UTC Reading is a University Technical College for 14-18 year-olds based in Reading (Berkshire) which was rated Outstanding in all categories by Ofsted in 2015 and also achieved the World Class Schools Quality Mark in 2020. 

The school specialises in Computer Science and Engineering and is a world-class centre of excellence in these subjects, alongside a broad and balanced curriculum, backed by leading companies in these industries. 

The curriculum is built around a STEM education, where pupils study for high-quality technical qualifications alongside GCSEs and A Levels. 

The school offers students the opportunity to focus their education at the age of 14 or 16, so that when they progress from education into employment they are well prepared for the world of work. Using the latest technology, students learn through projects and practical activities. They work closely with our industry partners on projects and challenges, where they develop important work-related skills.  

With experiences such as our Pipeline Programme, where students spend a significant period of time working with a set employer, or our Combined Cadet Force opportunities, our students leave school with a variety of experiences to put on their CVs that make them stand out from the crowd when applying for an apprenticeship, university or employment.

UTC Reading is an academy of Activate Learning Education Trust, a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) established by Activate Learning.

School Data

Unique Reference Number
139268
Local Authority
Reading
Establishment Number
4000
Establishment Name
UTC Reading
Type of Establishment
University technical college
Establishment Type Group
Free Schools
Establishment Status
Open
Reason Establishment Opened
New Provision
Establishment Open Date
02/09/2013
Phase of Education
Secondary
Statutory Lowest Pupil Age
14
Statutory Highest Pupil Age
19
Boarders
No boarders
Nursery Provision
No Nursery Classes
Sixth Form
Has a sixth form
Gender
Mixed
Designated Religious Character
None
Religious Ethos
Does not apply
Admissions Policy
Non-selective
School Capacity
600
Special Classes
Not applicable
Census Date
17/01/2019
Number of Pupils
453
Number of Boys
384
Number of Girls
69
Percentage of Pupils Receiving FSM
8.9
Trust flag
Supported by a multi-academy trust
Trust
ACTIVATE LEARNING EDUCATION TRUST
School Sponsor flag
Linked to a sponsor
School Sponsor
Activate Learning Education Trust
Federation flag
Not applicable
UK Provider Reference Number
10041666
Ofsted Last Inspection
20/05/2015
Last Changed Date
17/09/2019
Street
Crescent Road
Locality
East Reading
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 5RQ
School Website
http://www.utcreading.co.uk/
Telephone Number
01189381020
Headteacher Title
Mr
Headteacher First Name
Jonathan
Headteacher Last Name
Nicholls
Headteacher Preferred Job Title
Principal
Section 41 Approved
Not applicable
Government Office Region
South East
District
Reading
Ward
Park
Parliamentary Constituency
Reading East
Urban/Rural Description
Urban city and town
GSS LA Code
E06000038
Easting
473728
Northing
172606
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
Reading 012
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA)
Reading 012A
Ofsted Rating
Outstanding
RSC Region
North-West London and South-Central England
UPRN
310079041
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) - code
E02003400
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) - code
E01016401

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