Mandeville Upper School is a secondary school in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, built in the 1960s. There are approximately 1000 students currently attending Mandeville, aged between 11 and 18 years.
As recently as 2000 the school had a reputation as a failing school. It failed OFSTED inspections and was forced to close to students for one day each week because of a lack of available teachers. However this was rectified very quickly only resulting in a single 4-day week.
However in 1996 a new headteacher with a reputation for turning failing schools around took over and the school saw significant changes. The level of students being excluded (either temporarily or permanently) from the school dropped and exam passes increased. In July 2004 the school was awarded specialist school status as a Sports College, an accolade reserved for the more successful schools in England. However because of its recent history the school still retains some of its old reputation, particularly in the local and national media.
The school works with UNESCO in aiming to stop child labour and has a group of students set up who are interested in doing so. These students are also partnered with a school in Lebanon.
The schools 6th Form Challengers are also raising money to fund their volunteer trip to Kenya in 2009 where they will visit an AIDS orphanage.
Tower Block: Used For English, Modern Languages, Maths & Humanities.
Link Block: Used For English & Humanities. (This Block Links To The Tower Block.)
Practical Block: Used For SEN, Art, Citizenship, Technology.
Practical Extension: Used For Technology.
New Block: Used For I.T, Science, Music, Modern Languages & Business Studies.
New Extension: (Lower Floor) Used For Modern Languages & Science. (Upper Floor) ICT, Business Studies and Health & Social Care
Admin Block: Used For Drama & English.
Canteen. (Currently undergoing an 18 week remodel)
Mandeville Upper School is one of several Buckinghamshire schools which host mobile phone masts. Contracts between Buckinghamshire County Council and various mobile phone operators generate an income of £145,000 per annum, of which about £59,000 comes from contracts for masts that are installed in schools.