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UCAN praise the community of Northwich for their support - 08/05/2018

The University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) has been overwhelmed by the support and generosity from local agencies and businesses in the aftermath of a major blaze.

On Sunday, February 25, more than 50 firefighters including 12 fire engine pumps and an aerial appliance were dispatched to the Academy after fire broke out during early hours of the morning.

The fire caused a substantial amount of damage to the building and the final fire crew left the site more than 24 hours after the incident was initially reported.

Through the support of the local community, leaders were able to welcome back Year 11 students just one day after the fire broke out and Year 10 students just two days after the emergency. All students were able to resume normal lessons only five days after the fire took place.

School leaders, staff and students at the Academy would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the following supporters and members of the local community including:

  • Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, for its swift and effective response which allowed the school to recover vital assets from the building, including IT servers, a large quantity of books and student coursework.
  • The Co-Operative Food on Middlewich Road, for supplying students with hot food and drinks during the absence of catering facilities during early stages of the incident.
  • The staff and pupils at Rudheath Primary Academy, for their hospitality during the early stages of the incident, offering a safe working space for staff and supplying hot food and refreshments.
  • Tesco (Northwich), for its generous donation of a range of school equipment and stationery, including pens, notepads, and scientific calculators for students upcoming examinations.
  • Staff and pupils at Victoria Road Primary School, who supported our staff with admin and photocopying.
  • Staff from Barclays at Gadbrook Park, who had previously run a Student Leadership event one week prior to the fire in UCAN’s former conference suite. Barclays provided a number of teacher resources and supplied photocopying to ensure our students, especially in Year 11, were well-equipped for success.
  • The Access Bank at Gadbrook Park, which provided UCAN with a number of resources to make sure our Learning Support area, which was also destroyed during the fire, had the resources available to support our students.
  • The Educational Library Service, which loaned UCAN shelves and furniture to create a temporary library space for students to enjoy reading. The furniture was also transported by Cheshire Self Drive for free.
  • Our sister UCAT Academies, for providing shared resources to minimise the disruption to learning.
  • Students’ families, who also provided a number of resources, including folders and art resources for staff and students.

Mrs Cath Green, Principal at UCAN said: “The community of Northwich has been a great source of strength for UCAN as we worked to ensure the fire, which destroyed many of our buildings, did not have a negative impact on our students’ learning.

 “Our students have shown great resilience and fortitude in what has been a challenging time and the positive, can-do attitude from our staff, knowing that the whole community was behind them in their efforts to get the school up and running has been humbling.”