Welcome from the Principal
I am delighted to welcome you to UTC Reading. It is an absolute privilege to be the Principal of such a ground breaking and innovative learning environment where we like to do things differently.
UTC Reading offers you an opportunity to focus your education at the age of 14 or 16, so that you are prepared for the world of work that faces you, when you progress from education into employment.
We specialise in Engineering and Computing and deliver these specialisms through high quality technical qualifications alongside GCSE’s and A Levels. Our entire curriculum and student experience are built around a STEM education, so that you are equipped with the vital skills and knowledge to help you accelerate your learning and career.
Alongside an exceptional, technical and academic education, you will develop important work-related skills. You will have opportunities to work in partnership with high profile local employers who will open your mind up to the world of work that they can offer in the future. You will be able to enhance your CV with a variety of different experiences that will make you stand out from the crowd when you apply for an apprenticeship, university or employment.
High quality destinations are our priority at UTC Reading. Whether you spend two or four years with us, we are confident that you will be equipped with everything you need to secure a destination that you are proud of and will provide you with a springboard to the next phase of your life.
The facilities at UTC Reading are state-of-the-art and provide a professional and work-like environment for you to learn in. We expect our students to meet the professional standards that we set in their dress, their attitude to work and the relationships they develop with their peers, the staff and our industry partners.
We love using the latest technology at UTC Reading and we expect our students to engage in using technology to enhance their learning. As we grow into the digital revolution, the use of technology will develop at an incredible rate but it cannot replace vital human characteristics such as flexibility, empathy, creativity and enterprise. All of which you can develop at UTC Reading.
You are unique, as is the way in which you learn. We strive to create an environment where you will feel empowered to take risks, make mistakes and stretch yourself further. You will develop important independent thinking and learning skills that are key to your success in the future. We value your uniqueness and will nurture this through your learning experience, respecting your individuality and taking care to support you in the way that works best for you. As you progress through the UTC we are confident that you will grow from a student of today to a highly employable candidate of tomorrow. I look forward to welcoming you to one of our information events and when you join the UTC in September.
Jonathan Nicholls, Principal