University Academy Holbeach named the ‘jewel’ of secondary schools

University Academy Holbeach was named Best Secondary School
University Academy Holbeach was named Best Secondary School
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University Academy Holbeach (UAH), the only south Lincolnshire school in the county’s top ten for student performance at secondary level, is now the pride of the area.

Students and staff from the 2015 School of the Year (Secondary) were “very honoured and humbled” after lifting the final award of the night, ahead of 2014 award winners Bourne Academy and Spalding High School.

The Holbeach school wowed judges with its strong partnership with businesses, charities such as Holbeach Community Larder and the success of its students who achieved a 98 per cent pass rate at A-level and 100 per cent success at BTEC (Business & Technology Education Council) this summer.

Vice principal Sheila Paige said: “We were very honoured and humbled to have been nominated and to see that people have thought about the work we are doing at UAH.

“We work extremely hard, supported by the parents, guardians and governors, and this award comes as a result of the hard work that everybody has put in over the past year.

“The students are at the centre of what we’re trying to achieve and we are both truly honoured and appreciative of being recognised in this way.”

Some of the school’s achievement have included staff raising about £1,000 for mental health charity MIND, students organising an athletics festival for nearby primary schools and recognition for its standard of English and geography teaching from the Prince’s Teaching Institute.

A statement from the award judges said: “UAH is determined to retain its status as the jewel in Holbeach’s crown by continuing with its highly-regarded work in the community, its innovative curriculum and academic performance by students.

“It is no surprise that UAH has arguably become the non-selective school of choice in south Lincolnshire.”

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