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UCEA nominees reach final stages of prestigious Cheshire Schools Awards - 14/05/2018

The University Church of England Academy (UCEA) is celebrating being finalists in four separate categories out of a possible 10 in the Cheshire Schools Awards, which are sponsored by Trinity Mirror and Excell Supply. The Cheshire Schools Awards are intended to acknowledge the outstanding achievements within schools across Cheshire. Both primary and secondary schools join together in celebration, sharing their success stories. UCEA is excited to have made it through to the finals this year, after progressing through a vigorous judging process. The event takes place at the Hallmark Hotel, The Queen Hotel, Chester on Tuesday, June 19, and the Academy has been nominated for the following awards: School Support Staff – Rebecca Evans, a Teaching Assistant at the Academy, has reached the final stage of the competition, after being entered for her outstanding efforts in raising aspirations and confidence in some of the school’s more complex students. Rebecca is a home-grown talent, progressing on a journey from being a student at the Academy to excelling within her Teaching Assistant role. Rebecca’s passion for her subject has been instrumental in the outstanding BTEC results for students across Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 within Dance. Team of the Year – David Bolam, a Teacher of Technology and Engineering at UCEA, along with his team of Year 10 STEM students, has been working closely with University of Chester academics at Thornton Science Park. The goal is to design, build and race a green powered car as part of a competition hosted by Greenpower Education Trust. Later in the year, once the car has been built, they will then have the opportunity to race it against other cars from schools all around the country, on a real racetrack. The group visits the Mechanical Engineering workshops at Thornton once a month, and has already been making significant progress since the project began in January. The team has been developing the car to make it as efficient as possible, to meet the challenge of ensuring it has the longest endurance. School in the Community – The Academy prides itself on the outstanding community work provided by its students for acts such as fundraising and public performances. This particular nomination is for the Anne Frank public exhibition which took place at UCEA in February 2018. A team of 15 Year 9 students became tour guides to over 300 pupils from local primary schools, as well as key members of the local community. Focused on Anne Frank, who died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and gained fame posthumously with the publication of her diary, the exhibition provided a moment for the community to reflect on the impact that her story has had to this day. Secondary School of the Year – UCEA is also in the running for the prestigious ‘Secondary School of the Year Award’ for 2018. This award goes to the school which is judged to have had an outstanding academic year, showing improvements in criteria such as attendance, parental engagement or examination results. Iain Robinson, Principal at the Academy, said: “I couldn’t be any prouder of the achievements of our staff and students in reaching the final stages, in multiple categories, of the Cheshire School Awards. Staff and students at the Academy work extremely hard all year round on a number of key events and it is fantastic that their efforts are being recognised within the community. We are excited to be attending the event in June and joining other schools from across Cheshire for a day of celebration.”

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