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Welcome to Unity College, an 11-16 college in the heart of Burnley.

We are committed to making education an enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating experience where all students develop a passion to be “the best that they can be”.

At our college, traditional values meet with modern, innovative approaches to learning. We moved into our fantastic building in 2010 and our facilities for learning are outstanding. We are a forward thinking college and we have continued to invest heavily in new technology, ensuring that our students are fully equipped for the future.

We are relentless in our pursuit of high standards and academic success for all our students. To enable this to happen we offer excellent teaching in a safe and caring learning environment. Our expectations of students and staff are high and the rewards last a lifetime.

We want our students to leave us with wonderful memories. The extensive range of additional opportunities, both within and beyond the classroom, allows our students to develop their individual characters and talents and to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Unity College, a successful college with a very exciting future. I encourage you to visit the college during a working day to see for yourself the high quality learning and teaching and also experience the friendly, happy and purposeful atmosphere that we have created at Unity College. Visits and personal tours can be arranged at any time. Come and meet and talk with students and staff about what it is like to be part of Unity College.

Sally-Jane Cryer, Headteacher

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Able and Talented

At Unity College we believe in teaching and learning in such a way that each individual child is able to achieve their full potential through a balanced and differentiated curriculum.  This includes those children who are deemed to be ‘Able’ or ‘Talented’. Definition Able and talented students are those who may demonstrate outstanding potential in …

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Behaviour and Rewards

At Unity, we value the importance of good behaviour and the need to have consistent and clear rewards and sanctions procedures.  Students’ behaviour is tracked and our extensive Student Support Services ensure that any issues are addressed swiftly and fairly. Click here for more information about our behaviour and consequences system and our behaviour policies. …

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Brontes and Chaucers

The menus at Unity College are carefully planned and analysed to provide the nutrients for all your child’s needs. If your child has been prescribed a special or religious diet just let us know and we will try to cater for their needs. We also work with Change 4 Life and the School Food Trust and …

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Care, Guidance and Support

“The college’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding”. Ofsted, June 2014 At Unity, we pride ourselves on the extensive support systems we have in place for all our students.  These are impossible to adequately summarise on one web page as they include a wide range of people and processes (both within college and …

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Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities

Learning beyond the classroom – a passion for life Unity College offers students a full range of extra-curricular activities. We firmly believe that education does not stop in the classroom and we encourage all students to participate in activities to enrich their lives. This includes activities, performances and clubs such as Music, Drama, Dance as …

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College Day & Routines

Period Time 1 8.45 – 9.45 2 9.45 – 10.35 Break 10.35 – 10.50 3 10.50 – 11.45 4 11.45 – 12.35 PD Time /   Lunch 12.35 –   12.55 / 12.55 – 1.25 Lunch / PD   Time 12.35 – 1.05   / 1.05 – 1.25 5 1.25 – 2.15 6 2.15 – …

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Visiting us at Unity College Towneley Holmes Burnley Lancashire BB11 3DF Unity College is located on the Towneley Hall estate. Follow the brown signs for Towneley Hall. If you are using Satellite Navigation you should use the postcode for Towneley Hall –  BB11 3RQ ( the Unity College postcode will lead you to nearby back …

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Leadership and Contacts

The Senior Leadership Team Headteacher: Sally Cryer Deputy Headteacher: Alison Hodgson Deputy Headteacher: Penny Sutcliffe Assistant Headteacher: Wendy Gerrard Assistant Headteacher: Jane McGregor Assistant Headteacher: Carmen Allen Assistant Headteacher: Matthew Holden Director of Finance & Resources: Alabur Rahman Other Leadership Teams at Unity College House Leaders – Mr R Boardman / Miss L Entwistle / …

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Unity College was inspected by Ofsted in June 2014 and was judged to be a Good School with Outstanding Features. Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and …

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Please click on the link below to view our college prospectus: Unity College Prospectus [pdf] If you would like to request a prospectus please contact reception on 01282 683010.

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Pupil Premium & Catch-Up Funding

Pupil Premium & Catch-up Funding Pupil Premium Funding is allocated to schools in addition to the school budget. Funding is received for all pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals. Schools have the freedom to spend this extra income as they see fit but are accountable for its use. The aim of Pupil Premium …

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School Performance

Unity College is celebrating after achieving the best GCSE results ever in the history of the college this summer, 2016.  The college has been identified as one of the top five schools in Lancashire for improvements in achievement and progress this year in GCSE results.  This is a monumental achievement with the College achieving better …

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School Trips

                Each year we run a number of educational trips, visits and activities.  Recent trips have included … Disneyland Paris Jack the Ripper, London Valloire, France – Ski Trip Christmas Markets, Birmingham Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Cheshire Berlin, History Trip North of France or Bay of Naples Italy, Food Technology Trip Residential Trips 2015-2017 [pdf]

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Term Dates

2017 Spring Term Monday 9 January            – College re-opens Friday 10 February          – Closure after school for students and staff Monday 13 February        - Friday 17 February (Mid Term Closure) Friday 31 March               - Closure after school for students and staff   Summer Term Tuesday 18 April               - College re-opens Monday 1 May                 -  May Day Bank Holiday …

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The Auditorium

The Auditorium is the theatre at the heart of Unity College.  It is a purpose built venue which is flexible enough to be configured to suit many styles of theatre and performance.  Tickets can be purchased online with credit / debit card or you can call the box office, 01282 683016, to reserve and collect your …

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The Muse

At Unity College we are very proud to have a dedicated room, called The Muse, which we use for prayer and quiet reflection.  The Muse can be used by students during break and lunchtimes and before and after college. The Muse is a place to take time to reflect and to celebrate. We have a Muse student committee made …

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Dressed for Business Girls Boys Black Unity Blazer Black Unity Blazer Black skirt or black tailored trousers White shirt Black Unity V-neck jumper (optional) Black tailored trousers Black sensible shoes / black trainers (no logos, no coloured soles and no coloured laces) Black Unity V-neck jumper (optional) Unity House tie Unity House tie White blouse/shirt …

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Values and Ethos

Our vision is based around three simple words:  UNITY Uniting the Community – United in Learning PASSION Passion for Life – Passion for Excellence RESPECT Respect for Yourself – Respect for Others   Unity College is on a journey of transformational change.  By 2019 Unity College will be judged as outstanding by all stakeholders and …

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Virtual Tour

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