As we move into our fifth year and full capacity I can reflect on my journey since September 2011. Establishing a school from scratch has been the most important task I have had in my career. I have been able to select a very strong and talented leadership team and build the foundation of making the Academy into a school that can continue to grow. Working closely with the Governors, we have been considering how we can further develop the Academy and from September I will be sharing the role of Principal with Robin Street and Simon McBride, currently Vice Principals. This Co-Principal model is not new in schools and has been used very successfully across the country. It builds leadership capacity and enables the Academy to continue to improve and develop. I will remain as Lead Co-Principal and continue to take overall responsibility with the Governors for strategic direction and developments and lead my Co-Principal team. A short summary of the key roles and responsibilities of senior leadership team can be seen via the following link (Co-Principal Model Link). But you can only take this sort of innovative step with the confidence that the Governors and Trust have in the leadership capacity that exists throughout the Academy team at both senior and curriculum leader level.
Celebrating Another Successful Year of A-Level Results (2016)
We have had another great year for AS and A2 results with some wonderful individual results and destinations. With regards to our A2 results, 60% achieved A*-B which is 10% above national average for this year and is a 10% improvement on last year's results. Bearing in mind these are STEM subjects, we are all the more proud. 84% achieved A*-C which is our best yet as well. Over the past two years 60% of our students have gone onto Russell Group Universities. The outcome of these excellent grades is that all our leaving Level 3+ students have achieved the destinations they have worked so hard for over the past two years. Students are now studying in some of the most prestigious Russell Group universities, such as The London School of Economics, King’s College London, Manchester and SOAS. The national problem of the lack of women in Engineering is being chipped away at by two of our alumni studying Civil and Aeronautical Engineering. All students are very happy with their immediate futures and we wish them well in their next phase.
AS results this year were in line with national averages for all subjects: A - 18%. A-B - 38% and A-C - 62%. Our AS students performed extremely well even in subjects outside of our traditional STEM specialism, excelling in History, Sociology, English Literature and Psychology. Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, as expected, also did impressively well. Several students scored 100% in individual Unit scores.
Celebrating Another Successful Year Of A-Level Results (2015)
The UCL Academy is extremely pleased that this year’s students have maintained a similar level of success achieved in 2014. This is especially impressive as our focus is on some of the most challenging A-level subjects and the year 13 cohort has doubled in size this year.
Once again our students have performed above national average for A*-C and this year have achieved a 100% pass rate.
We are particularly proud of some of our individual performances such as Adam Avnon and Meriem Lounes (see www.uclacademy.co.uk/sixthform for success stories). Students have been awarded places at top universities across the United Kingdom and in the United States.
Geraldine Davies, Principal at The UCL Academy said: “We are delighted to celebrate with our Sixth Form students today. Continuing on from last year’s successful results, it’s great to see that this standard has been maintained. This is especially pleasing given that we have a much larger cohort this year. All of our students deserve congratulations for their hard work and application during their time at The UCL Academy.”
Professor David Price, Chair of Governors and Vice-Provost (Research) at UCL said: “As governors we congratulate all students on their performances and wish them every success as they continue on with their promising academic careers, studying on prestigious degree courses at some of the world’s leading universities. We are delighted with their achievements and would like to commend the hard working staff at the Academy who have inspired and supported these young people through their A levels.”
Challenge partners: UCL Academy "working at the top of good grade"
We have recently undertaken a three-day peer review process though Challenge Partners; a charity, owned and led by schools who work together to lead school improvement. Their review team consisted of four highly experienced educators; one Ofsted inspector, one head teacher and two assistant principals, all from good and outstanding schools. The full report can be seen by clicking here.
As you will read in the report, the Quality Assurance Review found that we are working at the top of the Good grade and have moved beyond the Requires Improvement grade as judged by Ofsted last year. This is a fabulous testament to the hard work that students and staff have undertaken. What a difference a year makes!
Our 2014 A Level results rank Highly Across Camden Schools
As indicated in 2014 DfE league tables published on the 29th January 2015, The UCL Academy is the highest performing maintained mixed school in Camden for A levels. This is an amazing result for a new school and one where subjects were weighted heavily towards Sciences and Maths. Our value added result is the second highest across all schools in Camden, including independent schools.
This is great news that we will be sharing widely; added to an excellent monitoring visit from HMI Debbie Clinton in September and very positive reports from the Academy SIP Sue Gregory (HMI and Director of Ofsted retired) over the last term, we feel justifiably proud of the progress made since we were established in 2012. Particular credit must go to the Curriculum Leaders, staff and Senior leaders, especially Assistant Principal, Mrs A Lucas who worked so diligently to make this happen and to our wonderful students, who produced such great results.
First set of excellent A level results!
The UCL Academy is delighted to announce their first set of excellent A level results as 6th Form students complete their two year course as pioneers of the UCL Academy’s Level 3.
· 80% of student entries achieved the higher A*-C grades at A2 level
· Students flourish in science subjects
o Biology 81% achieving A*-C
o Chemistry 82% achieving A*-C
o Maths 94% achieving A*-C
There are stand out individual performances achieving exceptional results with universities just the next chapter in students’aspirational future career plans ranging from astro-physics, quantum computing and medicine.
Brahim Mansourachieved 3 A*s and will be reading Chemistry followed by a Masters at UCL; his ambition is to find a cure for cancer. He talks of an amazing experience at the UCL Academy supported by motivational teachers, top of the range facilities and supportive peers.
Amardeep Kaur Chawla has secured her place at Cambridge University to study Computer Sciences with Natural Sciences and credits the links with UCL whilst at the Academy with helping her on her journey. Amardeep shadowed a researcher from Microsoft during her Year 12 work experience programme.
Mayya Voronahas secured a place at King’s College London to study Medicine with an intercalated degree, a one year BSc programme, allowing her the opportunity to study her subject of choice, English, in greater depth after her second or third year. Her career ambition is to be a doctor specialising in dermatology.
Head of Level 3, Assistant Principal Alice Lucas, commented: “Staff, students and their families are deservedly celebrating with an outstanding set of results this summer. We are extremely proud of each and every student and the hard work and commitment they have shown to their studies.”
Chair of Governors, Professor David Price and Professor Antony Smith, Vice Provost of UCL, added: “As governors and sponsor of the UCL Academy we congratulate all students on their performances and wish them every success as they have all secured places at some of the country’s best universities, studying on prestigious degree courses. We are delighted with their achievements and commend the hard working teachers who have inspired and supported these young people through their two year journey. We look forward to keeping in contact with our first cohort of Level 3 (6th Form) students and to welcoming them back to the Academy when they graduate and return to us as successful alumni.”