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VIP visitors warmly welcomed

Gary Headland, incoming CEO of Activate Learning, was among the VIP visitors to UTC Reading last week.

On Wednesday, January 19, the UTC welcomed Joanne Harper, CEO of Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET), Cheri Ashby, Group Executive Director of Activate Learning and the incoming CEO of Activate Learning, Gary Headland, who replaces Sally Dicketts in March this year. You can read more about Gary’s appointment here.

Prior to the lockdown in March 2020, VIP visits were regular to the UTC ranging from industry leaders, members of the House of Lords and Royal family members arriving by helicopter...

While Joanne is no stranger to UTC Reading, being the CEO the Trust and the founding principal of UTC Reading, it has been some time since Cheri visited the UTC, and this was a first visit for Gary.

Principal Jonathan Nicholls said of the visit: "We had some uplifting conversations about the future ambitions of the UTC, the Trust, and the whole of the Activate Group.

"We were joined in a meeting by my brilliant senior team along with students Nicola Harrison from Year 13 and Maddison Day from Year 11, both of whom spoke about their experience at the UTC and their aspirations for the future.

The VIPs toured the engineering and science areas.

"We also managed a brief tour of the building, where our guests experienced some practical activities in engineering and science. What was most impressive was the confidence with which students spoke about their subject knowledge. The confidence that is growing in the students is clear to see."

Gary and Joanne's feedback was great to hear at the end of the visit, with Joanne saying: “Thank you for today, I really enjoyed the visit – felt like UTCR at its best today.”

Gary said: “You can see and feel why this UTC is the one everyone looks at."

Thank you everyone for supporting with this visit. We are sure there will be many more VIP visits to come as the restrictions lift.

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