Proposal to remove Burnley Education Trust as the foundation for Unity College

It is proposed that Unity College, Towneley Holmes, BB11 3DF (a secondary foundation school) remove the foundation trust of Burnley Education Trust (BET) from 1st March 2018.

Any person may object to, or comment on, the proposals and the procedure. Pursuant to regulation 10 objections or comments should be sent to the governing body at the school address by Monday 26 February 2018.

It is proposed that the instrument of government be altered so that the foundation governors cease to constitute the majority of governors. There have been nil responses to the consultation on altering the instrument of government so that the foundation governors will cease to constitute the majority.
The proposed constitution of the governing body following the reduction of the foundation governor majority, (as will be set out in a revised draft instrument of government for the school), is indicative below:

a) 2 parent governors
b) 1 local authority governor
c) 1 staff governor
d) 1 Headteacher
e) 2 partnership governors
f) 11 co-opted governors

Date: 11 January 2018

Lesley Garrett Performance

The Unity College Choir were recently invited to perform with Lesley Garrett at the Guild Hall in Preston for a Northern Christmas Prom. Students were joined by another twoother schools from across the North West to sing a range of Christmas carols and songs with Lesley Garrett and the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra. Students had a fantastic time and were able to meet Lesley after the performance for a chat, autographs and photos.

Beauty and the Beast by Unity College

A heart-warming tale on a cold winter’s night.

The audience left the Auditorium glowing after watching Unity College’s Beauty and the Beast JR. in early December. The ‘tale as old as time’ was actually written in the early eighteenth century by Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (1695 – 1755) and was first published in 1740 in The Young American and Marine Tales. It was this story which Disney producers released as an animated classic in 1991 with songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. This was further adapted for the stage with new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Brought together with a stunning set and colourful costumes, Unity College students impressed audiences with their talent and ability as they sang and danced through such toe-tapping tunes as: ‘Be Our Guest’, ‘Something There’, ‘Belle’ and ‘Gaston’.

Taking the role of Belle, Emily Hughes gave a performance beyond her years. Putting her own interpretation on the bookish dreamer, her facial expressions allowed her to play some lovely amusing moments. However, Emily gave some genuinely heart wrenching moments too, her solo ‘Home’ was a particular highlight and I’m sure there was more than one person in the audience who had to dab their eyes as the show reached its dramatic climax. Jack Uttley played the Prince who was turned into the Beast. Having to manage wearing a huge Beast head, with limited vision, Jack skilfully navigated his way around the stage portraying the tortured soul. With a swaggering bravado, Adam Brieley was the self-centred Gaston and Amy Clough was his comic sidekick Lafou, who seemed to enjoy every minute on the stage. Following Gaston everywhere were the three Silly Girls, who seemed to steal the show whenever they were seen. Great credit must be given to Maisie Metcalf, Macy Williams and Tegan Williams who not only worked so well together as a team, but had individual characters too. Belle’s inventor mother, Marie, was strongly played with passion throughout and it was clearly delivered by Lydia Cryer.

In the Beast’s Castle, we met Annie Dobney as Mrs Cogsworth, who gave a charming portrayal of the reserved housekeeper, with a passion for giving guided tours. Mademoiselle Lumiere was flamboyantly played by Molly Sturgeon and her ‘Be Our Guest’ song got better and better at every performance. The fine voice of Chloe Bennett was well suited to the role of Mrs Potts and her rendition of the title song was full of charm and warmth. Her daughter, Chip, (Daisy Hodder) drew a laugh from the audience when she asked if, after turning human again, she still had to sleep in a cupboard.

Ruby Hawkes, Megan Langley, Ariane Limmer and Abby Miller were the four narrators and set the scene perfectly, managing to manifest themselves into wolves and terrify Marie and Belle in the forest. The rest of the ensemble played an assortment of villagers and then transformed into the menacing mob which attacked the castle.

With great sound, operated by former Unity Student Gemma Collins, atmospheric lighting and the ingenious use of set and back projection, as the snow fell outside, Unity College’s Beauty and the Beast JR. certainly thawed the audience’s heart.

European Day of Languages


Unity College students were recently involved in celebrating the ‘European Day of Languages’. PD groups took part in a quiz and discussed the role of languages in the wider world. Year 7 Modern Foreign Languages students also took part in a whole college competition to design a poster following the theme of ‘My Sports Language Role Model’. The Languages department were overwhelmed with the effort the students put into the competition and 10 entries were chosen to be sent to Aston University in Birmingham.

Duke of Edinburgh Fundraiser

Aimee Shearer, a student at Unity College, and granddaughter of former Mayor, Councillor Frank Cant, is using her fundraising experience as part of her work towards a Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. “It’s a good way to meet different people,” said Aimee. “There’s no reason why young people can’t get involved in fundraising and help others.”

Aimee has been fundraising for a number of years but this is the first time she has been allowed on the committee. When Aimee’s granddad Frank Cant was the Mayor in 2012-2013 she was part of the fundraising team and contributed over £400 by doing a Mile Swimathon by herself when she was only 10 years old.

Mrs Shearer said “if it wasn’t for her Duke of Edinburgh she wouldn’t have had this opportunity to get involved in this large scale fundraising and she has thoroughly enjoyed doing it. We are extremely proud of Aimee.”

Restart a Heart


Over the last week all students in year 7, and many staff, were involved in Restart a Heart training run by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). Volunteers from NWAS, Lancashire Fire Service, Lancashire Constabulary and Royal Blackburn Emergency Department worked with students to train them in life saving skills including CPR, using an AED and the recovery position. Students thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and felt they had gained some important life skills.

Unity College Sporting Success 2017

Year 7 girls netball team, participated in the Burnley High Schools Tournament competing against Shuttleworth, Hameldon, Burnley High School, Sir John Thursby and Blessed Trinity. Both teams did exceptionally well, group 1, took first place, and group 2 took seconds place. A great start to the netball fixtures ladies.

Unity College netball teams from year 7 & 8 took part in a large netball tournament held at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form. This was a successful afternoon where over 100 students from across Yorkshire, Pendle, Burnley and Blackburn participated in the event.

U13’s girls Football team competed in the Premier League Stars tournament, run by Burnley Football Club. There were over 8 schools involved from across Burnley and Pendle. Unity College came 3rd overall.

U13 girls Rugby team, travelled to Grasshoppers in Preston to compete against other Lancashire Schools. The girls had a fantastic afternoon, playing and training with other squads from across the area. Unity College came second in the whole of the tournament.

Unity College took 72 Students, to attend Burnley’s Cross Country race. The College took the town by storm, gaining fantastic team and individual scores. These being:

Year 7 Girls team came 1st overall, with three of Unity Colleges girls coming in the top 8 student. Kelsey Jackson came a spectacular 1st position, followed by Megan Rodrigez coming 3rd and Eve Waters coming in 8th place.

Year 7 Boys team came 2nd overall, with four of Unity Colleges boys coming in the top 8 overall. Matthew Jackson coming in 2nd place, Will Woodruff in 3rd place, Dillion Whittaker in 7th place, followed by Jake North in 8th place.

Combined year 8 and 9 Girls team came 4th overall, with Sophie Ashworth fantastically taking 1st place for the whole girls category for this year group.

Combined year 8 and 9 Boys team took 1st place overall with 4 boys getting into the top 8 boys, these being: 1st place Jackson McKay, 2nd place Lennon Jackson, 3rd place Kian Reid and 8th place Harrison Heaton

Combined teams from years 10 and 11 Girls took 1st place overall, with 3 girls gaining a position within the top 8 girls. Liberty Thompson came in 2nd place, Willow Bell in 6th place and Amber Day came in 7th place.

Combined teams from years 10 and 11 Boys took 4th place overall, with Charlie Ball taking 3rd place overall.

Year 7 Boys’ Football, travelled to North Halifax Grammar in the second round of the English Schools Cup, winning the tie 6-4.

Year 8 Boys’ Rugby competed in an emerging schools tournament at Preston Grasshoppers, showing great potential early in the season and only narrowly losing one game against Garstang.

Over half of the Burnley Rugby U13 training squad was made up of Unity College students as the school and club continue to develop their relationship. Many have begun playing for the squad at various age groups on Wednesdays and Sunday.

Football Winners!

Girls u12 Football team played Ormskirk School last Friday, winning 2-1. Megan Rodriguez secured 2 goals overall, one in the first half and another in the second half of the game. The girls U12 will now go through to the second round of the Lancashire Cup. The teams Goalkeeper, Isobel Halton obtained the player of the match. A fantastic result ladies!

Picture from your left to right on back row; Charlie Candland, Ella Devers, Madison Larnach, Front row left to right; Leah Rowley, Isobel Halton and Megan Rodriguez.

Dancing Partners

Olivia Hickey and Jodie-Leigh Weller gave up a Sunday afternoon to spend entertaining the elderly people at Dove Court Nursing Home.

Both girls are classical sequence dance partners and wowed everyone with their performance. They also spent time talking and dancing with the elderly people and staff at the nursing home. Everyone had a lovely afternoon, well done girls!

Employer Engagement Visit


This week we invited the RAF, The Royal Navy and BAE Systems to college to talk to year 7 and year 8 students.  We found out that only 10% of the engineers in the UK work force are female! The Unity College Science department want to inspire all of our students to be the very best they can be, especially if they can have really great careers in science and engineering!  We would love to get more of our female students interested careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Firstly we explored the world of drones, the technology behind them and the multifarious uses that they are currently put to and their possible uses for the future. Then in part two we focused on computing and control systems that all modern technology is built around. Fun creative demonstrations helped to demystify the subject for students and help embed learning that they will encounter in school. The final part of the show featured a very special robot and students were given the chance to pitch their wits against her.

We would like to thank the presenter, BAE systems, The Royal Navy and the RAF for coming to talk to us.

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