We are Ron Dearing UTC

Opening in September 2017 in Hull city centre, we offer students a totally new way to learn

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Key responsibilities: The strategic leadership and direction of RDUTC.

Sarah was born in Hull and was educated in both Hull and the East Riding. Having worked in London, West Yorkshire and Australia, she returned to Hull to live and work in 1993.

Prior to taking up post as Principal of RDUTC Sarah was Headteacher at Bridlington School for seven years. During this time she transformed it from a failing institution to one of the most successful schools in the country for student progress.

In addition Sarah was Executive Headteacher of Southfield Lodge Pupil Referral Unit which she led from Requires Improvement to Good in 2013.

Sarah also led the East Riding of Yorkshire’s re-organisation of alternative educational provision which included the design and build of a new Alternative Provision School.

Other roles have included Deputy Headteacher at Beverley High School and Deputy Headteacher at Kelvin Hall School.

Sarah has a proven track record of highly efective school leadership. She is adept at designing personalised educational experiences
which engage students of all ability ranges and learning styles. She is well-known as a successful school leader within both Hull and the East Riding, having spent over twenty years in high profile educational leadership roles here.

Sarah is passionate about developing vocational and technical education to enthuse and engage young people and ensure they have the knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience to excel at school and in their careers. She is exceptionally committed to promoting the roles of women in the Engineering and Digital Technology industries. Her key aim at RDUTC is to ensure it is a flagship of the UTC movement and changes the educational landscape of our region to meet the demands of its ongoing transformation.

Our specialisms

Our specialisms of Digital Technology and Mechatronics have been carefully chosen by our key employer sponsors because these are the skills that local industry is crying out for.


Does your brain think digital? Businesses are crying out for tech-savvy staff like you, which is why our focus on digital technology will help you develop the skills you need to succeed.


Where engineering meets computers – whether that’s developing F1 cars, using drones for scoping out new projects, wind turbine manufacturing or programming machinery.

University of Hull
Reckitt Benckiser
Smith & Nephew
Siemens Gamesa
The Spencer Group
Green Port Hull
Ideal Boilers
Sewell Group
A J Building
Air Products
Emmerson Kitney