Uckfield College Culture

Despite being a large school, we have a strong and vibrant community spirit and all of our students are known and cared deeply for.  Our Uckfield Quality values of integrity, kindness, curiosity, resilience, aspiration and self-regulation underpin our culture, and visitors and new staff frequently comment on the highly supportive, happy, hardworking  and friendly atmosphere that exists.

This culture is built on our fundamental belief that everyone has the potential to succeed and that it is the blend of support, challenge and inspiration that leads to growth and ultimate happiness.  We believe in a culture of the possible, where we can all make progress beyond what anyone, including ourselves, could have imagined!

We talk often about the idea of ‘belonging’, which means that we are an ‘anti-prejudice’ organisation and educate our staff and students about prejudicial attitudes, language and actions against any people with the protected characteristics as outlined in law.  This in turn creates a safe and comfortable school, in which everyone is welcome and if there is an issue, we are rigorous about addressing it.

We also believe that truly great teaching is that which improves students’ progress.  Our evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning helps us identify what works best in the classroom.   We believe that you cannot just wish teachers and students to be better – you have to create the conditions for them to grow and so a huge part of our culture is our focus on collaborative professional learning for our staff, in order that they can teach and support our students as effectively as possible.

In lessons, the engagement in learning culture is expressed through ‘Every Second Counts’:

 

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Outside lessons, we have a strong culture of participation in a huge range of trips and activities and super-curricular activities. As you will see from our social media feeds, we love to celebrate our wonderful students’ and staff achievements!