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.”

Young Artists from UAK visit Liverpool Museums

Young artists from University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) visited Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool to introduce them to valuable resources, research and learning experiences available to them outside of the classroom.

Educational trips and visits to museums and art galleries provide students with the chance to experience unique learning opportunities outside of the classroom and develop their subject-specific content.

The Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and some of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. The gallery features artwork from medieval and renaissance, 17th to 19th century art, sculptures, British Art, Modern and Contemporary art.

Tate Liverpool is home of British and international modern and contemporary art in the North. Its mission is to increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art.

Year 10 students were introduced to the galleries through an information booklet that guided them to different rooms of the museum. Students were then tasked to source specific works of art throughout both museums and form their personal opinions about a range of paintings, sculptures and pottery.

Mrs. S Bailey, Teacher of Art at UAK said: “The students had the opportunity to view a range of paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics to enable them to start to form their own opinions. It was great for the pupils to see these in real life and not just as images on the computer or in a book. I had some really interesting conversations with the students about the work they saw.”

Todd G, Year 10 student said: “I preferred the Walker Art Gallery as it had more wildlife based Art, and the pictures were more detailed and traditional.”

Molly A, Year 10 student also added: “I liked the Tate at the Albert Dock because there was a lot of Pop Art.”

Students ‘gear up’ with KMF Engineering Group to manufacture their own electrical powered race car

KMF Engineering Group has worked closely with students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) to promote the exciting opportunities available to young people if they choose to enter a career in Engineering and Technology.

On Wednesday, March 14, students visited the grounds at Newcastle Football Club where they were prepared for a challenging day of tasks and tests.

The young engineers took part in the first ‘test run’ for their green car project. The project aims to enable students to develop their STEM skills through the application of Design Technology and Engineering.

Eleven students from Year 10 have been working on building the car since October 2017 and they regularly work during their lunch break and after school to complete the build.


The test run allowed students to calibrate and rectify any potential issues with the vehicle before the big race day in July. The test race also gave the students an opportunity to observe their competitor’s vehicles and the materials they have used. During the test run the students noticed a steering malfunction and were able to resolve the problem before the race day.

The project has given students a chance to work together in teams, through the excitement of motorsport and STEM. Students have taken an active role in team discussions and have taken the responsibility for driving, mechanics, design and marketing for the project.

KMF aims to capture the imagination of our young people and fire their enthusiasm towards careers in a STEM-related subjects or apprenticeships. KMF is the market leader in the supply of precision sheet metal fabrication and engineering solutions. The KMF Engineering Group is committed to Quality, Investment and Innovation and to providing contract metal manufacturing solutions across a diverse range of industry sectors.


Mr J Twigg, Teacher of Technology, said: “The day went really well and it has been great for the students to work as a team together.”

Jude Green, Year 10 student said: “I had an amazing day out with the rest of the KMF team. I had never driven the car before today and getting to have a go was great fun.”

Students will race their vehicle on Wednesday 18th July.

Students enjoy reading with Scholastic Book Fair

On Tuesday, March 13, staff and students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) welcomed the Scholastic Book Fair into the Academy for one week only. The Scholastic Book Fair offers hundreds of new children’s books for students to browse, read and purchase.

A Book Fair is a celebration of reading that puts the very best books directly into the hands of students. The Book Fair provided the Academy with mobile bookcases packed with over 200 of the newest and best books from over sixty publishers to sell to students and develop a life-long love of reading.

The fair aimed to encourage reading for pleasure and boost literacy across the school. Every book purchased will go towards free books for the school. In total, students raised over £286.00 for the Academy from the book fair.

Lauren M, Year 9 student said: “Everyone was really excited about the book fair. There were loads of books and they looked amazing. It was really difficult to choose but in the end I bought ‘Shell’ by Paula Rawsthorne. “

Miss Boon, English Teacher said: “It’s been a great success. The Book Fair allows learners to discover a wide range of great books — enough to get any child excited by reading!”

International Women’s Day

International Women's Day 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, Miss Boon asked English students in Year 7, 8 and 9 to write about an inspirational woman.

The quality of work was impressive, and although we have not got space to publish them all, here are a few snippets from our students describing their inspirational woman and why they chose her.

A Flair for International Fashion at UAK

Modern Foreign Language students from the University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) took part in a fashion related competition in Nottingham to inspire more young people to continue with their language learning.

The event at Nottingham Girls’ High School was organised by the Business Language Champions for students from Staffordshire schools to take part in a competition related to fashion. Business Language Champions is a company ran as a social enterprise, which aims to promote modern foreign languages and cultural cohesion, by demonstrating to young people the importance of language skills in the workplace.

Year 10 and 11 students were set their first ‘ice-breaker’ task to allow them to get to know each other and be able to work together as a team with students from local schools. Students were asked to put a list of brands in order of their market value from highest to lowest.

Students then listened to a keynote speech given by a University Lecturer from the University of Nottingham who specialised in fashion and marketing and used to work for the ‘Speedo’ company.  She was very informative and gave the students advice about the task they were about to do as well as an introduction to the business side of the fashion industry.

In teams of six, each named after a well-known fashion brand, students from across a range of schools worked together to develop a market research questionnaire in Spanish to find out what people like or want from a pair of jeans, asking as many people as they could.  Students had to take a number of measurements before having to come up with a unique idea for a new design of denim jeans.  After a lot of deliberation, there were some great ideas presented including a ‘My Jeans’ idea where you can design your own style, and also a David Bowie ‘70s inspired pair of flares.

Throughout the afternoon, students began to present their ideas to the rest of the group. After the presentations, the teams had a chance to ask questions, before waiting in anticipation for the final results for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The winning team was Team H&M which included Caitlin B, Bethany G and Caitlyn B from UAK.

What a great effort from all students involved in the day. Miss H Loft, Spanish Teacher, said: “I am extremely proud of the UAK students’ work ethic, effort, language skills and professional performance at the event. Well done UAK.”

Caitlin B, Year 11 student said: “I really enjoyed interacting with other students during the jeans questionnaire. It was very interesting to listen to other students’ knowledge of language and learn new phrases.”

Gracie-Mae C, Year 11 student said: “I really enjoyed the event as we teamed up to show off our skills with Spanish. It was a good day to meet new people and learn how fashion involves languages.”

Paige S, Year 11 student said: “It was good to learn how languages can benefit you when getting a job and how they can be used to improve yourself.”