Students at Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) have spoken of the exciting opportunities they can look forward to after securing excellent GCSE results.
The results saw 81% of students achieve grades 4-9 in both English and Maths and 50% of students secure grades 5-9 in English and Maths.
The employer-led school’s specialisms also performed strongly, with 33% of students achieving Distinction* or Distinction in Creative Media, 30% gaining Distinction* or Distinction in Digital Technology and 46% awarded Distinction* or Distinction in Engineering.
Of the 136 Year 11 students, more than 100 have achieved the entry criteria for a place in Ron Dearing Sixth Form.
Peace Umudjoro, 16, left private school to join Ron Dearing and has never looked back.
She achieved eight GCSEs, including grade 8 in English Language, and will study Engineering and Art at the Sixth Form.
“I’ve worked really hard and I don’t think my results have sunk in yet,” she said. “It’s joyful being a student at Ron Dearing and I’ve made a lot of friends.”
Aimee Laws is on track for a successful career in engineering after Ron Dearing “opened her eyes” to the many opportunities available to her.
She achieved GCSEs in Chemistry, Maths, Computer Science, Physics, English Language and English Literature and a Distinction in Engineering and is staying on at Sixth Form to study Double Digital Technology.
Aimee, 16, said: “I did better than I expected and I’m really pleased.
“I didn’t know much about engineering before I came here, but I’ve found I’m good at it and the staff have opened my eyes to all the different careers out there.”
Noah Devine-Runkee, 16, is hoping to realise his dream of becoming an astronaut after securing grade 9 in Maths and grades 8 in Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science.
He is now returning to Ron Dearing Sixth form to study A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and plans to go to university to study Astrophysics.
Noah said: “I’m really happy with my results. I want to do something different with my life and Ron Dearing is helping me achieve that.”
Fellow high-flyer Kelham Hillier achieved grades 9 in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics, as well as a Distinction* in both Creative Digital and Engineering Design.
He is staying at Ron Dearing to study A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, as well as a higher technical qualification in Engineering, as he feels the employer-led school “suits him well”.
Kelham, 16, said: “I’m really pleased with my results because I’ve worked hard for them.
“The staff have really helped me along the way and I’ve been very happy here, so there’s no need to go anywhere else.”
Sanziana Vetis, 16, achieved eight GCSEs, including grade 8 in Art and Design, and a Distinction in Creative Digital. She will now be studying Double iMedia and Art in the school’s Sixth Form from September.
Sanziana, who would like to become a graphic designer in the future, said: “These grades are what I wanted and I’m extremely happy.
“Ron Dearing is an amazing school and I was so sad when we had to stay at home because I love it here. The teachers are so kind and patient and help you so much.”
Evie Hadfield, 16, achieved eight GCSEs, including grades 9 in Art and Design and Maths. She also secured a Distinction* in Engineering Design.
Evie, who will move into the school’s Sixth Form to study Maths, Further Maths, Art and Engineering, said: “These grades are exactly what I hoped for and I couldn’t be happier.
“I’m so glad I made the move to Ron Dearing. The subjects are tailor-made for what I’m interested in and enjoy.”
Jasveer Jabbal, 16, is also excited about what the future holds after achieving grades 9 in Maths and Computer Science, as well as a Distinction* in Engineering Design.
He said: “I was a bit worried but I’m really pleased with my results – I’m proud of all of them.
“It’s been a great experience here so far and now I can’t wait to join the Sixth Form, where I’ll be studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Engineering.”
Matthew Blain, 16, achieved eight GCSEs, including grade 8 in Maths, a Distinction* in Engineering Design and a Distinction in Creative Digital.
Matthew will return to study Maths, Physics and Engineering and he said: “I’m really pleased with my results. Ron Dearing UTC is a very good school and the teachers are great.”