Solar Eclipse LIVE on 2BR!

On Friday 20 March 2BR broadcast live from the Science department, with Tim Littlechild and Sarah Maine.  The clouds cleared so that we could watch the Solar Eclipse – see the 2BR website and twitter account for more pictures and news on the eclipse.

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26mins to go until 95% totality…


Tim interviewing Abigail Brierley, Lancashire Physicist Of The Year

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Tim trying out the climbing wall!…


Spirella the bearded dragon on the radio with Abigail Brierley and Mrs Hargraves

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Tim chatting with Joe Dickinson and Alex Lord


Tim and Sarah taking part in the Solar Eclipse quiz….

Year 11 GCSE Exam Timetable

This year’s GCSE Exam Timetable is now available for students and parents.  The first exam begins on Tuesday 12 May 2015. Please make sure you have checked the dates and times for each of your child’s examinations.  Your child will receive their own personal timetable with the dates and timings on. 

Students need to make sure they bring all relevant equipment, including pens, pencils and ruler.

GCSE Results Day this year is on Thursday 20 August 2015 and will be held in the Auditorium at Unity College. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Summer 2015 Exam Timetable [pdf]

Burnley Schools Gymnastics Competition Winners!

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On Thursday 12 February Unity College students took part in the Burnley Schools Gymnastics Competition. Their performances to say the least were outstanding, which resulted in coming back with a flurry of medals! Within the individual category Ocean Odudu came 2nd with Arianne Limmer 3rd place at Level 1.

Brilliant performances from Lydia Cryer and Emily O’Keefe ensured they came an overall 1st place in the team event!

At Level 2 Claire Hermansen scooped Gold with Willow Bell gaining Bronze and along with excellent performances from Kia Thorley and Charlotte Green the team came in 1st place!

Within Level 3 superb routines from Millie Walsh, Kerris Baron, Hermoine Blythe and Morgan Denney gained them 2nd place in the team event. We were also the only school to enter a student at the highest level of the competition – our exceptional gymnast Rhianna Doogan put on magnificent display of high level gymnastics!

An acrobatics section also took place which requires pairs to perform a routine together combining individual moves with partner balances. Within Level 2 of the competition Unity students picked up Gold and Silver! The winning students were Millie Walsh and Rhianna Doogan with Morgan Denneny and Leah Briercliffe in 2nd place.

Well done to all students who took part in the competition, all their hard work undoubtedly paid off!

Treasure Island Buddy Reward Trip to Burnley Youth Theatre


Just before Christmas approximately 20 buddies from the Unity College Treasure Island were taken to see Burnley Youth Theatre’s production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.  This was a reward for their help and positive behaviour towards the younger students whilst in the Island and around College.  The performance was enjoyed by all!

Unity College Park Runners

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Four Unity College students took part in this week’s Burnley Parkrun. Natalya Irvine finished the 5k course in a respectable 23.02minutes with Willow Bell, the year 8 all-round athlete finishing in 27.34minutes.

Mr Williams/PE Teacher and his son Murphy, a future Unity College student, crossed the line at 35minutes exactly, closely followed by a strong finish from Aaron Lundie on 35.07minutes. Steven Taylor narrowly missed out on a new personal best by 3 seconds.

Aaron was also recently awarded park runner of the month for his commitment, perseverance and improvement and received a very nice pair of running trainers to help him cover the kilometres from the lovely organisers of the park run event, well done Aaron!

New Rugby Kit

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Students representing Unity College rugby team have another new kit thanks to the All Schools funding programme from the Rugby Football Union. The kit, designed by Unity students Brody Slater, Sam Wallwork, Bobby Beswick and Morgan Williams, was made by kit makers Canterbury especially for the school.

One of the lucky students, Morgan Williams, who was selected by his peers, will now travel to Twickenham for the England vs Italy Six Nations game on the 14 February and greet the players as they arrive before wearing the new kit on the Twickenham pitch.

Christmas Fund Raising

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On the last day of term, Friday 19 December, Unity College held a Christmas themed non-uniform day to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.  Many students and staff really got into the Christmas spirit with Christmas jumpers, Christmas fancy dress including snowmen, elves, reindeers and Santa outfits and the college raised the fantastic amount of £1045! Thanks to all who donated.

Unity College Invests in Rugby Development


5 years ago Unity College became the first school in Burnley to have a rugby pitch on its school fields since the 1960′s and this week Unity College continued breaking new ground and spent more of it’s All Schools Award funding from the Rugby Football Union, to create a second pitch.

Cerys Ellis, Lancashire U15 rugby player, who has also just qualified on her rugby ready and scrum factory courses said about the new developments ‘With all the rugby that goes on at school we needed another pitch’. Cerys is part of a growing section of girls who have excelled after taking up the sport. Cerys, along with Emma Wall, Macey Durkin, Polly Bell and younger sister Willow Bell will take part in the North of England rugby trials after playing regularly for Lancashire and Burnley.

Mr Williams, teacher in charge of rugby at Unity, commented ‘The pitch was an important part of our development plan for rugby as soon as we heard the news that we had been awarded £10,000 over three years from the RFU. On one pitch we have managed to host the first ever girls rugby game against St. Augustines, the Ruffs friendly league and the first ever Burnley Schools championships. The second pitch will allow us to continue to lead the way in rugby development and provision in Burnley for students at our school.’

Unity U12′s and U13′s boys teams are in action over the next couple of weeks in the East Lancashire All Schools tournament and the U14′s take part in the next round of the Emerging Schools Cup. Boys and girls training takes place as usual every Tuesday and Thursday after school.

Pictured are some of the players at training on the new pitch.

Unity College Swimming Gala


Before Christmas students took part in the annual Unity College Swimming Gala, held at St Peters Centre.  There was a highly energised and electric atmosphere around the pool. All students showed the ultimate support for their House. It was a very competitive gala, with friendly rivalry between the Houses and individual success across the board. Students and staff cheered the competitors on in every race.  Many races going down to the milli second making the events even more compelling to watch.  All students from each of the four Houses did their House proud, with their effort and enthusiasm both in support and in their performance in the pool, in front crawl, breast stroke, back stroke and the relay.

In the end, the overall winning House was East House with Samuel Murray and Natalya Irvine getting the fastest times on the day.  Congratulations also to Lydia Cryer and Chloe Waddington for winning Gold in their individual events and Gold in the year 7 relay, both from East House.

Well done to South House who made the best progress from last year’s results.  Also congratulations to Ryan Connolly from South House who won Gold medals in back stroke and breast stroke.

All Students showed exceptional commitment including Kim Sykes and Kim Burrell from West House, Rachel Kay, Georgia Ashworth, Emma Wall from South House and Regan Burnie and Harvey Fletcher from North House.

Dragons Den Initiative

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Over the last few weeks students from all year groups have had the opportunity to come up with a viable business idea.  Students then presented their idea to the rest of the students in their House.  The two best ideas from each House were then chosen and put forward and the students had to present to Mrs Anne Kelly/Chair of Governors, Mr Mick Oakley/Technical Director of Scoped Solutions and Mrs Penny Sutcliffe/Deputy Head.

All presentations were excellent and it was a very tough decision for the judges.  Scoped Solutions supplied the first prize of an iPad Mini and due to two ideas being exceptional Mr Oakley very kindly decided to supply a second prize of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.  Both winners are very proud to have won against some strong competition. 

First prize went to Katie Larter for her H2O Purifier and second prize went to Will Ashton for his Convenient Cane.

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Mrs Kelly presenting Katie with 1st Prize

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Will came in second place with his Conventional Cane.

Well done to all the students that took part and for coming up with some amazing ideas!

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