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.
In the lead up to May half-term, Mr Forrest has written to parents and carers to confirm the exam revision session arrangements for half-term and to clarify the final arrangements for students as they enter these final weeks of Year 11. You can view the letter in full here and the half-term intervention revision sessions calendar here.
Good luck in the next few weeks Year 11!
We are pleased to announce that Rian Harris, Chief Executive of Lakeland Arts, will be the keynote speaker at our Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference in June.
The day of CPD will incorporate a mix of school performances, presentations and practical workshops with the aim of showcasing the importance of embedding creative education in a school's curriculum.
We would like to invite teachers, cultural colleagues and school leaders from the region and the North West to join us for the day.
Further details and booking information can be found on the evenbrite page here; the conference will take place on Wednesday the 26th of June and will run from 10am until 3pm.
Please contact us for future information or view the Event page.
Cumbria County Council have this week informed us that the deadlines and arrangements for applying for post-16 transport have been revised. A letter has been issued to update students and parents on the process of post-16 transport applications for the Penrith Catchment Area for September 2019. This is a vital issue for those who will be in Year 12 and 13 from September; please read the Transport Letter here for key information.
We have been informed by Ofsted that they will be carrying out an inspection of UCC this week. They have provided a letter for parents and carers with information about the Inspection that you can view here, as well as an Inspections Guide for Parents that can be viewed here. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us.
"Young people of all ages from across Cumbria came together to discuss their concerns about climate change with local councillors attending to hear what they had to say. The event was attended by representatives from 30 schools, and was hosted by Learning, Education and Development Centre, University of Cumbria." Thanks to Robert Ferguson Primary School in Carlisle for the information and the below film:
Year 10 and 11 Child Development students have enjoyed hearing about Liz and Carina’s journey to become Mummies. We have watched the journey from conception through to the arrival of baby Sadie, who visited us in class recently. Their treatment option was IVF with donor sperm at The London Women’s Clinic. This enabled motherhood to be a shared experience right from conception.
We are pleased to be hosting Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference in June. We'd like to invite teachers, cultural colleagues and school leaders from the region and the North West to join us in a day of CPD which will incorporate a mix of school performances, presentations and practical workshops with the aim of showcasing the importance of embedding creative education in a school's curriculum.
Further details and booking information can be found on the evenbrite page here; the conference will take place on Wednesday the 26th of June and will run from 10am until 3pm. Please contact us for future information or view the Event page.
We are pleased to say that a new club is on offer on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes for Year 10 and 11 Agriculture students to be able to work on their written assignments and to chat about what they are doing on their farms or the farms where they work outside school. The club takes place between 12.35-1.35 in the ALC in the Applied Learning Centre.
Lucy, Harry, Devonne, Connagh and Ben have been involved in the creation of a film and an e-book entitled 'Take Time To Allow Time'.
The film and e-book were created in collaboration with NHS England, Triple A (All About Autism), Cumbria County Council and North Cumbria Clinical Commisioning Group.
Our students were part of a focus group that identified the key themes that should be included in the project, they took part in the film and four of them attended the launch at 'The People First Conference Centre' in Carlisle. Unfortunately Harry was unable to attend the launch because he was diligently preparing for his GCSE exams.
At the launch they were able to see the final version of the film as well as listen to the inspiration behind the project. They were invited up to say a few words and it was lovely to hear Ben describe the experience as 'the best in his life so far' and Devonne talk about the importance of teachers being aware of the difficulties that autistic students face in the classroom.
If you would like to see the film click here or view it below and for the ebook click here or below.
Our A level Biology students travelled down to London to participate in a revision conference focusing on exam technique and the changes to the new reformed A levels. With an overnight hotel stay as part of the trip, the students were refreshed and ready for a day listening to keynote speeches from senior examiners and experienced teachers.
There's not long to go now until the end of Branch Out which finishes on the 1st of May - there's still time to pop into the LRC and pick up a book for over the Easter weekend! Whether you are in Year 7 or 13, we have a book for you.
You can see more about Branch Out on the Apps on the LRC page, as well as uploading reviews and checking your accounts.
There's still a chocolate for every review - written or illustrated - and entry to into the fantastic prizes that include a Kindle Fire HD, Carlisle United tickets, back-stage Prize Day tickets and Penrith's Alhambra Cinema tickets.
Alongside being a GCSE dance student, Daniel's hard work and passion for the subject have enabled him to gain a place on the 'The Lowry Centre of Advanced Training Scheme' based in Manchester. After a tough audition, Daniel was selected to be part of the scheme last September and is involved in regular performances at various different venues both in Cumbria and the North West of England. Daniel is also part of Eden Youth Dance, a fantastic platform for young dancers to be part of performances within Eden. An excellent achievement.
Year 12 Early Years and Health and Social care students attended an Open Day at The University of Cumbria where they discovered student life beyond 6th Form. They found out about Degree opportunities, work placements, clubs and societies. They also participated in interactive sessions relevant to their subjects, for example Midwifery, Primary Education, Childhood and Family Studies and Social work.