Students’ delight at securing outstanding A-level and technical results

Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) students have spoken of their delight after achieving outstanding A-level and Level 3 technical results.

This year’s results are even higher than the ones students achieved last year, when exams were suspended due to the pandemic and replaced with teacher assessed grades.

Kelham Hillier.


The school’s many success stories include Kelham Hillier, who has become the first Ron Dearing student to secure a place at the University of Cambridge after securing the highest possible grades in his chosen subjects.

He achieved a Distinction* in Engineering, A* in Maths, A* in Further Maths and A* in Physics, which confirmed his place to study a degree in Engineering at the prestigious university.

Kelham, 18, said: “I’ve really enjoyed my four years at Ron Dearing UTC. It’s given me an advantage because I can speak about engineering with first-hand experience after working with the school’s Employer Partners.

“I’m really looking forward to going to Cambridge now. It’s very exciting.”

Evie Hadfield.


Evie Hadfield achieved Distinction* in Art, Distinction* in Engineering and A in Maths and will go on to study a Project Management degree apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce in Derby.

Evie, 18, said: “My interview for Rolls-Royce was a few hours long and had three stages, including a formal interview and a presentation.

“There wasn’t anything they put in front of me that made me uncomfortable and that’s thanks to Ron Dearing UTC. They were a massive help.”

Haitam Amudi.


Haitam Amudi, 18, achieved an A in Biology, B in Chemistry and B in Maths.

He will now progress on to the University of Strathclyde, where he will study Prosthetics and Orthotics, and said: “I’ve had a great time at Ron Dearing and I’m sad to see it end, but I’m excited to go to Strathclyde and explore Glasgow.”

Kate Hickingbottom.


Kate Hickingbottom, 18, has secured a five-year degree apprenticeship in Research and Development at world-leading consumer health and hygiene company Reckitt, one of the school’s Founding Partners.

She achieved a Distinction* in Engineering, A* in Chemistry and A* in Biology. Kate said: “The Ron Dearing staff have really motivated us, given us extra help, prepared us for exams and supported us with any worries we’ve had.

“The teachers have been there every step of the way and helped us believe we could do it.”

Alan Strauhs.


Alan Strauhs, 18, secured an A in Maths, A in AS Further Maths and double Distinction* in Digital Technology.

He is three weeks into an apprenticeship at Hull-based smart tech firm Sauce, a Major Partner of Ron Dearing UTC, and said: “I’m delighted. Sauce is a great company to work for and I’m involved in some really exciting projects.”

Peace Umudjoro.


Peace Umudjoro, 18, achieved a Distinction* in Art, Distinction in Engineering and C in Maths and will now go on to study a four-year degree in Architecture at Birmingham City University.

She said: “My whole family is moving to Birmingham and my mum has bought a house, so I had to get the grades!”

“The teachers helped us all the way through Covid and kept us focused on where we needed to be. I couldn’t have done this without them.”