From the Head Teacher, Mr P Clarricoates
Welcome to Upton Junior School
If you were to visit Upton Junior School you would be greeted by smiling children and a happy, caring staff. Upton is a very large school with 514 children currently on roll, but we try to make sure that we all know each individual child.
Our aim is to ensure that all our children achieve their full potential.
We encourage children to take part in everything they can whilst with us. It maybe be football, rugby or netball, it may be playing an instrument or singing in the choir, it may be choral speaking or chess or it may be representing a class as a school councillor.
We hope that Upton Junior School stands at the centre of the community. The school is well-known in the area for its lovely heated indoor swimming pool, which is used by many other local schools and organisations. The school playing fields are used by our children, and many sports groups.
We hope that this web site provides you with lots of useful information about Upton Junior School. Should you ever visit the school I know you will receive a friendly welcome, you will be shown around by our children who will be eager to talk to you and eager to answer your questions.
Thank you for visiting this site.
Upton Junior School was opened in 1971. Our pupils mainly come from the seaside town of Broadstairs, Kent.
We currently have 16 classes in 4 year groups. We have had several new build projects and in November 2005 all of our mobile classrooms were replaced.
Our extensive grounds host many and varied activities, including sports tournaments, Folk Week campers and fairs. We have an environmental area, with pond and also a 25 metre swimming pool. As a pilot community school, we hire our facilities out to local groups.
We hold the Investors in People award, the Football Association Charter Mark and Healthy School Status. As a healthy school we have our own catering facilities and staff. Our meals are excellent!
We are especially proud of our sporting and music traditions. Our teams are very successful in local tournaments and sometimes at County level. Our swimming team is particularly strong, with County representation in some events.
Our designated music coordinator runs many music groups in the school and our choir have even toured abroad, singing in Paris at Euro Disney and a central Paris church. She produces shows every year at a local theatre with the Year 6 pupils. Extra music tuition can also be provided from the Kent Music School tutors.
As a pilot community school our facilities are hired out to local groups and we are building strong links with our neighbours. We were one of the first schools in Kent to have a Travel Plan approved. Information for this was gathered from pupils, parents and the local community. We had cycle facilities installed in the Autumn term and hope to begin a walking bus very soon.
The UPTFA support our school with fundraising events. These are popular and well attended. They run a school uniform shop selling personalised fleeces, sweatshirts, etc.