Joanne Harper


Joanne has been working for the University Technical College Reading Trust as Principal since January 2013.  In this role she has worked closely with lead sponsors Activate Learning and lead partners Microsoft, Cisco, University of Reading, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates to ensure that UTC Reading offers, 14-19 year olds in the region, an opportunity to study in a ‘state of the art’ environment where academic, technical and professional qualifications are delivered.  Previously Joanne was Principal of an ‘Outstanding’ comprehensive school for 11 – 19 year olds in West London.

Joanne has been teaching for twenty years and has a particular interest in education for 14-19 year olds and working closely with industry to ensure students have the skills for the workplace.

Joanne qualified from Loughborough University with an honours degree in Mathematics and Education, specialising in mechanics and decision mathematics, and began her professional life as a Mathematics teacher in London.

Joanne has also taken the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers and most recently she has successfully completed a Master’s Degree in Education, Leadership and Management at Roehampton University.