Upton Court Grammar School
Slough, United Kingdom
About Upton Court Grammar School
Upton Court Grammar School is a selective secondary school with just over 1000 students aged 11-18. The school is proud of its history and upholds the traditions associated with grammar schools: expectations of the highest possible attainment, hard work, commitment and behaviour which will allow effective teaching and learning to take place. Our students achieve the highest grades at all levels but we are most proud of the exceptional progress they make. In 2018, Upton Court Grammar School was ranked in the top 1% of secondary schools in the country for student progress, making it one of the top grammars school in England on this measure.
The most recent OFSTED inspection graded the school as “Outstanding” in all areas. The school has a national reputation for excellence and achievement and was ranked 9th in the country for student progress in 2017, having attained a Progress 8 score of +1.21. the Progress 8 three-year average is +0.95 (2017/2018/2019) and the school has been recognised as being in the top 1% of schools nationally. In March 2015 we won the SSAT Educational Outcome Award for exceptional progress.
As part of the School Direct Teacher Training programme, Upton Court Grammar School is also the lead school for teacher training in Slough. Working alongside Reading University and the Institute of Education, teacher training is offered in the Slough area. As a Teaching School since September 2013 we provide a first class CPD programme which supports the professional development of teachers at all stages in their careers including teachers new to the profession and leadership development. In line with the values to invest and collaborate, Pioneer Educational Trust provides additional time for professional development and collaborative working in the form of CPDL Wednesdays. On these days, the pupils finish their school day one hour earlier to facilitate two hours of back-to-back learning and team work for all staff, teaching and non-teaching. During this time, colleagues have time to produce collaborative planning, moderate, share best practice as well as receive formalised programmes of CPDL.
Our Facilities and Benefits
The original school building dates back to 1936. The school has already made significant changes to our facilities through a multi-million pound government investment under the Growth Fund and The Academies Capital Maintenance Fund. So far, improvements have included a new building for the English Department in 2012, a new state of the art Restaurant and Sixth Form Centre in 2013 and new classrooms, science laboratories and performing arts facilities in 2017. The building programme finished in Summer 2019 with a brand new purpose built 4 Court Sports Hall and two Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA). The level of investment in the school means that we enjoy some of the best educational facilities in the south-east.
The school offers free refreshments to staff during the school day, complimentary lunches at Christmas and at the end of the school year. The Trust also provides an Employee Assistance Programme to all staff within the Trust Schools. Through this, staff can access support and advice on any number of things such as wellbeing, work-related issues, housing, family, financial and legal support. There is also an employee benefit scheme which offers savings and discounts across a number of well-known retailers and services. Staff across the Trust can also receive a free, annual flu vaccination. The Trustees are also active in recognising years of service for staff. Service is designed to reward loyalty to the school and recognises those who have accrued between 3 and 30 years of service.
Upton Court Grammar School is located just outside of West London. There are direct bus and rail links to Windsor, Maidenhead, Reading and London. The school is also very close to the M4 and M25 motorways and Heathrow Airport providing national and global connections. Furthermore, due to improvements being carried out by Network Rail, Crossrail links now provide quicker direct access to Central London.
The school is offering: -
- Key Stage 3 in two years. This provides challenge to our able pupils and opens up additional opportunities in Years 9, 10 and 11. All pupils are offered the single Sciences at GCSE
- A wide range of extra-curricular activities
- Pupils are encouraged to reach their potential academically, to undertake new experiences, to develop healthy and appropriate lifestyles and to become good citizens in our democracy.
The school's mission:
To ensure that all students fulfil their academic and personal aspirations and become successful and engaged citizens.
Head of School:
Mr M Pritchard MA