Head of Engineering Glenn Johnson demonstrates Ron Dearing UTC’s virtual reality equipment to students in the school’s KCOM Digital Lab.

21 Sep 2017, 4:36 p.m. / News

Employer sponsors of Ron Dearing UTC were the first to see the impressive new school and its high-tech facilities and equipment, just a week before the doors opened to the UTC’s first students.

Ron Dearing UTC is the first school of its kind in Hull and East Yorkshire and is equipped with advanced digital technology matching the very best available to major companies.

The school has benefited from sponsorship from its Founding Partner employers and other organisations who have come on board to ensure the school is equipped to produce tech-savvy young people with advanced digital and engineering skills. The UTC’s Founding Partners include KCOM, RB, Siemens Gamesa, Smith & Nephew and Spencer Group – the University of Hull and Hull City Council.

Principal Sarah Pashley said:

No other school or college in the region can match the technology we are able to offer our students. In fact, this will be one of the most technologically advanced schools in the country.

As a UTC, we are equipped with industry-standard technology to enable us to deliver our specialisms. However, at Ron Dearing UTC we have been able to enhance significantly the specification of our specialist technology because of the amazing financial support of our employer sponsors and other partners. We believe their level of commitment and support is unique.

The UTC boasts a wealth of the latest equipment and technology, including high-spec computer workstations, virtual reality equipment, mechatronics and robotic kits and specialist equipment for physics and chemistry studies.

Charlie Spencer OBE, Executive Chairman of Spencer Group and the UTC’s Chair of Trustees, said:

It’s very exciting to see the quality of the learning environment, facilities and technology our students will benefit from.

We’re doing all of this because we see Ron Dearing UTC as a huge opportunity at the perfect time. We want to support the young people joining the school to have successful careers in digital technology and engineering, creating a pipeline of talent for the continuing growth of our businesses and the region as a whole.

Councillor Phil Webster, Hull City council’s Portfolio Holder for Learning, Skills and Safeguarding Children, said:

The Ron Dearing UTC will be a great asset to Hull and the East Riding, enhancing the educational offer to young people looking to continue their learning. “With cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities, this UTC offers something really special, delivering a first-class programme to students. It is fantastic to see it completed and ready to open its doors.

The school is taking applications for places in Year 10 and Year 12 for September 2018. To apply, go to www.rondearingutc.com and complete an online application form. Prospective students and parents can also experience the state-of-the-art school and its facilities at an open evening on Thursday, October 5. To register for a place, visit the website.

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