At Reading School we believe we offer the best state school education possible. We are conscious of our long, distinguished history and seek to protect and celebrate our heritage, whilst also providing the best of current educational practice. Our values include a firm commitment to boarding, to high academic achievement and to value for money for the long term. We compare favourably as a school and as a boarding community with the very best the independent sector has to offer but, as a state funded academy, at only a fraction of the cost.
In May 2010 Ofsted judged us ‘outstanding’ for our overall effectiveness, the quality of our curriculum provision, and all-round care. Boarding was also commended, with particular praise reserved for the enjoyment and achievement experienced by our boarders and the outstanding levels of personal support they receive. We were also awarded the accolade of The Sunday Times Best State Secondary School in 2010 on the strength of our record-breaking examination performances and the quality of our pastoral care, a feature that is central to our boarding provision.
Boarding is, and always has been, a significant part of the character of the School and we like to think that our boarding houses represent the beating heart of the School. We provide a warm and welcoming family environment and a home away from home that is conducive to learning and all-round achievement at the highest level. When they leave, boarders do so with a sense of belonging which lives with them for many years. Boarders are given many opportunities to lead within their Houses and very often go on to be School Prefects or to take leadership roles in our many sports teams and musical groups. Boarding staff all live on site and are in an excellent position to support boarders with their studies and the wide range of extra-curricular activities we have on offer. These include swimming, cricket, rugby, football, chess, bridge and instrumental music. In our experience, teachers with boarding experience are some of our most effective and supportive pastoral carers.
Boarders at Reading School enjoy what many young people today often lack – safe and well supported recreation, fresh air, individual and team sports and fulfilling social time.