Mission, Vision & Values
Excellence, Achievement, Integrity
Core values: What will we always stand for?
At Reading School we believe all our students have gifts and talents.
We aim for all to:
• Be resilient and rise to the challenges of learning and life;
• Be curious and balance logic with imagination;
• Be passionate and purposeful;
• Achieve excellence with integrity;
• Value learning for its own sake and for the benefit of others.
By using our knowledge and resources to the full, we seek to provide all with opportunities to find and fulfil their potential in today’s world and that of the future.
Statement of Vision: How will things be different in 5-10 years’ time?
We have a shared vision of a School which aims at, achieves and sustains excellence in all that it does.
Reading School student will fulfil their academic, sporting or artistic potential. They will go on consistently to make a worthwhile and responsible contribution to society. This will be shaped by a School which values all its student and staff and aims to provide, for the benefit of both, excellent teaching, excellent resources and fulfilling opportunities. Supporting learners will continue to be at the heart of our vision and other priorities flow from and feed into this core, moral purpose. We aspire to excel in our provision of teaching, learning and care. To do this we foresee a need to:
1. Sustain our excellent levels of value added in teaching and learning;
2. Develop our associate staff so that they can properly support the work of our teachers;
3. Improve the quality of day-to-day life in the school by upgrading key facilities radically and urgently.
Academy status was achieved on 1st February, 2011. There is a tangible short-term funding benefit arising from conversion. There are probable longer term gains in terms of resourcing, but these are difficult to define, owing to the lack of hard data from the Department for Education. Post-16 education is going to be cut by approximately 14% by 2015. The School, which currently lacks basic facilities to the detriment of the overall quality of provision, has prepared a Masterplan for site improvements which has been passed by English Heritage and Reading Borough Council. A Development Board and associated 1125 Campaign concept were established to facilitate effective fundraising for this and future generations. The Reading Foundation is the landlord of the new Academy. There is now a Funding Agreement between ourselves and the Government, to whom we are now directly answerable for our standards in teaching, learning, leadership and management. Our capacity to honour the Funding Agreement and the use to which we put the new funding stream will be monitored by the YPLA (Young People’s Learning Agency). The Development Plan incorporates these facts into its strategic priorities.