The UTC opened in September 2013 in a newly refurbished building which replicates a business environment with state-of–the-art facilities. It was judged by Ofsted as Outstanding in every category in May 2015, in only its second year of operation.
At capacity we will be educating 600 students who will all have a passion for Engineering or Computer Science; it will be a truly inspirational environment.
Activate Learning is the lead sponsor for UTC Reading, which is supported by industry partners including Microsoft, Cisco, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates, as well as the University of Reading.
What is a UTC?
A UTC is a place for students aged 14 to 19 to specialise in technical studies alongside traditional education and is supported by high profile academic and industry partners. It allows a student to study a subject that they are really interested in which is taught in industry standard facilities by teachers with real life practical experience. By 16 their technical skills are far in advance of those students in a standard comprehensive school and more enthusiastic engagement with their academic studies leads to greater achievement in this area also.
Project-based learning is a central part of the way we do things at UTC Reading. Our students work with employers on industry-specific projects, specifically focused on employability skills. Industry sponsors provide mentors for each team of students to develop their skills and knowledge to help prepare them for the workplace. See Project-based learning for further information.
Engaging with local schools
As a lead school for computing at school (CAS), UTC Reading also engages with local primary and secondary schools to increase interest in taking computer science and engineering. At the UTC’s official opening in December 2013, HRH The Duke of York said: “UTC Reading is responding to the skills needs of local businesses, namely those in computer science and engineering. This is about giving young people opportunity but also giving them challenge, because education is always going to be challenging.”
Take a look at our Outstanding Ofsted report.