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GCSE success for UTC Reading students

Year 11 students at UTC Reading are celebrating this morning after receiving their GCSE results. These results are a good foundation for students who are going on to further study in the Sixth Form at UTC Reading or other post 16 educational providers. 

The Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ UTC, specialising in Engineering and Computing, offers a strong technical education alongside GCSE’s in a unique workplace-style environment. 

In addition to GCSEs, the Year 11 cohort achieved over 100 professional qualifications, such as Microsoft Office Specialist. These additional qualifications, not counted in league tables, are highly recognised by employers and will support the students with their destination aspirations for the future. 

There are so many positive stories to shout about from today but below are a few examples: 

  • Karna Pandya is continuing his studies at the UTC and will be studying A Level Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. 
  • William Tam achieved an incredible set of results and continues into the Sixth Form to do A Level Business, Chemistry and Maths. 
  • Jamie Dobson is progressing from the UTC into an Engineering Technician Apprenticeship. 
  • James Derby has secured a Level 3 Infrastructure apprenticeship with Thames Water.  
  • Sofiya Raja progresses from the UTC with a fantastic set of results to continue her studies at Peter Symonds College in Winchester to study A Levels including Law. 
  • Jason Crockford is continuing his studies at the UTC focusing on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. 

Principal of UTC Reading, Jonathan Nicholls, said: “Our Year 11 students joined us in Year 10 from over 50 different schools and over the last two years they have come together as a community of learners and are now ready for their exciting next steps. I am incredibly proud of how they have worked through the last two years and have dealt with the challenges of the lockdown and missing the opportunity to complete their qualifications in the normal way. Many students have chosen to continue their studies with us at the UTC and others have made the decision to study qualifications that we do not offer at other institutions. I wish our Year 11 all the very best as they progress on to this next stage of their life”. 

Joanne Harper, CEO of Activate Learning Education Trust, said: “We are all incredibly proud of the achievements of our Year 11 students.  Students are now able to rightly celebrate the results of two years of hard work and secure their Post 16 places, either in our Sixth Form, other educational establishments, apprenticeships or the workplace; we look forward to hearing of and celebrating their future successes.”  

Students at UTC Reading benefit from a wide range of opportunities outside the classroom. For example, students take part in the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge, residential learning weekends, Industry led hackathons, maths and AI challenges and focused coaching programmes amongst work experience opportunities with leading industry partners. The combination of their academic achievement together with the breadth of personal development will set all of the Year 11 students up for a successful future. 

UTC Reading are continuing to support students by providing information, advice and guidance on GCSE results day, and throughout the end of August and early September.  

  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett