Reading, United Kingdom
About Reading School
Reading School is a secondary school for boys aged between 11 and 18. It is a non-denominational establishment. It is based in Reading, Berkshire and is a day and boarding school. There are around 1025 students enrolled at the establishment at present. 330 of them are on the roll in sixth form. The school has been educating pupils for nearly 900 years. Reading School has a rich history and we wish to build on our impressive past and current achievements and successfully realise the school's ambitious development plans. Reading School offers an exceptional all-round education enabling each student to realise his academic, cultural or sporting potential. In November 2018, Reading School was ranked the top state school in the South East by the Sunday Times.
Our aim to be a World-Leading Institution is shaped by the central importance of academic achievement. We have an outstanding academic track record. Indeed, recent examination results have placed Reading School among the top five performing state schools in the country. In terms of its academic performance, the ‘free Grammar School’ competes strongly with independent schools costing up to £35,000 per year. For instance, in 2018, 92.44% of Year 13 students were awarded A*-B at A Level. Furthermore, at GCSE in 2018 87.7% of entries were grades 9-7 or A*-A, with 40.63% achieving Grade 9. In 2018, 33 students were offered places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Regularly, over 70% gained places at Russell Group Universities. A broad and balanced academic curriculum is one of Reading School’s greatest strengths. All students study separate science and a modern or ancient language at GCSE. From September 2016, all students have followed a three year KS4 and will be eligible for the English Baccalaureate. The large sixth form of over 300 students offers a wide range of subject combinations covering Maths, Sciences, Humanities, Languages and the Arts.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Whilst academic excellence is important, Reading School also offers a fine all-round education designed to give each student an opportunity to fully explore his talents. The school offers an extensive extra-curricular programme and has an enviable reputation in Music. Students from Year 10 are able to participate in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and there is a thriving ‘Future Stories’ programme through which the School is able to share expertise and resources with Primary Schools.
Reading School is especially proud of the development of International Partnerships and since 2012 we have nurtured links with Schools in Australia, Kenya and Denmark. In addition, our students have represented the UK in competitions held in St Petersburg, Hong Kong and Pittsburgh, USA and look forward to the forthcoming World Public Speaking Championships in Toronto, Canada.
The myriad of enrichment opportunities offered are only possible through the commitment of staff, support of parents and the generosity of the Reading Foundation and the Old Redingensians Association. Learning beyond the classroom, whether it be on a Geography Field Trip to the Azores or a Badminton Competition in India is a crucial component of the experience of Reading School. Enrichment activities complement and extend the experience of academic lessons.
We are fully committed to developing and extending opportunities for students.
The most recent Ofsted Boarding Report, 2017, which can be found on the school's website, found the school to be 'outstanding' in all areas.