Uckfield College will be the new name of the town’s secondary school from September 1 and a new logo has been designed too.
The college has been known as Uckfield Community Technology College for about 16 years but the specialist status programme which gave it the technology part of the name disappeared nationally many years ago.
College, as opposed to school, works because adult education is run there in addition to secondary 11-16 education and a sixth form college.
The new logo bears the symbol of the martlet, a mythical bird which represents the ceaseless pursuit of learning, virtue, perseverance, endeavour and hard work.
The college says: “Both of these qualities represent what our college stands for and what our students develop and display.
“The martlet has been used in English heraldry and is based on the martin, swift and/or swallow. It has no feet and is thought to constantly fly, feeding on the wing without ever landing.
“This is why it represents the ceaseless pursuit of learning.
“The martlet also represented, in old English heraldry, the fourth son, who did not inherit and therefore had to make their own way in the world. This is why it also represents reliance on virtue, bravery, perseverance, and endeavour to earn your way in the world.”
The martlet is on the Sussex flag, the East Sussex flag, Uckfield Rural District Council (up until 1972), and Uckfield Town Council’s badge, so it has historical local links.
A working group which chose the symbol also thought about what the college stands for and what it represents as a school.
The college says: “We promote traditional values such as honesty and respect. We do so because traditional values have stood the test of time throughout history in a world that has changed constantly, and will therefore equip our students in the future as they make their way in an ever-changing world.
“We also base our teaching and learning on educational research and use the very best teaching methods.
“In this way, we are very forward-looking and continually look to improve our pedagogy, and practice in the most inspiring way.”
The logo was designed to be a modern and inspiring interpretation of a traditional symbol. It is also scalable so it can be clearly seen on a smartphone screen, on uniform or on a large poster.