Students and their parents are being urged to attend the first Open Event of the new school year at Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) and find out how its unique education model can shape their futures.
The employer-led school aims to prepare young people aged 14 to 19 for the world of work with a curriculum created in partnership with some of Hull’s leading businesses to develop the work-ready and highly-skilled young recruits industry is crying out for.
Now, prospective students and their parents are being invited to attend the first Open Event for learners considering joining the school in September 2020.
The Open Event will take place on Wednesday, October 2, from 6pm to 8pm. It will give attendees the chance to look around the school, take part in workshops, meet teaching staff, speak to current and former students, and hear from Principal Sarah Pashley and representatives of the employer partners.
Sarah said: “This is the perfect opportunity for students and their parents to find out what Ron Dearing UTC is all about.
“There is no other school like this in the region, with fantastic partnerships with leading employers and a curriculum designed with them to give our students the edge in the competition for sought-after training roles and university places.
“These Open Events have been very popular in previous years and places are limited for next year, so we’re urging people to book to attend without delay.”
Prospective students and their parents can meet current students, talk to staff and take a tour of the school at the first open event of the new school year.
The first Open Event comes as the school celebrates the success of its work to support students to secure apprenticeships with many of the region’s leading companies. More than 45 Year 13 students have secured training roles with the school’s employer partners, as well as other prominent local businesses, setting themselves up for fulfilling and rewarding careers.
The school has also delivered an outstanding set of results in the first public exams since the school opened two years ago.
Ron Dearing UTC’s recent A-level results saw the school achieve a 100% pass rate, with 25% of all grades being A or A* and 70% of grades A*-C. The results for technical qualifications, including Engineering, Computing and Creative iMedia, were also outstanding, with the average grade being a Distinction, the equivalent to grade B at A-level.
The school’s first GCSE results were also excellent, with 70% of students scoring grades 4-9 in both English and Maths and almost half achieving a Distinction or Distinction* in Engineering in a technical qualification equivalent to a GCSE.
Ron Dearing UTC offers a unique business-driven education model with a specialist focus on digital technology, creative digital and digital engineering. The school’s Founding Partners are the University of Hull and leading local employers KCOM, RB, Siemens Gamesa, Smith + Nephew and Spencer Group.
The school is also supported by Hull City Council and many other industry partners, including Major Partners APD Communications, Arco, BP, C4DI, Green Port Hull, Ideal Boilers, Fujitsu, Ørsted, Sewell Group and Sonoco Trident.
Applications are now open to join Ron Dearing UTC in Year 10 and Year 12 next September, with the October 2 event the first of three open evenings. For more information click here.