Students’ success celebrated at special awards event

Dozens of Ron Dearing UTC students were recognised for their outstanding efforts in school at a special Celebration of Achievement Evening.

The event, hosted by Principal Sarah Pashley, was attended by Year 10 and Year 12 students and their parents or carers, members of the UTC’s Governing Board, representatives from the school’s Founding Partners and Ron Dearing UTC Patron and former Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson.

Students were presented with awards, including dedicated accolades sponsored by the Founding Partners, recognising those who have gone the extra mile in their specialist subjects and also excelled in terms of developing the professional skills and qualifications required by industry.

Many were also congratulated for achievement and productivity in core subjects, and the UTC’s specialisms of Digital, Engineering, iMedia and Art & Design.

Sarah said: “We’re incredibly proud of all our students and these awards are a fantastic way to recognise their achievements in such a special way.

Year 10 students at Ron Dearing UTC.


“They’ve worked very hard, despite being faced with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we know they are destined for bright futures.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to hold the event in two years due to the pandemic and we’d like to thank to our Founding Partners and Alan Johnson for backing the awards.”

Richard Martin, Chair of Ron Dearing UTC’s Governing Board, thanked parents for their unwavering support over the past two years, the school’s staff and leadership team for their continued dedication and commitment, and governors and employer partners for their backing.

He said: “As Ofsted said when they visited, if Carslberg did schools Ron Dearing UTC would be it.

“The last few years have been tough and the students have had a lot to cope with. It’s fantastic to see them progressing so well.”

Year 12 students at Ron Dearing UTC.


Alan presented the Patron’s Award for Young Advocate of the Year to Year 12 students Jessica MacLachlan and Mercy McFarlane. They are the driving force behind Mach Racing, one of two Ron Dearing UTC teams competing in the global F1 in Schools Challenge.

The F1 in Schools challenge is the world’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition. Each team designs and manufactures a miniature car based on the official F1 model using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

Videos of the two teams were also shown during the awards evening, capturing their competition journey so far as they prepare for the regional finals later this year.

Alan said: “Presenting this award to Jessica and Mercy is what the UTC is about. The way we are doing education differently is not something we should be keeping to ourselves in Hull. It’s something the rest of the country should know about. Tonight, we’ve seen the actuality of what great education means.”

Alan Johnson speaking at the celebration event.


The full list of winners:



Core subject achievement awards:

Maths – Kobi Toft

Physics – Giacomo Davis

Chemistry – Kobi Toft

Biology – George Speight

Combined Science – Thorsan McEwen

English – Natasha Bilton


Core subject productivity awards:

Maths – Aiofe Curran-Smirk

Physics – George Campbell-Hamilton

Chemistry – Sophie Preston

Biology – Amber Nicholson

Combined Science – Nathan Greenwood

English – Rilee Agius


Digital achievement awards:

Computer Science – Hermione Cook

Information Technology – Kobi Toft

Creative Digital – Joshua Bishoprick

Digital productivity awards:

Computer Science – Robbie Kew

Information Technology – Norbert Wawrzyniak

Creative Digital – Kai Bulliment


Art and Design  achievement awards:

Art and design – Beth Mason

Photography – Oliver Perry


Art & Design  productivity awards

Aet & Design – Kai Mears

Photography – Abbie Brown


Engineering achievement awards:

Systems – Tommy Rowe

Manufacturing – Wiktor Rybacki

Design – Kai Bulliment


Engineering productivity awards:

Systems – Alex Malnics

Manufacturing – Jessica Dickinson

Design – Madison Mason


Professional values and behaviours awards:

Mikey Turner

Jaheim Williams

Thomas Coldbeck

Mazin Amudi

Kai Bulliment

Ryan Lee

Bradley Sykes

Amanda McCourt

Kyla Allen

Evan Russell

Ben Phillips

Joshua Bishoprick


Employability Skills award – Michael Kennedy

Digital Talent of the Year – Oliver Holmes

Creative Talent of the Year – Beth Mason

Spencer Group Award for Contribution to the Community – Zach Craig




A-level achievement awards:

Maths – Peter Sward

Further Maths – Alexis Vanags

Physics – Alexis Vanags

Chemistry – Tom Dannatt

Biology – Peter Sward

English – Isabella Acaster


A-level productivity awards:

Maths – James Acey

Further Maths – Cohen Morfitt

Physics – Ellis Stipetic

Chemistry – James Acey

Biology – Isabella Acaster

English – Leia-May Palmer


Technical Digital achievement awards:

Computing – Declan Lingwood


Technical Digital productivity awards:

Computing – Layla Richards


Creative achievement awards

Art and Design – Sam Maw

Creative Digital – Cameron Markwell


Creative productivity awards:

Art and Design – Erin Rowe

Creative Digital – Jessica Harkins


Engineering achievement awards:

Systems – Connor Langton

Manufacturing – Joe Green

Design – James Hindle


Engineering productivity awards:

Systems – Jessica MacLachlan

Manufacturing – Jamie May

Design – Lewis Hudson


Professional values and behaviours awards:

Spencer Kirby

Mercy McFarlane

Ajay Hull

James Acey

Dalma Szilagyi

Riley Robinson

Jack Macmillan

Jessica Harkins

Aleksis Vanags

Marcus Swaby

Samuel Oliver

Ellis Stipetic


Employability skills award – Jessica McLachlan

Engineer of the Year – Jack Macmillan

University of Hull Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement – Isabella Acaster

KCOM Award for Best Communicator – James Acey

Reckitt Award for Inspirational Leadership – Marcus Swaby

Siemens Gamesa Quality Excellence Award – Peter Sward

Smith+Nephew Award for Innovation – Cameron Markwell

Patron’s Award for Young Advocate of the Year – Jessica MacLachlan and Mercy McFarlane