All the staff at Uplands congratulate our Year 11 on another hugely successful year of GCSE results, with the vast majority of our students achieving passes in five or more subjects. As a comprehensive, we pride ourselves not just on our continued success in traditional academic studies but that this success spreads across our full curriculum. We are delighted that so many of our students, possessing so many different combinations of talents, continue to flourish at our school. In addition to the continued tradition of success in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Spanish and English, this year we would also give particular honour to our students of BTEC Business, Music, Product Design and Food Technology – all subjects of which boast pass rates of 80% or higher.
Against such a backdrop of success, there are always talented individuals who rise to the very top. This year, we would all like to give very special praise to the following students - we are thrilled that your hard work and dedication over the last five years has finally reaped the rewards you so richly deserve:
Elena Martin-Meredeen: 7 grade 9’s, 1 grade 8
Amy Smith: 3 grade 9’s, 1 A*, 4 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7
Sophie O’Flaherty: 3 grade 9’s, 4 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7
Phoebe Neville: 3 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s and 2 grade 7’s
Catherine Cook: 3 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s, 1 A*, 1 grade 7
Rosie Saunders: 1 grade 9, 1 A*, 2 grade 8’s, 5 grade 7’s
Imogen Saker: 1 grade 9, 3 grade 8’s, 4 grade 7’s
Olivia Kavanagh-Spall: 1 grade 9, 2 grade 8’s, 3 grade 7’s
Freya Wakelin: 1 grade 9, 1 grade 8, 6 grade 7’s
Luca Rosenberg: 5 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7
Nancy Blake: 1 grade 8, 6 grade 7’s
In even more good news, our Year 10’s look set to continue (if not surpass) this high standard, having already distinguished themselves with a massively impressive performance in their English Literature GCSE. Flying in the face of the national trend this year, a mighty 82% of our students achieved a pass grade – with 49 individuals achieving a grade of 7 or higher. Exceptional attainment was made at the very exclusive grade 9, with no fewer than 11 of our students being awarded this prestigious level. Very special congratulations to:
Megan Farrington Bird
As a final note, the Leadership Team would also like to thank all our staff – both teaching and non-teaching - for their tireless dedication, generosity of time and professionalism in support of all our students achieving their potential. We hope the summer break has been a good one – and we look forward to seeing you all next week and doing it all over again!
The Leadership Team
A Level Results
In a year heralding the arrival of significantly tougher A Levels in most subjects, Uplands is very proud of our comprehensive intake’s outcomes. A quarter of all entries were awarded the very top grades in their course; we are once again delighted to see so many of our Year 13 successfully gain university places at some of the best colleges in the UK. Similar success was experienced across the full spectrum of grades, with further students already gaining apprenticeships and employment as a result of all their hard work. We wish all our students nothing but the very best for the next chapter of their lives.
Headteacher Liam Collins also wishes to congratulate the staff on their professionalism and dedication in implementing the new A Level specifications.
Notable results include:
- Anabel Dyson A*AAB;
- Alexandra Kemp A*AAB;
- Emily Bodenham-Longhurst AABBC;
- William Sweatman AAA;
- Amy Williams-Bone BBB;
- Katie Straw BBB;
- Lucy Spencer BBB;
- Josh Dean ABC;
- Alex Fisher A*ABC;
- Alice McCracken ABC;
- Niamh McCulloch Distinction* ABC;
- Anna Parkinson A Distinction C;
- Jenson Rowley Distinction* Distinction* C.
- Progress 8 score - 0.11
- Attainment 8 score - 47.8
- Percentage of pupils achieving a good pass in English and mathematics - 30.2%
- Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate - 12.2%
Key Stage 4
Overall Key Stage 4 GCSE results
|% 5A* - C inc. English/Mathematics||74%||68%||70%||72%|
|% of pupils making expected progress in English||96%||81%||89%||85%|
|% of pupils making expected progress in Mathematics||76%||80%||65%||81%|
|Key Stage 4 Core Subjects||2016||2015||2014||2013|
|% A*-C English||96%||85%||85%||86%|
|% A*-C Mathematics||76%||74%||72%||80%|
|Key Stage 5 GCE (A2)||2016||2015||2014||2013|
|APS (per student)||577||762||727||634|
|APS (per entry)||213||218||209||189|
Uplands' Progress 8 score is 0.39. This is way above the comprehensive average (-0.01). It is above all the local East Sussex schools and better than the average Grammar School.
Video from DfE to explain Progress 8.