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Supporting every young person in Reading to be…


Leading with CONFIDENCE…


Learning with PURPOSE...


Living with JOY

What is ARCH

ARCH is a hub bringing together individuals and organisations across Reading to offer opportunities and learning experiences to young people and young women in particular.

ARCH in numbers


organisations involved so far


schools taking part in 2024 so far


primary age children from 20 schools have learnt to play a new sport


PLUS volunteer hours have been donated from business’, community organisations and expert individuals


senior students attended talks by leading women


people viewed national exhibitions celebrating ‘Women in Sport' and ‘100 Years of Women at the Bar’ on exclusive loan to ARCH


people viewed an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery delivered as a student and Reading community collaboration

What we do

At the heart of ARCH is a partnership between schools, businesses, professionals, charities and cultural organisations in Reading. ARCH includes everything from regular annual events to one-off talks and festivals. The common thread is the desire to improve the life chances of young people: to help them explore and fulfil their potential and live with confidence, purpose and joy.

Clare Balding explains why she is an advocate for the ARCH programme

Event Supporters

How it works

Schools come together to design events, connect with partners and get young people involved. Depending on the event schools might spread the word to families or bring students themselves. All ARCH activities use innovative community connections to develop aspiration and self-discovery.