Upton St Leonards Church of England (Controlled) Primary School is set in a village environment and serves a wide community including Upton St Leonards Village, Abbeymead and further surrounding areas.
There are currently 417 children on roll. The school is organised in seven separate year groups with six infant and eight junior classes.
As a Church of England (controlled) School, we support and promote Christian beliefs and values not only through worship, but also through everyday life. Our school vision of ‘Building foundations for a love of life, a love of learning and a love of one another’ is central to all that we do. The four core values of; love. perseverance., respect and truthfulness underpin this.
The aim of our school is therefore for every child to realise her/his full potential and to enjoy learning in a caring, friendly, secure and ordered environment. Upton is a nurturing community in which children are encouraged to do their very best, while at the same time developing respect and concern for others.
We are proud of the education that we offer our children and the high standards that we maintain. We constantly strive to make our school a happy place where children’s achievements are recognised and rewarded at every level.
We are very proud to be recognised as an ‘Embracing Thrive’ school and to have achieved our ‘GHLL Mental Health Award’. We place a great deal of emphasis on recognising and attuning to pupils emotions, validating them and helping them to self-regulate. Much of the work we do prioritises the need to increase children’s self-esteem and confidence. We therefore adopt a positive approach to behaviour through a carefully structured system of rewards, using a restorative approach to managing misbehaviour. Rewards, such as House Points, are given not only for academic effort or achievement, but also for contributions towards the school ethos and values, for example acts of compassion and generosity. We are currently working on the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Programme.
We have a well-established School Council which has representatives from each class from Year 1 upwards and an Eco Club. This provides the opportunity for pupils to have some influence and say in areas of school life and we are proud to have been awarded our Silver Eco Award.
Music is a strength of the school. We have school choirs, several 'Rock Steady' bands, recorder groups and take part in ‘ising Pop’ and Young Voices Concerts. We also have peripatetic teachers in school who provide tuition in violin, woodwind, piano, drumming and guitar.
Upton St Leonard’s C of E Primary School has an enthusiastic and committed team of teaching and support staff who work hard for the school. Each member of the teaching staff has curricular responsibilities, and parents and governors are kept abreast of curricular developments through formal and informal contacts. We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including sporting, chess, music and gardening clubs.
Our school buildings are modern and well-resourced. In addition to the classrooms and practical areas, we have a spacious well-equipped hall, an ICT Suite, a Thrive/ Nurture room (‘The Hub’), a teaching kitchen and a Library.
Outside we have a large playground, two fields, two adventure playgrounds, a separate Foundation Stage play area, a Spiritual Garden, a Forest School area and a Wildlife Area with pond.
There is a Parent Teacher Association, which helps the school with many fund-raising and social activities.