Uplands has always been a school that strives to marry innovation with the best of traditional approaches. Our vision is to nurture pupils who, by the time they leave School, are intellectually ambitious thinkers; effective and independent learners, and; possess the knowledge, skills and habits of mind to succeed and thrive.
Like many schools, we are able to help our pupils achieve outstanding results in their examinations. However, whilst acutely aware that public exam results are the key to the best possible future for our pupils, we are not an exam-factory. The Uplands difference is that our holistic educational philosophy teaches our pupils how to take their studies further and rise to the intellectual challenges that they will encounter in their later lives. Indeed, we excel in delivering an engaging and globally-relevant curriculum for a diverse pupil body. This is achieved through a skills-based approach which promotes a culture of learning, creativity, critical thinking, social growth, inclusion (transformation and diversity) and talent realisation. Pupils benefit from building effective relationships with an inspired, collaborative and innovative staff.
Our classrooms are well-resourced, and reflect an attention to ICT and mobile device technology to support and enhance learning. Despite moving with the technological revolution, literacy and numeracy skills remain fundamental to all that we do.
We challenge our pupils to develop their intellectual curiosity, to ask questions, to broaden their knowledge and intellect, and to be aware of the world beyond the School. At Uplands we believe that the very best education can only come from being part of an outstanding community of learners – pupils, teachers and parents.
This is exemplified by our commitment to providing professional development and research into the best pedagogical practice through our ThinkCom initiative, and; our cross-curricular projects that see whole year groups uniting to investigate and explore a specific theme. We are proud of our rich and varied curriculum; one that develops the potential of all our pupils and provides the building blocks for them to go out and make a difference.
CURRICULUM: GRADE 8 AND 9
All pupils take English, Mathematics, an additional language (Afrikaans or isiZulu and, for immigrants, either French or Spanish), Life Orientation, Economic Management Science, Natural Science, Human and Social Science, Technology and Arts and Culture (Art, Drama, Dance and Music). Each term the students have project days,that blend cross-curricula activities with teacher-led instruction, online learning and collaborative group work.
CURRICULUM: GRADE 10, 11 AND 12