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Posted on: 04/09/2017

Upton rated OUTSTANDING

In July 2017 Ofsted Inspectors judged the school to be outstanding in all areas.


Upton Primary School - OFSTED June 2017


The following key findings show both the strengths of the school and also what we need to do to continue to provide an outstanding education for our children.

This is an outstanding school because:

  • Senior leaders and governors work exceptionally well together to create a vibrant, caring, hard-working climate for learning across the school. The headteacher’s calm, thoughtful and decisive leadership helps other leaders to thrive and be successful in their roles. The school has improved rapidly since the previous inspection. Teaching, learning and assessment has improved significantly resulting in outcomes for pupils which are now outstanding.

  • Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They learn and play together extremely well and are able to recognise and celebrate their similarities and differences. Pupils ‘live’ the school values of tolerance and respect. They are confident, caring, friendly young British citizens.

  • Teachers plan interesting lessons and create a stunning learning environment around the school, which pupils benefit from and are proud of. Teachers provide precise guidance to pupils to help them improve their work.

  • Children in the early years provision benefit from a wonderful start to their education. They make excellent progress from their starting points and a very high proportion of them achieve a good overall level of development.

  • Leaders and teachers have ensured a sharp focus on checking pupils’ progress regularly and systematically. As a result, past differences between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and others are diminishing rapidly in all year groups.

  • Pupils’ outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics were above the national average for all pupils in 2016. Provisional outcomes for 2017 show improvements on these results. Leaders and governors have used additional funding for disadvantaged pupils very well. Their attainment in reading, writing and mathematics in 2017 is expected to be well above last year’s national average for all pupils.

  • The absolute priority of all staff in the school is to keep children safe and to ensure their well- being. As one parent put it, ‘the best thing about this school is that the children are so happy’. Parents are very positive about the work of the school.

  • Teachers and support staff demonstrate excellent subject knowledge in all subjects taught. However, the progress that pupils make in science is not consistently strong in all year groups.

  • Pupils would benefit from further opportunities to apply their reading, writing and mathematics skills in all subjects across the curriculum.