Summer Serenade

Our summer concert takes place next Monday, 25th June at 7pm.

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Measles Outbreak

Message for parents/carers and guardians

There are currently outbreaks of measles in several areas of the UK affecting unimmunised children and young adults, including 2 recent cases in Cumbria. There are also large outbreaks in several countries across Europe, including holiday destinations. Measles is highly infectious. It can cause serious illness and can sometimes be fatal. Vaccination with 2 doses of MMR is the safest way to protect children and young people.

The first MMR vaccine is given to toddlers at the age of 13 months and the second vaccine at around 3 years and 4 months before your child goes to school. MMR can be given to older children, teenagers and young adults if they missed their injections when they were younger. Many of you will still have your Personal Child Health Record (Red Book) which should have a record of your child’s MMR vaccines. Contact your GP practice if you or your child needs an MMR vaccine. The vaccine is free. If you are not sure if you or your child needs an MMR vaccine, you can contact the GP practice to ask.

Measles is not just an illness that can affect young children. Teenagers, young adults and anyone who has missed their MMR vaccination can get measles. The first signs of measles are fever, cough, runny nose and red sore eyes. After a few days, a spotty rash will appear. It starts on the face and neck before spreading to the rest of the body.

If you think you or your child has measles:
Ring your GP practice for advice
Please don’t turn up to the surgery, walk in centre or to accident and emergency without calling ahead. The doctor will make special arrangements to see your child so that if your child has got measles they won’t pass it on to others.
Keep people with symptoms of measles away from others to avoid spreading measles, and stay away from school, nursery or work for 5 days after the onset of rash.

If you would like more information, see


The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect from 25 May 2018. Unity College have appointed HY Education Law and HR Specialists as their Data Protection Officer.

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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Students from Unity College are celebrating after completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Bronze Award requires each student to complete a volunteering, physical and skills section for at least 3 months; and a challenging two day self-supported expedition.

29 Unity College students have successfully completed the award, and currently 39 year 9 students are working to achieve the award this year.

Some of the highlights include the following individual successes; representing Lancashire playing Golf, supporting Junior Parkrun, performing at Burnley Youth Theatre and organizing events around Burnley such as “The festival of Making”. The students all showed dedication and determination to succeed over the course of the award, balancing the extra demands of the award alongside their studies.

All of the students involved, have worked hard to achieve the award and some have started to work towards achieving the Silver award showing their dedication and motivation to be outstanding young people.

Visit to the University of Manchester

On Friday 27th April, 12 year 10 students toured the University of Manchester.

We met with current maths, medicine and biotechnology students and asked them about what university was really like.
We were surprised about the range of courses on offer, the huge number of students and how many different buildings there were. At the University of Manchester there is a quidditch team! There are also lots of other clubs and societies. We also found out about student finance and loans, although the amount of debt you graduate with is huge, we found out that we only have to pay it back after we have graduated.

After visiting the university, some of us have decided that we might like to go too!

Irish Wrestling Champion

David Siko W3 – travelled to Ireland on 27th April 2018 to compete in the Ireland Wrestling championship for Lancashire and was undefeated. He became Irish Wrestling Champion. A massive achievement, well done David!

How Burnley helped Amber raise her goals

Unity College student, Amber Day, has ambitions of playing first-team football.
Read her story here

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.

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.”

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