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National Support School

UTC Reading is a National Support School, as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Since opening in September 2013, we have had success in working with a large number of local and national employers to ensure that our students are well prepared for the world of work. We also ensure we place equal importance on pathways that lead to university or apprenticeships.

We received an Outstanding rating from Ofsted in May 2015 and you can view the full report here.

As a National Support School we would be delighted to work with any school, in particular on the following:

  • Leadership Development/Support
  • Financial management
  • HR
  • Data (KS4 and Post 16)
  • Quality Assurance and improvement
  • Developing industry links
  • Computing and Engineering
  • Technical qualifications

If you are interested in receiving any support from UTC Reading, please email

National Leader of Education – Ms Joanne Harper, Executive Principal

Joanne has been working for the UTC Reading Trust as Principal since January 2013. In this role she has worked closely with lead sponsors Activate Learning and lead partners Microsoft, Cisco, University of Reading, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates to ensure that UTC Reading offers, 14-18 year olds in the region, an opportunity to study in a ‘state of the art’ environment where academic, technical and professional qualifications are delivered at a high standard to aspiring Computer Scientists and Engineers. UTC Reading was rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in May 2015; the first UTC in the country to receive the highest grade.

Previously Joanne was Principal of a school in West London, where under her guidance the comprehensive school for 11 – 19 year olds was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.  Previously the school was judged as Satisfactory.

Joanne has been teaching for over twenty years and has a particular interest in education for 14-19 year olds and working closely with industry to ensure students have the skills for the workplace.

Joanne qualified from Loughborough University with an honours degree in Mathematics and Education, specialising in mechanics and decision mathematics, and began her professional life as a Mathematics teacher in London. 

Joanne has also taken the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers and most recently she has successfully completed a Master’s Degree in Education, Leadership and Management at Roehampton University.

If you are interested in receiving any support from Joanne and the team at UTC Reading, please email

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