We are pleased to congratulate the 2019 GCSE students on today's results. Mr Gilby has said: “UCC couldn’t be more proud to serve our children, their families and the communities they come from. Everyone will be aware that this year there are more changes than ever to the grading system, grade boundaries and performance measures. As with every year there are a number of queries over re-marks and grade boundaries and so, once the official DfE September checking exercise has been completed we will issue our headline data. For now, it is essential we focus on the real stars of today; the students. It has been wonderful to see the many smiling faces of the students and to support them into their next chapter. Staff, parents and carers all deserve an enormous thanks for the effort put into supporting our young people.”
Rob Jackson, Head of Sixth form said:
This year the Creative Futures Festival has a had a theme: 'Think Global, Act Local' and it has proved to be bigger, better and more outward looking than before. The UCC Street Band kicked off our eclectic month of activities with a rousing set, followed the next day by a film screening of 'Tomorrow' to Year 9, and later in the week by a Repair Cafe and Free Shop delivered by PACT and a plastics presentation by CAfS. UCC also hosted their first ever 'Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference'. There has been face painting, circus skills and zumba, music concerts, dance shows and our fantastic pop-up cinema in the lecture theatre. Alumni students have shared skills and experiences. Week 3 saw an amazing food festival which promoted healthy living and new tastes for all to try. In the final week non-uniform day proceeds will go to 3 environmental charities and fabulous arts prizes for the best costumes have been provided for the second year by Specialist Arts & Crafts. It truly has been a festival of an extra special kind!
Check out the latest Success Magazine to see all that's been going on!
Mr Greenwood has recently written a letter for Year 6 parents and carers including information about an additional PE kit sizing evening on Tuesday the 16th of July from 4-6pm. To read the full letter, please click here.
We are coming to the end of another enjoyable and successful year, and one which will see my departure after thirty years at UCC. It has been a privilege to lead such an amazing school and I will miss working with such a great group of staff and students. As the final day of term (Friday 19 July) rapidly approaches, I am writing with details of the arrangements for the end of term and to remind students about the beginning of the next academic year. To see the full end of term letter, please click here.
Seven UCC students worked with Workington Academy on a Physics trip to CERN in Switzerland. It is the world’s largest scientific research facility and some of the pioneering scientists who work there guided around our students. As part of the visit in Geneva the students experienced the United Nations and the International Red Cross. To cap this we visited Europe’s highest mountain Monte Blanc and ventured into an excavated ice-cave inside a moving glacier!
On 3rd July, the Sea Cadets came to school to run a fun Marine Engineering workshop with some lucky year 7’s. They firstly learnt about buoyancy and then had the challenge of designing, testing and building a 10x20cm boat out of a sheet of paper, tin foil and tape. The winning 2 teams created crafts which held 200 marbles, quite an achievement out of those limited resources! Well done to Laura, Jake, Eliza and Maia for winning the challenge by using the science knowledge learned to design robust boats.
After months of planning and collaborating with 'Curious Minds - Champions of Cultural Education', UCC hosted its very first 'Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference'. We welcomed roughly 100 colleagues from arts, cultural and education backgrounds to learn more about Arts Award, Artsmark and funding as well as gaining new practical ideas for delivering creative projects. There were performances from Dowdales School dancers and acoustic performances from UCC musicians. A marketplace of arts and cultural organisations gave colleagues the chance to find out more about what is happening in the county as well as to initiate new partnerships. We hope that this is just the beginning of being able to offer even more rich and diverse cultural opportunities for our young people. The day ended with an explosion of sound provided by the wonderful UCC Street Band.
A big well done to Year 11 as they celebrated the end of the exams with their prom at the Roundthorn. Congratulations on all you've accomplished in your five years at UCC - we look forward to welcoming back those who are attending Sixth Form at UCC next year and good luck to those who are moving on to apprenticeships, jobs or further training. Well done! You can see a selection of your photos in this term's Success Magazine or in your prom gallery below:
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