Principal's Weekly Bulletin

Dear parents and carers

It has been a fabulous week at UCC. Our sports day was a huge success on Tuesday and it was wonderful to see staff and students working together. Following sports day, I travelled to the Leicester Arena along with our PE team and 15 students and their families for the annual Leicester-Shire and Rutland (LRS) sports awards event. UCC was nominated for the inaugural Ernie White Award for commitment to school sport. We all sat through the presentations throughout the evening in anticipation, awaiting the final award of the evening which was the Ernie White trophy. This award has been introduced in tribute to Ernie who was a significant advocate and supporter of school sport in this region. Ernie sadly passed away recently and LRS have created this award in memory of his outstanding contribution.  We were delighted when our name emerged from the gold envelope and we were announced as the winners. This is a hugely prestigious honour as the award recognises UCC as the school with the highest proportion of the school population participating in Team Leicestershire events. Considering the number of schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland this is a remarkable achievement and testament to our fabulous students and the dedication of our staff.

The PE department take great credit for this award and they have been ably assisted by Mr Lewin, who left UCC last week. Understandably, there have been some queries raised with me about what our extra-curricular provision will be like in 2018-19 without Mr Lewin. We have been planning our provision for extra-curricular activities over the past half term and we are committed to delivering a fantastic package of opportunities for our students. The PE department will be responsible for all of the sports activities, teams and clubs, with other departments in the school responsible for the extra-curricular provision in their subjects areas. We intend to publish a brochure outlining all of these opportunities in September, in the same way we do each year.

In terms of Duke of Edinburgh, I have not yet been able to secure a replacement manager for Mrs Thomas. However, I am revisiting this in September and I have met several times with our regional DofE coordinator to explore alternative models. We really want to continue offering this excellent qualification and experience and I will do my best to secure a solution early on in the 2018-19 academic year.

We also have an opportunity to maintain our library provision in a different way. Our library has thrived in recent years and we have a dedicated team of student librarians who have assisted Mrs Pearson. I am seeking support from local volunteers who are willing to come into UCC for a couple of hours per day to help us maintain our excellent library. I will publish details of this opportunity next week.

This week, Mr Joy and I interviewed 24 Year 10 students for the Head Student leadership roles. I have been tremendously impressed with how every single student conducted themselves during the interviews. We have some difficult decisions to make about who we appoint, such was the standard presented to us by the students in terms of their ideas and thoughts. We will reach these decisions over the next two weeks and presentations will be made in the final assembly on the last day of term. We intend to appoint 2 Head Students, up to 4 Deputy Head Students and then a wider Student Leadership Team who will have responsibilities for a range of important areas across the school.

Finally, I would like to highlight some other successes from this past week. As I type, I am sitting in Harington Sixth Form as 100 of our Year 10 students participate in an A Level taster day. The students have been superb and have really enjoyed their first experience of what studying in a sixth form will be like. We have hosted a Physics Challenge event today at UCC which has also been excellent and a great showcase for this subject in our school. On Monday we took Year 10 students to the National Justice Museum as part of their Citizenship studies; as usual students were brilliant advocates for our school. Last night we hosted our Summer Showcase event where there were a range of performances from our very talented students. Next week our History students depart for Berlin which will be an amazing experience for them. I would also like to wish our Year 10 students the very best of luck over the next 2 weeks – work experience is such a valuable part of gaining a wider understanding of the world of work and I am sure our students will have a thoroughly enjoyable time whilst on their placements.

I hope you have a great weekend.
Mr Solly