At Upton we intend to ensure that school doesn’t simply start and end with academia for our children. Instead we aim to support our pupils across many differing aspects of their lives with the goal of helping them to become well-rounded individuals with strong character, who will eventually go out into the world of adults and be actively and positively involved in society. In order to do this, not only do we strive to create a conducive environment around the school but have also created our own specific Personal Development Curriculum that is entwined with our academic curricula. Key indicators of Personal Development are identified and specific learning is targeted. Personal Safety; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Enrichment; British Values; Cultural Diversity; Pupil Voice; Leadership; PSHE; Moral and Ethical Debates and Community Orientated Climate are some of the things we plan specifically and regularly to include.
We want to develop our pupils' moral compass, their social skills, their ability to reflect and consider, and engender an appreciation of cultural diversity both locally and further afield. We aim to promote British Values and our own Core Values both within our curriculum and through daily interactions as key skills children will need in the next stages of both their education and their life. Please click on the links to the left to access more information.
We intend to help and support pupils to develop the knowledge and skills they will need to become increasingly self-sufficient, including how to keep themselves safe, how to stay physically fit and healthy, and aim to develop their confidence and resilience so they can stay mentally healthy. Our over-arching curriculum is one of opportunity and enrichment and through this we aim to overcome social disadvantage so that all pupils have equal opportunities to thrive together.
In addition to this, we have specific Personal Development Days, Reflection Week, Diversity Week and British Values Weeks. Personal development is also the over-riding theme of our weekly whole-school assemblies, while our weekly 'Upton University' programme of activities sees vertical learning across the school taking place focused on our school's values of Friendship, Aspiration, Respect and Resilience.
Upton are proud to be a 'Headstart School'. HeadStart Kent is part of Kent County Council’s Early Help and Preventative Services and aims to help young people cope better when faced with difficult circumstances in their lives, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems and helping them developing resilience