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Welcome to Uplands Community College School Sixth Form


Welcome to Uplands Community College.

I am delighted that you are considering Uplandsfor your education after your GCSEs. In Summer 2014 we celebrated our students achieving fantastic A Level and AS Level results, marking yet another year of excellent improvements in academic and personal achievements for students at the college. There was an overall pass rate of 99% with 71% of students achieving grade A*-C at A Level. This is a great time to choose our sixth form.

Our aim is to provide you with high quality teaching whilst preparing you for the next stage in your education or future employment. We want every sixth form student to leave Uplands having achieved their full potential and embarking on their chosen course or career path.

We are extremely proud that sixth form studentsfrom Uplands have been successful in gaining places at highly prestigious universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Warwick,Edinburgh, Kings College London as well as ArtsColleges and a number of other Russell Group universities. Students have gone on to study subjects as diverse as Law, Spanish, Business, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Illustration, Architecture, Sport Science and Equestrian Psychology.

In addition to your chosen courses, it is important that we help develop other skills and talents as these are highly valued by universities and employers. We hope that you will make use of our excellent sporting facilities and also undertake some community service or charitable work. The ‘Course Information’ booklet which accompanies this prospectus, gives you additional information to help you make your subject choices, and we hope you will attend our Open Evening on 23rd October, when subject teachers will outline in greater depth the course requirements.

About us

Why Uplands Sixth Form?

  • 99% A Level pass rate
  • Wide choice of courses
  • Well equipped resources
  • Flexible College day
  • Enriching experiences for all Sixth Form students
  • Full support for life during and after Sixth Form

If you are considering the Sixth Form this may be because you need to obtain certain grades to enable you to move onto a particular path you wish to follow, be that academic or vocational. It may be 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.

Continuity
For those considering entering the Sixth Form from our own Year 11, we can offer a 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 each course selection and give all the learning support necessary, from the very start of the course.

If you are new to Uplands Community College
For those entering Uplands Sixth Form from other Schools/Colleges there is the reassurance of knowing that they will be alone; but will be small enough in number to enable us to provide the special attention required for students starting at a new school.

The application process and deadlines are the same as for our current Year 11 students and are outlined in the brochure. All applicants from other Schools/Colleges will be contacted with an interview date and time during the summer term.

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 and 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 A* to C grades 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 is an opportunity to re-take GCSE English Language and Mathematics for students who have failed to achieve a grade C or higher. Any student who enters the Sixth Form without these qualifications would be strongly advised to re-sit as they form the fundamental basis of most Higher Education courses and employment routes.

Applications
Application forms should be completed and returned to Uplands, marked ‘Attention Head of Sixth Form’ by 12 December 2014. Choices expressed on these forms will then be used when building the timetable blocks 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, 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 the Sixth Form Study Centre (SSC), fully equipped with PCs with internet access and traditional desks. In addition, there are facilities for private study in the Library.

A Wide Range of Extra-Curricular Opportunities
To younger students, the absence of a 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 social events, 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 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 benefit of advice from experienced College staff. During the last term of Year 12 students take part in our ‘Life after Uplands’ conference and we work extensively with the students to help them start to plan for their life after Sixth Form; be that employment or Higher Education. This will take the form of talks from external speakers, workshops on UCAS applications, CV writing and interview tips as well as visits from University representatives.

 

Communication with Students

There are student pigeonholes in the SSC and Sixth Form students are encouraged to check these regularly as teachers, tutors and the Sixth Form staff use them to communicate with students.  It is becoming increasingly common for subject staff and students to be in contact via email; this may make the submission of work a smoother process.

Facilities available

At Uplands the students have access to some great facilites including:

  • A Sixth Form Study Centre (SSC) where the Sixth Form can undertake independent study in a quiet envirnoment away from the lower school. There are also computers with up-to-date software.
  • An Independent Study Area where the Sixth Form have timetabled slots for silent independent study.
  • A Library which has a wide range of books and also has up-to-date computers.
  • The Sixth Form Garden which is an on going project run by the Sixth Formers. Money is raised throughout the year to put towards the completion of the Garden Project. The Sixth Formers have access to the garden during the spring and summer terms.
  • The Uplands Sports Centre which has state-of-the-art equipment and has a discounted membership for Sixth Formers.
  • Access to Apple Macs which are in the media/photography rooms.
  • A dark room for photography students.
  • A Sixth Form art room for any Sixth Formers studying art and/or photgraphy. The Sixth Formers have access to this room all year round.

Additional support

The Post-16 Bursary

If you are between 16 and 19 years and face financial hardship whilst you are in full time education you may be eligible to apply for a bursary.

 

Uplands Community College has been allocated limited funds and will be responsible for awarding bursaries to eligible students.  For most bursaries, we will decide on the amount and when it is paid; payment will be linked to behaviour and attendance and students will be expected to sign to show their agreement with the terms in the application form.

 

More information, including the eligibility criteria and an application form, is available to download from our website at http://www.uplandscc.com/sixthForm_letters.php

 

The Kent 16+ Travel Card

Kent County Council has introduced a Kent 16+ Travel Card for all post-16 students living in Kent.  The card will give students unlimited bus travel in Kent (and on direct bus services crossing the county border e.g. to Medway and East Sussex) at any time including evenings, weekends and holidays.  This aims to reduce the cost of travel.

 

More information, including the eligibility criteria and an application form, is available to download from our website at http://www.uplandscc.com/sixthForm_letters.php

 

Careers Advice and Guidance

If you do decide to stay in full-time education post-16, it is important that you check your course choices will satisfy the requirements of your future career.

 

Uplands has a well equipped Library (in the SSC) which provides up-to-date information about the ever changing world of Higher Education and employment and the qualifications you will need to follow your chosen path.  The Sixth Form pages of our website contain links to many useful sites relating to, among other areas, Higher Education, employment, studying abroad and information for parents.  They can be found at http://www.uplandscc.com/sixthForm_lifeAfterUplands.php

 

Individual guidance interviews with Mr. S. Smith or Mrs. D. Dyer will be available for students, on request.

 

We aim to provide the best possible environment for students across a wide range of abilities and interests in order to stretch them intellectually whilst they mature into young adults through a variety of social opportunities.  As a result, they can go forward and take full advantage of the future opportunities which become available to them beyond Uplands.

 

If you have any questions about Uplands Sixth Form then please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form Office at the College.

Learner success

KS5 GCE (A2)   2014         2013         2012

A*/A                   18%          13%         11%

A*/B                    44%          31%        30%

A*-C                    71%          57%        60%

A*-E                    99%          96%         93%

APS (Entry)         704           634          583

APS (Student)     206           189          178

KS5 AS               2014         2013        2012

A                          17%            9%          8%

A*-B                      37%           22%       20%

A*-C                      60%           40%        36%

A*-E                       89%          76%        76%

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Uplands Community College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2018
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Venues

  • A: Uplands Community College
    • Address:
    • Lower High Street
    • Wadhurst
    • East Sussex
    • TN5 6AZ
    • Telephone number:
    • Home: 01892782135
    • Website:
    • www.uplandscc.com
    • Email address:
    • office@uplandscc.com
    • More information:
    • Wadhurst is situated on the Kent/Sussex border seven miles (11 km) east of Crowborough and about seven miles (11 km) south of Tunbridge Wells.  It is also within easy reach of Ticehurst, Burwash, Mayfield and Heathfield in East Sussex, and Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst and Cranbrook in Kent.

       

      There is limited parking available on the College site during the day.  Visitors travelling by car may prefer to park in the public car park, which is situated next to the Greyhound Pub in the High Street, adjacent to the College. 

       

      Uplands is a Community College and we have a Sports Centre on-site, which is open to the public and a Youth Centre across the road.  The entire College site, including the Sports Centre is a non-smoking environment. 

      The College is:

      • Within easy reach of the A21

       

      • Approximately 1 mile from Wadhurst Railway Station

       

      • Served by bus routes from the surrounding towns/villages

       

      • Located within the centre of Wadhurst; Sixth Form students are permitted to visit the local shops during study periods and break/lunchtime