Staff and students at Ullswater Community College are again celebrating outstanding results as new records were once more set at GCSE this year.
Overall, 66% of students at the College – which was rated by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) as ‘most improved secondary school in the North West’ in 2010 – gained five or more A*–C grades including English and mathematics, compared with last year’s 48% and against the context of a nationally declining picture. Over the last 3 years, the College has improved its results from 44% in 2009 to the current figure of 66%, which represents an improvement of 22% in four years. This outcome would have placed the school in the top 10 state schools in Cumbria last year and is well above the national average, proving beyond all doubt how committed our staff and pupils are to achieving the best possible outcomes possible. We are very proud of the achievements of all of our pupils, with 95% of the year group achieving at least 5 GCSE ‘higher grade passes’.
This year, nine students achieved A* or A grades in eight or more GCSE subjects:
Ryan Cartmel 2A* 7A
Joy Dickinson 3A* 9A
Adam Ewbank 1A* 7A
Alison Hemsley 1A* 8A
Katrina Ivinson 5A* 8A
Will James 1A* 9A
Joe Kidd 2A* 6A
Emily Littlejohn 3A* 7A
Freya Moar-Smith 2A* 7A
The average points scored per pupil in all examination subjects is significantly higher than in previous years, with students achieving 501 points compared to our previous best of 496. The Value Added score, which measures the amount of progress made by students during their time at the school, is also up on last year at 1008 compared to 1003 in 2012.
Pupils receiving their results were, of course, delighted with these outcomes and all our students will be well placed to continue their studies in the Sixth Form or elsewhere.
Headteacher Nigel Pattinson said:
“Once again we’re absolutely thrilled with the overall results achieved by our students. Staff and
students have worked so hard to achieve the new record of 66% 5+ A*-C grades including English and
mathematics against what appears to be another year in which maths and English marking has been
tightened up. With 95% achieving 5+ A*-C grades virtually every student in the school leaves us with
excellent outcomes and choices to make for their future careers.
We take the examination outcomes of our pupils hugely seriously at the same time as ensuring that the
school offers a broad range of extra-curricular experiences for our pupils. I am full of admiration for the way
UCC staff engage with our students and the excellent outcomes they achieve as a consequence.”
Davis, Chair of Governors, commented:
“Governors are once again very proud of the achievements of our students. The last four years of
continuous and sustained improvement make UCC one of the most rapidly improving schools in the
country. This success is due to the students’ hard work and to the continuous improvement in the quality of
teaching and learning leading to the increase in standards of achievement.
Our students can look forward to the next stage of the educational career with great confidence.”