Important Notice-The 2020 Reunion has now been CANCELLED. Please see the Lockdown Special Edition of the Newsletter for more details
OPA 2020 Lockdown Special Newsletter
The Old Paludians Association New Constitution has been APPROVED by members voting in the Virtual AGM on 17th April 2020. Details may be found in the Lockdown Edition Newsletter.
Important Notice-Proposed New Constitution
Welcome to the Old Paludians Association
The Old Paludians Association, established in 1915, is the official alumni association for Upton Court Grammar and direct predecessor schools from 1912.
Membership of the Association is open to all former students and staff of Slough Secondary School, Slough High School for Girls, Slough Grammar School for Boys, Upton Grammar School, Slough Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School.
As a result of the generosity of Old Paludians, the Association sponsors awards of equipment, books or funding towards special projects for the school.
Members of the Association bring a wide range of experience and expertise which is an invaluable resource for the school and both current and former students.
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Year 13 students at Upton Court Grammar School bid an emotional farewell to staff and each other on Friday 18 May, marking the end of seven years at the school.
In an hour long assembly led by students Alexa-Kara Deltchinov and Avleen Sarai, there were singing and dancing performances, speeches, awards and a video celebrating students’ time at the school. The eighteen year old students reminisced about their experiences and successes, and wished each other well for the future.
Amongst the tears of joy, there was a strong sense of determination for the forthcoming A Level examinations, as most students hold conditional offers from a range of universities and degree courses. ... See MoreSee Less
Upton Court Grammar school students in year 9 created innovative ‘showstopper’ recipes as part of a Food Technology competition. The students’ brief was to create an item within one and a half hours, from scratch, with a ‘wow factor’.
Amongst the food items produced were macarons, profiteroles, a Chinese chicken Curry and cup cakes.
The winning rendition was the macarons made by Nidhi Vaidyanath, age 13.
Food technology teacher Emma O’Regan said “Giving the students a chance to be creative really gives them a chance to flourish!” ... See MoreSee Less
Staff and students of Upton Court Grammar School said their farewells to two long standing teachers this week, as they move on to new professional challenges.
Mrs Ravinder Ghei began her career at the school in 1994 and held many positions including Head of Business and Economics and Senior Assistant Principal. She was instrumental in many areas of school development, and made a significant impact on the recruitment of new entrants to the teaching profession in Slough by leading the local alliance of initial teacher training. Serving on the Senior Leadership Team, Mrs Ghei also provided guidance to pastoral leaders providing real developmental opportunities to thousands of young people, many of whom progressed onto outstanding careers of their own. She has now taken up the position of Director of a Teaching School in Berkshire from April.
Also saying her goodbyes was Ms Sukhjit Gill, Head of Computing since 2012. In addition to leading her department and teaching ICT skills, and Computer Science at GCSE and A Level to the highest standard, Ms Gill also pursued her passion for providing support to homeless members of the community. She founded the UCGS Outreach programme, leading teams of Sixth Form students of Upton Court Grammar School to pursue donations of food and clothing and distributing these around central London. In addition to helping vulnerable members of the community, Ms Gill taught students the value of selflessness and extending charitable support to the less fortunate. She is continuing her teaching career as Head of Computing at a Surrey independent school in April.
Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “Mrs Ghei and Ms Gill have made significant contributions to our school community. They will both leave an impressive legacy that we will work to maintain. They will be missed by staff, students and their families, and all at Upton Court Grammar School wish them well in their future endeavours.”
Picture attached : Sukhjit Gill (left) and Ravinder Ghei (right) ... See MoreSee Less
Eighteen students from Upton Court Grammar School visited an anatomy exhibition and two art galleries in Amsterdam on Wednesday 15 March 2018. This was to support the year 9 and 10 students’ learning of GCSE Biology and Art.
The first point of call was Bodyworlds in the Damrak area of central Amsterdam, where students studied human anatomy at an exposition of plastinated human bodies and tissue specimens; this method of preservation involves adding polymers to human tissue developed by Professor Gunther Von Hagens for enhancing the learning experience.
To support the Art curriculum, the school party visited the Stedelijk Museum of contemporary art and the Van Gogh art gallery, where students observed classic paintings of the renowned artist. ... See MoreSee Less
Olympic silver medallist Victoria Thornley visited Upton Court Grammar School on Wednesday 7 March, and met with GCSE sports and sports’ council students. Ms Thornley, a former equestrian rider and model, was the first graduate of the Sporting Giants talent identification scheme to win a medal when she struck gold at the 2009 World U23 Championships.
She then represented team GB in the 2016 Rio Olympics in rowing, winning a silver medal.
During the talk, she inspired students discussing how earlier set-backs made her more resolute to succeed, and motivated students interested in sports to pursue their passion to achieve similar successes in the future.
Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “I am delighted to be able to give our students access and exposure to successful and influential people, such as Victoria Thornley. Our students were very grateful for her visit and left inspired to pursue their own aspirations." ... See MoreSee Less
More able students from Upton Court Grammar School met a representative from the University of Oxford on Thursday 8 March, discussing opportunities at the world famous educational establishment. Dr Joe Organ of Brasenose College, Oxford, inspired the 13 – 15 year old students to set their sights high and aim to join similar Universities in the future. Students learned about degrees on offer, entry procedures and structure of lessons, as well as life as a student in Oxford.
Each year, a number of students from Upton Court Grammar School join Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and other Russell Group Universities in a range of courses such as Medicine, Law and Engineering. Dr Organ spoke in particular about former UCGS student, James Roper, who joined Brasenose College, Oxford in 2016 to read Mathematics, having gained three A* grades in A Levels.
Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “Many of our students aspire to attending the best universities in the world and we are proud that we prepare them to do so. We are grateful to Dr Organ for meeting and working with our students to help them to prepare for applying for higher education courses."
The year 9 and 10 students will visit Oxford in the summer. ... See MoreSee Less
Member of Parliament for Slough, Tanmanjeet Dhesi, met staff and students at Upton Court Grammar School on Friday 23 February in his first visit since being elected in 2017.
Mr Dhesi was particularly interested in the school following the announcement of that it is the highest achieving school by attainment and progress in Slough, and tenth best school in England and Wales, following the publication of Progress 8 data last month.
The MP met with the Head, Mark Pritchard, toured the new facilities of the school and met with students across all year groups, including students of Government and Politics A’ level. Students discussed a range of political issues with Mr Dhesi, including the Labour Party’s stance in the Brexit negotiations, votes for 16 year olds and university tuition fees. Mr Dhesi will be visiting Upton Court Grammar School again in July to preside over the annual academic awards ceremony.
Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Dhesi to our school and to give our students the opportunity to meet their local representative in parliament. Our students showed that they were engaged citizens and aware of and concerned about key political debates of the day. Their optimism and desire to bring about positive change in our community is inspiring.”
Picture attached : Slough MP Tanmanjeet Dhesi with staff and students of Upton Court Grammar School. ... See MoreSee Less
Seventeen girls from Upton Court Grammar School attended a workshop about law and debating at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 5 February. The visit was part of a wider project aimed at motivating academically gifted girls to transcend gender barriers that still exist in modern Britain, and aim for future careers suitable to their ability.
The tour of the Houses of Parliament including visiting a statue to which members of the Suffragette movement chained themselves to in protest of inequality in voting rights for women in 1918, and viewing art portraying the legislations they influenced.
The students observed MPs debating Brexit issues, as well as Lords discussing about women in politics, which spurred interest in a workshop to debate closing the gender pay gap.
The visit was part of a more able girls’ project being run across all schools in the Pioneer Educational Trust.
Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “At Upton Court Grammar School we aim to give all students the necessary access and exposure to people and experiences that will inspire them and help them to fulfill their aspirations. I am incredibly proud that our school is part of this pioneering project that aims to empower young women. These students are a credit to our school and, I am certain, will be tomorrow’s leaders.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Physics is the science of everything for everyone. IoP Limit Less. I'm supporting young people to fulfil their potential and change the world @UCGSchool @PioneerEduTrust #growth #IOPLimitLess https://iop.org/LimitLess
Former UCGS student, Gurjinder Singh Sandhu @DocGurj, Consultant, Infectious Diseases, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the NHS during Covid-19. Many congratulations from to him from all @UCGSchool #Unity
Last chance to sign up for Pioneer Presents... Tom Sherrington. This event is being hosted online, and being offered to all this term free of charge. Come and join in on the conversation #givingsomethingback #WeInvest @FoxboroughSch @TrevelyanMiddle @UCGSchool https://twitter.com/PioneerEduTrust/status/1311203226700722176
Just over a week to go until we welcome Tom Sherrington to our first on-line live Pioneer Presents... and you can join in this session FREE, in these tough times it's good to give back. @UCGSchool @TrevelyanMiddle @FoxboroughSch @teacherhead #WePioneer https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pioneer-presents-tom-sherrington-tickets-96665845145
To all our amazing teachers @FoxboroughSch, @TrevelyanMiddle and @UCGSchool, and all the wonderful teachers across our communities, a very happy World Teachers Day to you. Teaching is a passion, and your impact limitless, celebrate yourselves today. #WePioneer #WorldTeachersDay
@UCGSchool Thanks for welcoming us back to your fabulous school!
Life is far from perfect, but there are lots of reasons for optimism. This month we're supporting @actionhappiness, encouraging everyone to find ways to stay hopeful, set positive goals for the future and focus on what really matters.
@UCGSchool @TrevelyanMiddle @FoxboroughSch
We are proud to be hosting @DiverseEd2020 for the second year. Save the date: 16th Jan 2021
#Unity #Curiosity #Growth #Service
Join us on Jan 16th for our @DiverseEd2020 South event - we are hoping to go back to @PioneerEduTrust Covid permitting!
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Check out the line up below and we will confirm when tickets are released!
For those who were unable to join our LIVE Q&A for Upton Court Grammar Schools open evening last night, fret not... you can watch it again here https://youtu.be/C4fRHLQ7g_k. Thank you to all the parents, carers, community and children who joined us #WePioneer @UCGSchool
'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world' Mandela. To our black colleagues and black pupils, we promise to dig deeper, look closer and think bigger. #blackhistorymonth #PioneerEduTrust @UCGSchool @TrevelyanMiddle @FoxboroughSch
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