Huge demand for Ron Dearing UTC places as hundreds attend Open Event

October 5th, 2018

Hundreds of prospective students and parents have heard how Ron Dearing UTC’s pioneering education model gives young people the edge in preparing for the world of work.

Over 600 students and parents or guardians attended the first Open Event of the 2018-19 school year to find out about joining Ron Dearing UTC in September 2019.

Principal Sarah Pashley and Vice Principal Steve Willacy explained how the school combines academic excellence with the development of advanced digital and engineering skills, with the curriculum designed in partnership with many of the city’s leading employers.

Jason Speedy, a Director of global wind power leader and Ron Dearing UTC Founding Partner Siemens Gamesa in Hull, also explained why he was so committed to the school, as an employer, Governor and father of a student.

The hugely-successful event illustrated once again the huge demand to join Hull’s employer-led school.

Ron Dearing UTC has been significantly over-subscribed for its 2017 and 2018 intake, with demand outstripping available places. That looks likely again in September 2019, with more than 100 applications received, before the Open Event, for the 280 places available.

Mrs Pashley said: “The turnout has been fantastic again for the first Open Event of this school year and the feedback from prospective students and their parents has been very positive.

“Previously at these events our staff and employer sponsors have taken the lead in explaining what we have to offer. This time our existing students have played a key part.

“They have been with us for more than a year and have an in-depth knowledge of Ron Dearing UTC. Many of them wanted to come along to sell our educational vision, which has become theirs, to other young people.

“They feel it has had a massive impact on them and they want other students to benefit as well. They’ve become our best ambassadors.”

Mrs Pashley added: “It’s also really pleasing that so many of our existing Year 11 students want to stay with us in sixth form. They could leave at the end of this year, but 94% say they want to continue their education with us. That’s the biggest vote of confidence we could have.

“We’re also delighted that we now have very exciting creative digital pathways, in addition to technical engineering and digital, and it’s great to see so many young people interested in studying art, design and creative digital courses.”

Mr Speedy said: “The numbers that have turned out demonstrates again the popularity of the school. The combination of the quality of education and the involvement of the big-name employer partners has generated such interest.

“This year it’s not just the reputations of the teaching staff and the employers that are bringing prospective students in, it’s also word of mouth from existing students to their friends.”

Students and their parents interested in places at Ron Dearing UTC in Year 10 and Year 12 from September 2019 can attend the next Open Event on November 8. To register to attend and to download our online application forms please visit our website here.

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