Welcome from the Head of Upper School
In the Upper School, we continue to build on the strong foundations provided by the Lower School and aim to foster a passion for learning. As the children move on through the school, they are encouraged to develop more independent learning skills and are offered challenges and opportunities to help unlock their potential.

Pastoral care is paramount in maintaining well-being. All teachers take great interest in the children’s development and they have a designated Form Teacher who oversees their care, along with additional support from myself as Head of Upper School. When appropriate, the children’s needs are discussed with the whole Upper School Teachers and are high priority at our weekly Upper School Briefings. They experience a broad and exciting curriculum to enhance their academic performance, whilst learning that continuous effort and engagement brings great personal rewards.

Importantly, we are a vibrant school that encourages our pupils to engage in a host of extra-curricular activities giving them confidence and raising self-esteem. Lunchtime and after-school activities are numerous and varied and there is appropriate emphasis on trips and external visitors to extend education beyond the classroom. They are challenged to develop new skills and supported by peers and staff to face new experiences through the SPS Challenge Award Scheme.

This involves a school Challenge Day and residential visits to an activity centre for Years 3 to 5. Year 6 spend five days exploring Derbyshire with activities involving Geographical, Historical and Scientific understanding alongside the more physical challenges of kayaking and team games.

Our children learn to welcome new opportunities, a valuable approach to life in an ever changing world. With increased independence comes increased responsibility, and by the time our children reach Year 6, they are well prepared for tackling entrance exams and taking on Roles of Responsibility throughout the school.

Success is recognised at our Leavers’ Evening for Year 6, however, the opportunities to shine are an integral part of school life through assemblies, concerts, plays, interschool matches and competitions. We are proud of our academic record but we are also proud of our pupils’ accomplishments in music, the arts, sports and leadership.

Wherever our children go after they leave us, they take with them the core values of SPS and a love of learning. They are secure in the knowledge that they are well equipped for the challenges that lie ahead.

Mrs A Reader
Head of Upper School