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High Fives Netball Tournaments

GCSE students from UAK were given the opportunity of umpiring a Newcastle primary schools ‘High Fives Netball Tournament’.

Carl Inskip, Newcastle Schools Games Coordinator asked students from UAK to assist refereeing the Year 5 and 6 netball tournament games. The Year 10 students were given some basic training on umpiring, score keeping and time keeping before the tournaments at Keele University.

As a result of their hard work and commitment, five students have been asked to umpire the County Finals in February.

Mrs Castrey, Head of Physical Education commented: “I am so proud of all the students who participated. It was a pleasure to see each of them grow in confidence when umpiring and further their knowledge of netball.  This will stand them in good stead for the GCSE PE assessment.”

Students were also asked to attend Sunday league games to help umpire the matches.


UAK Students Visit Newcastle-under-Lyme College

On Wednesday 8 June, Newcastle-under-Lyme College invited Year 10 pupils to experience a range of courses.

The courses gave our pupils the chance to experience art, photography, theatre, construction, public services, sport, beauty, graphics, travel, business, painting and decorating, media, and psychology. Students enjoyed the day immensely taking part in their chosen activities, hearing about college life and the opportunities available post 16.

UAK staff took part in each event seeing the pupils learn in a whole new way in the purpose built facilities.

I was fortunate to move around the college experiencing all of the activities and it was excellent. The whole day was well planned and the staff were so welcoming. It was good to see all of the pupils engage in the activities with enthusiasm and determination to complete the tasks.”’ Mr McCue, Assistant Principal.

We received excellent feedback from the college regarding the behaviour of our pupils on the day.

“I have been inundated with emails and lecturers coming to me to comment how good your pupils were. They have all said that the groups they had really got involved and were asking questions etc. All pupils had a really positive attitude to the different sessions, were well behaved and very polite with the lecturers and during dinner. They have represented your Academy incredibly well and we would love to run a similar day next year.”

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Operation Christmas Child 2015

Operation Christmas Child 2015

Operation Christmas Child is one of the world’s largest children’s Christmas appeals and it is run by the charity organisation, Samaritan’s Purse.  This appeal encourages us to think about others at Christmas and share what we have with those around the world who are less fortunate than us.

Mr Phillips kindly provided us with shoe boxes to fill and I am pleased to say that the response to the appeal was fantastic! The pupils and staff at UAK provided 93 shoe boxes filled with gifts to be sent for this very worthy cause.  Once again, the pupils and staff of UAK have shown generosity and kindness to others, and I would like to thank all those involved for their efforts.

~ Mrs Weaver

You can find out more about Operation Christmas Child and the work of Samaritan’s Purse at:

Learning languages can open up a world of opportunities

Languages open up a world of opportunity

Professor Pam Moores from Aston University inspired Year 9 students by demonstrating the importance of learning other languages.

She spoke about the range of exciting opportunities that learning a language can open up, not just from a career perspective, but also for personal development and building friendships across the world.

Children in Need – ‘Dress as your Hero’ Day

Children in Need - Dress as your Hero

As a fun way to raise money for Children in Need, students sponsored staff to spend the whole day as their hero. Marvel Comic characters were clearly popular choices along with Disney, Star Wars and Harry Potter. Even Scooby Doo and Mr Bump made an appearance.

You can watch the progress of the Children of Need Appeal Night on BBC1 tonight from 7.30pm:

Sixth Form Consultation – 23/10/2015

Sixth Form Consultation – 23/10/2015

The full consultation document can be found below:

UCAT-UAK Sixth Form Consultation

Introduction by the Chair of the Statement of Action Committee (SOAC) and

Principal of University Academy Kidsgrove

The SOAC of the University Academy Kidsgrove with the support of the Directors of the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT), following much discussion, has decided to consult on the proposal not to recruit new sixth form students from September 2017. If agreed, the proposal would mean that the sixth form at University Academy Kidsgrove would close at the end of August 2017. It would only affect the sixth form and not mean any changes to the rest of the academy.

The future of school sixth forms has been highlighted in the media for some time, particularly in the light of recent changes in the way post-16 students are funded in schools and colleges. The funding has gradually declined over the last two years and this had particular impact on small sixth forms.

The average sixth form college has around 1,700 students, while the average school sixth form has over 200. Economies of scale apply, so it is more expensive per student for schools to provide a sixth form and they may have to subsidise sixth form students from other funding, such as that for 11 to 16-year-old students. The Department of Education recognises that sixth forms with less than 200 students are at risk of not being viable financially. University Academy Kidsgrove currently has a total of 9 students in the sixth form and, since it was established in June 2013, has never had more than 54.

The current numbers are too small to produce courses that are viable educationally and economically at UAK. Also, a small sixth form does not provide as broad a social experience, nor is it as easy to prepare students for the wider environment of higher education or the work place. To overcome this, over the last few years UAK has been a member of the Trinity Consortium, a group of secondary schools that provides a key stage five curriculum across the group and the needs of any students that chose to register for sixth form provision at UAK have been met through this consortium. The number of students registering at UAK for post-16 provision has continued to decline and all students leaving Year 11 in summer 2015 chose to register at another establishment. This has meant that it was no longer financially viable for UAK to remain a member of the Trinity Consortium and formal notice was given in September 2015 of withdrawal at the end of this academic year.

Each student has unique needs but overall these factors have affected the demand for sixth form places at our academy. In reaching the decision to consult on the future of the sixth form, governors want the best options and learning experiences for our students and have concluded that closure is the right option.

Changing the age range from 11-18 to 11-16 will allow resources to be focused on improving the learning experiences and outcomes for years 7 to 11 in the main academy. Our aim is to become an outstanding 11-16 academy and to do so we believe that we must concentrate our energies and expertise on that age range.

This consultation will run from 2nd November 2015 to 4th January 2016 and will give parents, students, staff and other local stakeholders the opportunity to let us know what they think. We will be holding open surgeries at the Academy on Thursday 12 November – 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Monday 23 November – 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm and representatives from UCAT and the staff of the

University Academy Kidsgrove will be available to answer individual concerns on a one to one basis. Your views are important to us, so please either complete and return the attached form by the 4th January 2016 or email the academy at .

In their planning for the future strategic direction of the academy, the Governors and the Board of UCAT will consider all responses in their final decision about whether or not to close the sixth form.

Charles Nevin |  Andy Bygrave

Chair of SOAC | Interim Principal


“World Education Games” Competition

World Education Games

In the world’s largest online education competition, UAK joined with over 5 million students around the world to compete in live online maths races.

Each player is matched with up to three other students of a similar ability to compete against – the other competitors could be from anywhere in the world! – They then have sixty seconds to answer as many questions as possible, in a race to beat their opponents to the finishing line!

Maths classes were energetic today, to say the least!

Running from 13-15th October 2015, the competition, organised by 3P Learning, also helps to raise funds for UNICEF. Find out more at: