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  • Reading School
    Erleigh Road
    RG1 5LW
  • Head: Mr Ashley Robson
  • T 0118 901 5600
  • F 01189 352755
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Reading
  • Pupils: 988; 83 weekly boarders; sixth formers: 317
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding £11,248 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 20th May 2010
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 23rd May 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Teachers all subject specialists. ‘You can’t pass on what you haven’t got – but even that’s not good enough on its own. Teachers also need passion and the ability to inspire,’ insists head. Expect all the usual grammar school features – parquet flooring, green tiles on the corridor walls, windows into the classrooms etc. Orchestras, ensembles and choirs galore, with the house music competition the highlight of the musical calendar. ‘Last year, we sold out the town hall – this year we reckon we’ll sell out the Hexagon,’ one boy told us...

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What the school says...

Reading School is recognised as one of the leading state schools in the country. It was selected as Sunday Times State School of the Year in 2010. OFSTED describes it as 'an outstanding school that enables students to reach exceptionally high standards both in their academic work and in their personal development'.

OFSTED rated our Boarding Provision in 2014 as 'Outstanding' stating 'The calibre of the boarding house staff is excellent. Their commitment, enthusiasm, motivation, morale and belief in the boarders are second to none. This means that boarders receive exceptionally high quality care that significantly enhances their personal development and well-being'.

Our students consistently achieve impressive academic results, including in 2014 88.1% achieving grade A* to B at A-level; 85% going on to one of the top 30 universities; and 17% winning places at Oxford or Cambridge. Boys participate in a wide range of enrichment activities, including sports, music, drama, chess, astronomy, and public speaking. Senior boys also give back to the local community by volunteering at local primary schools and charities.

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; to be curious and balance logic with imagination; to achieve excellence with integrity; and to value learning for its own sake and for the benefit of others.

Converted to an academy 2011.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Latin at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Mr Ashley Robson BA NPQH MBA, previously deputy head since 2005. History degree from Newcastle-upon-Tyne; first jobs at Princes Risborough School and Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe before becoming head of history, head of house and assistant headteacher at Aylesbury Grammar School.

With the demeanour of a jovial uncle, he’s a big hit with the pupils, who describe him as ‘really friendly and funny’ and ‘the ideal headmaster because you know he really cares about us.’ And while not exactly pally with him, boys are certainly at ease in his company – doubtless helped by the fact that he teaches most of them history at one stage or another and often pops in and out of other lessons, as well as supporting sports fixtures where he can. A...

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