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Red Nose Day - 24th March

We held a non-uniform day to help raise money for Comic Relief.  So far the total raised is £1,420.50 with £117 being raised by the Sixth Form cake sale.  We will announce the total next week.

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

Please see our dedicated School Report page for more information.

Takeover Challenge

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. 

There is a sizing set in school if you wish to try on before placing your order.  

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.

Gill Simmonds

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

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  

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.

Forgiveness Project

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  

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?

  1. Check on the college website - 
  • The website will be updated before 7.30 am with the latest situation;
  1. 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 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, 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.

Elf Day

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 for more information.

Equestrian news

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.

Anti-Bullying assembly

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!

Items needed:

  • Tea bags/instant coffee;
  • Sugar;
  • UHT milk;
  • Tins of soup, spaghetti, ravioli etc;
  • Tinned sponge puddings;
  • Tinned fish/meat;
  • Biscuits;
  • Sweets/chocolate;
  • Tinned vegetables;
  • Packets of instant soup/sauces/ custard;
  • Jam/spreads.

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.

Kickboxing successes

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.

Evelina Day

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.

Palmer Trophy

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.

School Guide

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'.

Uplands Alumni

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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