I would just like to take this opportunity to make you aware of the arrangements for the end of term and, as we approach the winter months, I would like to remind you of the school’s arrangements for when bad weather conditions affect our school.
On the last day of term (Friday 20 December 2019), the school day will end at 1 p.m., with buses leaving school at 1.20 p.m. Students on buses can wait in the Cumberland Yard; those who live in town will go home at 1.00 p.m. There will be an extended break time prior to period 3 to allow students to have an early lunch.
This year, our Carol Services are taking place on Thursday 19 December.
In the case of bad weather, the decision to close the school is taken by both myself and the Headteacher of QEGS after discussion about the conditions on the day and after taking advice from the bus companies.
Should the school need to close because of bad weather:
I look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday 7 January 2020.
Mr S. Gilby
- Update: Monday the 16th, Wednesday the 18th and Monday the 23rd of September are now fully booked -
From the 16th of September, we will be welcoming Year 6 students and their parents and carers to attend one of our group tours of the school. These guided visits are a wonderful way to see the school in action, to ask questions and get a feel for life at UCC. To book in, please complete the form here and return to the Reception at UCC as soon as possible. For more information, please feel free to contact our Reception.
It may be the middle of August but with GCSE Results Day next week, we are gearing up for the start of term. Mrs Richardson has written a letter about uniform guidelines for the new term. The school's expectations for uniform can be seen on our Uniform page and you can read the full letter here.
School blazers can be purchased from any retailer, both Sam Scotts and Lakeland Embroidery in Penrith have supplies of the UCC badge. In September 2019 we are introducing a new PE kit which can be purchased here. Current PE kit is still acceptable, but once students require new kit it will only be available online. Samples will be available in student services for sizing only. Student services also stock stationery kits, revision guides and school ties, that students can purchase at break or lunchtime.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
At Ullswater Community College we are always looking to provide opportunities for our students to engage in meaningful and high quality revision. In these important, remaining weeks before the commencement of GCSE examinations, the school has adopted a unique online service which provides access to revision material for a wide range of subjects. This service is called SAM Learning.
For more information about this revision tool, please see this recent letter to parents.
For all those interested in taking part in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme this year, a letter has been issued with key information about the areas involved. You can view the letter here.
The recent 'end of term' letter has recently been issued - you can view Mr Ellery's letter here. Thank you for this last academic year!
As part of the upcoming Duke of Edinburgh expedition in September, parents/guardians of students taking part are required to complete a Foreign and Adventurous Parent Consent/Indemnity form - access the form by clicking here.