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  • Uplands School
    The Learning Campus
    Tadpole Lane
    SN25 2NB
  • Head: Fiona Clark
  • T 01793 493910
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  • 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 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 16th July 2014
  • 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

Head teacher

Since 2018, Fiona Clarke, previously acting head teacher.

Executive head teacher is Jackie Smith BSc PGCE PGdipSEN NPQH MBE (late 40s). Mrs Smith graduated in maths and worked in mainstream education before building up a long pedigree in SEN, including in a residential provision for emotional/behavioural difficulties, at a pupil referral unit and as head of learning support in a mainstream school. Joined Uplands School as headteacher in 2009. Took up her present post when Uplands Educational Trust was formed, expanding the provision to include 19-25 college; a residential facility for young adults, two retail shops and a farm. Describes her job as managing the Uplands organisation, particularly around business and finance. Admired by parents; one commented about the school, ‘The teamwork, the inter-agency approach makes it so good. This...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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