Today is Lancashire Day!

27 November 2015 is Lancashire Day!  See some interesting facts about our County below:

  •  Lancashire was established in 1183
  • The county covers an area of 3,075 sq km – making it one of the largest shire counties
  • Dunsop Bridge in the Ribble Valley is the centre of the British Isles
  • 80% of Lancashire is officially classed as rural
  • The mill towns of Blackburn and Burnley were the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century
  • You can see Blackburn and Burnley from the famous Pendle Hill… Pendle Hill is only 165ft shy of also being called a mountain
  • Preston is one of England’s newest Cities and in 2012 it celebrated the Preston Guild, which only happens every 20 years and is England’s oldest festival
  • The Lancaster Canal has the longest lock-free stretch of man-made waterway in the country

 Some famous facts about Lancashire…

  • Stonyhurst College and the surrounding Ribble Valley is said to be the inspiration for Tolkien’s Middle-earth from `Lord of the Rings` – his son boarded at the college which he visited regularly
  • The trial of the Pendle Witches in Lancaster in 1612 is the UK’s most famous witch-hunt and in 2012 Lancashire marked its 400th Centenary
  • Squires Gate, now known as Blackpool International Airport, was the UK’s first airport
  • Blackpool’s permanent electric street tramway was the world’s first when it opened in 1885
  • Sirloin beef is said to get its name after a visit by James 1 to Hoghton Tower near Preston, where he enjoyed a piece of beef so much – that he knighted it!

Happy Lancashire Day!

Samaritans Purse – Operation Christmas child


North students worked really hard and all contributed to filling shoe boxes with presents for children living in situations of war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster.  A total of 45 shoe boxes were filled with goodies from hygiene items, school supplies, toys and other gifts.


Each box also contained a greeting card, letter or personal note for the child that receives the parcel. North house also raised £135 to cover postage costs of the shoe boxes. Well done North House!

Year 11 Exam & Revision Information

Exam board information and a revision guide for parents can be found in the Parent section of the website, under Exam Timetables.

Chemistry at Work Day

IMG_1331a This week nine of our students took part in Lancashire Chemistry at Work Day at Burnley College. The day consisted of a range of exciting hands on STEM Challenges, Experiments and Careers advice with a strong emphasis on Chemistry and Science. 

Students met with and presented projects to employers from Industry such as Cogent Skills and NSG Environmental (a nuclear waste management company) and the Royal Society of Chemistry.




Joseph Lord, year 9, was awarded the Best Practical Application Award during an experiment where he synthesized a biodegradable polymer.

Prospective Parents Evening

Thank you to all the students and parents who came to our Prospective Parents Evening.  We hope you enjoyed the evening and our fantastic facilities.  If you’d like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Unity College Residential Trips 2015-2017

When organising residential and outdoor education we make sure they all provide the framework for a broad range of learning opportunities.  Classroom topics that to some students may have seemed abstract or irrelevant can take on substance and significance; new interest, hobbies and abilities are acquired; greater understanding of self and other is gained through meeting personal challenge.

Out of doors, the environment itself becomes part of the learning process.  Through coming face to face with the world rather than via books or other media, new appreciation and understanding are often achieved.

For many young people, it is there first and perhaps only encounter with an environment that is significantly different from that of home.  Indeed it may be their first ever experience of going away.

Such trips can broaden the interest and understanding of group members in many different ways.

Foreign travel experience gives young people a basis for choosing holidays in the future, especially after leaving school.  With the current growth in recreation and travel, it provides a valuable addition to their range of leisure options.

Living and working together as a group helps young people come to terms with the views and feelings of others, away from the often unquestioned certainties of home.  It can lead to greater tolerance, consideration and understanding, as well as helping to develop social abilities.

Such novelty is also a powerful stimulus to self-expression.  A trip provides situations in which young people become eager to talk about their experiences.  It also provides many opportunities to develop both their oral and their written use of language.

See the timetable below for all residential trips running for 2015 to 2017.  Other day trips may also be available through the academic year and other residential trips both in the UK and abroad may be offered at a later date.

Residential Trips 2015-2017 [pdf]

Italy 2016 [pdf]

New York 2016 [pdf]

PGL 2017 [pdf]

Undefeated Champions!


The Unity College year 7 girls team won the rounders tournament between the other local high schools to be undefeated Burnley Champions!  Well done girls!

Back row, left to right:

Lydia Cryer, Holly Nicholls, Holly Marsden, Morgan Duckworth and Chloe Howarth.

Front row, left to right:

Ellie Smith, Jennifer Todd, Ariane Limmer, Rhianna Doogan, Ruby Hawkes and Kelsi Hardie.


Unity College Science Success!

Science NHA

Unity College is celebrating scientific success.  Five year 10 students at Unity College are embarking on exciting challenges in the next few weeks. 

Jade Roper has been awarded a Lancashire physicist of the year by the Ogden Trust, the award will be conferred at UClan in July.  Jade will be eligible for a range of support and benefits provided by the Ogden Trust as she continues her studies in Physics and Maths.

Four students will be studying at prestigious Russell Group Universities this summer. Beth Pattison will be attending Cambridge University, Jakob Cade has won a place at York University, Ryan Connolly and Robbie Wallwork have won places at Manchester University.  All four students will  study Chemistry with other talented chemists from across the country organised by the Salters Institute.

Wish upon a Star Charity Collection

On Friday 1 May we held a non-uniform day to support the charity “When you wish upon a star”.  Students supported the charity and came in non-uniform for the day and made a minimum donation of £1.00, with many students and staff giving more.

Shona DeanSarah and Shona Dean with one of the many collection buckets. 

This charity is close to their hearts and the college raised

the fantastic amount of £960!

RE Inter-faith Trip


On Monday 27 April Unity College students went to Blackburn to visit the Jamia Ghosia Mosque and Blackburn Cathedral as part of an inter-faith trip. 

Students were able to explore the features of the mosque and one student had the opportunity to experience the role of the Imam and guide the other students in understanding the positions of prayer. 

Later in the day we took part in a trail around Blackburn Cathedral where students were able to find the links between the Cathedral and the Lancashire cotton mills.  Students were invited to try on a variety of religious clothing and had the opportunity to address the church from the pulpit.

Student comments:-

“I liked both of the visits because I learnt a lot of things about the Cathedral and Mosque” – Kiera.

“I enjoyed trying the robes on in the Cathedral.  I learnt how Muslims pray in a mosque and about the Muslim religion”  - Beth.


The Headteacher, Mrs Cryer, received the following letter from the Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn:

I am writing following the visit of your students to the Jamia Ghosia Mosque and Blackburn Cathedral last Monday, just to let you know how superb they were. They were polite, knowledgeable, interested, interesting and an absolute pleasure to spend time with.

With Year 7s its often like pulling teeth as no-one wants to admit to knowing anything about religion in front of their peers. Your students asked really sensible and in depth questions, readily answered questions and many had extremely detailed knowledge to share which was very impressive. Their behaviour was impeccable throughout what was a long day, with not one pupil stepping out of line even once. You should be very proud of them as they were an absolute credit to the school.

I do hope you choose to visit the Cathedral again next year.




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