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UCEA pupils celebrate year on year improvement in exams - 17/08/2017

Sixth formers at University Church of England Academy (UCEA) in Ellesmere Port are celebrating another year of improved results, with an Academy pass rate of 95%. The majority of students achieved A*/ A grades across all Level 3 courses and all those who applied to university were successful in being awarded a place. There are some outstanding individual performances: • Nicholas Jones achieved Distinction* grades in Business Studies and Sports Studies • Rhiannon Thomas achieved Distinction* grades in Business Studies and Applied Science • Ryan Smith achieved Distinction* grades in Sports Studies, Engineering and Business Studies. Iain Robinson, Principal at the University Church of England Academy, said: “Students have worked very hard to achieve these results. We are pleased that the overall Academy pass rate is 95% and we have seen an increase in the number of students achieving the higher grades in our Level 3 qualifications. In BTEC qualifications, our students’ average grade is a Distinction. “Congratulations to all our students: those who have successfully achieved the points necessary for university courses in subjects ranging from Law to Psychology and those who are using qualifications gained at UCEA to embark on careers from teaching to retail management. “I must thank my colleagues, who, in addition to working with students to achieve excellent results, have also provided exceptional care, guidance and support throughout their studies and supported them to plan for employment or higher education.”

University Church Free School opened by Gyles Brandreth, BEARing a VIP - 21/07/2017

The University Church Free School (UCFS) in Chester has been officially opened by the Chancellor of the University of Chester, Gyles Brandreth, accompanied by another Very ImPAWtant Person. The Chancellor visited the School, alongside the Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Razia Daniels, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler and a celebrity teddy bear, belonging to Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench CH. All members of the School community were invited to share the celebrations, which were attended by 150 guests including parents of the 130 pupils and governors. The theme of the celebratory event was a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, a perfect opportunity for the nation’s best known bear collector to share the origin of the cuddly toy, which dates back to former US President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt. UCFS was established by the University of Chester and the Church of England in September 2013 and is located on the same site as the former Love Street School, right in the heart of Chester. The School, which was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in its first ever inspection, focuses on quality of learning and teaching across the curriculum, with a particular importance placed on literacy and numeracy and a love of music. UCFS prides itself on its pupils and their exemplary behaviour and enthusiastic attitude towards learning. As described by Ofsted, they are the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the School. Gyles received a tour of the School, visiting each classroom. A celebration then took place at St John The Baptist’s Church, on Vicar’s Lane, where the Rev David Chesters conducted the service, during which pupils gave presentations and performed musical items. Back at the School, a community choir, made up of pupils and parents, sang a song about peace, before Gyles unveiled a plaque marking UCFS officially open, and shared a few words of customary humour and wisdom with the School. He brought along some favourite teddy bears from his collection, which is now housed at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire – including that of Dame Judi Dench CH, which is over 80 years old. The Vice-Chancellor brought along his much-loved childhood bear and the University’s own Graduation Bear also put in an appearance. The children then enjoyed an afternoon tea together and were treated to cupcakes featuring teddy bear toppings. Principal of UCFS, Jonathan Farrington, said: “I am delighted that our pupils and School community have had an opportunity to come together to celebrate the official opening of our School. Music is at the heart of everything we do at UCFS and this was a wonderful opportunity to showcase children’s talents in the beautiful setting of St John the Baptist Church, with whom we work closely. I look forward to continuing to lead UCFS on the next stage of its journey.” Gyles Brandreth, Chancellor of the University of Chester, said: “As Nelson Mandela used to say, “Education is everything” and there is no more important foundation for children than good primary education – which is why the University of Chester is rightly proud of its involvement with and commitment to UCFS. “It was a particular treat for me to find that bears were part of the UCFS celebrations. I was pleased to meet the staff and parents and children – and, because I was once a friend of Christopher Robin Milne, the son of AA Milne, to be able to tell the children who shook my hand that they were shaking the hand that had shaken the hand that once held the paw of Winnie-the-Pooh.” Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler, added: “The University is proud and privileged to have its association with such a high performing school, with such an engaging approach towards teaching and learning and such talented pupils.”

UAK School Games Finals 2017 - 03/07/2017

On Friday 23rd June a group of Year 10 pupils were asked to umpire for the County Year 7 Netball Finals at the School Games at Keele University. They have previously umpired primary school competitions and were selected to umpire again at this event. Whilst there the pupils met two Olympic Gold medallists; Sam Quek (Hockey) and Ian Marsden (Paralympic canoeist). The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and it has helped their confidence and knowledge of netball ready for their GCSE PE assessment next year. Mrs Castrey commented: “I am so proud of the girls. They conducted themselves professionally and represented the school well. It has been really lovely to watch the girls grow in confidence over the year with their umpiring and I am proud of how much they have learned and taken on board.”

UCAN 'TOTAL SPORT' Festival - 03/07/2017

On Wednesday 28th June, Year 9 leaders from UCAN took part in the ‘TOTAL SPORT’ festival which aims to provide young disabled children in Vale Royal an opportunity to try a variety of new sports and activities. 14 Year 9 student leaders from UCAN supported the events with teams from Barnton Community Primary School, Willow Wood Community Primary, Winsford High Street Primary, St Wilfrid’s Primary, Victoria Road Primary, Charles Darwin Community Primary, Weaverham Forest Primary School and Over Hall Community School. Students were able to try a range of sporting activities including sitting volleyball, new age curling, boccia and adapted athletics. Event organiser and PE Teacher, Mr R Russell said: “The pupils were amazing. Everyone tried their best in every activity and supported their fellow team players.” Year 9 student, Jordan Keen said: “I enjoyed working with children who have a disability as I have not done that before. They were fantastic!"

UCAN Quadkids Athletics - 03/07/2017

On Friday 16th June, Year 3 and 4 pupils from local primary schools took part in the ‘UCAN Quadkids Athletics’ event. Students participated in a range of athletic tournaments including the Relay race, 50m sprint, javelin, 300m run and the standing long jump. Primary schools across Northwich including Lostock Gralam, Wincham, Victoria Road and Witton Church Walk Primary all contended for the winning title. The winners were Wincham A Team! Event organiser, Mr R Russell commented: “The year 3 and 4 pupils from the UCAN cluster were a credit to their schools. Every pupil gave 100% effort in each activity.”

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