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Staff and students at UCAN celebrate ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted - 08/02/2018

Ofsted inspectors have confirmed the University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) is officially a ‘Good’ school, where a vision of ‘high aspirations and only the best standards for pupils underpins the school’s culture’.

UCAN was established by the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) in 2012, and was rated by the report as a ‘Good’ school in all areas including: Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and Outcomes for Pupils.

Following the most recent inspection, Ofsted noted: ‘School leaders have acted effectively upon the recommendations made at the previous inspection,’ three years’ ago, and ‘pupils now receive a good standard of education’.

‘They continue to pursue relentlessly ever-higher standards in teaching and in pupils’ outcomes.’

Ofsted’s judgement confirms: ‘Leaders’ plans for the school are underpinned by a clear vision, which places high aspirations for and by pupils at its heart. Pupils say they feel valued by staff and teachers routinely help them to achieve the best they can. This has resulted in improved teaching and stronger outcomes.’

‘Pupils recognise and value the aspirational vision established by the current senior leaders, which has led to them being more confident and successful learners. Pupils said that they would recommend the school to others.’

The report also identified: ‘Pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school’ and ‘pupils are confident and aspirational,’ with ‘positive attitudes to learning’ and ‘take pride in their work.’

During the two-day visit in January 2018, inspectors observed teaching across a wide range of subjects. They reported that: ‘Teachers have strong subject knowledge, including in science, English and mathematics’ and ‘use their subject knowledge to ensure that their questioning is strong. Consequently, pupils have to think deeply about their learning and respond with detail, depth and fluency.’

Mrs Cath Green, Principal of UCAN commented: “I am incredibly proud of the journey the Academy has been on. The progress which has been made, evidenced by the ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted, is down to the hard work of the students, the commitment from their families and the dedication from staff at UCAN. It is a team effort with everyone intent on ensuring that every student reaches their full potential.”

“The report paints an accurate picture of our Academy as an inclusive, respectful and academically challenging Academy learning environment, where there is a shared sense of pride and purpose among students and staff.”

She added: “The University of Chester Academy Northwich has never been stronger and whilst proud of what we have achieved so far we are determined to continue to move forward and become ‘Outstanding.’”