UCC celebrates prestigious NACE Challenge Award

We are delighted to announce that as of July 2016, UCC have been honoured with the prestigious NACE Challenge Award status.

The Award is given by the National Association for Able Children in Education- a leading national education organisation and charity that exists to support teachers in providing for pupils with high abilities, whilst enabling all pupils to flourish. It provides advice, training and resources for teachers, including The NACE Challenge Award Self-Evaluation Framework, which the College used to review what we provided for more able and talented pupils.

We celebrated our success this week with a NACE Award Ceremony, which was held in the College Community Lounge.  Students, parents and some of our influential associates were all invited to witness the school accepting the significant award.
Guest of Honour, Dr Steven King, Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester said: “I’m so pleased to be here to accept the award on behalf of UCC. This award is more than just a piece of paper- it’s there to help the students succeed in all they wish to do.  I commend the impressive aspirations that the parents have for their children who are in school here at UCC.”

Uppingham Community College is the 371st school nationally to achieve the prestigious NACE Challenge Award. This Award is given for high quality work by the whole school, teachers and governors, in challenging all pupils to achieve their best.

NACE Chief Executive Hilary Lowe said: “Uppingham Community College has worked hard to win the NACE Challenge Award status. It has shown itself to be committed to developing a school and providing an education where all pupils are challenged to be the best they can be.”

After spending a day in the school, assessors judged the quality of the school’s work by observing lessons, interviewing the pupils, teachers, parents and governors, and by looking at the pupils’ work.
The assessors for the award were “impressed by the strong leadership and management of provision, which keeps the needs of more able learners at the forefront of the school’s work”.

The accreditation was made on the basis of the high quality and commitment they saw across the whole school.

Principal Jan Turner said of the award: “Staff support and hard-work is essential for us to achieve something like this. The governing body and I are grateful for all the effort that our staff put in. Congratulations to all of our well-deserving students.”

Principal Jan Turner receiving the NACE Award certificate from Prof. Steven King