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UTC Reading secure impressive destinations

Our Year 13 students are celebrating this morning after their hard work, determination and resilience in this challenging year paid off, giving them examination results that will open the doors to a range of exciting university degrees, apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

Our Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ engineering and computing University Technical College, offers three distinct pathways at Level 3: Technical, A Level and combination of the two in a unique workplace-style environment.

The results have secured students high quality destinations in employment, apprenticeships and University places. We are so proud of all our Year 13 pupils, who have consistently shown fortitude in the face of exam uncertainty and remote learning over the last two years.

Some of our student destinations include: Ben Foster who is heading off to Microsoft for a Level 4 apprenticeship, Daniel McMenamin who has secured a place at the University of Bolton to study Mechanical and Motorsport Engineering. Nafisah Ditta has secured a place at University of Reading to study Pharmacology and Pharmacy, Saagar Shinde is off to the University of Surrey to study Computing and Computer Science. 

It is not all STEM based destinations for our students this year though with Oliver Hurst securing a place at Bournemouth University to study Law, Jamie Watkins progressing to Bristol University to Study English Literature and Theatre and Emily-Rose Cox progressing to BCA to study Veterinary Science, Medicine and Nursing.  

Principal, Jonathan Nicholls, said:

“What an incredible two years our year 13 students have experienced. Nothing could have prepared them for what they have faced during this challenging time. They are more confident, resilient, professional, enterprising and aware having worked through these challenges, all of which are attributes that we look to develop in our students. They have worked hard throughout their time with us, achieved great results but most importantly have secured high quality destinations to start the next phase of their studies or to enter into the workplace. In the years to come I look forward to seeing how these students progress in their lives and having them back to the UTC as Alumni to support future UTC Reading students.” 

Joanne Harper, CEO of Activate Learning Education Trust, said: “I am delighted with the results achieved by our students, which are just rewards for the very challenging and unusual circumstances the students found themselves in. The students have shown resilience and determination to succeed, despite the uncertainty, and we are rightly celebrating the amazing destinations secured in workplaces, apprenticeships and university places across Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET). I would also like to pay tribute to the staff in all of our schools and thank each and every one for their part in transforming the lives of our students.”  

We are offering information, advice and guidance to anyone who is unsure as to what to do next after their A Levels or BTEC Level 3 programmes. 

Our school is strongly focused on preparing students for their future careers and lives, supporting them with everything from CV-writing and interview preparation to the day-to-day skills required to succeed in the workplace. This, combined with opportunities to work with the college’s industry partners, gives UTC students a distinct advantage when applying for apprenticeships, higher education courses and employment. 


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