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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..

Students collect marbles in a jar for class treats, work on their own individual targets and carry out a class job each day for a reward. This could be time in the soft play room, in the playground, using the electrical devices or walking to the bus on their own (discreetly watched by staff). Classdojo software is used to manage behaviour, rewarding ‘dojo’ points for good behaviour but also losing points for negative behaviour. Parents can keep up-to-date throughout the day and receive messages ...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since November 2018, Fiona Clark. Previously acting head for nine months. Studied sociology and politics at Exeter University before joining South Downs College, a mainstream FE in Portsmouth, as adult literacy Skills for Life specialist for 10 years. It was then that she decided to specialise in autism and special needs in children. When her military husband was posted to Swindon in 2013, Clark joined Uplands as middle leader with a focus on work-related learning. Parents told us, ‘The head teacher is always around and willing to talk,’ and is ‘passionate about providing the best care and education.’ Married with three children at university.

Executive head teacher since 2009 and now CEO of the Brunel SEN MAT, is Jackie Smith, awarded an MBE in 2016 for her work with young people...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

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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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

regularly
most years
quite often
infrequently
sometimes, but not in this year


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