Uckfield College

Name Uckfield College
Website http://www.uckfield.college
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 July 2013
Address Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3DJ
Phone Number 01825764844
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1677 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 8.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.9%
Persisitent Absence 11.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Uckfield Community Technology College is a very large community comprehensive college with specialisms in technology and applied learning. There are no students who attend alternative provision at other educational sites. Most students are White British and the proportion who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding for students in receipt of free school meals, children looked after by the local authority and children from service families, is well below average. The proportion of students eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium is low. At the time of the inspection, there were small numbers of looked after children and no service family students in the college. The college meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Attainment is high and the proportion of students achieving five good GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, is increasing and significantly higher than the national average. The proportion of students making expected progress in the core subjects is high and the 2012/2013 results are on track to improve further. Teaching is good with an increasing proportion of lessons that are outstanding. Relationships are strong and teachers show considerable concern for the welfare and well-being of students in their care. Students behave well and have positive attitudes to their learning. They are confident and enthusiastic. They say they feel safe in school. Attendance is improving and exclusions are falling. The Principal, his senior leadership team and other leaders have a very clear view of the strengths and weaknesses of the college. Development planning is well focused and the college has successfully concentrated on eliminating inadequate teaching. Students’ literacy skills are promoted well across different subjects. A wide range of opportunities are provided for students to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. Governors are highly ambitious for the college. They ask challenging questions of leaders concerning attainment and progress. Provision in the sixth form is good. Students are well guided and benefit from teaching which is of a consistently high quality. It is not yet an outstanding school because: The proportion of students exceeding expected progress in the core subjects is not high enough. The setting of homework varies and opportunities to develop independent learning skills are missed. The quality of marking is inconsistent and this affects some students’ progress. Lesson planning does not always take sufficient account of the wide spread of ability in the class. Leaders do not make sufficient use of available data to find and respond to trends in the attainment and progress of groups, subjects and key stages.