“Pupils are making better progress in the academy.” Ofsted 2016
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 results and 16 of our subjects achieved best ever overall grades. USH proudly belongs to the Hamwic Education Trust and we work closely with our local partners within the Jeffery’s Education Trust. This local model allows us to decide our own future direction and build strength in collaboration with Wordsworth Primary; Shirley and Hollybrook infants and juniors; and the Tremona Road Hospital School. It’s a powerful connection, one which is further strengthened with our great relationship with local sixth form colleges.
Our students are characterful, strong-minded, ambitious and they thrive on challenge. Collectively, students speak 43 languages and success with our large number of more-able students means we offer parents a competitive alternative to grammar and private education; all in an inclusive and friendly setting. A parent recently described USH as ‘an international school with a village feel’. After USH students thrive too. As an example, 5 ex-USH students began a course at Oxford or Cambridge this September.
I believe our success is down to three things; the emphasis we place on positive relationships, the commitment of our parents and the talents of our staff.