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:
As a school we continue to be academically ambitious for all our students and these results are a testament to the high quality teaching and positive relationships nurtured throughout the school. The progress sixth form students make on vocational courses is well above national averages and overall, 99% of students achieve A* - E grades in every subject. UCC prides itself on instilling students with a real love of learning and to see so many of them carrying on their educational journeys to university and higher level apprenticeships is truly outstanding. Students are now off to study a wide variety of undergraduate courses including paramedic science, midwifery, games design, law, history, chemistry, English literature, film studies, criminology, engineering, accountancy, biomedical science, biochemistry, social work, teaching, dance, business management, drama, policing, fashion design, fine art, veterinary nursing, sport and exercise science, nursing, pharmacology, sociology and psychology. The school has performed very well in traditionally academic subjects such as History and English Literature as well as performing strongly in child care, health and social care, medical science and media. Our strong, historical links with many universities, apprenticeship providers and local employers mean our students leave UCC’s sixth form with confidence and in a strong position to make the most of their talents.
Well done to all our students.
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.
Goodbye to our Year 13 students who left in style with their Summer Ball on Friday evening at The George Hotel. We wish you all the best for your results on the 15th of August and your futures beyond the summer. Check out the summer edition of Success for a few more pictures.
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.
Atlantic Geomatics shared their high-tech surveying skills with our Year 12 geographers a couple of weeks ago. It was inspiring to see the drone being used to survey wide or inaccessible areas, but to understand the need for more basic survey skills using the more usual telescopic survey pole method. The Year 12 students enjoyed having an insight into another geographical career.
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.
The Sixth Form students were delighted to welcome Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron to their tutor period this week. With a wide ranging and robust debate on a variety of topics from school funding and sixth form transport to Brexit and the Action on Climate Change protests, our students relished the opportunity to discuss current affairs with a member of parliament. They really appreciated the time Mr Farron took to visit them in a busy week for parliament.
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.
The sixth form students were delighted to welcome Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron to their tutor period this week. With a wide ranging and robust debate on a variety of topics from school funding and sixth form transport to Brexit and the Action on Climate Change protests, our students relished the opportunity to discuss current affairs with a member of parliament. They really appreciated the time Mr Farron took to visit them in a busy week for parliament.
Our A level Biology students travelled down to London last week 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.
Mr Jackson, Head of Sixth Form
An important part of sixth form life is the weekly tutor period, an opportunity for students to add to their sixth form experience. As our senior students prepare for life beyond UCC, be that university, apprenticeships or employment, these tutor periods are a perfect opportunity to gain a wide variety of talents. From developing their study and referencing skills, their financial planning and cooking on a budget knowledge, through yoga, meditation and board games, tutor periods are a time when the whole year group comes together and enjoys the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom.
We are now into our fourth year of the French exchange with Lycée Saint-Sauveur in Redon, Brittany. It was bigger and better than ever before this year, with 25 French students joining us to be hosted by families at UCC, Keswick and William Howard School. Our guests experienced family life, lessons in school and a day out at Keswick Film Festival before making their tearful goodbyes. We won’t have to wait long to see our French friends again, though, as we’ll be welcomed by them in Brittany next month!
Vingt-trois étudiants, deux professeurs, huit galeries et cinq jours de soleil. What a privilege to take so many talented sixth form artists to Paris to study from the greats in a range of galleries. To be able to introduce them to the delights of Europe and all the benefits was a joy; students came away enthused, enlightened, and enriched.
Hello to our new Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Miss Matthews.
"I am delighted to welcome Miss Matthews to the sixth form team as the new assistant head of sixth form in charge of target setting, monitoring progress and overseeing intervention. Miss Matthews brings a wealth of experience to this role as science teacher, BTEC coordinator and form tutor and our students, myself and the sixth form team are really looking forward to working with her." Mr Jackson, Head of Sixth Form
The Results Day blog gives a flavour of the day; the main Key Stage 5 information is given below.
The progress students have made in English and maths is 0.55 and -0.6, respectively.
To our new Year 12s, welcome to Sixth Form! For those of you who attended Year 11 at UCC, you can now view the Prom photos here:
Headteacher Nick Ellery said:
“This year’s GCE and Level 3 results once again have held up very well for students at UCC. This is the culmination of the tremendous commitment and hard work from the students and teachers over the last two years during a period of course and examination reform. We are so proud of our students, who have achieved such fantastic results. We’re also very proud of the fact that the country’s top universities feature in the destinations of our students and we wish all of our students the very best of luck in their futures beyond UCC.”