Upton Court Grammar School re-opens refurbished 1930s building

Following a multimillion pound upgrade, Upton Court Grammar School’s 1930s building was officially re-opened last week.

The ‘legacy’ building, as it is known to staff and students at the Lascelles Road school, was originally built in 1936.

In 2015, the school was awarded funding from the Education and Skill Funding Agency (ESFA) to build a new three-storey teaching block and to refurbish the legacy building.  The building was reopened on Friday, boasting 10 new science laboratories, a new science prep room, as well as new classrooms, windows and flooring.

The opening ceremony  was attended by governors, trustees, staff, headteachers from other schools in the Slough area and alumni.

More building work is underway on a new sports hall, changing rooms and outside four-court multi-use games area, which are due for completion in September next year.

Headteacher Mark Pritchard said: “The expansion and improvements to our site and buildings mean we are able to give our students the very best educational experience possible. 

“Our school’s long history shows a strong tradition of excellence and I am delighted that the re-opening of our legacy building allows us to continue to deliver expert teaching in first-class facilities.”

 

 

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  • Nadiaali

    15:03, 21 December 2018

    This school wreaks of hypocrisy only inviting the alumni of white middle class alumni, which does not reflect the profile of the school over the last thirty years. It’s not the old traditional school, but a mongrel created by a wannabe headmaster who never marks any of the cultural events those poor children mark in their private lives. Makes me sick.

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    • expressr

      18:06, 23 December 2018

      Are the staff, governors, etc. "white middle class"?

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  • Stranger

    23:11, 20 December 2018

    I am an alumnus of this school and a local, and I wasn't invited to the reopening of the refurbished building. In fact, I've never been invited to have anything to do with the school, and I'm surely not the only one... The bizarre thing about this school is that it's a majority ethnic Asian school and it has been ever since the late 80s, yet it has an all-white Masonic lodge called the Old Paludians masquerading as its alumni association. Just a note that may be of interest to journalists, because alumni were not in fact invited to the unveiling of the new building, but rather Margaret Lenton and the rest of the Old Paludians masonic lodge (of which there are 27 in Slough) were.

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    • expressr

      18:06, 23 December 2018

      Am also alumni, did you read about the death of Mr Painter? Time for a new Paludians organisation.

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      • Stranger

        12:12, 25 December 2018

        Yes, I'd be up for a new alumni organisation, but I wouldn't use the word 'Paludians' (and its freshly awarded new coat of arms with every week) as it sums up the pomposity of the current mafia-of-the-mediocre, and would just make them feel even more self-important. How about, 'Slough Grammar School Alumni Organisation', or something like that? If you want it to last, I think that's the way it has to be. In the shadow of elite schools, this one was always under the nudge-nudge-wink-wink system of not putting forward more 2 or 3 Oxbridge applications per 600 pupils, its old awards and trophies etc. were sold off by that Spanish headteacher, etc. I think we (as actual alumni) get the picture now about what we're not allowed to have. Pull the rug from under them and flush out the pomp, I say. Then perhaps some of the lawyers, doctors, dentists, engineers, pharmacists, etc. who attended this school might have an alumni association, and let the pseudo-plummy librarians and secondary school teachers play dress-up in the retirement home.

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