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UTC's first GCSE results outstrip national averages

The first students to complete their GCSEs at UTC Reading are celebrating a bumper crop of top grades.

Of the 60 Year 11 students collecting their results today, 71 per cent achieved five or more A* to C grades. That compares with a national average of 53.4 per cent and a Reading average of 59.3 per cent in 2014.

The students are the first to complete GCSEs since the UTC opened two years ago.

Principal Joanne Harper said: “We are delighted with the results achieved by our students who were the first to join us as Year 10 students when we opened two years ago. To achieve such a good set of results after just two years in operation is a fantastic achievement and highlights the dedication and commitment of students and staff.

“The majority of students are planning to stay on at UTC Reading to continue their studies in the sixth form as they prepare for careers in computer science and engineering.”

Of the 60 students taking their GCSEs, 100 per cent achieved five or more A* to G grades, compared to a national average of 89.7 per cent and a Reading average of 92.5 per cent in 2014.

Yeukai Jiri, aged 16, was among the top-performers with eight A*s, one A and double distinction star (D*) for her BTEC in IT. She also got an A for AS maths, which she took a year early. Yeukai said: “The results are better than I expected. I feel really happy. I came to UTC Reading in Year 10 as I was attracted by the more independent learning environment. The relationship with teachers is good, particularly as we have been here since the beginning, and the technology focus suits me. I was keen to do the BTEC in IT and found it to be a really good course.”

Danielle Norrie, aged 16, achieved a mixture of B and C grades and passed her BTEC in IT. She will stay on at the UTC to study A-levels in maths, science, chemistry and biology. She said: “UTC Reading appealed because it is so focused on science and technology. They really understand how important technology is to students as well as to the future of industry. I don’t think I would have had the same course offering at school I also got the chance to take my GCSE maths a year early which I wouldn’t have been able to do.

“I would like to progress onto an apprenticeship after A-levels and the links we have here with the industry partners means that I already have some good contacts.”

George Osborne, also 16, will move on to the sixth form at the UTC next year after gaining As, Bs and Cs in his GCSEs and a double distinction in his BTEC IT. He said: “My last school didn’t really push me. If I wanted to move on to the next level or next piece of work I had to wait until everyone else caught up. That hasn’t been the case here where the teachers encourage you and give you the opportunities to take additional qualifications and learn at your pace. It has been great to be able to specialise in computer science from Year 10 as I want a career in IT security.”

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The results come a week after the first UTC Reading sixth form students celebrated their A-level and BTEC results. The BTEC average grade was Distinction*- with an A-level pass rate of 100%.

In June UTC Reading became the first UTC in the country to be rated outstanding across all indicators by Ofsted. The school specialises in preparing young people for careers in computer science and engineering and is run with the support of partners including Activate Learning, University of Reading, Microsoft, Cisco, Peter Brett Associates and Network Rail.

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