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UTC Reading newsletter October 2016

Welcome to the October edition of the UTC newsletter. Take a look at the range of exciting activities that have been taking place.

University and apprenticeships lined up for UTC students after they achieve top marks

For a second year running, sixth form students from UTC Reading achieved remarkable results after picking up their BTEC and A-level grades this summer.

Overall, UTC Reading achieved an average BTEC grade of Distinction* minus (D* -), with 91% of students scoring a top grade of D* or D.

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GCSE students look ahead to future careers

GCSE students at UTC Reading were already looking ahead to their future careers as they collected their results on 25 August.

The school celebrated a strong set of results, particularly in its specialist subjects, with an overall 98% pass rate at A*-C (equivalent) in computer science and engineering. Of these passes, 37% achieved the very top grades of A*-A.

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First open event of the year over-subscribed

We were delighted to welcome local students and their parents to our first open event of the year on Tuesday 4 October.

The event was over-subscribed, with over 300 people signing up to attend. Visitors were given tours of the building by current UTC Reading students and received a welcome talk from various members of staff.

Several of our industry partners attended to speak to our guests as they were shown around the UTC, including University of Reading, Cisco, Peter Brett Associates, AWE, ECITB, The IET and Think Engineer.

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UTC Reading principal chosen for key school support role

The principal and staff at UTC Reading have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Joanne Harper, UTC Reading Principal, is one of 107 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

Joanne and other staff at UTC Reading, designated a National Support School, will use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools. The UTC was awarded Outstanding across all areas following its first Ofsted inspection in May last year.

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The future looks bright for new UTC Reading students

Students at UTC Reading have been developing their own bright ideas for the town’s Festival of Light.

The students are supporting the event through their first employer-led project of the new school term.

Employers from Peter Brett Associates (PBA), Network Rail, Great Western Railway and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) gave students a real-world example of how they can apply their skills through the “Connections Challenge” on Friday 9 September.

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UTC Reading student becomes a European Dragon Boat Racing Champion

During the summer, UTC Reading student Brett Saunders competed as a member of Team GB in the European Dragon Boat Racing Championships.

Brett did extremely well, coming away from the competition with three gold and three bronze medals.

Read on to hear his story, from when he began dragon boat racing to the intense competing he took part in this summer.

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Cyber Security Challenge puts student’s skills to the test

George Osborne, Year 13 UTC Reading student, was amongst a group of computer scientists attending a Cyber Security Challenge event in London this summer.

The event was hosted by BAE Systems and HMGCC on 3 September at the Blue Fin building in London. George was placed in a team to complete a series of cyber security tasks throughout the day. The tasks were related to investigating an unnamed bank’s web server which had been compromised when releasing a mobile banking app.

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What's it like to study at UTC Reading?

Hear from our current students about what it's like to study at UTC Reading, including Year 12 computing student Robert Goodenough and Year 10 engineering student Sannah Ishteyaq

This month you can also see the following examples of typical lessons that our students experience; Year 10 Smart Product Design and Manufacture, Year 12 Computing and Year 10 Physics.

Key dates and events

Thursday 3 November, 6.30-8.30pm: Open evening
Wednesday 7 December, 6.30-8.30pm: Post 16 open evening

Keep in touch

You can also keep up to date with the latest developments of UTC Reading through our website and social media channels:

Twitter: @UTCReading

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