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    Another successful year of education at Upton High

    Here we are at the end of another school year and what a year it has been!

    We held our annual Awards ceremony on 19 July at which over 170 awards were issued to our students and in my speech I gave a ‘review of the year 2015-16’. 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 from which our students have benefited, over the past 3 terms, into a mere 10 minutes. I suspect that the audience were also far more interested in hearing from our guest speaker, Richard Burnett. As a former student of ours Richard has become the public face and voice of the road transport industry. It’s no exaggeration to say that he has had a stellar career and is now the Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association – and I am very proud that he was educated here at Upton High School! The evening was a great success and it was such a joy to see so many of our students proudly receiving their well-deserved awards.

    There is a lot of talk in the media and in politics about education of course, and especially about exam results, but what our half termly editions of Upton Voice clearly demonstrate, I believe, is that education here at Upton High is about far more than exam results alone. Whilst these are vitally important factors of education they are not our sole purpose as educators, and it is essential that we provide our young people with every opportunity to experience education in its very broadest sense – leading to educated, well-rounded young people who truly are Learning to Shape the Future.

    Our summer concert and our evening of dance, were hugely enjoyable and successful events, showcasing the impressive skills that our students have been developing over many months and years of hard work and commitment.

    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 281 new Year 7 students and their parents who will be joining us in September.

    We also managed to find a dry enough day to hold our Sports Day, yet again an exciting and exhausting event, in which hundreds of our students from our 5 Halls competed enthusiastically and with determination. Eventually Mendes Hall, under the excellent leadership of Miss Melville, proved once again to be worthy winners.

    And finally, we are saying thank you and goodbye to some colleagues who are leaving us this year for pastures new; Mrs Murphy, Mr Walwyn, Mr Collis, Mr Warwick, Miss Stevenson, Miss Fillhart, Mrs Farnell, Mrs Burden, Mr Tock, Miss Clarkson, Mr Gorman, Mr Pritchard, Miss Breen, Miss Burgess and Mrs Goodbody. We wish them well.

    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.