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Our Roots

Activate Learning launched in 2013 but our roots go back much further.

Together, the colleges and schools that make up Activate Learning have a long history of providing education opportunities, from North Oxfordshire Technical College and School of Art in Banbury since the 1950s, Reading College established in 1955 and Oxford College of Further Education founded in 1960. Our Rycotewood Furniture Centre goes back even further and has been highly respected in the industry for 80 years.

Find out more about some of the recent milestones in our development:

2003 – Oxford & Cherwell College launched when Oxford College of Further Education, North Oxfordshire College in Banbury and Rycotewood College merge

2005 – With the opening of a new campus in Bicester, we changed our name to Oxford & Cherwell Valley College

2010 – Reading College, joined the Oxford & Cherwell Valley College Group

2013 – OCVC relaunched as Activate Learning

2013 –  UTC Reading, a new University Technical College for 14 to 19-year-olds specialising in computer science and engineering, became the first school sponsored by Activate Learning.

2013 – Former OCVC campuses were re-launched as Banbury and Bicester College and City of Oxford College

2013 - Activate Enterprise launches as the group provider of apprenticeships and business training

2015 – UTC Oxfordshire, a new University Technical College in Didcot specialising in science and engineering, opened with Activate Learning as the lead sponsor.

2015 - Activate Learning, working with partners through the Oxford Partnership, opens three colleges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (a fourth opened in 2016)

2016 - The Technology Campus opened in Blackbird Leys (Oxford)

2016 - Bicester Technology Studio opened in Bicester as part of the Activate Learning Education Trust, the group's multi-academy trust

2016 ATG Training joins Activate Learning

2016 - Activate Enterprise relaunches as Activate Apprenticeships

2017 - UTC Oxfordshire, UTC Reading and UTC Swindon join the Activate Learning Education Trust

2018 - Theale Green School joins the Activate Learning Education Trust

2018 - Bracknell and Wokingham College announces it intends to join Activate Learning and a public consultation begins