On Tuesday 1st October, Upton Court Grammar School officially opened its brand-new sports centre, following the completion of a 3-year, multi-million-pound upgrade to the school, which has included a new teaching block, specialist classrooms and laboratories, and today, a new sports centre.
In 2015, the school was awarded funding from the Education and Skill Funding Agency (ESFA) to build a new three-storey teaching block, to refurbish the 1930s legacy building and to build a new sports centre that includes a new sports hall, changing rooms and outside four-court multi-use games area.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Slough, school governors, alumni, Trustees, staff and local Headteachers from Slough. Students from the school’s Sports Council hosted the event. The former Principal of the school and former CEO of Pioneer Educational Trust, Mercedes Hernández Estrada, flew from Madrid, Spain, to attend the event.
Mr Edward Neighbour, Co-CEO of Pioneer Educational Trust, along with Mercedes Hernández Estrada, were invited to cut the ribbon and declare the sports centre officially open. Mr Neighbour thanked the EFSA for the grant, along with the building company, B & K Building Services, for their hard work and dedication to improving the school’s site.
The investment and upgrading of Upton Court Grammar School’s facilities comes at the same time as the school’s outstanding academic success; last year’s GCSE outcomes ranked Upton Court Grammar School as the top school in Slough for progress and it remains in the highest achieving 1% of all schools in England.
Mr Pritchard, the school’s Headteacher, said “The multi-million-pound expansion and improvement programme, which concludes with the opening of our new sports centre, mean we now have world-class facilities to match our world-class curriculum. We are very proud that we are able to give our students the very best educational experience possible in first-class educational surroundings.”