UTC Reading is an exciting new University Technical College which opened in September 2013 that delivers computer science and engineering excellence for 14-19 year olds within a 15 mile radius of the campus.
We aim to educate and train the next generation of technicians, engineers and industrial innovators.
Our vision is for our students to be inspired by the relevance and challenge of solving real-life industrial and community problems. They will rapidly gain the confidence and both the technical and personal skills to become the creative contributors on whom our businesses and public services can rely for shaping and driving the future of our society.
The ethos of the UTC will be inclusive, enabling and non-hierarchical. Every student and member of staff will be encouraged and expected to continuously strive for improvement, setting themselves goals that are both personally challenging and constructive for the community as a whole. In a climate of mutual support and respect, inpiduals will gain the motivation to work with initiative and independence and also the self-confidence to ask questions and to seek the help of others.
We shall achieve this by:
As a lead school for computing at school (CAS) we will engage with local primary and secondary schools to raise the level of interest amongst students in taking computer science and engineering by:
UTC Reading is a very special place created through a partnership between industry and education. Our new approach to the curriculum, grounded in traditional values, will provide a great foundation for your future.
Not only will you have the opportunity to follow your areas of interest in either computing or engineering while studying for your traditional qualifications, you will also learn invaluable practical skills from the best in the industry. We are confident that students who attend UTC Reading will be given the best start with a variety of progression routes into employment and further or higher education.
I feel like I’m in a forward thinking environment, where we can try out new ideas and get involved in different projects.
I’m really enjoying my time at the UTC. I get to study subjects I love every day and use great technology.
I joined UTC Reading as I want to specialise in computer science. It also means I can get my A-levels in maths and physics.
Alongside my normal classes, I’ve also been working towards professional Microsoft qualifications during independent learning time.
"Too many school and college leavers lack the abilities employers look for. UTCs give employers the chance to do something about it at the local level. We’re directly involved in UTC Reading designing the curriculum, choosing qualifications and delivering exciting projects which bring learning to life." -- Nigel Ward, Network Rail
To mark the end of a successful first year of opening, we celebrated the success of our students with industry partners, parents, students and staff.
Three of our students have become Autodesk Certified Users in AutoCAD, with one student confirmed as the youngest in the UK to achieve this qualification.
Three of our Sixth Form students James Stone, Aaron Hart and Calum Bryant attended Build Camp during the Easter holidays.
This month, UTC Reading held Berkshire’s first ever regional heat of F1 in Primary Schools.
To mark the end of the spring term, we held our second student celebration event.