An Arts Community College
Wootton Upper School & Arts College was awarded specialist status as an Arts College from September 2002. The School has long been a centre of excellence in the arts and our wish is to build on that tradition in the coming years. HRH the Earl of Wessex opened the McKeown Centre, the school's Performing Arts extension, in September 2003. This has greatly enhanced our facilities in music and dance. Our Drama Studio has also been completely refurbished. Specialist status has brought significant financial benefits which have enabled us to pursue our state of the art extension. We are very grateful to all our former students, parents, local firms, charities and other organisations who have supported us in this venture. The School's Arts College status was renewed from September 2006.
Wootton Upper School has at its heart the pursuit of excellence in all that it does. We believe implicitly in the capacity of the performing arts to enrich and transform the quality of our students' learning and to develop skills which can enrich all aspects of their future lives. Now that we have specialist status as a Performing Arts College we are working collaboratively with our partners in the local community, developing relationships with our adjoining middle and upper schools and with community groups who share our vision of a life-long commitment to the arts.
Furthermore, we believe that the arts have an important role to play in the wider community. The arts shape our relationship to our surroundings. They enable us to make sense of our past and provide a vision for the future. They offer easy access to life-long learning and are essential to healthy living. Therefore, our mission statement can be summarised in the phrase: 'The Pursuit of Excellence with the Arts as a gateway to life-long learning.'
Click on the adjacent links to view student artwork and performances