Uppingham Community College

Principal's weekly message

Dear UCC FamiliesI have spent a lot of time touring various people around school this week. Visitors have included prospective families, prospective candidates for vacancies, and a local headteacher colleague. Every time I have toured the school the focus in lessons has been impressive and school has felt calm. Visitors have commented how the values of the school are palpable, particularly when they witness the interactions between students and staff. It is pleasing to hear such comments from visitors, as when we are immersed in the day to day hustle and bustle of school life, these things can be easily taken for granted.I met with the Student Council on Thursday to discuss feedback they had collated from their peers, with regard to the summer term reset. They presented the feedback in an incredibly mature and professional manner, and it made me extremely proud of them and the role they are playing in the school. Overall, their feedback was that things have been much better than they thought they were going to be and I shared with them one of my favourite Seneca quotes 'we suffer more in imagination than we do in reality'. The students identified some key issues that were important to them, for me and other colleagues to consider, and also provided with possible solutions they thought could make a difference. I will meet with them again next week to update them on some changes we can make straight away, and some others which may take a little longer to implement. Overall though, I left the meeting feeling very grateful indeed, to have the privilege of working with such impressive, empathetic and kind young people.

In tutor time today, students watched a video presentation from Mr Anderson, which detailed the next steps in our uniform reset procedure. These steps aim to encourage students to take responsibility for meeting the expected standards each day. From Tuesday next week every student will be given a uniform incentive card, that they will be required to keep in their blazer pocket. If there are any issues with a student's uniform during the school day, these will be recorded on the uniform card by a member of staff. Parents can check when their child has been issued with a C1 Uniform behaviour point by looking at the card for the details. The incentive part of this system is to reward the vast majority of students who wear their uniform with pride every day. Those students with only one mark on their uniform card at the end of each term will be entered into a prize draw. As parents and carers, can I ask that you check this card regularly and be careful to remove it from pockets when washing the blazer. 
We are becoming increasingly aware that there are a number of TikTok accounts / WhatsApp / Instagram groups that have been set up under the UCC name, by students.  There are also numerous form/year group 'WhatsApp' groups etc.  We would like to make you aware as parents/carers that none of these unofficial groups are created or monitored by UCC, and that any content uploaded and shared is at the students' own risk. To support you as parents/carers in helping your child make good choices on-line, here is a link to Social Media guidance produced by the Uk Safer Internet Centre which may be of interest. It highlights, for example, that TikTok and Instagram have an age requirement of 13+, whilst for WhatsApp there is an age requirement of 16+.
I had an excellent meeting on Tuesday this week, with Miss Clayton who runs our Eco Club, and Kevin Osbourne from an organisation called Zellar, who are experts in sustainability and eco-energy. Zellar are launching a ground breaking case study programme with a small group of schools and we have been selected as one of them! Zellar had already established their case study group, but due to the incredible work of Ed Lever in Y10 and the UCC Eco Group, our reputation for student-led work on becoming a greener and more sustainable school meant that we were approached to be part of this exciting opportunity.I hope you all have a great bank holiday weekend.

Please take the time to read through the Newsletter so you are up to date on everything that has been going on at UCC this week.Take care,Mr B Solly.

Y9 Art Lessons

Alison Kunath is a Californian street artist. She makes the most amazing large-scale murals that are either painted or drawn just using line.  These geometric, impactful portraits are of her heroes, namely Sigmund Freud, Maya Angelou and of course, Nelson Mandela.

Year 9 have been doing the same this term and have learnt all about Kunath's process through practice and some serious skill with straight lines and a felt tip!

Can you name some of our Year 9's heroes?

Medicine Work Experience Opportunities

Is your child interested in pursuing a career in any of the following areas:  Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Psychology or Forensic Science?  Please see details below about some work experience opportunities from 'InvestIn'.  Please click the image below for more information and to register. 

PE Department Weekly Round Up

It's been a busy week for the in the PE Department with UCC participating in a variety of events so included below is a brief round up of what's been going on.

On Tuesday a group of UCC students attended a Paralympic festival event at Loughborough University. They participated in a number of events including wheelchair basketball, badminton and judo.  They really enjoyed the event and represented the school admirably.

On Wednesday our year 8/9 boys handball team hosted Catmose and, despite displaying a great performance, they narrowly missed out on a win.  The final score was 15-13 and although all the players were exceptional, Luke was our man of match.  

Thursday was the turn of our U13 and U15 girls to compete in the Leicester Tigers Rugby Festival.  It was an amazing event and both teams ended up winning all 3 of their matches.  "Tackler of the Day" was Hannah (U15) with some brilliant take downs.  Top try scorers were Juliana (U13) and Alice (U15).  The girls were a credit to the school and demonstrated some fantastic skill.  Our Player of the Tournament goes to Maddy (U13) and Ruby (U15)

Later today some of our KS3/4 students are attending a swim gala. We will include an update on this event in our next newsletter.

E-LIBRARY Recommended Book of the Week

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town 

by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock 

Meet the teenagers who live in the small towns across these states, separated by distance, but whose stories are woven together in the most unexpected of ways. Whether they are brought together by the spread of wildfire, by the priest who's moved from state to state or by the hunt for a missing child, these incredible tales blaze with secrets, rage, and love. A novel like no other, this intricate, intense, and beautiful book will take your breath away.

Available on the UCC e-library as an e-book now. 

Click on the image to access the E-library

Extra Curricular Diary Summer Term 1

Please click on the image to access the extra-curricular activities on offer during Summer Term 1. There's a variety of activities on offer this term including boys softball and girls rounders for year 7-9 students.  Athletics for all year groups has also commenced on Tuesday evenings too.  We have also extended the deadline to register for extra curricular activities this term until Sunday 24 April. 

Food Pre-Orders


We are pleased to announce that the hot-food counter in the dining room is now open.  Please see our catering section on the website to view the weekly menus.  We will be following the week 3 menu next week, and highlights include; katsu chicken curry with rice, steak & mushroom pie with vegetables or macaroni cheese with salad.  You do not need to pre-order the hot dish of the day.  

Please ensure that any pre-ordered food is ordered before 8am on the day the food is required, or, order ahead of time.  Thank you.


If your child has shown acts of kindness or learnt new skills or completed amazing projects we would love to know about it! Please email Mrs O'Brien (obrien_h@ucc.rutland.sch.uk)

Emergency contacts / consent

Parents/carers are responsible for keeping UCC up to date with changes to emergency contact details.

In addition consent can be withdrawn or changed at any time.

Please contact obrien_h@ucc.rutland.sch.uk 

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Uppingham Community College

Uppingham Community College, London Road, Uppingham, LE15 9TJ