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