Slough Grammar rebrands for a fifth time as it prepares for second century
Slough Grammar School has announced a name change as one of a number of transformations designed to launch it into a second century of “providing outstanding education to young people”. It will be the fifth time in its 100 year existence.
The school says while it will be keeping its core values of traditional selective education, it will be driving forward with 21st century education practices by “harnessing cutting edge learning and teaching methods supported by new technologies and staff training”.
The Lascelles Road school will be known as Upton Court Grammar School from September 1 after the governors voted the name change at a meeting on March 11.
The school engaged with its students, parents and members of the local community. There will also be a review of the school’s colours and crest, landscaping and lighting in line with the new name as well as a new logo.
The rebranding is supported by a multi-million pound investment in upgrading facilities and follows the award of Teaching School status in March 2013. the school expects to go from strength to strength.
Naveed Hussain, assistant principal at Slough Grammar, said:
“The changes will come in line with the opening of a new canteen and classrooms on April 25. The uniform will remain the same but we are still going through the planning stage of the review and more information will be available after Easter.”
The school will be keeping parents informed through their website and newsletter.
Principal, Mrs Hernández Estrada, said “This is an exciting time for all of us; we are proud of our traditions and record of excellence but we are also conscious of the need to adapt to the changing environment in education. We take our responsibility to raise standards both here and beyond our school doors seriously. We will build on the traditions of the past whilst looking forward to the possibilities the next century will bring. Our motto, “Ad Astra” (Reach for the Stars) continues to be core to everything we do”.
A brief history
Slough Secondary School was the first major co-educational selective school established in Slough (originally Buckinghamshire, now Berkshire), and occupied a building in William Street in the Town Centre. The William Street building was replaced by the tower block which is now the Slough Campus of Thames Valley University.
Having outgrown its premises, the School split into two and became Slough Grammar School for Boys and Slough High School for Girls. The boys moved immediately to Lascelles Road, but the girls remained at William Street for two more years until their new building in Twinches Lane was completed.
The girls and boys school merged in 1982, and became known as Upton Grammar School, after the Upton ward of Slough where Lascelles Road is located.
The school reverted to its original name, Slough Grammar School as a Grant Maintained School.
Converted to Foundation School.
Converted to Trust School.
Converted to Academy.
Award of Teaching School status.
Change of name to Upton Court Grammar.