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Students ‘light-up’ Astbury Mere Care Home with their artistic skills







Two students from the University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) have used their talented artistic skills to create a wonderful garden feature for the residents at Astbury Mere Care Home, Congleton.

Year 10 students, Rhys Carter and Ellie Hancock from UAK have given up their spare time to create a magnificent outdoor Lighthouse feature for the residents at Astbury Mere Care Home.

The company logo includes a light house which symbolises “a port in a storm” providing support and guidance.


The students created a lighthouse which includes a bird feeding area and is powered by a solar panel lantern which lights up in the dark. Residents were shown images of the lighthouse during its construction and were finally able to witness the final piece on 3rd June when the students came to visit and install it.

This nautical themed area of the garden will soon include a planted boat including a sail and a floral display for the residents to enjoy and reminisce about past holidays or places they have lived or visited.


Everyone at Astbury Mere Care Home would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the students at University Academy Kidsgrove for making this fantastic feature to be enjoyed over many years to come.

Students visit Sorrento to develop their understanding of history and geography.


Lucky students from the University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) have returned from the trip of a lifetime, after spending five days in the coastal town of Sorrento, in south-west Italy.

The students were immersed into the Italian culture to experience the various elements of their Geography and History courses at first-hand.

Sorrento faces the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. It is perched on the top of cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas and is best known for its sweeping water views.

In the shadow of olive and lemon groves, the students first embarked on a visit to the working farm Fondo Galatea. Students observed how local farmers produce famous Italian products, including mozzarella, olives, salami, lemons and more. The students then learnt about the production process and the origin of different foods as they took part in a food tasting exercise and discovered the roots of rural culture and farming.

Next, they made their way to Campi Flegrei, an active volcanic area to the west of Naples and home to Europe’s only super volcano. Campi Flegrei means ‘fire country’ and the students described the smell of burning sulphur in the air.


Afterwards, they visited the Flavian Amphitheater, the third largest Roman Amphitheatre in Italy, which gave students a deeper understanding into the world of Roman spectacle and gladiatorial combat. The arena could hold up to 50,000 spectators and most of its interior is still intact. The atmospheric corridors and subterranean chambers are filled with ancient stonework and objects. The openings in the ceiling and the long central ditch which divides the arena served to raise animal cages, performers, elaborate scenery, and decorations up to the surface via a sophisticated system of ramps and elevators.

The next day, students took a ferry trip to the affluent Isle of Capri, where they explored coastal landforms, erosion, stacks, caves and arches, which brought to life the work they had been doing back in the classroom. After exploring the crystal clear seas, students then had time to discover the beautiful city of Capri and some put into practice their outstanding Italian language skills with the locals.

A visit to Mount Vesuvius then followed, which is best known for its eruption in 79AD that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The eruption ejected a cloud of stones, molten rock, ashes and volcanic gases to a height of 33km. The area is covered in dead and dying trees that provided evidence of the toxic gases regularly vented from the hot magma below.

Students then stepped back in time as they explored the city of Pompeii, a vast archaeological site in southern Italy. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under metres of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that can be freely explored.

On their final day, it was time to travel to Naples. Students took an underground tour of the Greek and Roman Napoli – an unexplored world, isolated by time. They explored how the ancients solved the problem of supplying enough water for Naples in a semi-desert area. After touring the streets of Naples, students then made their way to the airport to for the long journey back home to Kidsgrove.

Mr Smith, Geography Teacher at UAK said: “Visiting Sorrento really was an ideal opportunity to bring classroom teaching to life in the most vivid and immediate way and we would like to thank its students for immersing themselves in the experience to the utmost in order to build on their knowledge, to all of the staff who accompanied them and parents for their support.”

Students have their ‘first taste’ of what Geography has to offer at Cadbury World in Bournville


Year 7 students from the University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) had their ‘first taste’ of what Geography has to offer as they plunged into a virtual bowl of liquid Dairy Milk and took to the skies at the enchanting Cadbury’s World in Bournville.

The Year 7 Learning Programme explores different types of businesses and how they make a profit. This culminates in students coming up with their very own business plan, and what better way to be inspired than by visiting a multi-national confectionery company?

Upon arrival, students were ‘whisked’ away to the museum’s renowned 4D cinema experience. Students were then ‘dipped’ into a virtual bowl of liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk, before riding the Crunchie Rollercoaster, and then taking to the skies in a Cadbury Creme Egg airship, piloted by the Caramel Bunny.

Cadbury World offers a unique experience that gives a fascinating insight into the rich heritage of the famous chocolate brand. The museum offers a number of attractions and interactive experiences including: the demonstration and manufacturing of popular Cadbury products; an advertising avenue, exploring the marketing history of the company’s popular brands; the origins of the cocoa bean, which is set deep in an ancient tropical rainforest, and a visit to Purple Planet, a state of the art interactive experience for students to enjoy a world of digital delights.

Students then travelled back in time to the museum’s recreation of the Victorian Bull Street where they ‘met’ with Quaker entrepreneur, John Cadbury, to explore how the business began over 200 years ago.

The Cadbury manufacturing business was born in 1831, when John Cadbury decided to start producing on a commercial scale and bought a four-storey warehouse. By 1842, John Cadbury was selling no fewer than 16 varieties of drinking chocolate and 11 different cocoas. Then, in 1847, the Cadbury brothers’ booming business moved into a new, larger factory in the centre of Birmingham. John Cadbury not only built the factory but the whole of the Bournville Village; complete with houses, sports centres, hospitals, schools, shops and churches.

Students watch War Horse at Nottingham Theatre Royal


On Wednesday, March 28, Year 8 English students from University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) visited the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham to witness the West-End hit theatre production of War Horse.

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. The play is based on the celebrated novel by the Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo.

Performed by the National Theatre, War Horse tells the story of Albert and his beloved horse Joey, who live on a farm in the British countryside. At the outbreak of World War I, Albert and Joey are forcibly parted when Albert’s father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of danger, joy and sorrow, and he transforms everyone he meets along the way. Meanwhile Albert, unable to forget his equine friend, searches the battlefields of France to find Joey and bring him home.

Alfie P, Year 8 student said: “It was amazing, the acting was really good and the horses were so real!”

Miss Boon, English Teacher said: “The performance itself was incredible! Everyone agreed that throughout the whole performance they kept forgetting that Joey was in fact a puppet, and not a real horse. All in all, the trip was a great success, so here’s to many more!”

‘The Great Kickroo’ coming soon to Clough Hall Park

Over the past four months, a group of Year 10 students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) have been working with the Stoke-on-Trent arts programme ‘Appetite’ to create their very own cultural event for the local community.

Part of the Appetite Cultural Academy, which is delivered in partnership with Newcastle Borough Council and funded by the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the project has seen the group take part in a series of workshops with mentors from Appetite exploring everything from envisioning an event and raising funds to programming performances and learning how to market it.

Now the group are beginning to plan their very own event, ‘The Great Kickroo’, inspired by an old word for Kidsgrove, which they plan to take place in Clough Hall Park on Saturday 14 July.

Aimed at Kidsgrove families and celebrating the history of Clough Hall as a Victorian entertainment venue, ‘The Great Kickroo’ will feature an exciting lineup of live music, circus performances, workshops, food stalls and rides.

More details about the programme will be announced soon.

Primary pupils get creative with University Academy Kidsgrove

Throughout the term, students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) welcomed Year 5 pupils from University Primary Academy Kidsgrove (UPAK) to get creative and experience high school learning.


Every fortnight, Year 5 pupils work with the Art department to produce artwork based on the topics they are currently studying in primary school. Pupils have been learning new skills and techniques in painting and colour mixing. The children have been exploring the theme of the ‘Rainforest’ and produced their work the style of Brita Lynn Thompson.

Mrs S Bailey, Teacher of Art said: “I have got to know the Year 5 pupils and found them to be very creative. They can describe their work and that made by others. We have tried colour mixing using paint with the pupils creating rainforest leaves. We have also looked at the detailed work of Brita Lynn Thompson and designed toucans in her style.”


Owen, pupil at UPAK said: “We have been doing Art at UAK making designs in the style of Brita Lynn Thompson. We are designing a toucan because these are found in the rainforest which we have been looking at school.”

Lucas, Year 5 pupil at UPAK said: “We had a toucan drawing and inside them we put Brita Lynn Thompson’s details such as spirals, checker board and cross hatching.”

James, year 5 pupils also said: “We had to draw spirals and flowers in our toucan and then go over it with pen.”