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At Uplands we believe that education is as much about building character and connections as it is about transferring skills and knowledge and quenching the thirst for learning. We strive to promote knowledge of self through conversation, shared experience, continuous support and practised decision making.

Our House and Tutor system coaches a transition from personal dependence to mature independence in a supportive environment. Our teachers are committed to building relationships and scaffolding the growth of each pupil; it is our role to engage with each individual child within our culture and environment, such that all thrive.

Our care is an inclusive function, integrated into the curriculum, philosophy and structural organisation of Uplands. Our commitment to wellbeing is evident in our Honour Code, our core values, the provision of supporting infrastructure (our House and Tutor system, for example), our team of professional caregivers and a curriculum that enhances skills for coping.

Our Pastoral care, which involves all teachers and parents, articulates our values and helps pupils to succeed. It offers support for the learning behaviour and welfare of our students, addresses any difficulties individual students may experience, and provides a road map to personal and School growth.

Each pupil is allocated to a School House. Each House, of which there are four at the College, comprises a mix of boarders and day pupils, boys and girls. Interhouse events provide a forum for healthy competition, community fun, the development of team spirit and personal strengths, and the celebration of success.

Each pupil is also part of a House tutor group of approximately 14 students. These small support teams allow the members to learn from one another and for friendships to develop. A staff tutor, through daily group meetings, gets to know each of his or her tutees and, in so doing, guides them towards achieving success by identifying and correcting problems and informing choices.