Meet The Staff

Mrs V Marsh - Executive Head Teacher

I have been the Head Teacher at Upland Primary School since September 2012 and have seen the school grow from strength to strength in a very short time. I believe children have one chance in life and it is our job to ensure they have an excellent start to their education from the moment they arrive with us.

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Mrs B Mckenzie - Head Teacher

I joined Upland Primary School as a member of the Senior Leadership Team in September 2004 and have been part of the many changes that the school has experienced and the journey it has been on.

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Ms C Smiles - Assistant Head Teacher

I joined Upland Primary School as a Year 6 teacher in September 2012 because I was blown away by the enthusiasm and charm of all the children here. Their resilience and determination, and love of learning, gives me the passion to be a part of the team that pushes our school forward everyday.

Since joining, I have taught over both Key Stages, as a class teacher and a phase leader, and have developed a sound understanding of the expectations of children at all stages of their primary educational journey.

I passionately believe in the power of learning and there is nothing I enjoy more than seeing children progress, both academically and emotionally, armed with all the tools they need to continue as successful lifelong learners.

Mrs Abi Shepherd Ladybirds Class teacher

Mrs J Grant - School Business Manager

I joined Upland in May 2016 as the Business Manager, just before we gained academy status as the first school in the Unity Academy Trust. Since that time I have worked closely with Mrs Marsh, Mrs McKenzie and the rest of the leadership team to prepare the school and the trust for future growth and make sure that Upland’s resources are used in the most effective way. The 2017/18 school year will be exciting as we look forward to Gravel Hill becoming part of Unity. We will be working closely with them to ensure that we can use the budgets for Upland and Gravel Hill to provide the very best outcomes for the children in both schools. Funding for education is reducing in real terms, which means that securing best value for goods and services, minimising costs and maximising income are becoming increasingly important to ensure any school’s future success. In addition to managing the Trust’s finances, I also have responsibility for many of the support functions, for example, managing office services and HR, following health & safety guidance, managing risk and ensuring the buildings and grounds are well maintained.

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Mr R Howard - Inclusion

I joined Upland Primary School as a Class Teacher in 2014. During my time at the school, I have taught in both Key Stages 1 and 2, so have a good understanding of pupils’ needs from an early age to when they leave primary school. My role is to work with the Strategic Leadership Team in order to ensure that my areas of the school are well lead and managed. I am passionate about all children making the very best progress educationally, socially and emotionally in order for them to leave primary school with the tools to tackle the challenges that may lie ahead of them. Ensuring children receive quality first teaching is key to this. Some children require more support to achieve this, and that is where matching children’s needs to appropriate intervention is important. As Inclusion Leader, I am responsible for identifying needs within the school and work alongside class teachers and other professionals to ensure children are supported in the best possible way. In addition to this, I value the contribution that parents and carers can make. Therefore, I strive to develop good relationships with parents and carers, and am always open to any concerns that a parent or carer might have in relation to their child’s academic and social or emotional development. I am one of the Designated Leads for Looked After Children, so work closely with other agencies to ensure that children are supported emotionally and academically. Within my role as Inclusion Lead, I am also responsible for monitoring the progress that children who receive the Pupil Premium make. As a school, we aim to ensure that the gap in attainment and progress that this group of children make is closed compared to other children.

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