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

Headteacher's Welcome

 I am proud to welcome you to the website of Upton-by-Chester High School, judged by OfSTED as a good school with an outstanding sixth form’ (May 2015), and to introduce myself.

My name is Paula Dixon and I have been Headteacher at Upton since September 2013.

Upton-by-Chester High is a thriving, vibrant school with a proud record of academic excellence and success. Combined with our exceptional extra-curricular opportunities, we inspire our students to flourish, no matter what their strengths and aptitudes. We are fully inclusive and open to young people of all abilities, of all faiths and of none, to reflect real life.

With low average class sizes in English and Maths, we ensure that we know our students ‘inside out’ and nurture each individual, ensuring they are achieving their full potential through careful monitoring and tracking.

We aim to inspire and excite our students in their learning and indeed Ofsted said that “Teachers have good relationships with students …they engage students well and promote a love of learning” (May 2015).

Ofsted also judged that ‘Provision for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding’ and ‘The school’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding’, endorsing that we really are getting it right!

Ofsted also stated that we have an ‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form. As one of the largest and most successful Sixth Forms in Chester, we are able to offer an extensive range of courses and opportunities, and, as well as attracting many students from other local schools, most Upton students stay at the school for seven years to complete their education. Many of our staff also choose Upton for their own children’s education, which is a superb endorsement of just how good we are.

Our website, along with our Prospectus, will give you just a flavour of what our school is about. I would encourage you to visit us on one of our Open Evenings or mornings or to book an appointment with myself or one of my Senior Leadership Team; we would be delighted and proud to show you around our exceptional school.

I look forward to meeting you.

Mrs Paula Dixon