|Councillor Tony Jones has overseen big improvements|
Reflecting on his time at the helm of school education across the town Councillor Jones commented:
"When I took this role on in 2015 I said that I would only do it for three years and that time is now up. I made improving standards in schools my priority and I'm pleased to say that progress has been made, though faster and further in some areas than others.
Reading was judged to be 149th out of 152 councils when I started, now we are a top 50 education authority. But we can never be complacent and there is still a lot more to do, so it is now time for someone else to take up the challenge and move things on to another level.
I am immensely grateful for all the support I have received from council staff and, in particular, I would like to thank the many school heads, teachers and governors, who face the on-going daily challenges of school under-funding while trying to recruit and hang-on to good classroom staff in an area of high housing costs, yet are crucial to bringing good education to the town's children. They have my sincere admiration."