Art Exhibition a huge success


The Annual Art Exhibition took place on Thursday evening last week  - showcasing work from students studying GCSE Fine Art and Textiles.

The evening was a huge success thanks to the hard work of the staff and the students involved. The Year 9 students modelling the textiles work were fantastic.

Here are some pictures from this fantastic evening.  You can view the full gallery of pictures on our VLE at

Letter to the Unknown Soldier

DSCF0004On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he’s reading a letter.

On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war – in this year crowded with official remembrance and ceremony – everyone in the country is invited to pause, take a moment or two, and write that letter.

All the letters the soldier receives will be published on the 14-18 now website at , creating a new kind of war memorial – one made only of words.

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In English and Expressive Arts, students used the new memorial at Paddington Station as a starting point to looking at World War 1 and formal letter writing.  They took part in a workshop with Miss Ursula Holden-Gill (professional actor – currently in Wolfsblood) about Received Pronunciation (RP) and the use of spoken language. Students then worked with our Expressive Art’s technician to record themselves reading their letters.

Take a look below at some of the fantastic letters which our students have written.

This is all part of our 2014 activities to remember the fallen of World War 1. Later in the year, students will work with the Expressive Arts department to build a life-size trench!


Strike Action Thursday 10th July 2014

Please see attached letter regarding the industrial action on Thursday 10th July 2014.

Stike Action (Thursday 10th July) Letter [pdf]


Record Breaking at Sports Day 2014

Unity Sports Day took place on Wednesday 25th June 2014.


It  was another resounding success with the whole school celebrating the afternoon events. Several records went tumbling with exceptional standards set in several of the events including Leon Stubbs in year 10 (57 seconds for 400m), Connor Morris in year 11, 1.7m in the high jump, and Ben Larnach in the year 8 200m.

Cinema Reward Trip

Trip to REEL Cinema Wednesday 23 July 2014

As a reward for the contribution students made to the recent Ofsted visit this month all Unity College students are invited on a free trip to the cinema in Burnley on Wednesday 23 July 2014.
See attached documents for more information and details of films to watch.

Cinema Letter [pdf]
Cinema_Letter1 [doc]

Unity College is a ‘Good School with Outstanding Features’

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Unity College is celebrating today following their recent visit from Ofsted.  Headteacher Sally Cryer is “delighted” with the school’s “Good” OFSTED inspection.

The school hosted a visit from a team of four OFSTED Inspectors earlier this month and the inspection, which was carried out over two days, involved a rigorous scrutiny of the school’s quality of provision.

Sally Cryer said: “I am delighted to report that the College has been judged to be a Good School with Outstanding Features”.

It has been rated as Good in:

  • Overall Effectiveness
  • Achievement
  • Quality of Teaching
  • Behaviour and Safety of Students
  • Leadership and Management

She said it was worth noting that OFSTED have significantly raised their expectations and requirements on all schools nationally to demonstrate higher standards than in previous years’ inspections.

“The commitment, dedication and sheer hard work of staff, students, parents and governors has culminated in a very positive report, this is a fantastic day for everyone at Unity College; we have come such a long way over the last 5 years and today is a day for huge celebration.”

The OFSTED team have given very clear areas for Unity College to improve upon to achieve an Outstanding judgement in our next Ofsted.


“At Unity College we have a clear vision and a determination that we will be Outstanding in all areas by 2016. We will not rest on our laurels and will take on board the advice from Ofsted as we work towards outstanding.  Ofsted have already judged Unity College as outstanding in the work we do to keep students safe and secure and our extensive induction programme for students moving from year 6 to year 7.

Highlights of the report stated that Unity College is a Good school – it provides a good education for students.

  • Standards reached by students are rising and the progress they make is good in both English and mathematics.
  • Teaching is good. Students benefit from the good subject knowledge of their teachers which develops students’ interest in learning.
  • Attitudes to learning are good. Students are proud of being part of the college community. They dress smartly and come prepared to learn. They work well together and can regularly be found helping each other to learn. Students say they feel very safe in the school.
  • The Headteacher is driving the ambition and vision for the college to become outstanding. This vision is supported by all members of the college community. Teaching over time is now more effective and standards are rising.
  • The achievement of students is good
  • The most able students perform as well as their peers nationally.
  • Students’ respect for others and their environment is a result of the very effective promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Teachers’ subject knowledge is a strength and this contributes to the effective engagement of students and leads to good progress
  • Students’ work is marked regularly and the advice provided is of a good quality
  • Expectations of students are high.
  • Students’ behaviour is good. Rarely is there any disruption to their own and other’s learning
  • Students’ behaviour outside the classroom is sensible and their social skills are well developed.
  • Students are courteous and polite to visitors
  • Bullying is rare and students have every confidence, that should any bullying occur the adults in the college will deal with it effectively.

The full report is available to read on the Ofsted Website

Top university places for Unity students


Four Unity students were today celebrating after being awarded prestigious places at two of Britain’s top Russell Group universities.

Abi Brierley, Alex Lord, Imogen Porter and Lauren Smithstone have been recognised by the Salters’ Chemistry group as outstanding scientists and will take part in the week of activities at Manchester and York universities.

The four Year 11 prefects all had to undergo a rigorous assessment and application procedure which included a reference from their teacher, Assistant Head of Science, Nadia Hargraves.  

“I’m so proud of the girls for such a wonderful achievement. I’m sure they are going to have a wonderful week at two of Britain’s top universities”IMG_6610

Year 9 discover what a soldier’s life was like during WWI

Our Year 9 history students were lucky enough to receive a visit from Mike Townend from Towneley Hall. Mike came to talk with our students about life during World War One.

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Show My Homework Trial

show-my-homework-logo-large (2)Unity College are currently undertaking a trial of a new web-based calendar for tracking and monitoring homework.

The system is called Show My Homework and allows you to access the homework calendar on mobile devices as well as computers.  The ease-of-use and accessibility gives students a clear picture, allowing them to prioritise their workload and stay organised using their personalised calendar, to-do list and email reminders.

Parents can also take a more active role in their children’s home learning and keep tabs on homework without being intrusive.

All students and parents will shortly be receiving their logon to be able to view personalised homeworks for the student but you can view the full list of homeworks without logging it.

To view the Show My Homework calendar for Unity College please visit


Dealing with Bereavement

There are many ways in which children display their grief.  The attached letter from the headteacher and booklet – ‘Death, Bereavement and Grief for Young People’ may help you understand your child’s emotions at this sad time.

Bereavement Letter [pdf]

AfterSomeoneDies-forYoungPeople [pdf]


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