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Schools in Reading

Moving to Reading? You’ll find lots of choice and some of the best schools in the country in Reading.

  • The best A level results in the country with the highest average pointy score per academic entry - 3 schools in the top 100 schools
  • 8th best school for GCSE results (Reading School) and 3 schools in top 50
  • The first UTC in the country to be rated ‘outstanding’
  • Reading has a higher proportion of pupils going to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities in the UK
  • Reading’s borough boundary is relatively small compared to the size of the Greater Reading area. Many people who live in ‘Reading’ may live or go to school in Wokingham or West Berkshire so you will need to consider where you are living relative to borough boundaries.

State sector

Primary schools

There is a broad range of primary schools in Reading, the majority run by the local authorities but some academy schools and chains also exist. 

Secondary schools

Parents can choose from selective single sex grammar schools, academies, local authority secondary and a University Technical College. Post 16, Reading College offers a vocational alternative to sixth forms. 

Grammar Schools

Both grammar schools are in the heart of Reading with a catchment stretching across much of Berkshire.  They use entry examinations to select and rated among the top 20 schools in the country (Real Schools Guide )

Reading School is the boys’ selective grammar school. Entry is very competitive for this academic school which rates as one of the best schools in the country.

Kendrick School is the girls’ selective grammar and like the boys grammar, produces very good exam results.

Academies, UTC and LEA run schools

Maiden Erlegh is a strong performing academy school in Lower Earley (Wokingham) which opened a second school in Reading 2 years ago - Maiden Erlegh Reading. Also in East Reading School is Bulmershe School (Wokingham). Highdown School in Caversham is also an academy.

UTC Reading opened in East Reading a couple of years ago and is sponsored by Microsoft among others. Focusing on the over 14 age group, it was the first university Technical College to be rated outstanding.

Other schools include Blessed High Farringdon (Catholic) and Prospect School in West Reading, Reading Girls School (South Reading), John Madejski Academy (Sports Academy - South Reading) and the Wren School is a new free school set up in West Reading.

Based in Wokingham borough but very much part of the Reading education system are The Holt (girls academy), Piggott School (Cof E academy), Waingels College in Woodley, The Forest School (boys academy) and Oakbank, a new free school south of the M4.

To the west, where Reading meets West Berkshire, schools include Little Heath (voluntary aided school) in Tilehurst.

Post 18

Reading College offers a wide range of more vocational courses post 16, all well as apprenticeships, adult courses, degree courses and international student studies. 

Independent schools

Reading has a strong independent sector with  a number of schools in the heart of the town.

Clustered around the University are St Josephs (mixed Catholic primary and secondary), The Abbey School (girls primary and secondary), Leighton Park (mixed, Quaker ethos).

In Caversham, Hemdean House (mixed - infants and juniors) and Queen Anne’s School (girls CofE) are well known. East of Reading in Sonning, Reading Blue Coat School (mixed) is perched above the Thames.

Around Reading, you will also find schools such as Bradfield College, Pangbourne School and Luckley House. 



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