There has been a school at Upshire since 1874. It was then housed in a building on the Warlies Estate. The present school has been on this site since 1939. The buildings have been extended and altered a lot during this time. A major refurbishment was carried out during 1989/90 with redecoration and upgrading of many facilities.
The school covers The Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, that is from ages 4 to 11. We currently have 202 children on roll .
The School Day
All pupils should be in the playground ready to be received by their teachers at 8.40am. Registration starts at 8.45am and closes at 8.50am, any child arriving after this time but before 9.00am will receive a late mark. A child arriving after 9.00am will be marked as an unauthorised absence. Lunchtime for Foundation and Key Stage One classes is from 12.00pm to 1.00pm and for Key Stage Two classes from 12.15pm to 1.15pm. The school day ends at 3.10pm.
Attendance and Punctuality
Having a good education gives your child the best possible start in life. If your child does not attend school regularly, he or she will miss essential learning experiences across the curriculum.
If your child is ill please contact the School Office on (01992) 715567 on the first day of absence.
All children should arrive in good time for the start of their morning lessons. Lateness is unsettling for your child and causes disruption to their class.
The welfare and safety of children who attend Upshire School is our paramount concern. All staff, governors and volunteers work hard to ensure that our school provides a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment for all pupils. This includes a duty to promote the social, physical and moral development of each individual child. regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability.
The school understands the responsibilities set out under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and under the DfE statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure that the appropriate arrangements exist within our school to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering harm. Our school procedures for safeguarding children are in line with those of the Southend, Essex and Thurrock ('SET') Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures, the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (www.ecsb.co.uk) and with those of the Essex Local Authority.
The Headteacher is the Designated Person for Child Protection and has undertaken appropriate training for the role.
The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Mrs Carly Brine.
Please refer to our Child Protection Policy for further information, which can be found under the Policies and Procedures Tab.
Promoting British Values at Upshire Primary School
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At Upshire these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and annual questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members are based on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Upshire.
Pupils are taught from an early age the systems of the school. These are our School Expectations, Playground and Safety Expectations. Each class also discusses and sets its own expectations that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Upshire, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSCHE lessons.
Respect is one of the core values of our school. Our pupils were fully involved in the creation of our school values - TERRIFIC and it is deeply embedded in all that we do at the school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of Respect at Upshire underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Upshire enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies, assemblies and PSCHE lessons.
At Upshire we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Please find a link below to the Essex Police 'PREVENT' initiative.
Pupil Premium Grant ('PPG')
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is, additional funding, allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (‘FSM’) and their peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel.