“We love the signs all around your school which promote your values.” Visiting Colombian teachers
Today we were reviewing this week’s outgoing correspondence to parents and I was about to sign the letters for the remaining Prom arrangements. Thank goodness I paused long enough with my pen to... Read more
Thanks to everyone who attended our successful teachmeet which (finally) happened on 26th April. No snow stopped us this time!
It's been a busy and productive term but I have to say, one of the most rewarding in recent memory. What's so good about the staff and students of USH is how they push on and keep focussed; right until the... Read more
We are delighted to welcome Charlie back to USH. Charlie is an inspirational speaker who's adventures speak to young people on a profound level. Awe and wonder is much misused phrase; here it isn't. We... Read more
The effectiveness of a governing body depends on the quality of its governors and in the way they work together and with school leaders. USH is a skills-based governing body which has been led by Andy... Read more
The first of our city ‘Teachmeets’ is at St George College on 28th November between 4 and 5.30pm.
This year we welcomed 115 grandparents to USH for our Remembrance Service. Our biggest turnout since we began this special event. A number of grandparents made a journey further than most. This year from... Read more
You may know that Upper Shirley High proudly cares for one the last remaining Mulberry trees in Southampton.
Early in his reign, King James I instructed landowners to plant Mulberry trees at the rate of... Read more
It’s a great time to be at Upper Shirley High (USH). Our first 180 student cohort has started in Year 7 and our multi-million pound building plan has started. This summer, our Year 11 achieved best ever A*/A... Read more
As we complete another cycle of school, I’ve been humbled by the hard-work and resilience of our Year 11s and impressed by the support from all the other students.
The ‘business’ end of the... Read more
“Behold the hands, how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, mock and what not besides, with a variation and... Read more
You may have read about school budget cuts in the local and national press. I want to reassure our community that there are no planned reductions in teachers or support staff at USH in the coming years. In... Read more
I have had the pleasure of Chairing the Southampton Education Forum (known as SEF) for the last two and a half years and in December I stood down to focus my efforts on Upper Shirley High’s... Read more
I addressed prospective new students at our annual open morning event this month and was pleased to see so many families considering joining USH. Thank you.
I’ve heard it said that school 'prepares... Read more
At this point every year, I invite our middle leaders into my office to discuss their summer GCSE results and I’m compelled to post a blog for two reasons:
1. I don’t Tweet (Kim Kardashian et al... Read more
'I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at is full speed, embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become... Read more
Endings are difficult. For everyone. Endings bring out deeper feelings of loss and on an organisational level, there can be worry about how things will be different in the future. It’s in the nature of schools... Read more
The result of the EU Referendum has caused confusion and questions across our country.
Please know that a huge majority of our school and importantly the youngest... Read more
‘This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the... Read more
I’ve often heard USH referred to as a family and three years into headship, I increasingly feel what people mean. More than a social unit consisting of adults and children, we are ‘closely related’... Read more
It’s been a humbling month for Upper Shirley High. When Ofsted gave us our feedback following the recent inspection, they said:
“You are very ambitious for the success of... Read more
Happy New Year.
In 1958, WH Auden wrote ‘Routine, in an intelligent person, is a sign of ambition.’
Schools thrive on routine yet no two days are the same.
I’m a big... Read more
It seems some of our students believe their generation invented abbreviated language. I point out that Winston Churchill was the first person to use the (now overused) common abbreviation... Read more
When I was little, I remember when my Grandma came over to see the family, it was a big deal; the house was prepared and a special lunch assembled; she'd sit at the head of the table and I waited my turn... Read more
If art was easy and required no developed knowledge, skill or attribute to succeed, then wouldn't every painting be a masterpiece? every play a hit? every design faultless? every actor an... Read more
Looking for a pathway into teaching?
'A teacher affects eternity; you never know when your influence stops'. This profound quote by Henry Adams is perfectly true and should be experienced to be fully... Read more