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  • Upper Shirley High School
    Bellemoor Road
    Upper Shirley
    SO15 7QU
  • Head: Mr Stuart Woods
  • T 023 8032 5333
  • F 023 8077 0318
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Southampton
  • Pupils: 790
  • Religion: None
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 26th January 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 20th May 2011

    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: Satisfactory on 12th June 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Upper Shirley High is a small coeducational school in the heart of the Upper Shirley geographical area of Southampton. We are part of a Cooperative Learning Community with the local primaries in the same area: Shirley Junior and Shirley Infants Schools, Wordsworth Infant School, Hollybrook Junior and Hollybrook Infant Schools as well as Great Oaks Special School. Tauntons 6th Form College is also one of our partners. Our cluster arrangements ensure that the 2 junior schools are the main primary links but we work extremely closely with all of the schools. This has fostered a very real sense of community where all that we do is centred on the dynamic progression from reception through to post 16 for all children in our local area. All of the schools in the community are part of a trust to ensure continuity and sustainability of relationships and partnership working well into the future.
I have had the very real pleasure of being the Principal here since September 2004 and can testify to this school being a truly dynamic organisation, with improving academic results. I am delighted to say that over the last few years we continue to exceed our targets. Our Ofsted in May 2011 judged us as being a good school with many outstanding features and I concur in that I believe that we are an outstandingly good school! However, there is still work to do if we are to become a completely outstanding school and we are actively working towards this as Ofsted commented The school has an outstanding capacity to sustain further improvements.

Converted to an academy 2011.
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*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.

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