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UTC Reading students celebrate GCSE success

Year 11 students are celebrating this morning after receiving their GCSE and technical qualification results - the gateway to the next stage of their education. These results are a good foundation for students who are going on to further study in our Sixth Form or other post 16 educational providers. 

Our 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 and the technical qualifications, the Year 11 cohort achieved a great number of 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. 

This year we are so proud of all our pupils, who have consistently shown fortitude, determination and resilience over this challenging year in the face of exam uncertainty and remote learning.   

Principal, Jonathan Nicholls, said: 

What an incredible two years these students have experienced at UTC Reading. Firstly, I must say how grateful I am that the students along with their families chose to join the UTC back in September 2019. Changing schools at 14 is a big decision but this year group have grown so much in this time. Their two-year experience with us, whilst disrupted by the impact of the pandemic has seen them develop confidence, resilience, awareness, professionalism and become more enterprising. All core attributes that will help them in the next part of their education and into their adult life. 

In addition, they have worked incredibly hard during changing circumstances, achieved excellent results for their technical qualifications and their GCSE’s which has enabled them to progress on to further study and apprenticeships. It is fantastic that so many students are going to continue with UTC Reading into KS5. I am also incredibly proud of those moving to other institutions for KS5 to follow their passions and wish all of our year 11 students ever success for the future. 

The staff team at UTC Reading have been incredible throughout these two years. The support they provide our students academically and pastorally is incredible and it has been a great privilege to work in such a caring group of staff and to see transformational effect they have on the lives of our students.

Joanne Harper, CEO of Activate Learning Education Trust, said: “I am enormously proud of the achievements of the students across the Trust. They have coped with many challenges and shown incredible resilience. I wish all students the very best for the next stage of their journey, whether that is with us, as apprentices or with another Further Education provider and look forward to hearing about future successes. I would like to thank all staff for their incredible dedication in providing the very best opportunities for our students.”  

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. 

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