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    Another very successful year

    Here we are at the end of another school year and what a year it has been!  There has been so much activity over the past few months here at Upton.  Of course we had the very successful OfSTED visit in May which resulted in us being judged as ‘a good school with an outstanding 6th Form’, outstanding safety and outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision, of which we are all justifiably proud. There were many other impressive comments in the report, and I would just like to highlight a few more which say so much about Upton-by-Chester High School;

    · Teachers have good relationships with students …they engage students well and promote a love of learning

    · Students have a rich and varied experience during their time in school

    · The behaviour of students is good. They work well together, are courteous and polite and appreciate the good   teaching they receive

    · All staff are committed to the drive for the very best outcomes for students

    · Teachers are securing fast progress for students. They use their very strong subject knowledge to motivate students exceptionally well

    We held our annual Awards ceremony on 14 July at which over 170 awards were issued to our students and in my speech I gave a ‘review of the year 2014-15’. Not wishing to make the audience sit through (at least) an hour-long speech, it was such a challenge fitting all of the many opportunities our students have benefitted from, over the past 3 terms, into a mere 15 minutes. I suspect that the audience were also far more interested in hearing from our guest speakers, Tom Hughes, star of stage and screen who is also an ex-student of ours and Andrew Higginson, Chairman of Morrisons Supermarkets.  The evening was a great success and it was such a joy to see so many of our students receiving their well-deserved awards.

    We have also been very busy this half term working with our partner primary schools.  There have been lots of activities including the Harry Potter Experience for Year 5 and the World Challenge day for year 4.    We also held our new intake evening and Induction Day for our new Year 7 students and their parents who will be joining us in September. 

    This term we have received recognition from Apple for the outstanding work we do with our iPads for learning as we now have the honour of being an official Apple Regional Training Centre; Apple RTCs recognise outstanding schools and programmes worldwide for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. We will be offering further training and support from September for our local schools and community, providing our student and staff ELFs (E-learning Facilitators) with more opportunities to share our expertise and for collaborative learning.

    I was privileged to attend our summer concert and our evening of dance, both of which were hugely enjoyable events, showcasing the impressive skills that our students have been developing over many months and years of hard work and commitment.

    And finally, we are saying thank you and goodbye to some colleagues who are retiring this year; from the teaching staff Mrs Loyley, Mrs McGregor, Mr Winskill and Mr Windsor and from our support staff Mrs Threadgold and Mrs Edwards who between them have loyally served Upton High school for a mere 126 years!

    We are of course busy planning for next term and the new academic year; I look forward to seeing many of you on our A level and GCSE results’ days in August and to working with you again in September. I would like to wish you all a safe, restful and enjoyable summer holiday.