The Art Department was proud to present their annual Art Exhibition of A Level and GCSE work earlier this month. Once again, it was a stunning display of creativity. Thank you to everyone who came to the open evening and to all those who showed their work. The online gallery of this year's A level work can be viewed on the Art page or online here.
Our primary science event has been running over last week and into this week, featuring over 450 students from 31 primary schools in the local area. We also had a team from The Lakes Egg Company with Sainsbury’s, who provided the eggs and strawberries!
They all took part in two activities linked to space exploration. They had great fun designing parachutes to land their astronauts (eggs) safely plus extracting the DNA from alien fruit (strawberries). With some impressive teamwork skills, feedback has been amazing!
A scheduled Section 5 Ofsted inspection of Ullswater Community College took place on 21 and 22 May 2019. Mr Ellery has written to parents to give an overview of the report and to highlight key areas, you can view the letter below (or click here to download) and the full Ofsted report can be found here and on our Ofsted page.
A scheduled Section 5 Ofsted inspection of Ullswater Community College took place on 21 and 22 May 2019. The previous Section 5 inspection was in 2014, with short focused Section 8 inspections in 2016 and 2018. We are pleased that the inspectors chose to highlight many of the school’s strengths in their report, including:
With reference to student’s personal development, behaviour and welfare.
Ullswater Community College is a truly comprehensive school. The inspection team recognised that most pupils match their expected progress, notably in English, mathematics, languages and the humanities. English and maths results are worthy of particular note as they have demonstrated above expected progress over a three year rising trend:
Furthermore, strong and effective teaching in the sixth form was seen to enable students to make good progress in both academic and vocational studies and to move successfully into further education or employment:
More than 50 lesson observations took place over the two days of the inspection and we are pleased that the inspectors agreed with our own view and that the majority of lessons – across key stages 3, 4 and 5 - received good or outstanding feedback, particularly in English, French, history, PE, performing arts and RE:
The school’s carefully planned staff training and support was also praised:
The inspectors also noted that the curriculum had improved at key stages 4 and 5, building upon UCC’s rich and diverse offer. The school’s vocational provision is also a strength in the sixth form:
The extra-curricular provision and careers advice and guidance were praised:
Finally, echoing the highly positive responses from pupils and staff, the inspectors recognised the crucial support we receive from parents:
The lead inspector commented that the strategies for improvement that are already in place at UCC are having a positive effect across the school but that more time is needed to show the impact of these actions. We must:
The current stage of development of these actions persuaded the inspectors to grade UCC as a school that “requires improvement”. This does not mean that UCC is a school in decline. Far from it –our many strengths and successful outcomes demonstrate otherwise, as noted by the inspectors themselves. We are proud of the work we have been doing and will continue with it so that, in time, we will be able to demonstrate the full impact of these strategies.
Alan Davis, Chair of Governors, commented: “Governors are proud of UCC – its students, staff and parents; we know that our school is highly valued by our community. We also know that, as with any large organisation, some aspects of the school require further improvement; they are already in our school development plan. The Inspectors accepted that work done, particularly in the past 2 years, is beginning to show impact. These developments have been driven by the energetic leadership of our Headteacher, Mr Ellery, whose clear vision and ethos has enabled the school to progress. Governors recognise the contribution of all staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to improve the life chances of students – in the classroom, around the school and by providing a huge number of clubs and activities to broaden students’ experience and which students told inspectors they valued highly.”
We know that we are a good school with a clear view of the areas that require improvement. This inspection does not change our view of ourselves, which is endorsed by the majority of parents, staff and pupils who gave overwhelmingly positive feedback to the inspection team through online surveys.
I would like to assure you that the staff at UCC will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that we provide a high-quality education to all of our students and continue to focus on the key areas for further development.
Mr N. Ellery
Goodbye to our Year 13 students who left in style with their Summer Ball on Friday evening at The George Hotel. We wish you all the best for your results on the 15th of August and your futures beyond the summer. Check out the summer edition of Success for a few more pictures.
We are very pleased to invite students currently in Year 5 at primary school, and their parents, to our Open Evening on Thursday night. The evening will be running with an introduction in the Westmorland Hall at 5pm for primaries in or close to town and an introduction at 6.30pm for primaries further from town. The school will be open to showcase all the things that go on here at UCC and there will be opportunities to chat to students and staff. There is a little more information in the poster below. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
We are pleased to offer a fantastic opportunity to students in the form of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. The qualification is all about students going the extra mile, gaining new skills, pushing themselves physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time they will make new friendships and gather experiences and memories that will last a life time. A letter is available here with more information and there is also a consent form to be filled out for those wanting to take part.
As we head into the summer months, Sixth Form teachers are putting together projects for next year's Year 12s to complete over the summer holidays. We will list the projects below.
We are beginning an exciting new trial with students in Years 7 to 12 (excluding Year 11 students) during registration time over the next five weeks. Vertical mentoring groups (VMGs) will run in addition to the current pastoral organisation of tutor groups arranged within each year group. VMGs give students the opportunity to work alongside and interact with students in other year groups. For key information about how this trial will affect students, please see the letter here.
As you may be aware, from September 2018, we have made some important changes to the way we support pupil premium students at UCC. A letter has been sent home to parents who are affected by these changes - you can view the full letter here. If you have any future questions, please feel free to get in contact.
Y10 D of E students took part in emergency scenario training after school this Wednesday then we got stuck into testing out the new tents we had bought courtesy of sponsorship from the Westmorland group.....Typically the one short but very sharp shower waited until we had just pitched the tents before unleashing it's self upon us!
On Sunday we had 6 members of staff out on the fells all day giving up their time to work with a mountain leader developing their navigation and camp craft skills, it is essential now that staff supporting students in the wilderness areas are judged to have a level of competency to make the risk assessments possible.... I am therefore very grateful to all, without this commitment we would be unable to offer the D of E to our students at such a great value which currently makes it affordable and accessible to all.
Have a great weekend everybody and please come and talk to me if you would like to become part of the D of E Team.
Atlantic Geomatics shared their high-tech surveying skills with our Year 12 geographers a couple of weeks ago. It was inspiring to see the drone being used to survey wide or inaccessible areas, but to understand the need for more basic survey skills using the more usual telescopic survey pole method. The Year 12 students enjoyed having an insight into another geographical career.