Boat Race Challenge

IMG_9645aIn June twelve Unity College students travelled to Nelson & Colne College to compete and participate in the Boat Race Challenge ‘Selection Day’.  Set up by Nelson & Colne College, the Boat Race Challenge is a programme designed to challenge and develop  students to progress onto top universities. 

Working alongside four other secondary schools, the ‘Selection Day’ consisted of a variety of challenges.  These included team building, leadership and problem solving exercises.  Each student had prepared a presentation in which they performed to a panel of three judges, outlining why they would like to participate and what skills they would bring to the programme. 

The six successful students will take part in the three year programme that will include an activity each term, with opportunities to compete against the other schools involved in the programme.  Everyone that participated thoroughly enjoyed the day and this opportunity encouraged them to think about their future earlier.


Junior Police Cadet Award

IMG_6338Well done to Adam Broxton who has recently been awarded The Best Junior Police Cadet of the Year.  Congratulations Adam!

Unity Year 11 Leavers Prom

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The 2017 Unity College Prom was held at The Fence Gate, Fence for 150 students.  It was time for the girls to put on their beautiful prom dresses and the boys to get their very smart suits on for their end-of-year prom. Students posed for pictures before heading off to celebrate with a three course meal and disco.
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Student and staff awards were given out during the evening, which included:

Most likely to recieve an Oscar – Caitlin Sturgeon
Mr Happy – Brad McLean
Cool Dude of New York – Mitchell Radcliffe

Duct Tape Award – Mrs Hodgson (for being able to fix anything!)
Couple of the Year Award – Mrs Anderson & Mr Pip

The evening was enjoyed by all!  We look forward to seeing you all in August for GCSE results day.

Burnley Fair and Car Parking

Due to the wet conditions of the ground Burnley Fair has been put onto the car park opposite the college rather than Fulledge Recreation Ground.  This will mean that cars will not be able to park on the car park to collect students this week and next week until the Fair leaves on Wednesday 12 July 2017.

If you are planning to collect your child by car whilst the Fair is here, Burnley Borough Council has given permission for you to park on the road outside the college.  Alternatively Burnley Borough Council suggests that you could park on Mitella Street or Woodgrove Road.  Please do not pull onto any of the grass verges.

The area will be extremely congested on the road so please be patient. Unfortunately due to the high volume of cars unless you have a parking permit from Unity College you will NOT be able to drive onto the college grounds at the end of the day.

Parents will be able to drop their child off on the college turning circle every morning as normal.  Due to transition there is a big increase in the volume of traffic on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Please note that the speed limit on Towneley Holmes is 20 miles per hour and on entering the college gates the speed limit is 5 miles per hour.  There are over 1,000 children arriving at the college every morning so please allow children to cross the road and college entrance safely.  Please talk to your child about crossing the road safely.

Lancashire County Athletics

IMG_1946aLancashire County Athletics competition was held at Stanley Park Blackpool on Saturday 12th June. From the Burnley Borough there were 6 students who represented the area. Three of these students came from Unity College.

Ellysia Ainsworth-Cookson competed in the Hammer, Imogen Mansfield competed in the Long Jump event and Liberty Thompson competed in the 75m Hurdles.

Despite the weather not being in the athletes favour all three girls did a fantastic job, all coming in the top 5 positions. Imogen Mansfield secured 3rd place in her event, and now awaits confirmation on when the regional finals are.

Adam Broxton and the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley

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Adam Broxton was invited to attend a Care Home Open Day at Brierfield House.  He had a lovely day and spent 2.5 hours showing the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle around the home explaining about Dementia care and the types of activities that they provide.  As they had him in charge of the photography for the day he was also asked to attend an art exhibition and take some photographs for them on a weekend.

Junior Blackpool Dance Festival

Jodie-Leigh and  Ava-Grayce took the dance floor by storm at the Junior Blackpool dance festival.

The girls trained very hard for this competition which runs every year starting on Easter Monday for 5 days.

Jodie-Leigh and Ava-Grayce danced beautifully all week picking up 1st places everyday including being crowned British Champions on the Thursday.

They also represented the north of England in the team match who also won!


Year 10 Handball Final

Last week the Year 10 Handball Team competed in the North West Handball finals. They were representing Lancashire at the Under 15 boys category. All the best teams from other NW counties were there and the standard of handball was extremely high.

The boys won their group stage and then went all the way to the final were they lost by one goal. They were the only undefeated team in the whole competition until they lost in the final.  Well done team!

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Top row- James Littlefair, James Catlow, Lewis Hughes, Ben Larnach, Luke Westall, Ben Beck

Bottom row- Sam Walsh, Macken Slater, Joe Ryan, Ben Whitlam

Unity College Year 7 Football Victory!

After beating Blessed Trinity on penalties and Sir John Thursby in the semi-final, 6-3 after extra time, on Monday, the Unity College team won the Presidents Shield final last night against Shuttleworth College 3-1.  With Noah McGibbon scoring all three goals.

Noah McGibbonIt is the first time since 1963 that the school have won the trophy in two successive seasons and as far as we are aware we have only ever won that trophy four times in total. Well done team!

 Yr7 cup 2017

Team: Ashton Dack, Nathan Porter, Ben Roberts, Owen Devonport, Josh Ashton, Morgan Bird, Noah McGibbon, Matas Zalieckas, Jacob McCartney, Kian Briercliffe

Boxing Gold in Denmark

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Sam Walsh  and Jaden Haworth-Franklin represented their boxing club, Sandygate A.B.C at the Hvidovre International Box Cup, Denmark at the weekend.  The boxing club covered all costs and expenses so the boys could attend this prestigious competition and box on an International stage.  Both boys fought hard with Sam bringing back a Gold Medal!

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