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Ofsted rates employer-led school as “outstanding” after first inspection

Hull’s employer-led school has been rated as “Outstanding” across the board in its first Ofsted inspection.

Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) underwent an in-depth review in March, before the lockdown period, and the Ofsted inspectors gave it a glowing verdict in their report published today.

As well as the rating of outstanding for the school’s overall effectiveness – the highest level in the Ofsted grading scale – the inspectors also marked the pioneering school as outstanding for:

  • Quality of education.
  • Behaviour and attitudes.
  • Personal development.
  • Leadership and management.
  • Sixth form provision.

Very unusually, the Ofsted team were unable to identify a single area for improvement.

Ron Dearing UTC is believed to be only the sixth school in England to be rated as outstanding under the Government’s new Education Inspection Framework, with inspectors stating it “has all the hallmarks of a school that could be viewed as a guiding light in the educational sector”.

The school opened in September 2017 offering a unique education model for students aged 14 to 19, with a specialist focus on digital technology, creative digital and digital engineering.

Its Founding Partners are the University of Hull and leading local employers KCOM, RB, Siemens Gamesa, Smith + Nephew and Spencer Group. The UTC is also supported many other industry partners.

Charlie Spencer OBE, Chair of Governors and Executive Chairman of Founding Partner Spencer Group, said: “To be rated as Outstanding overall, as well as across the board in every aspect of provision, is an absolutely tremendous achievement and one that the entire Ron Dearing UTC community can be justifiably proud of.

“The Governors would like to thank our Principal, her entire staff team, our students, their parents, the University of Hull and all our employer partners for their contribution to this success.

“The Ofsted findings demonstrate the power of bringing together educators and industry to create a curriculum and learning culture that develops young people with the practical skills, qualifications and confidence to thrive in the world of work.”

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Ofsted has judged Ron Dearing UTC to be outstanding in every aspect of its provision.

“We’re supported strongly by the University of Hull and some of the region’s leading employers, who have been proactively involved in developing a highly-ambitious vision for the school and holding me to account to deliver on it.”

 

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