Academic Mission


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Academic Mission

Academic excellence lies at the core of the Uplands College ethos, building on the foundations laid at Uplands Preparatory School.  Uplands College provides a challenging, relevant and balanced education that aims to cultivate the students’ academic potential, to enable them to succeed in their chosen career or profession and to lead lives of significance. Through an innovative curriculum and embracing a diverse student body, we aim to produce global citizens who are compassionate, tolerant and ethical.  On the technological front, Uplands is driving Google Classroom, where staff and students are encouraged to post work in Google Drive.  Furthermore, since information is increasing exponentially, it is impossible to teach all the knowledge that will be required by future generations. It is therefore essential to equip pupils with skills and thus we are in the process of implementing a carefully designed programme which will teach critical and creative thinking skills that students will be able to employ throughout their lives.

Uplands students write the IEB National Senior Certificate as well as other national and international benchmarking tests falling under the auspices of the IEB.

To ensure consistent excellent academic delivery, Uplands runs extension and support programmes for students, professional development for staff and a mentoring programme for interns.

Extension Programmes

These include participation in numerous national Olympiads and quizzes, international and national academic tours, local excursions, as well as advanced programme subjects offered through the IEB (Advanced Programme Mathematics and Advanced Programme English which are accredited as A-Level subjects).

Educational Support

Educational Support is headed by our School Counsellor.  Foundation English forms part of the curriculum in grades 8 and 9 for students who struggle with English. Organizational and study-skill support are also offered to students who require assistance.  All students have the opportunity to participate in the afternoon academic support programme known as EL8.  Independent specialists also provide ongoing academic support to selected students.

Staff Development

Staff development days are frequently held to discuss ongoing and innovative developments in education.  Several staff members are IEB examiners, moderators or representatives on subject committees.  All staff who teach Grade 12 attend the annual IEB National User Group conferences.  Staff members are encouraged to attend conferences, workshops and presentations and the expectation is that they report back to the entire staff body to ensure academic enrichment for all.

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