Anti Bullying Ambassador Conference

Unity students take part in Anti Bullying Ambassador Conference

Ten Unity students applied to be part of the new initiative launched within College. The selected students applied to take part in the conference run by The Diana Award Charity, held at Blackpool Winter Gardens on Wednesday 12 November 2014.

The conference consisted of a number of different workshops through which ‘bullying’ was explored. Our students participated in Graffiti Art, Drama, public speaking and photography workshops. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of bullying within in schools and to provide the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors with the tools they needed to work effectively within their school setting.

There were a number of celebrities there to support the cause and work with the students from across the North West such as Fresh Rae, Bars and Melody from Britains Got Talent, Gilly a professional choreographer, Emily Middlemas from Xfactor and Facebook representatives.

Within the Graffiti Art event the students created an excellent piece of work, which will be proudly displayed at Unity.


WW1 Trench

Unity College’s Auditorium was transformed in November to commemorate the start of the First World War.  As the normal seats and performance space became a real trench!

Students were then brought down in their Humanities lessons to watch a short film of real life footage from the War, whilst they heard and saw the bombs exploding all around them.

A number of students commented after the experience:

“I loved how you sat in the trench”

“It made me proud”

“Helped me understand what World War One was really about”

“With all the lights and sound it was very realistic”.

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Mock Exam Timetable

A reminder for students and parents that mock exams begin on Monday 17 November and run for two weeks.  Students need to make sure they bring all relevant equipment, including pens, pencils and ruler.

Mock Exam Timetable November 2014

The Muddy Choir

Year 10 Unity College students were provided with the opportunity to watch an original piece of theatre commissioned by the Theatre Centre, London,  to commemorate the beginning of  the first World War.  Afterwards students quizzed the actors about the different pathways into working professionally in the theatre.

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Halloween Fright Night!

We celebrated another terrifying and fantastic Halloween Fright Night on Thursday 23 October.  The focus of the event is to celebrate literacy with a Halloween theme.  Teachers, support staff and students worked tremendously hard to ensure that the event was a success.

Events on the night included Dominic Kelly, a professional story-teller enthusing students passion for literacy by telling some spooky stories; Thriller performances by performing arts’ students, followed by tutorials for children and adults; Blood-curdling Bingo; spooky cake decorating and a market place full of fun activities and treats to buy.

Staff, students, siblings and parents were all invited to dress up as a Halloween creature and prizes were given best adult and child fancy dress.

Happy Halloween!

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Blood-curdling Bingo!

Blood-curdling Bingo!


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Unity achieves Sainsbury’s Schools Games Mark

School Games Logo

Recently Unity College applied for the Sainsbury’s School Games Mark. This is a government led awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of PE and Sport across their own school and into the community.

We are proud to confirm that we have been awarded the Bronze School Games Mark.

Inspirational visit from Craig Heap


Year 7 and Year 8 Unity students were excited to welcome Burnley’s very own Craig Heap into college yesterday for a special assembly.

Craig, a former Great Britain Olympic gymnast and commonwealth gymnastic gold medalist, talked to students about the importance of goal setting, as well as encouraging students to ‘Dare to Dream’ and to always be the ‘Best You Can Be’ -something that Unity College already embraces as one of it’s core mottos.

IMG_0144Craig invited all students to make use of his “Steps to Success” online initiative, which aims to help and support students to set short term goals in the three areas of: education; sports and arts and their personal lives. The web based programme helps to guide young people through the many small steps that will lead them to success.

Craig knows from his own personal story of success how important each of these small steps is and spoke passionately and inspirationally about his journey through Gymnastics and into his more recent TV and media work on the BBC.

All the students and staff would like to thank Craig for his very humorous and motivational assembly.

Lancashire Rugby Stars

Girls rugby success

Selection for the girls under 18, under 15 and under 13 rugby squads for Lancashire took place on Sunday 21st September at Eccles rugby club.

Emma Wall and Polly Bell, both Year 11, represented the U15′s last season. This season they have secured themselves a place in the U18 squad (no small feat considering this is their first season in this age group). Both girls, who play in the 2nd row, will now go on to represent Lancashire.

Willow bell, Year 8, younger sister of Polly, who technically should be representing the U13′s, was selected to play for the U15′s team, as was Cerys Ellis, Year 10, who endured the trials with a fractured nose!

Mr. Williams is tremendously proud of how the girls have performed and will be following their progress with interest. Remember the next rugby world cup could see Polly and Emma contesting for places at a national level!!

Girls rugby training takes place at Unity College every Thursday after school from 3.10 – 4.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

New Rugby Kit


Unity College have received their first new rugby kit as part of the ALL Schools funding programme which is provided by the Rugby Football Union. The Year 8′s squeezed into them for a photo shoot last week.

Next week four students will be going to Burnley rugby club to design a brand new Unity College rugby shirt which will be worn at Twickenham by the successful student.

Fire Safety Ambassador Programme Launched for Lancashire School Children

fire ambassadorChildren from Shuttleworth College, Hambledon Community College, Unity College and Sir John Thursby Community College were at the event

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has introduced a new campaign aimed at reducing fire risks around schools, anti social behaviour and encouraging young people to be responsible for fire safety.

The Fire Safety Ambassadors programme involves two students in Year 8 at secondary schools across Lancashire taking an active role in identifying potential risks, particularly those associated with fire, in school and its immediate local surroundings and reporting them to the appropriate adults from school and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Service feels that this programme will assist schools and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to work even closer together and give the School Fire Safety Ambassadors a chance to gain a greater sense of responsibility for the safety of their school. It will also allow them to become more actively involved in positive community action and contribute towards creating a safer local community.

The launch of programme took place in Burnley where pupils from four schools in the town attended the fire station. They met with firefighters to discuss recent inspections that they carried out in their schools and they also received a tour of the station. The intention is that they will carry out this process and meet as a group at least three times a year.

Paul Slee, Prevention Support Officer and brainchild of the programme says:
“The programme began this year and we are delighted that we have been able to work with a number of schools across the county already. We are hoping that as time goes on, and other teachers hear about the success of the programme, the number of schools taking part will increase.”
“The meeting that took place in Burnley showed the commitment and enthusiasm of the pupils who shared their ideas and good practice of fire safety issues in their school. It was good to see how involved they were and how well they were supported by their teachers.”

Watch Manager Neil Ashworth at Burnley Fire Station said of the event:
“The programme is a fantastic idea. We are always looking at ways to engage more with the local community and this programme gives us another option. It was great to have the children at the station and to hear them discuss fire safety issues at their school. I’d also like to pay tribute to Firefighter Lee Pickup who hosted the event and ensured that the children had an enjoyable afternoon at the fire station.”

For more information about the programme, please contact Paul Slee on 01772 866947 or email

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