We were pleased to welcome Reading School to the Connect Reading community in October 2021. Dal Singh, Community Relations Manager & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, answered some questions for us.
Spotlight On: Reading School
Reading School is a selective state day and boarding academy for boys aged 11-18 which has been educating young men since 1125. Our vision is that by 2025, we will be a flourishing world-leading institution developing academic excellence and continuing to build good men. Their school enriches the intellectual, sporting, artistic and cultural life of their students for the benefit of society. They also provide an exceptional environment where a lifelong love of learning is strengthened by the values of excellence, integrity, leadership, and community.
What has your Connect Reading Membership helped you to achieve within your organisation?
- Making new connections with others.
- Being able to work in partnership with others and deliver on projects and events.
- Demonstrate the potential of working in partnership with others to those within my organisation.
What do you bring to the Connect Reading network that others may be interested in?
We are a state funded grammar school for boys with a 900 year history in Reading so are very much part of the fabric and heritage of Reading.
Reading School is The Sunday Times Southeast State Secondary School of the Year along with having recently been awarded the internationally recognised Association for Character Education’s Kitemark Plus award where the school was noted for its, “…exemplary and inspirational commitment to values-led character education for all”
As we aim to continue to develop and improve the school’s ability to provide a world-class education for all, we are seeking to create and build new partnerships with organisations that align with our values of excellence, belonging and community.
On a side-note, we can provide a unique venue for hire that includes wedding facilities (a chapel).
What are you most proud of achieving within your organisation?
- Being able to tell Reading School’s story and show the local community and beyond what the work of the school looks like.
- Developing and strengthening relationships with it’s internal communities which include students, staff, parents, alumni and governors.
- Delivering best practice in terms of safeguarding processes.
- Supporting the school’s social mobility efforts through its Future Stories programme.
- Increasing the school’s Diversity, Inclusion and Equity efforts.