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The Basildon Academies

Key Stage 4 Learning

At The Upper Academy we set high expectations of all our students and this, in turn, ensures we create a positive climate for learning in which every student can reach their full potential. Our Academy is a calm, orderly and purposeful environment where students enjoy their learning, make good progress and feel safe.

Our students value their own leadership potential and strive to develop these skills through our House competitions and events, our vertical tutoring programme where years 10, 11, 12 and 13 students interact, and student mentoring opportunities.

Following the options process, Year 9 students join the Upper Academy towards the end of the summer term. Throughout this time we get to know our new students and work with them to ensure their choices support their future progress, and aspire to achieve to continue their education into our Sixth Form and beyond.

We are committed to ensuring our students have the best possible opportunities to succeed both at the end of Key Stage 4 and through our Sixth Form at Key Stage 5.   Our dedicated staff run extra-curricular and enrichment activities, as well as running daily out of hours classes, to support all our students.

Our students are rightly proud of our Sixth Form and are highly appreciative of the level of personalised support that enables them to achieve well.  Our Sixth Formers receive a number of unique privileges, including a dedicated area for working and socialising, the chance to act as a role model for younger students through mentoring schemes and outstanding careers advice, including guidance on UCAS and job applications.    

Our success is based on an effective partnership between students, staff and parents. We will always aim to build positive, trusting and long lasting relationships to support our students to be confident, aspirational and highly successful members of our community.