University Academy Keighley
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”Relationships between pupils, and between pupils and adults, are very positive.” Ofsted June 2016
”Pupils say they feel safe, and they are safe.” Ofsted June 2016
”Rates of attendance are above average.” Ofsted June 2016

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University Academy Keighley

University of Bradford Student Leaders Awards

Mariyam MalikCongratulations to Mariyam Malik who is the Academy’s recipient of the University of Bradford Student leaders Award for 2016.

The awards, which were held at the University on 17th May, celebrate the work of student representatives, Peer Assisted Learners, Career Ambassadors and student volunteers; 20 special awards are also presented for outstanding Student Leaders.

Mariyam, who was introduced by Academy Governor John Dennis,SLT front 1 was praised for her contribution and commitment to the role of Head Girl at UAK.  She undertook the University’s Leadership Training which allowed her to lead on the Academy’s Student Council and completed work at the University that involved her filming the Graduation ceremony in December.  She is going on to study a BA in Film and Television Production at the University once she has completed her Year 13 studies.

Food Bank mainAcademy students, Hassan Abbas and Sadaf Tahir, organised a ‘Donate to Charity’ event on Thursday 5th May to support the work undertaken by the InTouch Foundation.

The students spent some weeks planning the event and advertised it throughout the Academy with posters, assembly presentations to fellow students, and even briefing staff.

They asked that, if everyone donated just one item with over 600 people in the Academy this would provide a significant boost to the assistance that the Foundation can provide for local families in need.

To add a little friendly competition, donations were presented by each of the Academy’s four Houses and staff and students responded in style with a vast haul of items.  Hassan and Sadaf who have undertaken this project for their GCSE Citizenship studies also secured donations from local businesses: Aldi, Cobbydale Stores, Lloyds Pharmacy and Sainsbury’s.

The donations were received by representatives from InTouch, volunteers Haider Ishtiaq and Humera Naaz with Fundraising Manager Faisal Tariq.


The food was distributed on 23rd of May.  InTouch Foundation Fundraising Manager, Faisal Tariq said: “We managed to give it out to over 100 service users.   We had families there with the youngest having a one year old baby.  We also gave out three weeks worth of food to a family in Keighley who are struggling and living below the poverty line.”


Creative discusssion with Beccy Owen (KN)UAK’s Got Rhythm and Rhyme

Academy students are fostering a love of creative writing and performance with Bradford based Musician, Beccy Owen.

The National Literacy Trust’s initiative gave Year 7 students at University Academy Keighley an opportunity to explore the poetry genre, as well as writing skills and performance poetry techniques.

Music tutor Beccy Owen worked with the students engaging them in performing and recording their own writing; using Rap and body percussion to develop a rhythm to enhance their rhymes.
The Year 7 embraced the workshop wholeheartedly, eagerly producing their own prose and recording performances which will be set to a backing track by Beccy, for a souvenir CD.

Academy English Teacher Ms Farhat Alam said:  “I am amazed with how well the students responded to the workshop.  The work they produced is brilliant; it’s heartfelt, joyous a little bit wacky and really represents the individuals involved. Many thanks to Imran Hafeez who has co-ordinated this project.”

The programme feeds into one of the objectives of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford to improve literacy skills in the district by inspiring and motivating reluctant writers, especially boys, to do more creative writing.