THE University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted – four years after being placed in special measures.

The education watchdog rated the school good in all areas including: effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for pupils.

UCAN was established by the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) in 2012, but was placed in special measures following the previous inspection in February 2014.

Following the most recent inspection, Ofsted said the school’s leaders have acted effectively upon the recommendations made at the previous inspection and pupils now receive a good standard of education.

The report said: “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.”

During the two-day visit in January 2018, inspectors observed teaching across a wide range of subjects.

“They continue to pursue relentlessly ever-higher standards in teaching and in pupils’ outcomes,” the report said.

Cath Green, principal of UCAN, said: “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.’”