General School Info
Uplands is an Anglican, co-educational Independent high school located on a picturesque, 110ha estate near White River, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
Uplands Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, College, Outreach.
Vision and Mission
Uplands develops interested and interesting young people who are self-confident, happy and successful in a changing world. They will be creative, critical thinkers who embrace change and develop lasting, healthy relationships.
We achieve our vision by providing a dynamic, caring, well-rounded, values-based education through our quality teams at the Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, College and Outreach. Essential to our success as we grow a world-class, forward-thinking school are the following pillars: Academics, Co-Curricular, Boarding & pastoral, Diverse community, Anglican ethos.
About Our School
Uplands strives to be Africa’s pre-eminent, independent, co-educational school operating under the auspices of the Anglican Church, offering quality, holistic schooling to pupils from Grade 0000 to 12, with outstanding boarding from Grade 4 upwards. Uplands has a proven track record of success as a contemporary school with almost 100 years of timeless quality and values.
Uplands delivers an engaging and globally relevant curriculum for our divers pupil body. This is achieved through a skills-based approach which promotes a culture of learning, creativitiy, critical thinking, social growth, inclusion (transformation and diversity) and talent realisation. Pupils benefit from building effective relationships with an inspired, collaborative, and innovative staff.
Set in an area of extraordinary scenic beauty, Uplands is located on a spacious 110-hectare country estate in White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa. We hace exceptional facilities, in the academic, sporting, cultural and Outreach arenas. Our dynamic, caring and supportive staff provide individual attention to all pupils within a family-friendly environment, from 07h30 to 16h30 for day scholars and 24 hours for boarders, so that each pupil thrives.
The full-day integrated programme us fully inclusive of required meals and tea-time snacks, sport, culture, community service sessions, supervised homework sessions and extra-curricular activities.
In many ways we offer a fresh, welcoming approach. This is a culture of education that has defined who we are since our beginnings in 1928.
The best way to get to know us, is to come and visit us – to see our picturesque campus and to meet some of our pupils. You are guaranteed a very warm welcome.
Uplands College Honour Code
- To behave responsibly at all times
- To be considerate and respectful to others
- To ensure that my appearance is constantly neat and tidy
- To display good manners and always be courteous
- To extend the hand of friendship and support to fellow pupils, teachers, parents and those I meet
- To be diligent in my studies and committed to the mission and well-being of my college
Boarding at Uplands (see boarding video here)
School is not just about teaching fractions, grammar and the impacts of soil erosion. As parents and teachers we need to ensure we are also teaching a love for resilience and grit, a drive for ingenuity and passion, and a discovery of ideas and self-discipline. We need to grow community children who are able to interact with others; those who can listen, who can lead and who can follow as the situation demands.
We believe there exists in boarding the structure and environment to fully develop this very sense of character. In focussing on creating a Home-In-A-House and in searching for the Positive First, we believe our six boarding establishments continue to provide the level of care, support and challenge to develop happy, resourced and assured Uplanders. Underpinning our boarding success is an excellent team of staff that remain motivated and skilled to seek the best in your child.
Sports and Culture
Uplands offers a wide range of sports and cultural activities including:
Academic excellence lies at the core of the Uplands ethos. Uplands provide a challenging, relevant and balanced education for your child.
Starts from Grade 0000 our aim is to provide a comprehensive learning programme within a warm and loving Christian environment that caters for the ‘whole child.’
We offer a structured academic programme that focuses on integrated learning in Numeracy, Literacy and Life Skills. We try to provide a varied enough curriculum to cater for the needs of children with various learning styles.Our small classes enable teachers to focus on the needs of our pupils.
Senior Primary Phase
In the Senior Primary Phase we offer a more formalised learning environment. Class teaching, combined with specialist teachers, occurs at a Grade Four and Five level. In Grades Six and Seven our pupils are exposed to subject specialist teaching. We offer a holistic curriculum covering a wide range of subjects.
Have a look at our video here
Academic excellence lies at the core of the Uplands College ethos, building on the foundations laid at Uplands Preparatory School. In delivering on this goal, the College goes beyond the minimum requirements contained in the National Curriculum. We provide a challenging, relevant and balanced education that aims to cultivate the pupils’ 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.
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.
The Performing Arts are thriving in our beautiful environment. There is close interaction between Drama, Dance, Music and Art at all times in an effort to create broadminded, balanced young individuals. Apart from offering Drama, Music and Art as academic subjects, the College also offers extra-curricular opportunities to students interested in further developing their talents.
The Visual Arts are represented in the many art exhibitions and displays around the College. Regular trips to art galleries and even a Cultural tour abroad is on offer. Extra classes and clubs form part of our after school activity list and cater for those not wanting to take it “too seriously”.
Drama is very much alive and well on the campus and students regularly perform to a very enthusiastic audience. Our delightful annual inter-house plays with theatrical and comic players are most entertaining.
A more serious, bigger scale production is embarked upon every second year and draws support from all quarters of the school as each pupil adds his or her own particular talent to the success of the play on stage!
Private music lessons including piano, clarinet, saxophone, voice, guitar and violin is given to students. The Music Departments continues to delight parents and fellow pupils with musical performances throughout the year showcasing an abundance of artistic talent.
- African Languages
- Agricultural Management Practices
- Agricultural Sciences
- Agricultural technology
- Business Studies
- Civil Technology
- Computer Applications Technology (CAT)
- Consumer Studies
- Dance Studies
- Dramatic Arts
- Electrical Technology
- Engineering Graphics and Design
- Hospitality Studies
- Information Technology
- Life Sciences
- Mechanical Technology
- Mathematical Literacy
- Physical Sciences
- Religion studies
- Visual Arts
- Mpumalanga Department of Education
- Co-Ed (Mixed)
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