In January 2014, a bid from Maiden Erlegh Trust to the Department for Education to open a new school in the East Reading area was successful. The bid was prepared in response to the local demand for Maiden Erlegh places and as part of the solution to the need, in the near future, for more secondary school places in Reading.
The central proposition of our bid was to open a new school that shared the ethos, culture and values of the well-established and popular Maiden Erlegh School (Earley).
The Education funding Agency (part of the Department of Education) identified a suitable site owned by Reading Borough Council in the heart of the community we serve. Agreement was reached and a new school building commissioned and funded by the EFA.
We then began the process of letting potential parents know about this new school and that it would be open in September 2015. We were overwhelmed by the response of many parents and it was clear to us that there was genuine and robust support within the community. These early signs proved to be accurate and we were extremely pleased to have the parents of over 180 yr6 students select Maiden Erlegh School in Reading as the school for their child in 2015.
The project team have had an intense focus on getting all the preparations in place: new staff appointed, educational planning advanced and ensuring excellent facilities for students. Head teacher, Dr Peter Thomas comments:
"We are very excited to be opening a brand new school in East Reading that will share the ethos of Maiden Erlegh School and will reflect its values of opportunity, diversity and success. We have been hugely encouraged by the support that Maiden Erlegh School in Reading has received from students, parents, local community leaders and politicians.
Our new, purpose built, school will accommodate 900 students aged 11-16 and will be located on Crescent Road, right in the heart of East Reading. We will welcome our first intake of 180 year 7 pupils in September 2015 to our temporary buildings, before moving to our purpose built, state of the art new facilities in 2016.
At Maiden Erlegh we have a proud 50 year tradition of delivering high quality education leading to outstanding academic success. Maiden Erlegh School in Reading will share these characteristics, with a highly qualified and committed staff team who will promote enthusiastic and well- motivated students in a secure, caring community."
Dr Peter Thomas, Executive Headteacher, Maiden Erlegh School in Reading.
If you have a child in Year 5 and you are considering which Secondary School they should attend from September 2018, please join us at our Open Evening on Monday 10th July.
There will be a change of menu for school meals on Thursday 25th May because it is Africa Day.
The main course will be Chicken a la King which is a curry with white mushroom sauce and peppers. Dessert will be Malva Pudding, an apricot sponge of South African...