Reading University, Reading College/Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, and Reading School are backing Rob Wilson MP, as are both Wokingham and Reading Borough Councils, to develop a proposal to the Department for Education for a new school for East Reading.
As many Park Ward parents know all too well, currently a large proportion of the area’s children have to be educated in Wokingham Schools, but Reading doesn’t have control of Wokingham’s admissions policy. I have been raising this with Rob and supporting moves he has made both within the local authority and with colleagues. I am really pleased that plans to redress this lack of places in Reading are materialising.
The proposal is for a University School which will combine academic and technical studies for pupils aged between 11 and 19. There will be a strong emphasis on both high standards of education and behaviour. It will be in East Reading and have business sponsorship.
I see this as an excellent opportunity for the area’s youth to learn locally in an aspirational school which will prepare them for further and higher education and for a career. I know there will be discussions with parents and I will be posting further with more details in due course.
East Reading desperately needs high quality school places and I will continue working closely alongside Rob to make this a reality.
Update: I can confirm that a major sponsor is Microsoft