At Upton, we strongly believe that we have a responsibility to develop our pupils personally as well as academically. In particular we want students to:
- Grow into responsible, respectful and active citizens.
- Reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others.
- Possess confidence and resilience.
- Understand how to keep healthy (physically and mentally) and maintain an active lifestyle.
- Develop their individual interests and talents.
To achieve these aims, pupils are offered a wide, rich set of experiences both within and outside the taught curriculum. These include:
- National Citizen Service in which we have achieved the Gold Award for participation in 2019.
- PSHE Days for all year groups as well as weekly PHSE lessons
- Retreat Days for all year groups
- Feast Day every year in December where all pupils contribute to many tasks that are charitable and raise their awareness of current world issues.
- The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
- Trips and visits, e.g. Parliament in London, Overseas exchanges to Spain, France and China.
- Extra curricular including a wide variety of sports clubs, Music groups and our annual musical production as well as Subject led clubs - Beekeeping Society, Eco Club.
- Charity fundraising. Over the past few years we have raised large sums of money for the 2 international charities, Change a Child's Life and So the Child May Learn. This has enabled the building of a new school block at a school in Nepal as well as a new library at a school in Kenya. Over the next few years we hope to take students to visit these projects. As well as international charities, we support many local charities. As part of our 'Year of Kindness' we have supported 5 of these. They are as the Ferries Families group, St John's Hospice, The Ark Homeless centre, and Asylum Link.
- Our Head Girls team are committed every year to a special charity project. This year they have supported The Wirral's Homeless Charity. Once a month, they team up with pupils from the younger years and cook delicious meals for a group of local homeless people to eat. Mrs Gaunt began the support of this charity 5 years ago and we are keen for this to continue.
- Leadership opportunities, including Head Girl's Team (in Sixth Form), Cabinet, Heads and Deputy Heads of House, student librarians, prefects, ethos reps, sports leaders and school council representatives.
- Visiting speakers, e.g. a Holocaust survivor, our local M.P, former pupils who speak about life after Upton and the opportunities that have been made available to them.
- Visiting theatre companies, e.g. The Rise Theatre Company
- Year 8 have a multi-faith day where members of the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian communities come and talk to them and give them the opportunity to ask questions.
- MYRIAD mindfulness project - For the past 3 years we have been part of the biggest piece of research to take place that looks into the effectiveness of the .b Mindfulness programme. This comes to an end this summer. As part fo the project, we have 4 fully trained members of staff who can deliver this programme. Elements of this programme are now included into our PHSE programme and we hope that we will be able to see the impact of this in the future.