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Ofsted Short Inspection report

Our Ofsted Short Inspection report, endorsing their previous judgement of our school as ‘a good school with an outstanding sixth form’, has now been published.

The inspection report states: ‘This school continues to be good. The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.’

Furthermore, this means that we will not be expecting another inspection within four years.

The purpose of a one-day, Short Inspection is to check that in good schools, any action points from the previous Full Inspection have been successfully addressed and that the school continues to be deserving of its previous judgement. In reaching this judgement, the inspectors assessed the quality of teaching, learning and assessment; leadership and management; personal development, behaviour and welfare as well as students’ outcomes.

The Report also highlights some excellent findings and practice from Upton High about which I am certain you will be extremely proud to read, including;

‘We were impressed by pupils’ courtesy and confidence. Pupils enjoy positive relationships with one another and adults. They care about themselves and others. Pupils say that despite the large number of pupils at the school, staff take the time to get to know them well. As a result, they feel that they are valued and cared for by staff. They confirmed that this is a school where equality and inclusion are important and embedded.’

‘Pupils feel safe at the school. They say that bullying is rare, that they always report bullying and that they know how to do so. Pupils say that any cases of bullying that they report are dealt with effectively.’

‘….leaders, including governors, have a clear vision for the school ….[and] are determined that all pupils should benefit from a curriculum that meets their interests and needs, so they are aspirational and prepared for successful lives once they leave.’

I would like to thank you for your continued support and for the many positive comments you made directly to me by email, as well as on the Parent View questionnaire. It means a great deal to know that we have your support and commitment. I would also like to thank our superb students, who really rose to the occasion and showed tremendous pride in their school.

I feel proud and privileged to have the honour of leading this excellent school and I am in no doubt that we will continue to go from strength to strength.

Paula Dixon (Headteacher)