Amazing exam results
On Thursday 23 January 2014 the Department for Education published its annual performance tables for secondary schools. These are available on-line at http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance. Ullswater Community College compares well with other schools in Cumbria and the nation as a whole.
us an opportunity to measure this success against the national picture. We are, naturally, very proud of these achievements and of the hard work of all pupils and their teachers.
In 2014 we will do even better. The current Year 11 indicators suggest that we will make further gains and hopefully the performance tables will reflect the continued progress of the school against the national picture.
A massive “well done” to all those students and teachers who contributed so successfully to this terrific achievement.
Saturday 18 January saw 28 runners from UCC competing for Eden District in the inter-district cross-country championship. In desperate conditions all the runners competed superbly, with five qualifying to represent Cumbria in
Durham on 2 February 2014. James Salt won the Year 7 boys’event, with Luke Hunter 5th and Joe Newby 7th; all three qualify to run for the County Minor Boys. Luke Brown in Year 9 qualified to run for the Junior Boys with a superb
7th place and Flora Blackburn made the Senior Girls county team by coming in 9th in her race. Congratulations to all of them!
Sixth Form Presentation evening
On Thursday 9 January 2014 we held our annual Sixth Form Presentation Evening at the Roundthorn Country House
Hotel. It was good to see our Year 13 leavers from last summer back together and, with approximately 100 guests, this was a good opportunity to catch up with what everyone is doing, say a few final words of thanks and to present A-level
certificates and awards. Winners of special awards included:
Viv Walker (Art)
Nicole Dixon (Health and Social Care)
Ryan Martin (Lowther Endowment Prize)
Joel Dickinson (Maths)
Harriet Moar-Smith (Music)
Sophie McCandlish (English/Biology)
Tom Bray (Physics)
Lee Strong (History/Achievement)
Charles Taylor (Progress)
Peter Emerson (Chemistry)
Lauren Moody (English)
Many thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the evening.
Our first glimpse of this year’s Year 11 GCSE outcomes was provided in the form of November entry English grades on Wednesday 8 January. Out of ten entries, eight received higher grade passes, which promises much for the whole-school results later this year. Our aim is, of course, to exceed last year’s performance of 66% 5 A*–C with English and maths: so far this aim looks realistic.
Year 13 student Joanne McAtear received news last week that her application to study Physics at Somerville College, Oxford, has been positively received. She was offered a place, conditional on her achieving A*, A, A in her A-level studies. Last summer Joanne represented the North-West of England at the International Youth Science Forum at Imperial College, London. We’re delighted that her Oxbridge application has been successful and wish her good luck in her preparation for A