Additional INSET days and last day information
We have been granted two extra INSET days on 22nd and 23rd July. There is a half day on the last day of term, 19th July.
The Lost Acorn!
It's a free and fun activity, part of When The Oak Spoke.
A huge golden acorn is hidden in the village somewhere and there's a reward!
More clues will be going up on posters around the village later this week...!
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to let you know that year 13 will start study leave on Friday 24 May and we do not expect them to attend school tomorrow unless they have a public exam. The Physics lesson at 11.30 tomorrow will run as usual. The staff in the school have worked very hard to prepare the young people, with many of them giving up their own time at lunchtimes and after school to provide additional sessions. I have also been impressed the with work ethic of the year 13 students and we all wish them well in their exams. Boosters will run next term as timetabled.
I am sure that they are very excited and full of plans for the their next steps. I hope that whatever they do next, whether it is university, apprenticeship or a job, that they are successful and happy. There will be an Awards Evening in December which we would like them to attend. We will be giving out GCSE and A’ Level certificates and we will acknowledge those students whose attainment, effort or progress demonstrated outstanding commitment.
There have been rumours that a small number of year 13 students are planning to carry out some pranks tomorrow. Please can you strongly advise your child, if they are involved in any such plans, not to participate. If any actions disrupt the smooth running of the school the students involved may be told that they cannot come back onto school site. If this were the case we would organise for the student(s) in question to sit their exams elsewhere, but this would be very inconvenient for you and them and would be likely to affect their grade. It would also be very disrespectful to all the staff and other students at the school to disrupt learning and create additional and unnecessary work.
Next term, teachers remain fully available for any ongoing advice and support in the final days leading up to any remaining exams. For example, if there would normally have been a lesson, that teacher will still be available to any Year 13 student at that time, should they wish to come in for specific revision guidance.
Finally, thank you for your support over the years and the trust that you have demonstrated in Uplands Community College.
Mrs J Mountford
And Mr J Cunningham
Head of 6th Form
As part of their work on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Year 8 were asked to prepare their own ‘show stopper’ challenge based on the theme of love and violence! It is fair to say they rose to the occasion. It was amazing to see the students judging their own designs, tasting and commenting on the culinary delights on offer then using this experience to think of the play in new and exciting ways…
- Thomas for a cake with and secret inside…
- Anola for a multi-layered rainbow of wonders!
- Charlotte for a beautiful design.
Many congratulations to students and parents alike who clearly put a lot of thought and time into some truly memorable cakes.
Guidelines in the Event of 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 to students, it will probably be because of heavy snow overnight or a forecast of heavy snow during the day that would cause coaches to be cancelled and give other transport problems. It is the expectation that if staff are able to get to work safely then they do so even though students may not be here.
How would you know if the college were closed:
We hold an emergency contact list to cascade information to staff
Check on the college website (uplandscc.com); the website will be updated before 7.45 am with the latest situation
Check our Twitter account - @uplandscc
Listen to local radio:-
- Heart Kent 102.8 FM or 103.1 FM
- Radio Kent 96.7 FM 104.2 FM or 97.6 FM
- BBC Sussex 104.5, 104.8 and 95.3 FM
These radio stations usually have a snow desk at quarter hour or half hour intervals that lists closed schools.
With regards to the re-opening of the college, again check www.uplandscc.com, listen to the local radio stations or check our Facebook and Twitter accounts - @uplandscc
Welcome to our new Principal
Mrs Justine Mountford was educated in Doncaster and went to Bradford University where she was awarded a 2:1 in Business Studies. She worked for the Order of St John as a fundraiser for two years, before travelling to Greece to teach English as a foreign language. It was here that she was bitten by the teaching bug and returned to England to qualify as a business teacher.
Mrs Mountford taught in Birmingham for eight years before moving to Spain and teaching at an international school for a year. She moved to Kent in 2001 and started teaching at the Bradbourne School in 2002. She helped to set up Knole Academy and worked there as a Vice Principal for six years before being appointed as Principal of Uplands Community College.
Elf on 12th
On Wednesday 12th December, Uplands students and staff once again dressed as elves and in red/green, to raise money for Rockinghorse. More details will be included in our newsletter before the end of term.
Mr Brooks' ICT and Computing Challenge
Mr Brooks thinks that any career students wish to follow in the 21st Century needs an ICT or Computing qualification. Think you can change his mind? Send us your ideas via Twitter with #ChallengeBrooksy or reply to our Facebook post with #ChallengeBrooksy
PE news - term 2
Year 7 and 8 basketball won The North Wealden Basketball Tournament! Great performances from all the team, but a special mention goes to Hazel Smith for fantastic rebounding. Our shooting skills were the difference between us and other schools, with Joe Joyce, Own Walker, and Ben Reader leading the way!
Congratulations to the Year 11 Football team who are North Wealden Champions, with a clean sweep of wins against Uckfield, Chailey, Beacon, and Heathfield! Well done to the whole squad and the influence of Louis Elliot, Louis Copeland, Owen Palmer, and George Barr in the team’s success!
Also in football, the girls’ teams smashed opposition in North Wealden, with both the Year 7 and Year 8/9 teams winning their respective events. Isobel Pilcher and Rebecca Bates in Year 7, and Xanthe Paull and Indie-Rose Halle from the Year 8/9 team were chosen as players of the tournaments!
Hats off to the Year 9 rugby team who won their County Cup match against Tanbridge to reach the quarter finals. Tom Jarman, Luke Flint, and Connor Eade all making great contributions to the win!
Results in hockey have been excellent with both the Year 7 and Year 8 team winning the North Wealden Tournament! A big well done to key players Millie Watkins and Joe Joyce in Year 8, and Daisy Clifford and Ben Reader in Year 7.
Also success for our Year 11 hockey team coming second in the North Wealden tournament. Our players of tournament were Oscar Wakelin and Maddie Baker.
Children in Need
On Friday 12th November Uplands' Sixth Form students, and Mr Cunningham, once again braved Wadhurst Station in the cold and dark at 5.30 am to collect donations from generous commuters. In school, students enjoyed a non-uniform day. Thanks to the generosity of Wadhurst commuters, our students, their parents/carers, and our staff this year we raised a record £1027.70!!
Careers workshop 18th October 2018
IGD “How do my subjects fit into the world of work?”
Thirty Year 9 students attended a two-hour workshop in the library run by people working in the food and grocery industry. The students learned that in the UK the industry employs 1 in 7 of the working population with hundreds of different types of career pathways, ranging from the obvious food growing, preparation and selling, to much less obvious creative, scientific, financial, marketing, and managerial careers.
The students also talked about the skills involved in different types of jobs and which subjects helped to develop those very varied skills. The volunteers talked about their own pathways to the jobs they have now, what they valued from their education, what subjects they wished they had paid a little more attention to, and they answered the brilliant questions students asked them about their own lives at work.
Students fed back that they had no idea that the industry was so large and that there were so many different types of jobs they could do. They also said it made them think more about the subjects they may choose for GCSE, seeing there are benefits in studying certain subjects that they had not considered.
Students were encouraged to share some of their new understanding with their tutor groups so that all could benefit.
We were very proud of the way that students engaged, their brilliant questions and answers really did them credit.
Ms G. Simmonds
Sixth Form Open Evening
Thank you to everyone that came along to our Sixth Form event on 1st November. It was a very well attended event.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Wadhurst United Junior FC for donating brand new football goals. They are now in place on our playing field, ready to be used.
Please click the link below for a letter regarding school funding.
The Red Box has arrived in reception. The Red Box Project aims to provide free sanitary wear to any young woman that may struggle to access it, this means more boxes in more schools across the UK.
Find our more about what they do at http://redboxproject.org/
Uplands' students contributed to the Wadhurst Harvest Festival, with Year 7 students helping to sort and deliver goods to the parish. Thank you to all the families who donated food.
Our Year 7 students were entertained this afternoon by Performance in Education (PiE) as part of their PHSE lessons.
As young people start to use the roads independently, “Streetwise”, gives them the opportunity to explore risk, responsibility, and consequences as a pedestrian. This enables them to make informed decisions, manage their personal safety and understand how their behaviour affects those around them.
Open Evening 2018
Thank you to everyone that attended our open evening on 3rd October. It was an extremely well attended event.
The presentation that was shown on the evening can be viewed here
Macmillan Coffee Morning
On Friday 28th September our Sixth Form Student Leadership Team ran the annual coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care. Their efforts in organising the event, and encouraging staff to bake cakes raised £300.
Sixth Form Fire and Rescue Day
After a successful enrolment that saw us retain over 95% of those students who intended to return, Uplands welcomed back its sixth form with the time honoured tradition of our annual team-building day.
As has become custom, our new Year 12’s joined up with our returning Year 13’s and together they embarked on the day’s exciting programme of events. This year, we were very privileged to join forces with several members of both East Sussex and Kent Fire and Rescue Services, and the Royal Life Saving Society. The day itself saw a variety of activities underpinned in raising awareness on Road Safety, Fire Safety, basic CPR training and how to safely conduct a water rescue; during the course of the day, students not only had the chance to speak directly with many members of the services, but also to learn important, potentially life-saving new skills. These we then took off-site, trekking across a stunning backdrop of the final hop-pick of the season and the fields and farms of the East Sussex countryside, before putting them into practice via live demonstrations. By the culmination of the day, it was hard for the students to choose between the dramatic staging of a chip pan fire and that of a potential drowning, in terms of which one set the pulses racing most.
Pup Upton the ESFRS Group Manager for Wealden and Eastbourne said, ‘The day was an excellent example of multi-agency working to raise awareness of the hazards that sixth form students may encounter, including fire, water and road safety. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to participate in interactive workshops and get hands-on experience, in a safe controlled environment. Hopefully, they are now more aware of these hazards and the risks and learnt some skills that will make them and others safer, including CPR and other first aid skills. A big thanks to James, the Sixth Form Head, for having the foresight to invite ESFRS and partners along to the team building day. It was a fun way of raising awareness and we hope to be able to do similar events in the future’.
In addition to the very clear real-life skills being developed, there were also the binding themes of team-building and developing outward-looking perspectives. These will be core skills that will be demanded of, put to the test and honed by all our students in the year(s) ahead. As they now take their next steps towards the final pinnacle of their Uplands career, these are the skills that will help steer them towards the success they ultimately will find under our care.
We can’t thank our visitors enough for their incredible generosity of time, expertise and for captivating our students throughout the entire day. It is an exciting thought that the day may well go on to provide a blueprint for what could become a county-wide initiative for other schools. Students and staff alike were agreed that it was a great privilege and a wonderful day to not only host but to be a part of.
All students involved are to be congratulated with the enthusiasm with which they approached the day and the activities – they were an absolute credit to both themselves and the school. I am immensely proud of them – and already incredibly excited about where this sixth form is headed over the year(s) ahead.
Mr J. Cunningham
Head of Sixth Form
New Year 7 Welcome BBQ
Friday 14th September saw our new Year 7 students and their parents, enjoy a BBQ courtesy of Wadhurst Warriors. This successful annual event allows parents to mingle and get to know each other in an informal setting, whilst students race around the school site on a treasure hunt. Thank you to everyone who participated and made it such an enjoyable evening.
Our New Year 12’s took advantage of a beautiful September day to take their first taste of what University life could be like. Along with four of our neighbouring schools, the day was spent at the campus of the University of Sussex; during the course of the day, students had their first experience of how seminars differ to lessons, with topics covering life skills and superior study approaches, together with a comprehensive overview of all that undergraduate life offers. Perhaps the highlight of the day, however, was the tour of the campus itself. The ‘Student Village’ caused tremendous buzz, with its variety of shops, stores, eateries and, of course, the Student Union bar. The sense of independence was palpable, visibly affecting our young adults. Even more impressive was the library – an enormous space ranging over two full floors, giving our students a true appreciation of how the importance of study lay at the heart of all things.
Whether or not each of our students ultimately choose to progress to higher education, today was an important step in helping them make their own informed decision. It was particularly gratifying to see so many of them fully engaging with the course leaders and student ambassadors, asking so many thoughtful – and eager – questions. The whole year group represented both Uplands and themselves perfectly. It was a great day and I am immensely proud of them all.
Mr J. Cunningham
Head of Sixth Form
Uplands staff and students once again travelled to Kabubbu in Uganda. See our Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates and images.
Monday 25th June saw our Year 12 students and Ms Thomas send off our Year 13 leavers in style with home baked scones and games on the field, in the glorious sunshine.
Art and Photography Exhibition
Visitors to Uplands have had the opportunity to view our exhibition this week, following the private view last Friday. This has been another fantastic exhibition showcasing the work of our hugely talented students. Thanks to Miss Eggleton and her helpers for all their work organising this event.
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 £2,000 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 ran 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 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, 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..."
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: email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
BBC School Report
Please see our dedicated School Report page for more information.
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 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 T. Richards firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
We are very pleased to have received a School Guide rating of 4* and a certificate of excellence.
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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