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  • Uplands School
    The Learning Campus
    Tadpole Lane
    Swindon
    Wiltshire
    SN25 2NB
  • Head: Fiona Clark
  • T 01793 493910
  • E [email protected]
  • 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; sixth formers: 21
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 12th September 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 16th July 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 14th July 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What 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’. The weekly celebratory assembly ends with a dance and there are shows twice a year; ‘every single person in every single class is involved’ commented one mum. Cookery is very popular with the children, though we only heard of one parent who got to sample the cakes...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2018, Fiona Clark, who was acting headteacher from May 2017, and assistant head prior to that. Joined Uplands in 2013 as middle leader with a focus on work related learning and accreditation at KS4. Her career spans more than 20 years of working with young people and adults with additional needs. A ship-shape approach to operational leadership skills comes from a previous Royal Naval logistics career.

Academic matters

A special school with a diverse population of learning abilities: PMLD, SLD and ASC, as well as a learning mentoring programme for young adults with emotional and behavioural issues. The teaching is as varied as the students’ profiles. Twenty-five classes, named after birds of prey (harrier, kite, buzzard etc) which are grouped by overarching condition (ASC etc) in different areas of the school. By dividing classes by...

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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 Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
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

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