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From | Friday 23 August 2019

First Key Stage 4 group likely in line with top five per cent of all schools in England and Wales.

Vice Principal Mark Ollerenshaw with Ron Dearing UTC students. The employer-led school has today recorded outstanding GCSE results.

Students at Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) have achieved outstanding GCSE grades after committing to Hull’s employer-led school when it opened two years ago.

Ron Dearing UTC’s year 11 students saw 70 per cent achieve grades 4-9 in both English and maths, with 40 per cent of students securing grades 5-9 in English and maths.

And 11 per cent of students achieved a grade 8 or 9 in maths, while 13 per cent attained a grade 8 or 9 in physics – the best grades possible.

Progress in maths and physics is likely to be in line with the top five per cent of all schools in England and Wales.

The school also saw 44 per cent of students achieved a Distinction or Distinction* in Engineering in a technical qualification equivalent to a GCSE.

Ron Dearing UTC principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re really delighted with these results. This is our first Key Stage 4 cohort to come through and they all applied to join us in the early days before we opened. They put their faith in us and made a very brave decision to leave their existing schools and come to Ron Dearing UTC.

Ron Dearing UTC students benefit from cutting-edge technology and equipment, including in the Green Port Hull Virtual Reality Suite.

“We’re absolutely thrilled they decided to buy into our employer-led vision and their achievements prove it’s an approach to education which works. We’re delighted the students have made fantastic progress with us, have achieved excellent GCSE results and so many have opted to stay with us to continue their education in our high-performing Sixth Form.

Attendance for the year group was 97 per cent over the past two years, which is significantly above the national average.

Several students will now begin apprenticeships with leading local employers including BAE Systems at Brough.

The excellent GCSE success come a week after equally outstanding A-level results, which saw the school achieve a 100 per cent pass rate, with 25 per cent of all grades being A or A* and 70 per cent of grades A* to C.