Uplands School A GSG School
- Uplands School
The Learning Campus
- Head: Ms Jackie Smith/Ms Deirdre Fitzpatrick
- T 01793 493910
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.uplands.swindon.sch.uk
- A special state school for pupils aged from 11 to 25 with severe to profound learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, and emotional and behavioural needs
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Swindon
- Pupils: 130
- Religion: Non-denominational
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 16th July 2014
- Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 14th July 2011
- Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
We saw a class of three complex needs children working on switch-control, with an interactive screen and hamburger-style buttons, which rewarded their efforts with a burst of heavy metal music. Parents praised the staff: ‘Simple things we take for granted, they have the time and the patience to do it’.
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What The Good Schools Guide says
Head Teacher Since 2013, Mrs Deidre Fitzpatrick MEd AdvDip NPQH NPQSL (early 50s). Studied at Bath University and Westminster College, Oxford before joining a mainstream school in Swindon as English teacher. Quickly rose through the ranks, becoming head of department, then English consultant for the local authority and senior secondary advisor. Motivated to specialise in SEN by ‘a fondness for the most vulnerable kids’ born of her own experience being brought up by social services in 1970s inner London with her disabled sister. ‘I just really liked the different way of doing things in special schools,’ she remarks. Joined Uplands School as a middle leader and promoted to head six months later. In addition to head’s duties, manages the mental health group for Swindon LA and works as a schools inspector. Married with...
Special Education Needs
Uplands is a community secondary special school catering for students from eleven to nineteen years who have a range of special educational needs. The students have severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and may also have aspergers' syndrome, autism, epilepsy or a hearing, speech and language or visual impairment.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Aspergers Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|