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Study finds more evidence of state school ‘advantage’ in degrees
This article highlights just how well prepared students who choose comprehensive schools (rather than grammars or independents) are for degree courses. This is down to a variety of reasons; our students are used to working independently, and once in the sixth form will benefit from smaller class sizes. The independent learning habits we encourage become ingrained, therefore once at university our students are able to thrive in a way which those who have taken their A Levels in more exclusive environments cannot. We believe that our exceptional A Level results in 2017 (we were the best state school in the county at achieving A*-B grades in the facilitating A Levels* that Russell Group universities prize highly) are testament to the fact that at Uplands, we embed those core skills in all our students, which enables them to then hone them even further once at university.
Ms A. Thomas, Head of Sixth Form - January 2018
*mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, history, geography, English literature, modern foreign languages
Students shaved their heads for charity
A group of friends at Uplands Community College led by students Finlay Smith, Finlay Hepworth, Toby Blackden, William Loughran, Thomas Hayes-Fisher, Hamish Murray, Oliver Janes-Crossley and Sam Honey, have raised over two thousand pounds in memory of their close friend Luke Patmore.
The money was raised in memory of Luke and donated to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. The students support this charity as Luke passed away at the hospital after suffering from a severe asthma attack on Uplands’ school field in 2015.
Each year the school has celebrated Luke’s life with a pizza and coke day. These favourite foods of his have been sold at the school and the monies raised donated to the children’s charity.
This year’s effort was organised almost entirely by the students themselves, privately raising nearly £1,000 on their just giving page and over £1,000 more with a non-uniform day, selling coke and pizza and a sponsored head shave.
The school is immensely proud of the student’s efforts in raising this money and in marking the memory of their friend so well. Please visit their just giving page to find out more and donate https://www.justgiving.com/uplandsheadshave
Elf on 12th
Elf Day was a huge success with students and staff in festive clothing and lots of fun activities. Students and staff raised an incredible £1304.33, which has been donated to Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.
Student Finance - talk to parents of Year 13 students
Following the success of previous tours, experienced Student Finance presenters delivered Student Finance talks to Year 12 and 13 students and their parents/carers on 30th November. This talk was aimed at explaining the process of student finance and up to date information on the current situation of university fees.
Students had their own visit that was specifically aimed at them and this provided students with the information they require to be able to make an informed choice about going to university. We want to ensure all students understand the finance options available to them and feel confident to begin the process of applying for student finance ready for September 2018.
Reverse Advent Calendar
Our sixth form students are running a reverse advent calendar appeal. The idea is very simple – everyday, instead of taking something out of an advent calendar you put something in a box. Then at the end of advent, you donate the contents of the box to a local food bank for local families in need over Christmas. Last year we donated to the Nourish foodbank in Tunbridge Wells. This year we would like to roll this appeal across Year 7 to 13 and then just before Christmas, representatives from each year group can come to deliver the donations to Nourish. Donations as below would be greatly appreciated.
- Tea bags/instant coffee;
- UHT milk;
- Tins of soup, spaghetti, ravioli etc;
- Tinned sponge puddings;
- Tinned fish/meat/pies;
- Tinned vegetables;
- Packets of instant soup/sauces/ custard;
- Jam/spreads e.g. peanut butter.
On Wednesday 22nd November our Sixth Form student Leadership Team took over the roles of the Senior Leadership Team as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s scheme. This is the third year that Uplands has taken part. The day started with the team delivering an assembly to Year 10. They held planning meetings, observed lessons, took part in break and lunch duties, went on a site walk and helped ensure students boarded buses safely at the end of the day.
This year is the tenth anniversary of the Takeover Challenge, originally launched in 2007 by the Children’s Commissioner’s Office as a fun, imaginative and exciting activity to encourage organisations across England to open their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.
The Takeover Challenge puts young people into decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Children gain a valuable insight into the adult world and gain experience of a workplace, while organisations benefit from a fresh perspective on their work.
Evaluation of takeover day – Operations Team
The first part of our day was us reviewing the current sixth form tutorial time and what can be done to improve it. This was very useful as we are all current members of the sixth form, which gave us first hand experiences, thus allowing us to give effective feedback on what can be improved. It also showed how much work needs to be put into the thought process of what topics need to be presented during these tutor times. We all agreed that things like life skills need to be addressed much, much more.
During break, we got to go on break duty, which gave us added responsibility. After break, we were split into an events team and operations management team, as I was on the operations management. As the operations management team, went into mathematics and geography lessons. This gave us a good view of how different teachers can take different roles within a class and what impact that can have on the students. We also got to experience some of more senior roles in the school in the form of looking at making improvements to success of students, and what process a teacher would go through to make the improvement happen. By doing this, we had to looks at an Ofsted report from 2013. These improvements were put into an example action plan.
Finally, we went around the school site and noted down improvements that can be made to the school. Some of the improvements were making sure that things like guttering is safe and secure on the outside of buildings, and that there is good availability of fire extinguishers around the school. The improvements we noted would be put into a report and will get dealt with in the coming weeks by the premises team. This day has been very beneficial as it showed us how all the different aspects of the school come together and make it run smoothly and effectively. By showing us what goes into running the school, it really gave us a big overview of just how much of a logistical nightmare it can really be!
Evaluation of takeover day – Events Team
The student takeover day allowed all of us in the student leadership team to experience a work-like environment. We discussed the effectiveness of our current tutorial system as well as the interview process for the incoming student leadership team. This taught us not only the value of teamwork, but also the vast amount of planning ‘behind the scenes’ at school. We began the day by organising and re-evaluating tutor time for the sixth form. We decided that the time needed to be more structured and also that they should include small sessions on proper life skills such as paying taxes and wiring plugs. This was hugely valuable to us because it allowed us to voice our opinions and make a real difference to our school.
The team was then split up into Events and Operations. As the events team we were set several tasks, namely to organise an OAP tea party and the student Christmas lunch. We met with Mrs Atkinson and Mrs Bailey and discussed plans for the day. The first event we planned was an OAP tea party. The team called the Weald Hall care home and have organised for two mini buses to travel down to pick up thirty residents of the home. We then called some local supermarkets to organise for donations of food and decorations for the party. Moreover, we have also organised for members of the lower school to provide entertainment for the afternoon such as speeches, poetry and singing Christmas songs.
After this, we started to plan the school Christmas lunch, which will take place on the last day of term. We discussed decorating the hall for the occasion so it really feels like a festive environment. Additionally, we planned games and quizzes for each year to use in a tutor group party. Doing all of these events was extremely beneficial to us as we were able to appreciate the amount of different aspects there are to each event. Being in charge of organising all of the logistics for each event really showed us how the different aspects of the school all have to fit together for every single event.
Children in Need
On Friday 17th November a group of our sixth form students, along with Mr Tullett, collected donations from commuters at Wadhurst train station from 5.30 am. Thanks to the generosity of the commuters, £552.57 was raised for Children in Need.
Anti-Bullying Week - Odd Socks Day
On Monday 13th November we supported the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s ‘Odd Socks Day’ for Anti-Bullying Week. It was an opportunity for students to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness! A groups of our students delivered all assemblies on the theme ‘All Different. All Equal’.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Our fantastic sixth form student leadership team, in collaboration with Ms Thomas and Mr Tullett, organised and ran a cake sale during break and lunch today to raise money for Macmillan. The total will be confirmed once all donations have been counted.
Year 7 road safety presentation
Year 7 students have benefited from a "Streetwise" Pedestrian Road Safety Project performance this morning. Thank you to the performers for coming.
Open Evening 27th September
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this a successful evening.
Comments from parents included:
"What left us tonight was just how caring and nurturing the school is. All the staff we spoke to were friendly and knowledgable and we gained valuable insight into the school.
... he was totally blown away with what Uplands can offer, and just how friendly everyone was."
"I felt compelled to write to you to express my thanks to your wonderful school. My family came to visit tonight and I was so impressed with the facilities, every staff member I saw acknowledged us and engaged us and the students absolutely shone. They were happy, confident, secure in their knowledge of their subject and the school. I particularly enjoyed the display boards of supportive comments.
I was so so impressed with your school..."
Visit by students from a Dutch school - Tuesday 27th June
Today our student ambassadors welcomed 54 students from Groevenbeek College. Thank you to Miss Thunström, Ms Nicholls, Mr Thraves, Mr Ingram and Mr Tullett for putting on lessons during their free periods. Students were given the opportunity to fire rockets in D&T, met Esmeralda the Uplands mummy in science and had lessons in history and computing.
E-motion counselling service
www.e-motion.org.uk is a new online counselling service available to all young people aged 12 - 18 across East Sussex. See the links below for more information.
The General Election in College 2017
On Thursday June 8th the country went to the polls to elect the next government, and so did the students of Uplands.
The library became the polling station for the day, set up just like the real thing, with registering of voters, private polling booths and sealed ballot boxes.
Each class came up in turn and students were able to put their “X” in a box on a ballot paper designed to reflect a real ballot paper.
They had been prepared in assemblies led by a group of year 10 students (supported by year 12) who had researched each political party, selected the main policies from the manifestos and delivered to each year group in turn, the differences in the parties with relation to Brexit were also covered. They conducted an exit survey on policies that had most influenced students’ decisions.
The result of the election was as follows….
- The Labour Party 194 (33.4%);
- The Green Party 162 (27.9%);
- The Conservative Party 138 (23.8%);
- The Liberal Democrats 39 (6.7%).
The exit survey showed that both education and health were the main policies that influenced their decision.
We were very proud of our year 10 students who showed great intelligence, confidence and maturity in the way they delivered the assemblies and ran the day.
Creative Arts Exhibition Friday 23rd June
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On Thursday 25th May we were extremely pleased to welcome Geoffrey Andrews from NASA who gave a number of talks to our students throughout the day. The talks were informative and engaging and of great benefit to our students. You can follow Geoffrey on Twitter at @Halfbrithalfwit
STOMP performance review
On the 23rd March, 2017, we went to the Ambassador’s Theatre in London to see the ‘Stomp’ performance. The arts event was mainly focused on rhythmic skills with strong patterns and varied flowing beats throughout the performance. Drama skills were also used. For example, humour and facial expressions were included to give an impression to the audience and some dancing was included (improvisational movement, general rhythmic steps to keep the performance flowing).
The performers used various everyday objects as well as drums to create music. I found it very inspirational to see how much effort and imagination was put into the performance by the people onstage (as well as offstage – evidently) to create such a complicated and skilful piece of art. I have seen musicals before and many shows but none of them have been so creative and unique. I have never experienced such a collaborative production and I did not expect the performance to include so many different ways of people using their bodies and simple objects to produce impressive compositions. I loved how the cast interacted with the audience and sometimes even included us in parts of the music.
Also, I think there was an even balance of skill and humour. They made the characters have personalities (e.g. the funny one, the tough one, the dancer) and I think that without this clever way of humanising the performers, the show would not have been as amusing. The cast made everything look so easy and all played an important role in producing a fantastic show. I also liked how the lighting changed when a new scene started to show what emotions were going to come across and whether it was going to be a light-hearted, funny scene or a skilful, perhaps ‘dangerous’ scene.
I enjoyed how each of the performers had a certain skill (dance, humour, rhythm) and again, the lighting was effectively used to showcase each individual talent as a spotlight was used to emphasise their unique abilities.
I find it hard to criticize the Stomp performance as even though there were a few mistakes made, they weren’t obvious and the cast picked up the performance again easily, without affecting the overall show. The only thing I would say could be improved is the length of each section of the show. At times, parts of the performance dragged on a bit and you kind of wanted them to move on. And if anything else bothered me, it would only be the loud noises at times, which gave me a slight headache! I have learnt that you really can use anything around you to come up with ideas and new skills. I am going to take away a new attitude to learning music and any other creative skill as I have seen that if you put your mind to it and practice (A LOT!) you can make music out of anything. Practice makes progress and you could evidently see that the cast put tons of effort in.
STOMP workshop review
The Stomp workshop visitors came into our school on the 28th March. We did a workshop teaching us some of the skills used in the show as a group of 30. During the Arts Event, we were taught improvisational performing skills, rhythmic skills and group work. We learnt that counting your beats and focusing on your individual role in performances are the most important factors of a Stomp show.
We used artistic skills such as:
- Music (Beats and Rhythm);
- Drama (Humour and Improvisation);
- Movement (Dance).
Having seen the show beforehand, the workshop was very interesting as I appreciated how difficult and complicated it must have been for the performers. There’s obviously a lot of time and effort put in behind the scenes to create a single show and make it look perfect and effortless. I did not expect each part of the show to be so difficult and time-consuming. I absolutely loved being taught by former Stomp performers as they had experienced the long hours put into each show and we were able to ask them questions about how they got into performing and what is involved in producing a show. I think that a person that has been through those sorts of experiences is the best teacher as you can learn a lot from their mistakes and stories.
One thing I think the workshop would benefit from is more people teaching kids about Stomp. I would have found it more interesting if we could have worked in smaller groups to really understand what it feels like to work in small teams with individual roles. I am going to take away a newfound respect for all performers from this experience as I have seen first-hand how difficult it is to put a show together (especially one like Stomp!). I highly recommend the Stomp performance to anybody, whether they’re interested in music or not.
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Regarding Ofsted’s inspection - 28th March 2017
Please find a link to our latest Ofsted report here.
We are pleased to report that following our visit from Ofsted, we have received a letter confirming that we have maintained the good quality of education at Uplands since our last inspection. The inspectors found that the “leadership team continue to strive to provide the best possible education for each pupil” and that we “are well supported by the staff and a dedicated and well-informed governing body”. They found parents to be “positive in their comments” and made reference to one parent who said “I am impressed by the caring and supportive nature of the staff’.
The inspectors found that the strengths which had been identified in our last inspection have been maintained and that we are continuing to build on these. The following areas were identified as particular strengths:
- Consistently good teaching;
- Rising attainment;
- Pupils’ good behaviour and attitudes to learning.
Additionally, we are very proud that the inspectors noted that, since our last inspection, we have “taken effective action to address the recommendations” mentioned in the 2013 report and that “teaching is consistently strong and improving”.
The inspectors found that where areas to improve have been identified by the college, we have made appropriate changes to address them. The areas for us to continue to improve are the attendance of disadvantaged pupils, the progress in some subjects in the Sixth Form, and the progress for disadvantaged students in mathematics.
In regards to the Sixth Form, it was noted that “Students say that they enjoy life in the school and that levels of aspiration have increased. They are well supported in preparation for life beyond Uplands Community College because leaders provide effective support for students moving on to higher education and training. As a result, the number of applications to universities and apprenticeships has increased”.
The college is also very proud of the comment on safeguarding, where the inspectors found we “have established a strong culture of safeguarding that runs throughout the school. This is well supported by an effective safeguarding system that makes sure that all pupils are secure.”
Finally, the inspectors stated, “Pupils say that they feel very safe in school, and this is strongly supported by the views of parents. One parent reported, ‘Both our children are really happy at Uplands.’ Pupils are aware of how to stay safe when using the internet and social media. Instances of bullying are very rare. When they do arise, staff deal with them swiftly and effectively.”
I would like to thank our students, staff, parents, and governors for working together to ensure Uplands is such a great school.
PE Primary Liaison
Our PE Primary Liaison group is coordinated by Beacon Academy.
Please click here for the latest edition of the NW News. This edition is full of reports, pictures and up and coming dates covering the North Wealden School Sports Partnership.
This newsletter will give you and your child(ren) the chance to celebrate both your own and our areas achievements as a whole. It also contains information about how you could get involved our Partnership and gain coaching and first aid qualifications in the process.
Don’t forget if you have a nomination for Student, Leadership or Staff Champion please email Sarah Pollard: firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination and reason.
You can also follow the NWSSP on Twitter @NorthWealden to get current snapshots of what is going on in the North Wealden SSP.
Visit by students from OSG De Meergronden College in the Netherlands
On Wednesday 10th May we hosted 40 students from OSG De Meergronden College. As well as being an enjoyable experience for our students, these school visits raise money for our hardship fund which support non-PP students with costs such as uniform and books/trips.
Uplands' Student Ambassadors acted as tour guides and accompanied our visitors throughout the morning.
We can’t run these events without the support of our teaching staff so a big Thank You to Mr Tullett, Miss Leader, Mr James and Mr Green for planning and delivering fun one-off lessons during their only free periods of the day.
Images and video of the visit are below:
Chemistry at Work
On 5th May Mr Pert took ten year 10 students to Brighton University for a Chemistry at Work event. The students got to hear about careers using chemistry as well learning some chemistry from a number of different employers (GSK, Southern Water…) and academics. The value of learning science in school and studying to a higher level was addressed and hopefully inspired some of our students to study science at A Level.
The latest letters can be found below.
Creative Arts Evening
Thanks to the hard work of our students and staff, we raised £569.58 which will be split equally between The PSP Association, our next Uganda trip and the Creative Arts faculty.
Year 13 Drama and Theatre Studies trip to The Globe and Greenwich Theatre productions of ‘ Romeo and Juliet’
Year 13 students took part in a trip to see ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Greenwich theatre in London on 23rd April.
We initially visited the Globe Theatre and took part in a tour with a professional actress, we also got to see the actors rehearsing their version of the play with the directors and stage hands. We then watched a very contemporary ‘gender blind’ production of Romeo and Juliet at the Greenwich theatre, which included a sound track by Muse as well as tartan costumes. A highly enjoyable trip and lots of contentious issues to now be debated.
Visit by students from Carmel College in the Netherlands - 20th April 2017
Today we are hosting a group of students and staff from Carmel College in the Netherlands. They are being shown around by our student ambassadors and have already played a game of rounders on the field under the supervision of Mr Papper and Mr Tullett. Next up is a quiz and tea.
Children's Commissioner - Takeover Challenge
Takeover is a fun, hugely successful and exciting engagement project which sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.
It puts children and young people in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Children gain an insight into the adult world and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work.
We took part on 14th March (see item below) and have been awarded a Bronze certificate, thanks to the input we had from our students and staff.
Red Nose Day - 24th March
We held a non-uniform day to help raise money for Comic Relief. In total we raised £1,652.01 with £117 of this being raised by the Sixth Form cake sale and £110.98 by the Sports Centre.
The money we raise today will help people living really tough lives in the UK and across Africa. For example, £2.50 could buy a mosquito net to protect a family in Africa. In the UK, £5 could pay for an isolated elderly person with dementia to have dinner at their local support group. On their behalf, thank you.
We will also be using Red Nose Day as a learning opportunity to help our students explore the issues facing young children across the world, and how the money we raise can help.
We really appreciate your support and hope that everyone had fun helping Uplands Community College raise lots of money for Red Nose Day.
Campaign for fair and sufficient funding for East Sussex - stage 2
Please click here for a copy of the letter sent to our MP Nus Ghani yesterday as a follow up to the start of the campaign.
Year 13 A Level drama examination performances
On Tuesday 21st March our year 13 A Level drama students performed examination pieces to an audience.
The students' devised piece was ‘The Dance of Life’, monologues and ‘Metamorphosis’ by Steven Berkoff.
Were a resounding success with pupils working extremely hard producing outstanding performances. Wonderful audience interaction.
Well done we are very proud of you!!!.
Ms K. Grennan
BBC School Report
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On Tuesday 14th March Uplands' Sixth Form Student Leadership team took over the roles of the Senior Leadership team as part of the Children's Commissioner's Takeover Challenge. This initiative is a fun, hugely successful and exciting engagement project which sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.
It puts children and young people in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Children gain an insight into the adult world and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work.
For our challenge, the Sixth Form team met with senior members of staff to discuss, among other things, the sixth form tutorial review, the recruitment of next years' sixth form leadership team, and the assemblies coming up next week. They also looked at and suggested revisions to key policies, observed two lessons taking place, took part in a site walk and were 'on duty' during breaks.
Their write up of the day is below.
"As part of 'Takeover Challenge Day', the Student Leadership Team spent the school day in the role of the Senior Leadership Team. We enjoyed having our own “office” and having meetings with members of staff on issues such as: what activities should Sixth Form do during their form time; ideas for a brilliant lesson; how to improve the progress grades of high-achieving students; presenting assemblies and evaluating health and safety on the school site.
The day included observing lessons and discussions with the teachers and each other. This allowed us to practice our speaking, listening and leadership roles. In addition, we had to be alert for any disruptions in the school day and help with break and lunch duty.
The day allowed us to have some experience of working in managerial roles and the tasks and responsibilities that come along with being successful in the work place. It gave us a greater understanding of how the school is run and the challenges that it faces every day."
Campaign for fair and sufficient funding for East Sussex
Please click here for the letter sent to parents today.
Year 11 leavers' hoodies
Leavers hoodies are being sold this year by Sussex Uniforms. Please follow the link below and follow the instructions from there.
Year 9 Careers Workshop
On Friday 3rd February in the library some of our year 9 students attended a careers workshop run by our alumni network organisation Future First. They worked in partnership with IGD (a research and training charity that helps the food and grocery industry deliver the needs of the public). The focus was for students to gain an understanding of how their subjects fit into the world of work, the range of jobs within an industry and lastly how to develop some of the soft skills needed by employers.
The students all reported how much they had enjoyed the workshop and how much they had learnt about the range of jobs that they would not have considered before. I was tremendously proud of how well they conducted themselves and the enthusiasm they had shown.
Safer Internet Day - 7th February 2017
Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally with the slogan ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration saw hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/ INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Uplands' students were involved with a range of activities throughout the day and there will be assemblies for all year groups throughout the week.
Student Leadership Opportunities
The idea of more student leadership opportunities was suggested by our school council. Leadership is a useful skill for students to have experience of and in light of this we have compiled a selection of leadership opportunities for students to be involved in, across a range of areas of interest.
Whilst the opportunities listed are not compulsory, students will need to check the information to see if they are eligible, and how to apply. If there are any questions, please email the teacher listed in the far right hand column of the document.
Please click here to access the document.
How to prepare for year 9 tests - 8th February
On 8th February, during period 5, year 9 will have a session on preparing for year 9 tests. They will be given key information about the dates and times of tests, as well as the topics to revise and where to look for revision materials. Students will also receive information about the latest research in neuroscience, which has some interesting implications for the way we revise. Following this session, after half term, students will have a one hour workshop in their science groups to work on practical revision strategies, things like planning your time and practical revision techniques.
Year 9 tests are important as they are one of the factors considered when setting for year 10 in English, mathematics and science.
If you have any questions, please email Mr Richards email@example.com
Year 9 Options Evening - 2nd February 2017
The year 9 Key Stage 4 Options Evening took place on Thursday 2nd February.
The aim of the evening was to inform parents/carers and students of our offer for options subjects and then for them to visit various subjects to gain a better understanding of what those Key Stage 4 courses will entail, enabling them to make informed decisions on which option subjects to take in the next academic year.
Subject information booklets and application forms were given out on the evening. Please click here to download a copy of the booklet.
Our students benefited from a talk by The Forgiveness Project; an award-winning, secular organisation that collects and shares real stories of forgiveness to build understanding, encourage reflection and enable people to reconcile with the pain and move forward from the trauma in their own lives.
Jacob Dunne shared his story of a crime that he committed and has been in prison for, and restorative justice with a group of our staff and year 9 to 13 students.
Jacob will also be speaking to an invited audience, including Uplands' staff and author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay at The Bell in Ticehurst.
More information can be found at http://theforgivenessproject.com/stories/jacob-dunne-england/
Year 7 trip to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The staff and fifty year 7 students went to see ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in Eastbourne on 11th January 2017. The behaviour of our students was absolutely excellent! Many of the audience members commented on how lovely and polite they all were during the interval. The show was hysterical and full of all the dramatic conventions we have been learning about in drama lessons last term.
It was an honour to accompany the students for the day.
Ms Grennan, Miss Leader and Miss Ashton-Cobb.
In the event of a school closure
There is a clear expectation that Uplands Community College will remain open while it is safe to do so. However, if Uplands should close, it will probably be due to heavy snow overnight or a forecast of heavy snow during the day that would cause coaches to be cancelled and give other transport problems.
How would you know if the college were closed?
- Check on the college website - www.uplandscc.com
- The website will be updated before 7.30 am with the latest situation;
- Listen to Local Radio:
- BBC Sussex 104.5, 104.8 and 95.3 FM;
- Heart 96 - 107 FM;
- Arrow FM 107.8 FM (Hastings area);
- Sovereign Radio 107.5 FM (Eastbourne area);
- Bright FM on 106.4 and 106.8 FM.
These radio stations usually have a snow desk at quarter hour or half hour intervals that list closed schools. Alternatively, if you visit the East Sussex County Council website at www.eastsussex.gov.uk you can subscribe to receive automatic RSS news and emails informing you of a school closure.
With regards to the re-opening of the college, again please check our website, www.uplandscc.com or listen to the local radio stations.
Hockey festival 10th January 2017
Uplands' equestrian team end 2016 on a high
It might have been the coldest, foggiest day of 2016, but that didn’t stop Uplands Equestrian Team’s Success at Duckhurst Show Centre on 30th December.
Making her debut, Maddie Carter year 8 (and her pony Louis) put in fantastic double clears in the 50cm and 60cm being awarded with rosettes in each class.
India Turner year 7 (and her pony Georgie) were brilliant and placed 6th in the 60cm and put in a cracking, speedy round to come 3rd in the 70cm.
Later in the day, Hattie Bunday year 13 and her pony (Kizzy) had just an unfortunate pole in each of the bigger classes (90cm and 1m).
All of the classes were very busy and competitive (and the venue was VERY cold). It was great to see them doing so well and being great competitors. Well done girls (and ponies, mums and dads and unpaid grooms!)
Sixth Form reverse advent calendar
Ms Thomas, Head of Sixth Form, and a group of our sixth form students (Ella Monkman, Lauren Hardaway, Isabelle Jones, Hollie Deacons, Alice McCracken, Megan Pitt, Niamh McCulloch, Alysia Daley, Emily Thomas,
and Katie Shaw) delivered the donations from their reverse advent calendar to The Big Yellow Storage Company for collection by local food banks. We're really proud of their hard work and community spirit.
On Tuesday 20th December we once again took part in Dress Yourself as an Elf, and raised an amazing £1494.73 for Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.
All year groups took part in achievement assemblies and were shown a staff Christmas song, mannequin challenge and elf dance.
At break and lunch, our Sixth Form students held Enchanted Cake Sale and students had their faces painted to raise additional money for Rockinghorse.
All money raised will go towards the Rockinghorse yearlong appeal, ‘Sussex Giving for Sussex Children’, aiming to provide £500,000 worth of funding which will be split between 10 worthy children’s centres and paediatric services across Sussex.
Please visit www.rockinghorse.org.uk for more information.
Congratulations to Alice McCracken (year 12) - and her horse Anton-Blue Rumba - who have won the NSEA Pop-Up Dressage Prelim dressage class. Alice’s online entry was awarded the judges’ top prize in a very large field of competitors – a fantastic achievement. The pair also took second place in the Novice/Elementary section.
Well done Alice!
More equestrian news
At the regional championships held at Sands Farm, the team of Bree Pace, Matilda Peate and Eleanor Sanford put in some excellent rounds but unfortunately one pole down meant our team just missed the placings in the 60cm.
In the individuals, Eleanor went on to get fantastic 5th place in the 70cm.
Hattie Sunday also qualified for the Championship plate at Keysoe this term but was met with some stuff competition and some huge jumps!
We wish all of our riders and their steeds a very merry Christmas.
Christmas carol concert - 13th December 2016
Congratulations to the Uplands Trampoline Squad for taking part in their first competition on Sunday 11th December 2016.
Madeleine Bailey, year 10 competed in the under 19 Elite event with Rebecca Baxter, Willow Balcombe, year 9; Bailey Kenchington, Theodor Stoykov (third place overall), year 8 and Tara Agersbaek, year 7 all competing in the under 14 Novice event.
Our gymnasts trained hard for this event and were a credit to the school.
A year 7 drama club delivered an anti-bullying assembly to other students.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Our Sixth Form students held a successful coffee morning on Monday 5th December in aid of Macmillan. We are very proud to announce that their hard work and organisation helped them to raise £326.48.
Early closure on 21st December
The school will be closing at 1.25 pm on Wednesday 21st December. Bus companies have been informed and buses will arrive at 1.25 pm.
Ouse Valley Tournament
We are pleased to report our year 8 boys' football team won the Ouse Valley Tournament on Tuesday beating all the local schools in area; Heathfield, Uckfield, Chailey and drawing to Beacon. Well done to the whole team.
Reverse advent calendar
Sixth Form tutor groups are doing a reverse advent calendar scheme this advent period. The idea is that each day of advent students put something in a box rather than take it out. At the end of term we'll then take the box along to a local food bank. The suggested items are all non-perishable. Feedback suggests they get lots of baked beans but not lots of the more treat type things. We hope to take a whole mini bus full of things at the end of term!
- Tea bags/instant coffee;
- UHT milk;
- Tins of soup, spaghetti, ravioli etc;
- Tinned sponge puddings;
- Tinned fish/meat;
- Tinned vegetables;
- Packets of instant soup/sauces/ custard;
INSET Day training
Our teachers shared a day of collaboration at Heathfield Community College with staff from Uckfield Community Technology College.
Our support staff received CPR familiarisation, delivered by two of our in-house first aiders.
Huge congratulations to Jack Binns in year 9. He won the -40kg ICO English Title after fighting Mikhail from Rav's Boys on 8th October at HKA Fight Night 7. It was 5 x 1.5 minute rounds.
Unified World Championships
On the 26th of October I travelled with the England squad to represent England in the unified world championships over in Carrara,Italy. Overall I was entered in to 5 categories:
- Ring continuous;
- Mat continuous;
- K-1 light contact;
- K-1 full contact;
- Low kick.
I competed over four days, fighting different disciplines each day. Within the first day I had secured two golds; one gold in ring continuous and another gold in K-1 light contact. On the second day I competed in the mat continuous category. My category held over ten people. I fought at least three different countries and beat them all, securing a spot in the final on the last day. On the third day I fought in K-1 full contact. I fought one of Spain's best fighters; he holds multiple European and world medals. This was my first ever K-1 full contact fight, sadly coming away with a loss but a bronze. Overall a vast learning curve for me and my coach. On the final day I had to compete in my mat light category, fighting a Ukrainian. I won this fight securing three golds and a bronze. With no rest, I was called up for my low kick category which I unfortunately lost, but overall I had collected five medals out of five categories: three gold, one silver and one bronze.
Today we held a pizza and cola day to raise money for Evelina London, in memory of Luke Patmore. We planted a memorial tree in our courtyard garden; an event that was attended by selected guests, followed by the whole school having lunch together.
Student Finance Tour Company - talk for parents of year 13 students
On Wednesday 23rd November, the Student Finance Tour Company came in to discuss with parents the options of funding a child at university.
These presentations are run by 'The Roadshow Experts' on behalf of the Governmental Department of Education. The presentation was given by recent impartial graduates and included their personal experience of university, current information on student finance outlining details of loans, grants repayments, scholarships as well as the application process. The presentation concluded with advice on budgeting and an opportunity for questions and answers.
We hope this was a useful and informational talk which helped with student finance queries.
Congratulations to all our year 8 students that took part in the Palmer Trophy speeches last night. The topics were diverse and challenging and the winning speech was 'What do you want to be when you grow up?'.
Children in Need
We are so proud of our students and staff for raising £1,802.19 for Children in Need during last Friday's Big Spotacular, with £445.44 being raised by our Sixth Form team.
We are very pleased to have received a School Guide rating of 4* and a certificate of excellence.
Uplands' Equestrian Team
Uplands' Equestrian Team had a wonderfully successful Saturday last weekend (19th November) at Golden Cross Equestrian Centre.
In the RPL competition in the morning, Ellie Woodhouse (year 9), claimed 3rd place in the very large 70cm class with her pony, Rosie.
In the afternoon, there were rosettes galore for our grassroots riders. The teams placed 2nd in both the 60cm and 70cm classes (60cm team: Bree Pace, Zac Godden, India Turner – making an excellent debut for the team with her pony Georgie - and Eleanor Sandford. 70cm team: Zac, India and Eleanor). Eleanor (year 8) was also the individual winner in the 60cm, Zac (year 8) took 4th place in the 70cm and Eleanor 5th.
All of our riders qualified for the next regional championships at Sands Farm.
Well done to all.
Children in Need – The Big Spotacular on Friday 18th November
Uplands Community College joined with many other schools and colleges around the UK to participate in the fundraising programme, the Big BBC Children in Need Spotacular, with Lloyds Bank.
We took part in a spotty-themed fundraising activity and staff and students wore spotty, dotty and/or yellow clothing.
Thank you to our fantastic Sixth Form students and Mr Tullett, who collected over £445 from commuters at Wadhurst Station from 5.30 am. Donations from the rest of the school are still being counted.
Sixth Form Taster Day - 15th November
We held a successful a taster day for all our current year 11 students, as well as year 11 students from other schools who were interested in learning more about what we can offer in years 12 and 13. The format of the day allowed students to sign up for scheduled lessons and a UCAS/careers/pathway session. It was great to see so many enthusiastic students, from our current year 11 as well as from other schools.
Anti-Bullying Week 14th - 18th November
We're supporting the Anti-Bullying Alliance's Anti-Bullying Week with lessons and assemblies on the theme of 'Power for Good'.
Future First have written an article highlighting how schools use their alumni and Uplands has been used as an example. View the article here
Uplands GCSE results update
Uplands Progress 8 score is 0.39. This is way above 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
Restart a heart
On 14th and 17th October two trained members of our premises team delivered resuscitation sessions to year 10 and year 13 students. On 19th they delivered the session to children at Wadhurst Primary School. All participants received a certificate confirming their training. The aim is to roll out the sessions to train more of our students in resuscitation and the use of defibrillators.
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