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UTC Reading students awarded at World Class Schools Awards Ceremony

On 13 December 2019, UTC Reading Principal, Jonathan Nicholls, and an exclusive group of UTC Reading students were invited to the World Class Schools Awards Ceremony, held at Lady Mitchell Hall at the University of Cambridge.

The awards ceremony celebrated the achievements of the 24 qualifying schools that achieved the World Class School Quality Mark (WCSQM) that UTC Reading achieved in December 2017, as well as individual students from World Class Schools UK wide in recognition of their outstanding achievements in 2019.

The awards ceremony saw world class school leaders, staff, students and their parents from across the country come together to enjoy an afternoon of talks and workshops, including an essay writing workshop led by University of Cambridge’s Faculty of English lecturer Phil Knox, a talk on Cambridge admissions by Dr Glen Rangwala, Director of Admissions Trinity College Cambridge,  and presentations from world class alumni students, world class school leaders and the event sponsor, DPR, giving students and staff the opportunity to try their award-winning Dynamic Progress Reporting system.

Now in its sixth year of accreditation, WCSQM has awarded the mark to a further 17 non-selective state secondary schools and seven primary schools, from around the country. WCSQM assessment requires schools to demonstrate that their students are capable of compiling comprehensive evidence in support of their application. All applicant schools must exceed a challenging threshold in their Key Stage 2 or 4 performance before being invited to apply. Students must then develop a compelling case for accreditation through detailed auditing of their school's capabilities, video submissions in support of their application, and participating in an assessment centre event, at which their performances are measured against a challenging framework.

UTC Reading students, Thomas Canning, Adam Gater and Sajjad Ali, all received an Individual Student Achievement Award. In addition, Holly Maddox and Curtis Tipper also received the award but were not able to attend the event. The students were recognised for their achievements for the work they did in running the World Class Schools assessment day at UTC Reading on October 15 2019, where students from all of the qualifying schools were welcomed in to complete their assessment day.

UTC Reading students were responsible for the management and operations on the assessment day and received individual student awards, highly commended for their efforts on the day. Well done to all of them, as well as the schools who have now been awarded World Class Schools status.


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