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UTC Reading in the running for town’s ‘pride’ awards

UTC Reading has been nominated as ‘School of the Year’ in the Pride of Reading Awards.

The nomination has been made by parent Vicki Widdis, whose son Thomas has been at the school since September 2013.

In her nomination, Vicki said: “UTC Reading has now almost completed its second academic year since opening and had its first Ofsted report for which it was classed as ‘outstanding’.

“This in itself speaks volumes about how great the school is but what really counts is what the students think of their school. Every single pupil at UTC Reading without exception loves going there and as a consequence they work harder and achieve much higher grades.

“The college really sets up the students for life in the real world and a working environment.”

Thomas, aged 16, said: “I've already gained a maths GCSE during my first year on the accelerated learning programme and I studied in my free time to earn four MOS (Microsoft Office Qualifications). UTC is a better place to learn."

The nomination comes a month after UTC Reading became the first UTC in the country to be rated outstanding across all areas by Ofsted.

UTC principal Joanne Harper said: “We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for the Pride of Reading Awards for the category of School of the Year for the second time running. To receive this nomination following the publication of our Ofsted judgement wraps up an extremely successful year.”

The Pride of Reading Awards celebrate exceptional courage, standards and success from individuals and businesses across Reading. The winners will be announced later in the year.

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