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Head of School: Miss Darci Arthur 

Executive Headteacher: Mrs Michaela Lewis

Our USP...

Upton Junior School prides itself on our vision to ensure that every child reaches their full potential during their four years with us. This is made possible through the high quality teaching and learning that we provide to enable all of our children to make good or better progress - not only reading, writing and maths, but across all curriculum areas.

Our passionate and talented staff team are key to achieving this goal. We share collective aims: we want every child in the school to be happy and safe; inspired and enthused to learn; and to experience a first-class education! We understand that all children learn differently and so we ensure that our lessons are fun, engaging and incorporate whole-brain teaching.

The environment that we provide for the children is welcoming, stimulating and supportive. Children are motivated by their surroundings and by the many opportunities provided. Our school is a positive place to learn and develop not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.

At Upton we pride ourselves on knowing each child individually and catering for their individual needs. We recognise the importance of getting to know each and every member of our school. The children in our school feel valued and respected for their unique qualities, as well as of part of a team - Team Upton!

We fully believe that all children will attain more when home and school work in collaboration with one another. We have an ‘Open Door Policy’ and welcome you into our school at any point to discuss your child. Working together we will achieve more.

Our children are the heart of our school and their education and wellbeing are paramount to us. One Childhood: One Chance!


Academy Description

Upton Junior School proudly serves the seaside town of Broadstairs. We have more than 500 lively young minds at our school. Children are supported to be the best they can be by our dedicated teachers and support staff. 

Our children are confident learners who contribute to a caring and happy school community. This really is the children’s school. We meet the needs of all our pupils and nurture whatever talents they might have. Our aim is to make sure that, by setting high expectations and providing targeted support to every one of our children, each will have a successful Primary education.

School Ethos

Whatever a child’s background or starting point, we want to make sure that they finish Year 6 with the academic skills, social skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. Every lesson at our school is creative and there is plenty of time for children to think, to play, to discover and wonder.

Each child is taught in the way that suits them best and we step in quickly if a change is needed. For some children, this might involve one-to-one support if they are finding something difficult and for others it could mean stretching them more to keep them interested.  

Our school has an energy and purpose, with traditional values and social and emotional development at the centre of learning. Pupils know that good behaviour is expected of them. They are frequently praised and rewarded for trying their best and for being kind, hard-working and well-behaved.

We want the school to feel friendly and welcoming . Our children are taught to respect each other and their teachers.  There is a zero tolerance approach to any type of bullying.


Please see below to read our 'OUTSTANDING' Ofsted Report...