UAK said “On yer bike!” to unhealthy food this week with the great Smoothie Challenge

This week, students from University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) were lining up to use a specially adapted bicycle which transformed pedal power into delicious and tasty smoothies.

The bike was provided by Catering Academy to highlight the importance of exercise and a healthy balanced diet.  The students got to choose their ingredients from a range of delicious fruits and yoghurts which were then placed into a blender.

The blender was then fitted onto the special bicycle.  After a vigorous bout of pedalling the ingredients transformed into a healthy and delicious drink.  One Year 9 student said: “It’s even more delicious because I earned it!”

Take a look at some of the photographs from the day.


GCSE Results Day 2018

Students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) are again celebrating positive GCSE results, as grades across subjects show a continued improvement on last year. The number of students receiving a grade 8 or 9 has also increased significantly for 2018. Pupil’s results in Art, Spanish, Science, History & English compare favourably with national figures for 2018.

Principal Andy Bygrave said: “I would like to congratulate all pupils, parents and staff at the Academy. These results are further evidence that our focus on improving teaching and learning continues to have a positive impact on the attainment and progress for students of all abilities. This is also reflected in the increased applications to join the Academy in September. Our latest GCSE results support Ofsted’s judgement about the Academy’s continued improvement and we now look forward to welcoming our new starters for the next academic year.”

The performance of the following pupils deserves special mention;

Holly Blasé; Achieved Grade 9s and Grade 8s
Erika Jacques; Achieved Grade 9s and Grade 8s
Billy Mollart; Achieved Grade 9s and Grade 8s
Mason Smith: Achieved Grade 9s and Grade 8s

The Academy wishes all our students every success as they move on to higher or further education, apprenticeships and employment.

Maths Challenge Trophy

Maths Challenge TrophyMaths Challenge Trophy

The Summer Term ended on a high note as we celebrated our recent victory in the 2018 Inter-School Maths Challenge with an award ceremony.  Many students received awards including the Championship Trophy – ours to keep –  which will be displayed with pride in recognition our Students’ achievement.

We firmly held the lead throughout the competition, securing our winning position as overall Maths Champions with a score of 301.

Maths Challenge Results

Students challenge their Mathematics knowledge with Hegarty Maths

University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) have recently signed a deal with Hegarty Maths. Hegarty Maths is a mathematics service created by World Teacher of the Year finalist, Colin Hegarty.

Colin Hegarty formally held a career in Finance before changing his job to become a Maths Teacher. Colin created thousands of help guides and videos for his pupils, which were quickly discovered by pupils and teachers nationwide. Colin made such an impact that he won 2014 Pearson Teacher of the Year Award in recognition.

In 2015, Colin also gained the support of Richard Branson, who was so impressed that he asked, “Why can’t you have been around 50 years ago, when I was in school?”. Hegarty Maths quickly gained international attention when his videos started helping pupils around the world, Colin was also a finalist in the prestigious Global Teacher of the Year Award.

Hegarty Maths aims to create a structure that benefits pupils learning and helps teachers understand how hard pupils worked at home – in his own words, “We knew we could get better…” so he created is an online system that tracks progress, recommends building blocks topics that help pupils who are struggling, stretches pupils with their next steps, analyses what pupils have struggled with and strengthen their knowledge.

One of the most powerful features is that teachers can reward effort and the progress on related topics by spending lots of time learning online, the teacher will know this. It also has built in systems to prevent copying.

When Colin heard that UAK were signing up for Hegarty Maths, Colin Hegarty said: “This is fantastic news and we are so excited to partner with you next year.”

The Maths department at UAK are also excited about it. students who have used Hegarty Maths are already impressed.

During the first week, year 9 student Jacob S had answered a staggering 451 questions correctly and pupils spent a total of 267 hours learning Mathematics online. For more details about Hegarty Maths, please visit

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Students create a ‘Wishing Tree’ for the residents at Maple Tree Court Care Home

Maple Tree Court Care Home approached UAK to create a ‘Wishing Tree’ for the residents to hang their wishes on.

This was to go in the main entrance. We asked the Technology department to cut out a tree outline which we then covered with small drawings of leaves made by our students. Katie D was in charge of cutting out the leaves and arranging them on the tree itself along with Jessica W.

We delivered the tree on Friday 13 July and the staff were very pleased with our creation.

Katie said: ‘It was good to see the tree come to life when we started sticking the individual leaves on it.’


The Great Kickroo coming to Clough Hall Park this July!

A group of Year 10 students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) have been working with the Stoke-on-Trent based arts programme Appetite to create a cultural event for the community of Kidsgrove.

Join the Academy and Appetite Stoke for an afternoon of circus and performance in Clough Hall Park as we present the Great Kickroo on Saturday, July 14.

The Great Kickroo is an afternoon of performance and family fun in Clough Hall Park celebrating Kidsgrove and the history of this wonderful park, brought to you by University Academy Kidsgrove students. The Great Kickroo features an exciting line-up of juggling and circus acts, circus workshops, live music and more.

As well as an exceptional line-up of live music from local talent, two former students from the Academy are also set to perform at the event, which also includes: The Hairy Bartenders and Rhythm Works.

Over the past year, the students have been working with Appetite Stoke. Appetite aims to encourage more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts. Through the project, the group has taken part in a series of workshops, with mentors, exploring a range of skills from envisioning an event and raising funds to programming performances and learning how to market and budget.

The group have planned The Great Kickroo which was inspired by an old word for Kidsgrove and celebrates the heritage of Clough Hall Park. The students also met with local Historian, Phil Leese, who spoke about the history of Kidsgrove and the park itself which was formally known as the Paradise of Potteries in the 1800s.

Appetite’s Self Made Programme, part of the Appetite Cultural Academy, will see the organisation work with three groups of young people aged 13 to 18 living in the Newcastle borough, in the areas of Chesterton, Audley and Kidsgrove. Self-Made is an arts based programme in partnership with Newcastle Borough Council and funded by the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund. Self-Made aims to inspire young people to make things happen for themselves and make a difference to the place they live in.

Mrs Yvonne Edgerton, Student Support at UAK said: “What a brilliant opportunity for our students to be involved in the world of the arts. This project has helped our students to gain confidence and believe in themselves. They have worked so hard and given up a lot of their spare time to ensure the success of The Great Kickroo.”

Ellie Hancock, Year 10 student said: “Leading up to the event, it has been good to see everything working out so well and we are now all excited for the big day.”

Grace Norcup, Year 10 student said: “It’s been inspiring. It gives you an idea of what it would be like to work for yourself.”

Liam Hodson, Year 10 student added: “I will remember this as the Day of Summer!”

The event will take place on Saturday, July 14, 11:00am – 4:00pm at Clough Hall Park and is FREE for the whole family to attend.

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.