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
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.
Results of the Ofsted inspection 13th-14th February 2014
At the end of the two day inspection, requested by the school, the Ofsted team have now provided us with a judgement. The written report can be found here. We can see that this judgement is a very positive one for the school! Congratulations to all the teachers and support staff, along with our pupils, governors and parents
who have worked so hard to achieve this excellent outcome.
Having said our goodbyes to the Ofsted team who visited UCC on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th February 2014 we might expect the pace of life in the school to ease up a bit. That’s certainly not been the case. At half term, Peter Lee took 31 students and staff to the Italian Alps ski-ing and half of Year 11 were in the school doing additional lessons to prepare for their exams.
Since the beginning of term we’ve seen Key Stage 3 students dominating the County Badminton scene with Yasmin Bowness, Alice Christy, Ellen Robinson, Tara Simpson-Sullivan and Isla Souter achieving success in the Center Parcs Badminton competition. This superb victory takes them to the North West finals in Liverpool on 14 March 2014.
Year 9 students under Mr Kent’s supervision created a strong impression on Friday 28 February 2014 in their “Penrith Futures” presentation to Eden District councillors in the Methodist Church. The task was to look carefully at the way in which Penrith provided for its young people and the students made a series of fascinating points and responded to a range of probing questions from their audience. I was impressed with the confident and self-assured way they dealt with this task. The students involved were Rachel Glendinning, Jacob Hulme, Lauren-Ann Oates, Caitlin Poulson, Oliver Raine, Elizabeth Seaton and Mollie Slattery.
On Friday 7th March we are raising funds for Ataxia UK with a non-uniform day. The £1 donations will go to this charity at the request of the Year 8 organisers: Poppy Dixon, Edie Fairlamb, Beth Morton, Chelsea Twiddy, Sally Waistell and Beth Walsh. We hope to raise at least £1100 for this worthy cause.
I hope the recent improvement in weather will at long last allow the school fields to dry out. I’ve still got my potato and carrot field to plough and before too long we’ll be lambing again. We’ve a busy spring ahead of us and another examination season to look forward to.