At the forefront of education for over 100 years Education at Upton Court is about inspirational teachers and aspirational pupils At the forefront of education for over 100 years Education at Upton Court is about inspirational teachers and aspirational pupils At the forefront of education for over 100 years Education at Upton Court is about inspirational teachers and aspirational pupils
The last day of the spring term is Thursday 1st April and students will be dismissed at 12.20pm. We look forward to welcoming all students back to school for the summer term at 8.30am on Monday 19th April and wish all of our students and families a restful Easter holiday.

All of the virtual activities available during Year 8 GCSE Transition Information Evening, held on Tuesday 9th February, can be found here.

All of the virtual activities available during Sixth Form Information Evening, held on Tuesday 17th November, can be found here.

All of the virtual activities available during Open Evening, held on Wednesday 30th September, can be found here.

For details of the full opening of Upton Court Grammar School for all year groups in September please click here.


The Reading Agency

We are bringing you The Reading Agency at home. Here you can access ideas, activities and challenges from across our programmes to entertain and educate yourself, your family or those you are teaching remotely.

The activities available to download will be refreshed every couple of weeks, and we have The Reading Agency Toolkit available for you to download, which gives some great hints and tips for keeping well and reading during this time of isolation.

If you enjoy these suggestions, you can help us tackle more challenges through the proven power of reading by donating to us and sharing The Reading Agency Hub with your friends and family.

We partnered with Libraries Connected and the Association of Senior Children's and Education Librarians to launch Reading Well for young people. The scheme is supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

booklist of 35 titles has been made available in public libraries across England. The titles provide 13 to 18 year-olds with support and advice on common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and stress. The books, which include self-help, psycho-education, memoirs, graphic novels and fiction, have all been chosen by young people and health professionals.

Reading Well for young people is part of the successful Reading Well Books on Prescription programme, which since its launch in 2013 has reached half a million people with expert endorsed self-help reading available in public libraries.

One in six people struggles to read. Reading Ahead supports young people and adults by changing their perception of reading, opening up opportunities and building their confidence.

Research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment. Reading Ahead is the gateway to these opportunities. The programme is designed to help people improve their reading skills and develop a love of reading.

Suitable for ages 4-11.

Connect with libraries, authors, books and reading groups virtually…so much fun and learning to be made…,1O2S,29EU4,68G9,1

Home school competition closing date 30th September 


World Book Day and Book Fair

Thank you to those who supported us on World Book Day. We raised the grand total of £719.62. The monies collected will help to support wider reading initiatives, in the school.

We also raised £418.69 at the book fair, an improvement on last year’s success.

Appreciation goes to the sixth form prefects, who helped to collect the monies for both events.

World Book Day Author visit 2nd March

Curiosity and Growth

On 2nd March Sarah Govett an award winning author visited the school and gave a talk to year 7 and 8 about her books and writing career. She talked about her dystopian trilogy, and her recent laugh out loud book ‘India Smythe Stands Up’. Following this, a workshop was delivered by the author, in the library, where students were given an opportunity to plot a dystopian novel. Sarah did a book signing session at the end of a period.

Later on, the guest speaker delivered a talk to years 10 and 12 about her career switch, from law to writing, and setting up her own business.  Sarah took career related questions from her audience and answered them, in student groups, or on a more individual basis.

”I really enjoyed my visit - so well organised and lovely students!”

Sarah Govett

The Dystopian workshop

Student's Feedback 

“I think that the workshop was brilliant as it really gave me a deeper understanding of dystopia. It was also an amazing experience to meet the author of the amazing trilogy, Sarah Govett. It was really fun to try and write a dystopia- themed short story. It really highlighted today’s issues and a potentially dark future.

I am sure it must have been an exhilarating workshop for the others, too, because of all the new information that we learnt-well I sure did. As well as all the other possible ways that the planning could have went and maybe will go.”

“The workshop in the library was a fun experience and was very entertaining. Furthermore Sarah Govett showed me a new style of writing, dystopian, one of which I rarely come across”

I learnt to read between the lines and that there is a theme called dystopian.

I learnt about how stories can be written in the future and how dystopian can create an interesting atmosphere.

It was nice to have an award winning author visit our school. It was interesting to learn dystopian styled writing. I never knew that the ‘’predicted future’ written in a book, could be so thrilling!

It was great, the experience really motivated me to write and helped my understanding.

Author Presentation

On Monday 2nd March, a well renowned author, Sarah Govett visited our school. She has so far written four books: the dystopian trilogy – The Territory, The Escape and The Truth, and her laugh out loud comedy India Smythe Stands Up. In my opinion, the trilogy is absolutely fantastic and interesting! It focuses on real world problems such as global warming and education; Sarah read us an extract from the first book and if I say so myself, in this small extract there were twists and you could really understand the situation the territory is in. Not only this, her book India Smythe Stands Up is also a gripping book, but in a more comedic, realistic sense.

Mrs Govett also spoke about how she got the inspiration to start writing these fantastic books and the thinking behind the plot.

Students' Feedback

I personally was very inspired by this visit!

“I really enjoyed Sarah’s presentation in the hall as it was really inspiring. She had shared an extract from one of her ‘Territory’ books and it was actually much more interesting than I thought it would be!

She also read out a part from ‘India Smythe Stands Up’ and it was hilarious! I am definitely going to read it and possibly going to read the Territory books!

When she told us her journey of success it was really inspiring as it goes to show that you can do and accomplish anything if you put your mind to it and work so hard that you go above AND beyond!”


Free access to ebooks for students and adults:



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KS3 and 4 wider reading lists
KS3 Reading Challenge 2020
KS3 wider reading lists
KS4 & 5 wider reading lists
Reading at Lockdown