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.”