Our first school, UTC Reading, opened in September 2013 and was officially opened by HRH, The Duke of York, in December 2013.
The school delivers computer science and engineering excellence for 14-19 year olds and aims to educate and train the next generation of technicians, engineers and industrial innovators. It was rated Oustanding by Ofsted in 2015.
Activate Learning is the lead sponsor for UTC Reading, which is supported by industry partners Cisco, Microsoft, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates.
The vision at UTC Reading is for students to be inspired by the relevance and challenge of solving real-life industrial and community problems. The result is that they rapidly gain the confidence through project-based learning. They also gain the technical and personal skills required to creatively contribute to the future of businesses and public services.
UTC Reading has already established a reputation for:
- Drawing on the expertise and resources of industry and academic partners to build and continuously refresh the curriculum
- Establishing computer science (which helps to deliver digital literacy skills) as a core curriculum subject at Key Stage 4
Building a technical curriculum that provides specialisations at Key Stage 4 and corresponding progression pathways at Key Stage 5, to include:
- Programming and software development
- Networking and communications technologies
- Engineering and systems
As a lead school for computing at school (CAS), UTC Reading also engages with local primary and secondary schools to increase interest in taking computer science and engineering.
“UTC Reading is responding to the skills needs of local businesses, namely those in computer science and engineering. This is about giving young people opportunity but also giving them challenge, because education is always going to be challenging.” (HRH, The Duke of York at the official opening of UTC Reading)
Find out more about what our students are saying about UTC Reading or watch this video featuring Joanne Harper, UTC Reading Principal.