 in Chemistry, English Literature and Maths, and grade 7 in Biology, Computer Science and Physics, as well as a Distinction* in Engineering Design.

She will now go on to study Engineering, Physics, Maths and potentially Computer Science in Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form.

Madison, who hopes to secure an apprenticeship with Ron Dearing UTC Founding Partner Spencer Group, said: “I’m really happy with my results and my Chemistry and English Literature grades are a lot higher than I expected.

“The teachers are so invested in us and really supportive. I’m really looking forward to exploring more subjects in sixth form.”

Kobi Toft.

 

Kobi Toft, 16, achieved a Distinction in Digital Technology and seven GCSEs, including grade 9 in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, grade 8 in English Language, Physics and Computer Science, and grade 7 in English Literature.

He will now go on to study Maths, Physics, Chemistry and potentially Biology in Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form and is considering becoming a pilot in the future.

Kobi said: “I’m over the moon with my results and they’re better than I expected. I worked really hard and did a lot of revision in preparation for my exams.

“I love being a Ron Dearing student and I’m excited for the sixth form. It’s an amazing school and my grades have gone up since I came here.”

Richard Martin, Chair of the Governing Board at Ron Dearing UTC and Non-Executive Director at Major Partner Arco, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the students, parents, carers and teachers on these truly outstanding results.

“Coming one week after the equally brilliant A-level and Level 3 technical results, they are further proof that the school’s unique employer-led approach really delivers, as it continues to go from strength to strength.”

Ron Dearing UTC’s Founding Partners are the University of Hull and leading local employers KCOM, Reckitt, Siemens Gamesa, Smith+Nephew and Spencer Group. The school is also supported by Hull City Council alongside many other Major Partners and Partners.

STEAM Studios has created slightly more capacity than expected. As a result, there are still a small number of Year 12 places available. Anyone who is interested in applying should email Sarah at principal@rondearingutc.com as soon as possible.

Ron Dearing UTC students celebrate outstanding A-level and Level 3 technical results for sixth consecutive year

Sixth form students at Hull’s university technical college (UTC) are once again celebrating superb A-level and Level 3 technical results.

Ron Dearing UTC opened its doors in 2017 and no sixth form student at the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’-rated school has ever failed a qualification.

This year, more than half of the 149 Year 13 cohort have secured a place at university, including with the Russell Group of elite higher education institutions. The others are preparing for exciting apprenticeships with leading businesses across the country, including with the UTC’s Founding and Employer Partners.

This year has also seen an increase in the number of students progressing onto degree apprenticeships with companies such as Ron Dearing UTC Founding Partners Reckitt and Spencer Group.

Highlights of the UTC’s results this year include:

  • 100% pass rate for the sixth consecutive year
  • 41% of all grades are A or A*
  • 92% of grades are A* to C
  • The average grade for A-levels is a B
  • The average grade for Level 3 technical qualifications, including Engineering, Computing, Art and Design, and Creative iMedia, is Distinction +
Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley, centre, celebrating its outstanding results with students and staff.

 

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re so proud of our students’ achievements this year. Despite not taking external exams in Year 11 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they have risen to the challenge and performed exceptionally well.

“We were concerned that the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) decision on results returning to pre-pandemic standards this year might mean that our results dipped, which seems to have been the case nationally.

“However, at Ron Dearing UTC, with the exception of a slight dip in the percentage of students achieving A* and A grades, all other benchmarks have remained in line with last year.

“This means our results have bucked the national trend yet again.

“We’re particularly delighted to have maintained our 100% pass rate for the for the sixth consecutive year.”

Erin Rowe is delighted with her results.

 

Erin Rowe, 18, achieved Distinctions in all three of her technical qualifications, Digital Media, Art and Engineering.

She recently started work at Fresh Design International, an architecture and design company. Her early career has already seen her travel to Luxembourg, using high-tech software to scan buildings.

Erin said: “From the very first day at Ron Dearing, everyone has been so friendly and welcoming. I’ve massively enjoyed my time here, and am very sad to be leaving.

“I feel like I’m settling in nicely at Fresh Design, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.”

Peter Sward is now going to Oxford University.

 

Peter Sward, 18, achieved straight A grades in all three of his A-levels – Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

He will now progress on to Oxford University, where he will study Biology. He has ambitions to work in genetics in the future.

Peter said: “I moved to Hull from Canada five years ago, and have been at Ron Dearing since Year 10. I’ve enjoyed my time here and I’ve met some great people. The teachers have been so helpful.

“I’m looking forward to starting at Oxford now, and seeing what the future holds.”

Mercy McFarlane is hoping to become an engineer.

 

Mercy McFarlane, 18, secured a triple Distinction in her Extended Diploma in Engineering.

She is preparing to begin an Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship at Smith+Nephew, a Founding Partner of Ron Dearing UTC.

Mercy said: “I’m really proud of my grades, and all the hard work has paid off.

“I can’t wait for my apprenticeship. The whole male side of my family are all engineers and I want to be the first female. I’d like to be an offshore electrical engineer working on oil rigs in the future.

“I’ve loved my time at Ron Dearing UTC and all the opportunities it has given me.”

Cohen Morfitt says going to Ron Dearing UTC is the best decision he has ever made.

 

Cohen Morfitt, 18, achieved A* in A-level Further Maths and Maths, and a double Distinction in his Technical Diploma in Computer Science. He is now going to study Maths at Durham University.

Cohen said: “Coming to Ron Dearing UTC is the best decision I’ve ever made and the teachers have been amazing. They really pushed me and helped me achieve these grades.”

Leia Palmer is hoping for a career in broadcasting.

 

Leia Palmer, 18, achieved a double Distinction* in her Diploma in Digital Media and a C in A-level English Language and Literature.

She will now study Film Production at the University of Salford.

“My interest in film production started while I was at Ron Dearing, and I did a workshop in it which really captured my imagination,” said Leia.

“I loved Salford, and Media City, and it’s the place to be for film and broadcasting. At the moment I’m interested in a career in radio in the future, but let’s see what happens!

“Ron Dearing is the best place I’ve ever been – I came four years ago and I’ve loved it. I couldn’t have asked for any more support from the staff, they’ve been fantastic.”

Aleksis Vangas is excited to be going on to study Aerospace Engineering.

 

Aleksis Vanags, 18, achieved an A* in A-level Further Maths, an A* in A-level Maths, an A in A-level Physics and a Distinction* in his Technical Certificate in Computing.

He will now progress on to Imperial College London, where he will study Aerospace Engineering.

Aleksis said: “I’m really happy with my results – I’ve wanted to study Aerospace Engineering for a while now, and I can’t believe it’s actually going to happen.

“I’ve made some really good friends here at Ron Dearing, and all of the teachers and staff have been supportive and have pushed me to get the best results possible.

“I’m going to miss it here, but I’m also excited for what comes next.”

Ron Dearing UTC caters for students aged 14 to 19 and has a specialist focus on Maths, Engineering, Digital Technology and Computing, Art, Photography and Design, and Science (including Biomedical Science and Healthcare).

Ron Dearing UTC in Kingston Square, Hull city centre, caters for students aged 14 to 19 and offers a unique employer-led model of education specialising in art & design, computing, engineering and maths and sciences.

Next month will see the UTC’s largest ever intake of students, with the opening of its new £5m centre for creativity, STEAM Studios. The state-of-the-art facility includes a gallery exhibition space, four creative studios, digital suites and a large independent study area for sixth form students.

Richard Martin, Chair of the Governing Board at Ron Dearing UTC and Non-Executive Director at Major Partner Arco, said: “This year’s A-level and Level 3 Technical results are fantastic once again and this is testament to the hard work of everyone involved.

“The UTC staff, our Founding and Employer Partners and our parents and carers always go above and beyond to support our students and in encouraging them to be the best they can be.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Ron Dearing UTC as it continues to grow and welcome more students, giving them the edge and opening up wonderful opportunities as they prepare for their very bright futures.”

The capacity of STEAM Studios is greater than originally anticipated and Ron Dearing UTC is able to offer a small number of additional Year 12 places in September.

Any students who are interested in applying should email Principal Sarah Pashley via  principal@rondearingutc.com

North Yorkshire field trip success for budding biologists

Budding biologists from Ron Dearing UTC took part in a three-day residential field trip as part of their A-level studies.

Eight Year 12 students stayed at Cranedale Centre, a residential field studies centre which provides tailored academic field courses for British and overseas students in Malton, North Yorkshire.

The students covered the ecology aspects of their A-level Biology course in detail, including succession, sampling techniques and energy in ecosystems.

Students identify samples from the stream

 

Succession is the study of how an ecosystem changes over time and the students visited the nearby Wharram Quarry Nature Reserve to take soil samples and measure plant and animal biodiversity at various locations, helping them to understand the process.

The students also had to plan and carry out their own investigations, which took place at the centre.

Their main study involved sampling two areas of a stream and gathering data to find out whether nitrate levels and oxygen availability had been affected by a waterworks factory close to the stream.

They measured different species living in each part of the stream and carried out statistical analysis to discover if there had been a significant effect.

The students chose how and where to sample, with tutors on hand to show them how to use the equipment or help with identifying different species.

A local farmer explained how she manages her herd, maintaining genetic diversity during breeding and dealing with disease, during the visit. She also spoke to students and answered questions about the grants available for biodiversity maintenance following Brexit and the challenges facing farming in the UK.

A local farmer talks to students about her herd

 

Sarah Buchan, Lead Practitioner for Biology at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “It was fantastic field trip and all of the students showed great interest and knowledge, learning so much over the three day visit.

“They also set up an overnight Longworth trap for mammals and a Robinson trap for moths.

“Having discussed the ethics of using such traps, they now have a much deeper understanding of the strategies used by ecologists to monitor populations.

“We saw an owl on our camera trap and four out of our eight traps were triggered by small mammals. The students were able to identify and look at two mice and two voles before releasing them back into the wild.

“The Cranedale Centre provides specialist tutors and equipment, enabling students have an in-depth insight into ecological studies.

“We were lucky to have some glorious weather and it was an excellent experience for all involved.”

Taking a kick sample from the stream

 

Year 12 student Louie Johnson, who took part in the visit, said: “It was fun being in our group and the staff were knowledgeable.

“Learning how to set traps and understanding why we set them in certain ways, so it doesn’t affect habitats and animal health, was really interesting.”

Students set up Longworth traps

Students embrace internationally-recognised award and prepare for overnight expedition

Seven students from Ron Dearing UTC are working towards their bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award, learning new skills, volunteering and building on their physical wellbeing.

The programme aims to empower young people aged 14 to 24 while building confidence and resilience and the programme sees hundreds of thousands take part every year.

The Ron Dearing students are completing the volunteering, wellbeing and new skills elements of the internationally-recognised programme as they prepare for a two-day expedition, which will see them trek for two days and camp overnight in September or October.

Seven students are working towards their bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award.

 

While the dates and location have yet to be confirmed, the students and staff have completed practice cookery lessons, learnt how to read maps and use compasses, and completed a nine-mile training walk in Welton and Brantingham, East Yorkshire, to prepare for the challenge.

The challenge will see them trek for two days and camp overnight in September or October.

 

Jason White, Head of Computing at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “The DofE programme is designed to challenge young people to attain standards of achievement and participate in a wide variety of active interests, to serve their communities, experience adventure and develop and learn outside the classroom.

“It is widely endorsed by UK businesses for bringing skills and attributes such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and teamwork to the workplace, which prepares them brilliantly for whatever they choose to do when they leave the UTC.

“The students have done really well so far and supported each other. By doing this, it shows they have done something above and beyond their studies and demonstrates they have pushed themselves.”

Students and staff have completed a nine-mile training walk in Welton and Brantingham, East Yorkshire, to prepare for the challenge.

 

Ron Dearing UTC plans to encourage more students to join the programme on an annual basis and will open up the opportunity to others from September.

Year 12 student Olesia Khrypunova, 16, is among those completing the bronze award.

Olesia said: “The DofE is a great new experience to learn new skills, test myself and be more active.

“One of my physical tasks is to play more tennis, so I’ve taken up lessons once a week and I’m going to continue those over the next six months.

“I’m reading more, I’ve learnt how to read maps and coordinates, how to prepare and follow route cards, and completed a five-hour hike.

“I’m really enjoying it, I’m looking forward to the expedition and we’re working well together as a group. We’ll learn how to set up a tent and first aid skills, which will be very useful in life.”

Ron Dearing UTC awards celebrate student excellence

The outstanding achievements of Ron Dearing UTC students have been marked at a special awards ceremony.

The Celebration of Achievement Awards were attended by Year 10 and Year 12 students, as well as their parents or carers, members of the UTC’s Governing Board, representatives from the school’s Founding Partners and Ron Dearing UTC Patron and former Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson.

The outstanding achievements of Ron Dearing UTC students have been marked at a special awards ceremony.

 

Several Year 10 students received accolades for productivity and achievement in their core, digital and engineering subjects, while others were recognised for professional values and behaviour, and employability skills.

Three Year 10 students, Imogen Ovington, Phoebe Ovington and Leisha Buckley won the Special Contribution to the Community Award after forming a friendship group at Ron Dearing UTC to support peers experiencing difficulties settling in.

The three girls have also worked closely with pastoral staff to set up a “Peer Buddy” scheme to support all new Year 10 students to settle in and feel at home from September 2023 and volunteered to run a “quiet room” at social times for any students who may need it.

Fellow Year 10 student James Bedford won the Ron Dearing Digital Talent of the Year Specialism Award for excellence in computer science where he has excelled at understanding and using different coding languages.

Year 10 student Lewis Batty was presented with the KCOM Award for Best Communicator, receiving the Founding Partners Award for always engaging in discussions and sharing thought-provoking opinions and ideas with external visitors and his peers.

The Celebration of Achievement Awards were attended by Year 10 and Year 12 students, as well as their parents or carers, members of the UTC’s Governing Board, representatives from the school’s Founding Partners and Ron Dearing UTC Patron and former Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson.

 

The Year 12 awards saw students recognised for productivity and achievement in their A-level subjects, as well as accolades for digital, photography and engineering qualifications, employability skills and professional values and behaviour.

Charlie Gibson received the award for the Engineer of the Year and Jay Rutter was named the Ron Dearing UTC Creative Talent of the Year.

The following Year 12 students were also recognised with Founding Partners’ Awards:

  • The University of Hull Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement – Francesca Wilkes-Oliver
  • The Reckitt Award for Inspirational Leadership – Jack Shephard
  • The Siemens Gamesa Quality Excellence Award – Jasper Gourley
  • The Smith+Nephew Award for Innovation – Harry Tyler
  • The Spencer Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community – Shuhrra Amudi
The Alan Johnson Award for Young Advocates of the Year was presented to Year 12 student Olesia Khrypunova.

 

The Alan Johnson Award for Young Advocates of the Year was presented to Year 12 student Olesia Khrypunova, with praise from the judges including: “Olesia epitomises Ron Dearing UTC’s vision of the ideal student.”

The awards recognised Year 10 and 12 students’ hard work throughout the year.

 

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We are so proud of our students and how hard they’ve worked this year.

“These awards are a special way to recognise everything they’ve put into their studies and how, in many cases, they have gone above and beyond what they learn in the classroom to extend their skills and develop their personal brands.

“We hope they are as proud of themselves as we are of them and we look forward to welcoming them back for another successful year in September.”

First ever RonFest brings colour and culture to Ron Dearing UTC

The Ron Dearing UTC Arts Council and Chris Berry, Assistant Principal with responsibility for Horizons  Cultural Capital, organised an end of term festival to bring colour, culture, music and fun to mark the end of a fantastic year for students and staff.

RonFest was a celebration of Cultural Capital, the school’s dedicated programme to promote culture and creativity, enabling the Ron Dearing community to enjoy great food, art, music and more, across two half days.

It included everything to create the perfect festival vibe, from street food, circus skills and karaoke, to drum and percussion workshops, a range of live music performances, retro games and chess tournaments.

The RonFest festival marked the end of a fantastic year for students and staff.

 

A reading room, F1 in Schools competition, art zone, fire performances, pub games and meditation were also part of the packed programme of events.

RonFest was attended by Year 10 and Year 12 students, as Year 11 and Year 13 students had already left for the summer after completing their final exams.  Staff and students were given RonFest wristbands designed by the Arts Council students.

A reading room, F1 in Schools competition, art zone, fire performances, pub games and meditation were also part of the packed programme of events.

 

Chris said: “RonFest was like the students’ own mini Glastonbury with lots of different cultural events.

“It gave them a real burst of culture and opened their eyes to some new experiences as they moved around the school for the workshops they chose to attend.

“RonFest was a fantastic success and we’re looking forward to it becoming an annual event. The response from the students and staff was wonderful.”

Acoustic roots duo Mambo Jambo and Hull singer and songwriter Izzy T, who is based in London and Los Angeles, were among the live music performers.

Singer and songwriter Izzy T performs at RonFest

 

Year 10 student and Arts Council Secretary Jim Hagar, 15, said: “I helped to run the karaoke and we ran out of time for students to sing in the second session because it was so popular.

“We work so hard all year and everything has paid off for us to be able to enjoy RonFest. We’ve been organising it for a couple of months and this is just the beginning. We could do so much more next year and I’m excited about it.”

Year 10 students Jim Hagar and Juliet Wilkes-Oliver

 

Fellow Year 10 student and Arts Council Chairman Juliet Wilkes-Oliver, 15, who also helped to run the karaoke session, said: “I loved RonFest because it encouraged students to do things they wouldn’t normally do and it’s really good that it broadened our horizons.

“I’m hoping it becomes an annual tradition and it’s nice to end the year with a bang.”

Musical Ron Dearing UTC sixth form student plays four instruments

A Ron Dearing UTC sixth form student plays four different instruments and is the youngest member of an orchestra, regularly performing in concerts across the region.

Jay Rutter, 17, plays violin, viola, guitar and ukelele, and is a member of Eclectic Music, an orchestra which blends together music and musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The Year 12 student is following in the footsteps of his musical family, as his grandmother plays guitar, hand bells and sings, and his aunt plays cello, ukelele and piano.

Jay, who studies Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Art at Ron Dearing UTC, plays alongside his fellow musicians in Hull weekly and has performed at venues including Beverley Minster and Bridlington Spa in recent years.

He said: “I love music but school always takes priority and I’ve never wanted to play music professionally, as it would take the fun out of it for me. But I have the most affection for my violin, which has been in my family for 40 years and was handed down to me.

Jay Rutter with his guitar, violin, viola and ukelele.

 

“I love being a Ron Dearing UTC student because the environment, work ethic, education and friendliness is amazing. The people are brilliant, the opportunities are endless and it’s the best place to be.

“If you have a passion for something and like to be encouraged to do your best, there is nowhere else you should be.”

Jay recently received two awards at Ron Dearing UTC’s Celebration of Achievement evening – the Ron Dearing UTC Art and Design Award for Excellent Achievement and Ron Dearing UTC Creative Talent of the Year 2022/23.

Jay, who is considering a career in aerospace engineering, said: “I’m astounded by these awards and I’m so happy about the creative talent trophy.

“I feel very supported by the Ron Dearing UTC staff and students. We all work together and help each other, so it was really nice to see so many students collecting awards.”

Jay Rutter is a member of Eclectic Music.

 

Jay joined Eclectic Music when he was 15-years-old and previously performed in the East Riding Youth Orchestra. He is now working towards performing in the orchestra’s “Walk on the Wild Side” concert at Hull Minster on September 22 and 23.

Lynn Collins, Director of Creativity at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “We’re incredibly proud of Jay and everything he has achieved.

“He is a conscientious, imaginative and highly creative student who is passionate about producing innovative art.

“As well as being totally dedicated to his own work, Jay is also a very kind person who is always happy to take time to help other students and staff.

“It’s very impressive that Jay can play four different instruments and is such an accomplished musician. He is a true creative.”