Friday 8th December 2017

Dear parents and carers,

The Christmas tree has gone up in our school dining hall and that means it is officially the festive period here at UCC. Whilst it is lovely to see students and staff looking forward to Christmas celebrations, it is very much ‘business as usual’ in terms of our expectations. In fact, this week I have seen some of the most impressive teaching and learning since I joined UCC. On Wednesday I completed some learning walks with our school improvement partner, Mr Piers Ranger (a former Headteacher and Ofsted inspector) and we were both tremendously impressed with the standard of teaching and the levels of focus throughout the school. We will keep building this momentum all the way up until the end of term before taking a well-earned break over Christmas.

Last day of term

In terms of the arrangements for the last day of term at UCC, we will be finishing slightly earlier than usual and the schedule for the day is below:

07:30-08:30 Christmas Breakfast (families are welcome to join their children in our dining hall for breakfast)

Lessons 1-3 Normal times for break and lessons

Lesson 4 Success Assembly in the Sports Hall

13:15-13:45 Lunch (cold food only available)

13:45-14:15 Tutor time

14:15 End of school

14:25 Buses depart

Christmas jumper day

On Friday 15th December we will be hosting our annual ‘Christmas Jumper Day’. Students are asked to bring in £1 donation for charity if they choose to wear a Christmas jumper. Students are expected to wear normal school uniform with the option of adding their Christmas jumper underneath their blazer for this day only.

Upp-Starts

It is with deep regret that I have to signpost you to a consultation period we are entering to close Upp-Starts Nursery. The governing body met this week and confirmed this decision to enter a closure consultation due to the financial unsustainability of Upp-Starts. The full details of this can be found on our website.

Sporting success

I must congratulate our Year 10 boys’ football team on an excellent 3-0 victory in the quarter final of the cup against English Martyrs. The boys go marching on to the semi-finals and I would like to wish them the very best of luck in that game.

Harington Sixth Form deadline

The deadline for Year 11 students to apply to Harington for their A-Level studies is 8th January 2018. The link to the application process on the Harington website can be found here. UCC is a sponsor of the Harington Sixth Form Free School and both myself and Geoff Thompon (UCC Chair of Governors) are trustees on the Harington board. Whilst we encourage all of our Year 11 students to explore a wide variety of options regarding their post 16 education, Harington is the only state Sixth Form provision in the county and with such close links to UCC, our students should seriously consider an application to study A Levels there.

Become a parent governor

We have two parent governor opportunities for current parents of UCC students to join our governing body. Becoming a governor is a great responsibility and the role of governance has evolved considerably over recent years. We are looking for two parents who are able to commit the time and effort required to help us shape the future of UCC. More information on school governance can be found here and here. If you are interested in applying to become a parent governor, please get in contact with our Clerk to Governors, Nicola Tyers nicola.tyres@sky.com.

Fundraising

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to a communication sent out by Rob Sawyer, one of the UCC governors who has been a driving force behind much of our fundraising recently. Our sponsored walk was a resounding success and you can read the message from Rob on our website here.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Mr Solly.