Uckfield Community Technology College is now one Britain’s ‘Top 100 Most Improved Schools.’
The College has received a letter from David Laws, Minister of State, saying: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on the excellent improvement in GCSE results for your school over the last three years, from 2011 to 2013.
Your school has proved to be one of the top 100 in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs, including English and maths.
“The results are a shining testament to the hard work and success of your staff, governors and pupils. I would like to offer my thanks to you and all at your school for your pursuit of the highest standards of educational achievement.”
Hugh Hennebry, principal, said: “This sustained improvement over the last three years is down to the challenging expectations, student-centred care and passionate teaching in our college. We are very proud of the team effort, the enormous support from our parents and the hard work put in by our students.”
Helena Read, vice principal, told the Express: “We believe this is due to our Raising Achievements for All (RAFA) programme whereby we focus on the progress of each student.
“For example, we will help if they gain an A and we think they should get an A*; or if they achieve an E and we think they could gain a D. We will always try and notch these outcomes up by at least a minimum of one mark. Different students have different ways of learning. Some respond well to receiving information online and everyone has a different revision style. Our staff are trained to recognise this and respond according to each individual’s way of studying and taking information on board.”
“Last year 72 per cent of our students achieved five GCSE’s at A-C grades including core subjects like English and maths. We have 1,700 students and 450 in the sixth form. Staff are trained to recognise individual abilities and mentor and teach accordingly. All our 110 members of teaching staff have undergone personal training in classroom procedures.
“According to students’ needs, these might involve role play, drama, feedback and marking coursework. We are tremendously proud to have been named in the top 100 in Britain.”