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Upton-by-Chester High School Chester School Awards - Winner

A year of achievements

We are now at the end of another academic year (where does the time go?!) providing us with the time to reflect on the past 3 terms, and just how much we have achieved.

Some of the key highlights for me have included our highly successful Ofsted inspection in May and the very positive and complimentary judgements they have made about us, fully endorsing us as a good school with many outstanding features. It is such a relief to know that, all being well they will not be returning for another 4 years!

I was also extremely proud that we received the Cheshire Secondary School of the Year Award. I had the privilege to attend the presentation ceremony with Mrs Smale and some of our superb students, to receive the award from guest speaker Lucy Meacock, herself a former Cheshire school pupil.

We have this year been celebrating our 50th anniversary, and we have seized the opportunity to reflect on the enormous impact that Upton High School has had on so many people.

The oral history project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and expertly led by Mr Doherty and the History Department, has been a wonderful chance to bring our history alive and has energised the school. The recordings, pictures and films made by our current students, of alumni and staff, has been delightful to listen to.  Miss French has curated a fascinating archive collection of photographs and memorabilia from across the 5 decades, which is currently on display in our foyer, and this will be shared with our local community in the coming months as we plan to tour it around various local venues.

Our celebration event was a truly memorable occasion and we welcomed back former staff, students and families, as well as local VIPs, all of whom have achieved so much as a consequence of their association with our amazing school. It has been touching and humbling to share in their memories and to hear what a positive force Upton-by-Chester High School has been in their lives. Please take the time to look at our website www.uptonfifty.co.uk and enjoy.

Finally we will be welcoming back our A level and GCSE students on August 15 and 22 respectively and wish them all the very best with their results.

With my very best wishes for a peaceful, safe and happy summer holiday and I look forward to working with you all again in September.