Tuesday, 31 July 2012

East Reading UTC Update

I am grateful to Oxford & Cherwell Valley College for providing me with the following update on the proposals for a University Technical College in East Reading:

Update on Reading Technical Academy as of 30th July 2012

1. The school will be called 'UTC Reading'

2. Negotiations are near completion between the DfE and the University of West London for the purchase of the required buildings and playing fields on the Crescent Rd site

3. Awaiting Funding Agreement sign off from the Secretary of State

4. Recruiting for a Principal Designate to start in post in Jan '13

5. Working with design and build contractor to agree the scheme for the site

6. Working with Industry and Education Partners to agree their ongoing involvement with the UTC

7. Developing our marketing and student recruitment programme

(end of OCVC statement)
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Clearly it is not the fault of the OCVC that the proposed regional college will not address the problems due to hit in 2015 when all secondary schools in the area will be full.
However the use of the Crescent Road site will scupper any opportunity for a future East Reading secondary school, but more on that shortly.




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