Upton Court Grammar School
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|Upton Court Grammar School|
"To the stars"
|Department for Education URN||136420 Tables|
|Principal||Mr Mark Pritchard|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Enrolment||1,106 (6th form 461)|
The school has specialisms in languages and science. It is also a Leading Edge School, an ICT-Focus School, a Training School, an International School under the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and a participant in the Primary Language Initiative. From September 2004 it offered some International Baccalaureate courses alongside its conventional secondary and sixth form courses, but these are now discontinued.
Slough Secondary School (1912–36)
Slough Secondary School was the name of the first major selective secondary school in Slough (originally Buckinghamshire but now Berkshire). It was founded in 1912 just to the west of William Street, in the town centre. By 1936, the School had outgrown its premises and was split into Slough Grammar School for boys (1936–82) in Lascelles Road and Slough High School for girls (1936–82) in Twinches Lane, although the girls stayed on in the William Street buildings until 1939 when their new buildings were ready.
The original Slough Secondary School buildings in William Street were re-used during the Second World War and afterwards as temporary school accommodation. They were redeveloped in the 1960s as the tower blocks of Slough College, which became the Slough Campus of Thames Valley University. The area is being redeveloped again, under the Heart of Slough project.
- Mr W. Francis Smith, BA (1912–25)
- Mr Ben Llewellyn (Acting) (1923–25)
- Mr Edward Rudland Clarke, MC, MA (Cantab), FRGS (1925–36) and continued with Slough Grammar School for Boys until 1952
Slough Grammar School for Boys (1936–82)
Slough Grammar School for Boys was a boys selective grammar school in Slough, It was created when the predecessor school, Slough Secondary School, split into separate Boys and Girls schools in 1936. It moved into purpose-built premises at Lascelles Road, which are still used by the current school.
- Mr Edward Rudland Clarke, MC, MA (Cantab), FRGS (1936–52) having started with Slough Secondary School in 1925
- Mr Tom Anderson (Acting) (1952)
- Dr Wilfrid Robert Victor Long, BA, PhD (1952–66)
- Mr Gerald H Painter, MSc, FInstP (1966–82) and continued with Upton Grammar School until 1988
Slough High School for Girls (1936–82)
Slough High School was a girls selective grammar school in Slough, Buckinghamshire, now Berkshire. It was formed in 1936 from the split of Slough Secondary School (1912–36) into Slough Grammar School for boys (1936–82) and Slough High School for girls.
For the first three years of its existence, it occupied the former Slough Secondary School buildings in William Street, but, in 1939, it moved to new buildings in Twinches Lane, Cippenham.
In 1982, when the Twinches Lane site was sold for redevelopment, Slough Grammar School and Slough High School merged to form Upton Grammar School (1982–93), based on the Lascelles Road site of Slough Grammar School.
- Miss J M Crawford, MA (1936–62)
- Miss Gwyneth R J Owen (1962–78)
- Miss Pamela A Reakes, BA (1978–82)
Upton Grammar School (1982–93)
Upton Grammar School in Lascelles Road, Slough, was formed in 1982 by the re-merger of Slough Grammar School for boys (1936–82) and Slough High School for girls (1936–82), when the High School's Twinches Lane site was sold for redevelopment. The combined school was renamed Upton Grammar School to underline the merger of two equals. Slough Grammar and Slough High had both been formed in 1936 from the split of Slough Secondary School (1912–36).
- Head teachers
- Mr Gerald H Painter, MSc, FInstP (1982–88) having started as Headmaster of Slough Grammar School for Boys in 1966
- Mrs Margaret A Lenton, BA, FRSA (1988–93) and continued with Slough Grammar School until 2010
Slough Grammar School (1993–2013)
In 1993, Upton Grammar School was renamed back to Slough Grammar School, while retaining its co-educational status, the previous school of this name having been single-sex status. The school converted into an academy in 2011.
- Mrs Margaret A Lenton, BA, FRSA (1993–2010) having started with Upton Grammar School in 1988
- Mrs Mercedes Hernández Estrada, MA (2010–13) and continued with Upton Court Grammar School
Upton Court Grammar School (2013–present)
In 2013, the current Principal, Mrs Mercedes Hernández Estrada, and the governors converted the school's name to Upton Court Grammar School. The chained swan logo has been replaced by a phoenix rising. The School is also assisting two local schools – Foxborough Primary School and Trevelyan Middle School
- Mrs Mercedes Hernández Estrada, MA (2013–2017) having started with Slough Grammar School in 2010
- Mr Mark Pritchard MA (2017–present)
In April 2014 a team of registered inspectors conducted a two-day full review of Upton Court Grammar School following the Ofsted framework for inspection of schools. The school was given an overall rating of "Outstanding", although the Sixth Form was only rated "Good", with serious concerns raised over the number of students unable to progress from AS level to A2 level studies due to poor grades. Upton Court Grammar is known as a multicultural school that has achieved a remarkably happy coexistence of students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The school is committed to its international school status, and to the understanding of other cultures as well as other languages. The 2008 OFSTED inspection report describes Slough Grammar as "outstanding" the 2011 OFSTED interim assessment confirms that the standards are unchanged, The IB courses offered put it into a different category for 6th form league tables. The IB results were strong in 2006 and this has had a slight knock on effect in reducing the overall grade spread at A level.
As of 2013[update], the IB courses have been discontinued.
The term "Paludian" for former students of the school(s) is derived from the Latin word palus (genitive paludis), meaning a marsh or slough. The term was first coined by the Headmaster, W. Francis Smith, in 1915, when the Old Paludians Association was formed, and has been in continuous use ever since. "Old Paludians" is sometimes informally contracted to "Old Pals".
In 1936, the Association split into the Boys (or Sports) section and the Girls section. By the 1950s, the Boys section reformed to become the Old Paludians Ltd. They moved to Taplow and nowadays play as Taplow United. The girls section became the current Old Paludians Association and now welcomes former boys and girls to annual reunions and to join its membership.
- Former students
- Steve Bell – cartoonist
- Jon Benjamin – diplomat
- Dr Jeremy Black (1951–2004) – assyriologist
- William Bradshaw, Baron Bradshaw
- Commodore Laurie Brokenshire, CBE, RN (1952-2017) - puzzle specialist, magician
- Susan Cooper - children's author
- Prof John Fothergill – Pro-Vice Chancellor, City University London
- Philip Hinchcliffe – TV producer
- Jeanne Hoban (1924–1997) – trade unionist and politician
- Philip Hubble – butterfly swimmer
- John King – author
- Keith Mansfield – composer and arranger
- Prof Robert Marler (1928–2014) – emeritus professor of neurobiology, physiology and ethology, University of California
- Gary Numan – cult musician
- Prof John Pickering – professor of economics
- Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle (1923–2015) – née Myatt
- Prof Martin Schröder – Vice President and Dean of Engineering and Physical Science, Professor of Chemistry University of Manchester
- Prof Ian Simmons – emeritus professor of geography, University of Durham
- Prof Matthew Spriggs – professor of archaeology, Australian National University
- "Slough Grammar School website – International Baccalaureate". Archived from the original on 29 November 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- Good School Guide, Ofsted, 2006
- "Ofsted Inspection Report". OFSTED. 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- "Old Paludians Association". Old Paludians Association. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "Taplow United". Old Paludians Ltd. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "Jeremy Black (obituary)". The Independent Newspaper. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
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