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Latest news and events

Transition

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 for transition events starting on Monday 4th with Meet your Tutor Evening.

A letter to USH from Her Majesty.

Well done to Year 7 for the response you received from the Queen in response to our Remembrance Day Postcards.

A Spring programme of careers learning and enrichment.

We are excited to launch a Spring Careers Programme for all year groups. Thanks to Mrs Anderson for her leadership of this important work.

Our word of the week

At USH, we place a strong focus on not only correct spelling, punctuation and grammar, but on stretching our vocabulary to incorporate academic language as part of our everyday speech and writing.

Experience

Headteacher's blog

Inspiring leaders at all levels. Governance at USH.

22 June 2022

Preparations are underway to handover to the new USH headteacher this September. Part of this handover is to orientate the new leader into the governance structure within the multi-academy. I last posted about governance in 2017 and am prompted to write another (probably overdue) post about the power of this pivotal group. 

Since joining USH in 2013 I have been fortunate to have a succession of excellent chairs of governors. A chair plays...

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Testimonials

“The teachers have been an absolute inspiration to me from the start and have supported me during my time at USH.”
Year 11 leaver

“Pupils say teachers are always willing to help them improve their work. ”
Ofsted 2019

“The whole DofE experience has pushed both my sons so far out of their comfort zone and I have really seen them grow in confidence as a result. It is opportunities like this that make USH such a great school.”
Parent

“I've been so incredibly impressed by the way the school and teachers are dealing with the home schooling, zoom lessons and keeping in touch with the children and keeping them motivated too, not an easy task I'm sure! Your efforts have been outstanding.”
Parent 2021

“We wanted to let you know how impressed we have been by the support offered by the Learning Support staff during this lockdown.”
Parent 2021

“My daughter has been stimulated by her education and is determined to keep up her studies, … so a big thank you to all of her teachers for being her inspiration and encouragement generally over the last 5 years of her education... Thank you!”
Parent 2021

“Children are missing very important parts of their lives both socially and educationally but thanks to USH this has been minimised.”
Parent 2021

“The way the school has dealt with my child's transition in Year 7 has been fantastic - my child is making great progress in their learning, thanks to some inspiring teaching.”
Year 7 Parent

“I would like to thank you for being such an inspiration to both my sons.”
Year 10 and 9 parent

“Overall I have to say that USH are doing a great job, as ever. Personal feedback and interaction with teachers is brilliant, as that makes the boys feel part of the school, and provides some familiar, human interaction.”
Parent 2021

“Leaders provide support in school and work relentlessly to help pupils and families get the support they need from other agencies.”
Ofsted 2019

“What a lovely gesture by two of your students and how refreshing in this day and age to find such honesty.”
Member of public

“I want to thank you and your team for the compelling vision of the future of USH.”
Year 9 parent

“My teacher gave me the confidence to do things that I would never have dreamt of doing.”
Year 11 leaver

“There is a calm and productive atmosphere in lessons and around the school. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Your school production of Cats was utterly amazing, on a par with, or much better than some so-called professional productions.”
Year 8 parent

“We are just writing to say how very impressed myself and my husband were at the Open Morning on Saturday. As a result of this, our daughter can't wait to come to Upper Shirley next September - her words were "Why can't I start now?" ”
Year 6 parent

“I think the new uniform looks really great. I'm just filling in the form for my daughter to join next September!”
Year 10 parent

“Thank you for being here for us. You have taught me so much and made me improve my grades.”
Year 11 leaver

“I just wanted to say thank you for all you are have done this year and continuing to do for our children... but I wanted you all to know we appreciate all you are doing.”
Parent 2021

“My teachers went above and beyond their work, pushed us and supported us, no matter what challenges we faced.”
Year 11 leaver

“Many teachers plan so that pupils with SEND learn well. ”
Ofsted 2019

“There are a range of clubs and other opportunities on offer. ”
Ofsted 2019

“I am absolutely delighted by the very high levels of pride my daughter shows in her work.”
Year 11 parent

“To my PE teacher: "Thank you for being such a great tutor/PE teacher and helping me through my five years at this school."”

“Staff help pupils to prepare well for examinations. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Our school celebrates everything and everyone, which makes the community bond even stronger; no one is ignored. ”
Year 11 student

“I feel that the close-knit community at USH has helped me develop and flourish as an individual and reach my potential.”
Year 11 leaver

“Leaders are determined to keep a strong sense of community as the school grows. ”
Ofsted 2019

“i would like to pass on my appreciation for the excellent Awards Evening held at St Mary's Hall.”
Parent

“This is a good school for the creative variety of subjects.”
Year 6 parent

“Leaders have established a culture where the well-being and safety of pupils is given the highest importance. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Teachers show strong subject expertise.”
Ofsted 2019

“Pupils are expected to read every day.”
Ofsted 2019

“The headteacher leads the school with passion and determination. He is ably supported by his senior team. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Leaders are helping pupils understand the world around them better by studying a wide range of books in different subjects. ”
Ofsted 2019

“A higher proportion of pupils than in the past are taking subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate. ”
Ofsted 2019

“.... best school production we have ever seen.”
Parent

“Pupils’ transition from primary school is very smooth.”
Ofsted 2019

“Please pass on our thanks to all concerned and the teachers for their hard work and commitment to USH over the years - very much appreciated. ”
Parent

“Your students who helped at our infant school sports day were polite and helpful and an absolute credit to the school.”
Infant School parent

“Inspirational subject leaders expect pupils to be challenged.”
Ofsted 2019

“I wish to congratulate the school for inviting grandparents to your Poppy Service this morning. Being greeted so warmly on such an awful day was great. Having four grandaughters, this is the first time my husband and I have ever been invited to a senior school. The refreshments were fantastic. Many thanks. ”
'A very happy grandparent'

“My children are well supported, stretched and challenged in equal measure. All three of our children are very happy at USH. ”
Parent 2021

“Leaders, including governors, are committed to helping every pupil do their best. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Visit of Chris Lubbe: "All of my children seemed to be profoundly affected - in a good way - by this visit. They were spellbound and it sounds as if everyone else was too."”
Parent

“To my tutor: "Thank you for being so supportive to me during exam time and making tutor time enjoyable."”
Year 11 leaver

“Please congratulate the staff and students that took part in Rock Challenge last night. I thought USH's piece was excellent and deserved a top slot! Our son is already up for next year's show.”
Year 7 Parent

“What a wonderful atmosphere there was and how impressed I was with the school and its pupils.”
Grandparent, following Grandparents Morning on Remembrance Day

“Thank you so much to your staff who gave up their weekends to provide an amazing experience for the young people doing DofE.”
Year 10 parent

“A massive thank you to everyone at USH for all your hard work and everything you are doing to keep our children on track.”
Parent 2021

“Teachers work together to plan interesting lessons that help pupils build on what they already know.”
Ofsted 2019

“Thank you to every teacher that helped me when I needed them: I don't have one teacher to pick from - there are lots.”
Year 11 leaver

“English and Food and Nutrition are consistently well planned and delivered, and pupils achieve well.”
Ofsted 2019

“Once again, thank you so much to you and your intrepid team for giving up your weekend to spend a very wet 2 days in the New Forest, guiding the youngsters through their final DofE expeditions. ”
Parent

“My daughter and I visited Upper Shirley High and we feel this is a school where she will be very happy and thrive.”
Prospective parent

“Thank you so much for your hard work in getting my son through his DofE final expedition and for giving him this opportunity.”
Year 10 parent

“Pupils are clear that everyone should be treated equally. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Thank you for arranging the excellent Parent Workshops on "The Adolescent Brain" - they were brilliant! My husband and I both found it very useful...we will be back for more!”
Year 7 Parent after attending an USH Parent Workshop

“They (pupils) show a pride in their appearance.”
Ofsted 2019

“Leaders aim to prepare pupils to become thoughtful members of the changing local community. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Since my son has attended Upper Shirley High, he has gone from strength to strength.”
Year 8 parent

“At key stage 4, leaders have high ambitions for pupils’ academic success. ”
Ofsted 2019

“The school’s good reputation and increasing popularity is well deserved. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Pupils show respect for each other and for adults in the school. ”
Ofsted 2019

“They make good use of the expert advice and support available in the guidance centre.”
Ofsted 2019

“We feel USH is committed to providing stimulating environments in which children can develop and learn.”
Prospective parent

“It is clear you have tremendous enthusiasm and passion, not just for the school but more importantly, for the students.”
Year 9 parent

“Having seen the school and spoken to pupils and staff, we believe USH would offer our daughter the best opportunity of developing her academic and creative potential.”
Prospective parent

“Both my boys have grown through the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Programme; it is one of the many things that makes USH such a very special school.”
Parent

“Pupils feel safe in the school and very well cared for.”
Ofsted 2019

“Cats was outstanding - what a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
Year 10 and 9 parent

“Pupils are confident that there are trusted adults they can speak to if they are worried about something. ”
Ofsted 2019

“You can see the sense of pride felt by the students about their uniform and this enables them to live up to the ethos/values of the school.”
Year 6 parent

“Thank you so much for everything you’re doing to keep our children safe, healthy and educated during such a challenging and changeable time. ”
Parent 2021

“I just wanted to say how impressed I have been this last week, having attended both Cats at the Nuffield and the Awards Evening.”
Year 8 parent

“Pupils can explain what the school motto, ‘believe, respect, succeed’, means for them. ”
Ofsted 2019

“USH has transformed my daughter.”
Year 8 parent

“Warmest congratulations for an outstanding school performance of Cats. The hard work of staff and students was most evident and their professionalism was second to none.”
Year 8 parent

“My daughter is extremely lucky to have such dedicated teachers to help her on her way.”
Year 10 parent

“Pupils are keen to learn. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported by the special educational needs coordinator and her effective team in the specialist centre. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Well trained staff know what to do if they have a concern about a pupil. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Leaders have high ambitions for what pupils can achieve. ”
Ofsted 2019

“Leaders expect the very best from pupils. ”
Ofsted 2019

“I would really like to congratulate you and the team on the year 7 transition, which worked wonderfully. My son has flourished since arriving at USH and is really happy.”
Year 7 parent

“We share the high aspirations that the school has and this would suit our daughter.”
Prospective parent

“Both staff and pupils are proud of the inclusive nature of the school.”
Ofsted 2019

“Pupils enjoy their lessons and appreciate teachers’ enthusiasm for their subjects. ”
Ofsted 2019

“A huge thank you for everything you are doing to keep the UHS family and community safe.”
Parent 2021

“Thank you for helping me to gain confidence in myself and motivating me to keep going and stay happy.”
Year 11 leaver