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Uplands Community Technology College
Lower High Street, Uplands, TN5 6AZ, UK Wadhurst
+44 (0)1892 782135

It is my privilege and pleasure as the Principal to welcome you to our website.

Lessons at Uplands

Uplands is an outstanding college:

- dynamic, forward thinking, proud of its many achievements yet having the integrity to face up to the many challenges in education today.

I hope you will take the time to visit us and see for yourself the vibrant atmosphere, supportive relationships and clear enthusiasm of everyone, which has become our hallmark. It can only really be sensed in person. We are confident you will be impressed. Central to our success is a commitment to high quality teaching and learning, to learning how to learn and to a strong partnership between home and school.

Uplands has a history of success. It became one of the country’s Specialist Technology Colleges in 2001 and the breadth of our perspective was reinforced by the award of our second specialism in 2006, supporting our developments in Performing Arts with English. In addition we have the Sportsmark award and pride ourselves on being an eco school. We are very proud of our academic achievements, particularly in Mathematics and Science, and have a full programme to systematically monitor the progress of every child.

Ofsted 2006

I am very proud of what we have achieved. Our focus on teaching and learning and raising expectations on many fronts is clearly having a positive impact. The Ofsted team judged the College to take ‘outstanding care of the students’ and to be in a strong position to continue to improve. Partnership with parents has strengthened this work.

We can all justly be proud of our young people: ‘They are a credit to the college and their parents’.



'Schools are responsible for preparing pupils for a challenging world. The ultimate goal of school improvement is to enhance pupil progress, achievement and development but the learning outcomes for the future need to capture the breadth of what it is likely to take to flourish in the 21st century.' Louise Stoll

Our college improvement plan 2007 - 09 focuses on developing our capacity through sustained improvement and moves us further forward in terms of 21st century learning. OFSTED Jan '06 reported that Uplands 'is in a very strong position to continue to improve further'.

Futures Aspects:

  • FA1. Planning our development of the Extended School and Community Learning.
  • FA2. Identifying and developing structures meeting the needs of all learners.

Key Priorities:

  • KP1. Personalising Learning
  • KP2. Developing Independent Learning Behaviours
  • KP3. Pride in a Safe, Secure and Stimulating Environment
  • KP4. Developing Leadership at all Levels

Extended services are also an opportunity to take a differentiated approach that recognises the particular needs of the college community.



In year 7, we try to balance academic needs, social groupings and advice from Primary Schools. Tutor groups reflect all levels of academic ability and remain together for much of year 7. There is the flexibility to group by ability to build on Literacy and Numeracy skills developed in Key Stage 2.

We band year 7 students in January in maths and science in order to more effectively cater for their learning needs. Evaluation by teaching staff, pastoral staff, students and parents has shown that students across the ability range have benefited from this change. Following this positive feedback, year 7 students were also banded for ICT lessons from January 2007.

From year 8 we 'set' or 'band' students for most academic subjects. Each student can therefore work at the level best suited to his or her ability in each subject. Organisation of these groups is based upon diagnostic test scores, continuous assessment and subject tests, and is subject to regular review. Changes are made if necessary during the year as well as at the end.

Independent Study

Students are set an assignment of work to do at home, and the extent increases as progress is made through the school. Details of the arrangements for homework are recorded in the Student Planner and the document 'Partners in Learning'. We appreciate the co operation of parents in seeing that homework is done well and completed on time.

Increasingly from September, Independent Study tasks will appear on the College's Virtual Learning Environment [VLE]. This allows students to access their work both in college and at home. Parents can also access these tasks so they can support their son / daughter with them.

Students with Special Educational Needs

Special arrangements for students with particular learning difficulties are made through the Learning Support Department. Such teaching is given to students according to their needs, and is sometimes by withdrawal but normally by giving additional teaching support during mainstream lessons, or by the setting of specific targets for students to achieve to help them develop their key skills.



The position over places in September 2007 is:

Year Actual Number Published Limit
7 153 168
8 165 160
9 157 160
10 170 150
11 168 150
Sixth Form 213

The great majority of students stay on at Uplands for their post-16 education. They are joined by others from a variety of schools, including selective and independent schools. There are no restrictions on entry to the Sixth Form, provided that we can offer an appropriate programme. For further details, applicants should contact the Head of Sixth Form, Mr S Smith, or his P.A., Mrs K Sheppard.

The arrangements for the admission of children to Uplands at age 11+ are made by the County Council. A detailed description of the arrangement is contained in the booklet 'Applying for a school for your child 2008/2009'. A copy can be obtained from the School Admissions Section, Education Department, PO Box 4, County Hall, St Anne's Crescent, Lewes BN7 1SG [Tel: 01273 481000]. A copy is also available for inspection in the school.

You can also apply online at where you can also find advice on how to complete and submit your application.

If you live in East Sussex you need to apply for Uplands on the East Sussex form.

If you live in Kent you need to put Uplands on the Kent form.

For completion of the preference form, our LEA number is 845 and our DCSF number is 4038.

Parents may find it helpful to know that, if there are insufficient places available to meet the demand, these will be allocated to children in accordance with the following list of priorities:

  1. Looked after children
  2. Children with strong medical or exceptional evidence which leads the Director of Children's Services to conclude that attendance at any other school would be inappropriate. [2 in 2007]
  3. Children who will have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission. [49 in 2007]
  4. Children wishing to transfer between a linked infant and junior school. [not applicable]
  5. Children living within a pre-defined community area, prioritised if necessary on the basis of the shortest route from home to school using surfaced, passable routes. [53 in 2007]
  6. Children living outside the pre-defined community area, prioritised if necessary on the basis of the shortest route from home to school using surfaced, passable routes. [49 in 2007]

Please contact the school if you would like to visit the school during the normal working day, either by e-mailing or by calling 01892 782135.


Why stay on in full-time education?
If you are considering the Sixth Form this may be because you need to obtain certain grades to enable you to move on to a particular path you wish to follow, be that academic or vocational. It may be that you simply want to continue with some of the subjects you enjoy at the moment, or perhaps you just feel that further study will help you to become a more mature person and get to know yourself better before moving on. Whatever your reasons, it is likely that you will be able to come into the Sixth Form at Uplands and that we will be able to offer you a suitable range of courses to meet your needs.

For those considering entering the Sixth Form from our own Year 11 we can offer real continuity of learning. Each year up to 80% of our Year 11 students enter Uplands Sixth Form, meaning we have one of the highest staying on rates in the County. In addition, the staff at Uplands will already be aware of the needs of each of our present Year 11 students and will therefore be in a position to offer fully informed advice about course selection and give all the learning support necessary from the very start of a course.

New to Uplands?
For those entering Uplands Sixth Form from other schools there is the reassurance of knowing that they will not be alone (last year 13 new students joined Year 12), but are small enough in number to enable us to provide the special attention required for students at a new school.

Pastoral care
Whilst we are large enough to offer a wide range of courses, we are small enough to be able to treat students as individuals. Regular contact with a personal tutor underpins this. The availability of subject staff when additional support and advice are necessary further secures this.

A wide range of courses
The courses on offer to students in Uplands Sixth Form are updated each year to provide the most appropriate experience for their future lives. Within the National Qualifications Framework, 5 ‘C’ grades or better at GCSE is completion of Level 2 and thus allows progression to Level 3 courses, the most well known Level 3 courses being AS and A2.

In addition there are opportunities to re-take GCSE Maths and English for students who have failed to achieve a ‘C’ grade or higher. Any student who enters the Sixth Form without these is strongly advised to re-sit them as they are the fundamental basis of most Higher Education courses and employment routes. In a similar vein we also offer GCSE in Human Biology and GCSE in Environmental Science to those students who have yet to achieve a ‘C’ grade or higher in GCSE Science.

As well as these GCSE re-sits, for students who have not achieved 5 or more GCSE grades C and above we offer an alternative provision to achieve Level 2. This is based around BTEC Firsts in either Sport, Business or ICT. The BTEC is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at C and above, and is wholly assessed by completion of coursework units. Since its introduction two years ago this has proved successful in enabling students to achieve Level 2 and progress on to Level 3 courses.

Ongoing review
The Curriculum is constantly under review as we look to build for each year to reflect the interests, ambitions and aspirations of each year group coming through. This means that the actual curriculum being run can vary quite significantly from year to year. As a result, the range of courses outlined in the information booklet you receive tonight is likely to be broader than that which will ultimately run next September – though the courses which actually run will reflect the interests and applications of the students who will begin studying them in September 2007.

Application Forms should be completed and returned to Uplands, marked ‘Attention Head of Sixth Form’ by Thursday 8th February. Choices as expressed on these forms will then be entered into a computer programme to try to accommodate as many students’ wishes as possible. If there is a clash we will let students know by the start of Term 5. If due to insufficient numbers a course is at risk of not running then students who have expressed an interest in this will also be informed at an early stage to allow alternative options to be considered.

Exclusive facilities
Students have the use of a common room in the Youth Centre at lunch times for relaxation and a Sixth Form Study Centre fully equipped with PCs with internet access and traditional desking. In addition there are facilities for private study in the Independent Learning Centre.

A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities
To younger pupils the absence of formal uniform is the biggest difference of being in the Sixth Form but this really is the tip of the iceberg. Through their own committee the students run the social events, charity fund-raising activities and the annual Revue. They also produce the College Yearbook, run the School Council, have a representative at Governors’ meetings and provide a huge range of services for both the wider school and local community. They arrange regular sporting fixtures with other colleges and staff, and take part in a large number of visits and trips.

Regular contact with home
For parents there is the reassuring knowledge that frequent communication between themselves and the college will keep them informed of progress throughout the duration of the Sixth Form, in the form of assessments and Profiles. In addition staff are encouraged to contact parents if they have concerns and we would similarly hope that parents would readily feel able to get in touch with staff with any worries they may have.

Moving on
When it is time to consider the next move we are able to offer our students the benefits of expert on-site careers and Higher Education advice from both college staff and the County Careers Adviser, who is situated at the college.

And … excellent results
The 2006 A2 and AS Level results were excellent with overall pass rates of 99% and 84% respectively. At AS 24% of all entries achieved grades A and B, whilst at A2 this figure was over 42%. Our record over recent years compares very favourably with both National and County figures and expectations achieving on or above the minimum expected grades.

However, just as significant in our view has been the development of the one year BTEC courses over the last 3 years and the progression of these students. This is an area of our provision we are looking to continue to develop over coming years.

pdf icon   6th Form Brochure

pdf icon   6th Form Course Information
pdf icon   Introduction
pdf icon   Business and ICT
pdf icon   Creative Arts
pdf icon   English
pdf icon   Humanities
pdf icon   Mathematics
pdf icon   Modern Foreign Languages
pdf icon   Physical Education
pdf icon   Science
pdf icon   Technology

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