Open events planned for September starters

Ron Dearing UTC is inviting all students who have secured a place for Year 10 in September, plus those who have provisional offers of places in Year 12, to two separate open events to learn more about their subjects and finalise their choices.

New Year 10 students are invited to the school on Thursday, April 15th, while prospective  new Year 12 students are invited on Thursday, April 22nd, both from 5pm to 8.20pm.

Ron Dearing UTC has been significantly oversubscribed every year since it opened its doors in September 2017 and 300 places have been filled across both year groups for the new school year in September after 548 applications were received.

Students will be able to meet teachers to discuss their subject options and choices, meet some of the school’s Employer Partners and hear from the school’s Senior Leadership Team, including Principal Sarah Pashley, and Vice Principals Steve Willacy and Mark Ollerenshaw.

Ron Dearing UTC is inviting students who have secured a place for Year 10 in September to two separate open events.


Stringent Covid-secure measures will be in place at both events, with social distancing, mask wearing and staggered attendance times in place.

Mark Ollerenshaw, Vice Principal for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “Many of the students attended our open events last year, but some haven’t had the chance to look around and could only attend the virtual events due to Covid restrictions.

“These evenings are always great because they are the first time we can welcome them as Ron Dearing students-in-waiting.

“The conversation changes from ‘this is what we’re all about’ to ‘this is what you’ll be doing’ and we’re looking forward to welcoming our new students to the Ron Dearing community.

“The open event is the time for Year 10 students to begin the process of choosing their technical subjects, such as Engineering, Creative Digital, Digital Technology and Art and Design.

“It’s also a chance for Year 12 students, some of whom are already Year 11 Ron Dearing students, to get the right advice and guidance about the courses they want to study in our sixth form.”

One parent or carer per student can attend the open events and they will be contacted directly with further details of how to book.