Definition of upper school in English:

upper school


  • 1(in the UK) a secondary school for children aged from about fourteen upwards, generally following on from a middle school.

    • ‘And, let's face it, to the parents of young children, most upper schools appear a terrifying prospect.’
    • ‘If we raise money from selling off shops in Bingley to use on upper schools or special schools, then that seems a sensible use of our capital.’
    • ‘There are two further primary schools in the neighbourhood, not forgetting two upper schools at Westgate Hill.’
    • ‘A display of early daffodil blooms has appeared just inside the main entrance to the upper school in Orchard Road.’
    • ‘There are already children in the mainstream who find it difficult to cope with the huge numbers in upper schools and ironically some of them are transferred to smaller schools like Braithwaite Special School.’
    • ‘Children at the upper school at East Kennett found a small pipistrelle bat clinging low on the wall on a rainy day in April.’
    • ‘It has grown from 20 teenagers, who were chosen from the district's four upper schools, in the first year, to 60 recipients chosen from 12 schools in Keighley, Bradford and Huddersfield.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I write to inform you that Mrs Hillier, previously headteacher of the upper school, will not be returning to St John's School.’’
    • ‘As part of the scheme he will be working closely with upper schools across the district helping to develop competitions for junior schools culminating with a ‘Festival’ at Cougar Park.’
    • ‘Mr Moran said he was looking forward to his first visit to Gunjur and to helping distribute the uniforms to the African village's primary and upper schools as well as meeting the pupils themselves.’
    • ‘This will prepare these Mid Bedfordshire upper schools well for the future, with adequate capacity and excellent, well-maintained facilities.’
    • ‘Lolly Hand, head of the upper school at Pace, says if they had credible evidence and reason to believe a student had a weapon they'd call the student, as it is policy for students to be present to face accusations.’
    • ‘Today head teachers' leader Gareth Dawkins, convenor of the Bradford upper school heads, defended people working in ‘difficult’ inner-city schools.’
    • ‘Oakbank and Cullingworth's Parkside upper schools told students to stay away, while Holy Family School was running as normal with reduced attendance.’
    • ‘To that extent, it will be a political decision that will involve looking at matters such as buildings, costs and the potential longer term viability of upper schools that only cater for 14-19 year olds.’
    • ‘Bedfordshire County Council operates a three-tier education system, with lower, middle and upper schools.’
    • ‘Today, she regularly visits other Montessori middle and upper schools across North America and around the world, observing and consulting.’
    • ‘The upper school at Coleview is closing and pupils there will be transferred to the main school's Queen's Drive site, which is undergoing a £17 million development.’
    • ‘Ms Haynes, a former pupil of Harwich High School, lives in the college catchment area and her two children are students there in the upper school and in the sixth form.’
    • ‘Having visited many mainstream and special upper schools in Bradford, Haycliffe shone out as being the only school which could meet our son's needs.’
    1. 1.1The section of a school which comprises or caters for the older pupils.
      • ‘From 1984 to 1990, Gross served as head of the upper school at Friends Select School in Philadelphia.’
      • ‘Upon graduation many, but not all, students are accepted to continue their studies in the upper school.’
      • ‘The upper school was closed by the headteacher yesterday morning after about 400 pupils staged a protest outside school.’
      • ‘All boys in the upper school - who have been offered the choice of lacrosse or rugby - will have the opportunity to continue with the sport.’
      • ‘Today, the children's writer and illustrator, Mike Dickinson, from Bradford on Avon, will be spending the day working with the children at both the lower and upper schools.’
      • ‘Kershaw, head of the upper school at Easingwold School, has been appointed as the Rugby League's referees' representative in France for the forthcoming World Cup.’
      • ‘The bread and soup only applied to the upper school, with the lower school going without snacks.’
      • ‘The school is currently split on two sites, with the lower half of the school based in Queens Drive and the upper school in Nythe Road.’
      • ‘The school is being consolidated onto its upper school site on Green Lane, in Dronfield, near Chesterfield, as part of a £6m scheme.’
      • ‘The bulk of the teaching accommodation in the lower school was not damaged and the entire upper school escaped the fire altogether.’
      • ‘Around 400 Year 9 to Year 13 pupils from the upper school building spilled into the town centre to oppose war as police were called to try to dispel the crowds.’
      • ‘To fund the building of a new single site school on the upper school site in Orchard Road, St John's needs to raise more than £20 million.’
      • ‘Half of the pupils at the upper school will spend the day at Lockeridge with the infants' classes.’
      • ‘The middle school is on the same campus as the upper school but we used separate buildings.’
      • ‘The headmaster for some unknown reason made the whole upper school do an arithmetic paper, the same for all forms.’
      • ‘The year nine students will provide a mediation service for the lower school, with the year 12 and 13 students helping out students in the upper school.’
      • ‘To be perfectly frank with you, I was gutted when it moved its upper school to around the corner to my old school 12 months after I left.’


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