Our Curriculum

What are our aims for each and every Uckfield student?

What kind of student are we developing?

 

Our Curriculum intent is that every student is an Uckfield ACE:

 

A. Academic Achievers:

  • Critical, creative, hard thinkers and learners
  • Confident and knowledgeable speakers with large vocabularies (over 50,000 words) by the time they leave year 11

 

C. Citizens of our world with good Character :

  • Social activists: engaged, responsible, knowledgeable, tolerant, outward-looking
  • Ready, willing and able  to make a wholly positive contribution to improving society

 

E. Enterprising and confident:

  • Personally developed and personally knowledgeable -  physically, mentally, socially and emotionally
  • Able to think for themselves, be innovative, aspirational and to use their knowledge confidently

 

 

Our curriculum is at the heart of our provision and is informed by these guiding principles:

Inspiration and creativity: we develop our schemes of learning so that they are as interesting and as motivational for students as possible

Stretch and challenge for all:  our curriculum in all subjects for all students is knowledge-rich and ambitious.  There are different pathways that offer additional challenge or support, as appropriate to different groups of students.

Choice at KS4 and KS5: we believe that students thrive when they have a combination of courses that they find challenging and interesting.  As a large school, we are able to offer a wide selection of subjects.  Our aim is that all students have a broad and balanced curriculum from Years 7-11.  

Progression: the curriculum is designed so it ‘secures good progression’ to sixth form and from the sixth form to employment or university.

What the available and relevant research tells us - both about the curriculum intent, and its implementation.

 

In addition to considerable strengths in the core subjects of English, maths and Science, we have flourishing Arts and Technology departments, strong Physical Education and excellent Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences provision.  The College has a particular identity as being at the forefront of Computing education and digital literacy with our one-to-one Chromebook device scheme is a key part of our curriculum . We promote the E-Bacc route at GCSE, meaning that the majority of students will include either History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language in their GCSE option choices.  

 

When a student joins Uckfield College in Year 7, their timetable will comprise the following subjects:

English, maths, Science, French or Spanish, Technology (Textiles, Food Technology and Design Technology), History, Geography, PE, Dance, Drama, Art, Music, Religious Studies, Computing and Personal, Social and Health Education.  Each of the subjects is planned to be as inspiring, ambitious and knowledge-rich as possible.

 

Find out more about what students in each year group study here

 

Our subject-based curriculum is  further enriched by visiting speakers and  Deep Learning Days (in Year 7, these are great opportunities to learn more about digital literacy, identity and diversity, and exciting STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths) days where students experience how these subjects link up in real-life practical application. Each week, students participate in ‘Votes for Schools’ which gives them an opportunity to discuss a topical issue and submit a vote in answer to a key question.

 

 Public speaking and oracy skills are taught through a range of lessons and opportunities across the curriculum.   For students who need additional support with their numeracy and literacy, we run a Direct Instruction programme, which helps students master the skills they need to access the curriculum and gain confidence.  We place a significant focus on reading and vocabulary acquisition for all students and expect our students to be reading a minimum of twenty minutes a day at home in addition to their work on reading in College.  Our homework curriculum is carefully planned in all subjects for all age groups and is a key element of the curriculum.  

 

(Read about our Key Stage 4 Options process here)

(Read about our Sixth Form curriculum here)

 

In our assembly and form mentor programmes, we support and challenge students to develop their character through the teaching of our College values, which we call our Uckfield Qualities.

 

Each student is supported with their academic and personal development through regular mentoring. This is either individually or in a small group, by their form mentor or sometimes a different member of staff.  Our wide ranging and ambitious assembly programme plays a key part in the teaching of our personal development curriculum and also in building a culture of aspiration and community within each year group.  We are constantly seeking to develop and extend our curriculum so that it is as inspiring and effective as possible.

 

Extra-Curricular Provision

Fundamental to our students’ personal development is the wide variety of extra-curricular activities and diverse range of educational visits that we offer each year.

We place significant  value on our clubs, societies and educational visits because of the way they nurture and inspire a passion for learning. Our extra-curricular offer enriches students' learning by bringing opportunities for:

  • Richer and real life experiences
  • Practical and field work
  • Real stimulus material
  • Team building skills
  • Leadership skills development
  • Further developed student – teacher relationships
  • New and exciting challenges
  • Reinforcing positive attitudes towards school
  • Promoting health and fitness

Our clubs and activities take place before, during and after the school day and include: Dance, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Rugby, Cricket, Chess, Model Railway, Arts Award, Textiles, Kit Car, Drama, Music and Choir, Arabic.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

We run a flourishing and popular Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, with regular practice and assessed expeditions. We challenge our students at a range of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural beauty including the Isle of Purbeck, The Long Mynd,The Lake District, Dartmoor and Snowdonia. Scores of students gain Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards every year. National Navigation Awards (NNAS) Bronze, Silver and Gold are also achieved by many of our D of E students. We have a very experienced and highly qualified Expedition Leadership team including an International Mountain Leader.

Visits and Trips

Last year Uckfield College boasted more than 115 local, national and international visits to destinations including:

  • NASA, Houston, Texas
  • Royal Opera House
  • Auschwitz
  • Amsterdam
  • Alpendorf Ski Resort
  • The House of Commons
  • Disneyland, Paris
  • Wales
  • Guyana
  • Costa Rica
  • New York

We also took hundreds of students on dozens of different curriculum enhancing trips including theatre trips, museum visits, lectures, exhibitions, trips to sporting, scientific and cultural events and language exchange visits

Careers and Work Experience

Careers education takes place in all year groups and is a key strength of our provision.  We believe that students need high quality advice, information and guidance to give them clear goals, inspiration and the ability to make informed choices as they progress through the Key Stages and on to further education or employment.  There is more information about Careers in the dedicated section on this website.

One particularly important enrichment activity for students is work experience. One of the challenges of educating students is ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary skills to face the world of work. Uckfield College requires its Year 10 students to identify, secure and complete a work experience placement. These placements are undertaken in the Summer Term and last for one week.

For students, work experience provides an insight into the working world, teaches them more about what to expect of life after school and provides a valuable addition to their CV. For some, it will also provide an exciting opportunity to gain an insight into a specific career in which they are interested.

For employers, students undertaking placements provide flexible, extra support for their work and help establish relationships with young, local talent. In some cases, placements result in further periods of work experience and employment.

In recent years Uckfield College students have undertaken placements at organisations across both commercial and not-for profit organisations.

Enrichment Week

Enrichment Week takes place in July each year and we offer a wide variety of different activities and trips to provide opportunities for learning and new experiences that fall outside of the formal curriculum.  Enrichment Week has always proved to be hugely popular amongst the students, with many memorable experiences, new friendships and additional skills being developed.