University Academy Keighley
“Ethos of respect, trust and tolerance.” Ofsted June 2016
”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

Good New from Ofsted.

We are pleased to share with you the report from Ofsted, following our recent Section 8 Monitoring Inspection which took place in May.

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University of Bradford formalised its partnership with the Academy at a ceremony on Friday, 5th May, which saw the signing of a new partnership between University Academy Keighley and the University of Bradford.

The strengthening of links has been welcomed by Principal, Bernie Addison who stated: “In the current education climate it is great to get a respected institute like the university re-affirming its support for the school.  The main thing is the aspirations of the children of this community. It provides that important link between secondary education and higher education.”

Caroline Priestley, UK and EU recruitment officer at the University of Bradford said:
” We are delighted to be able to formalise the partnership. It means we can build on our support to students with their progression to higher education.  This agreement ensures UAK will be at the front of the queue for our outreach work – including academic workshops and reserved places on our summer school.  We are looking forward to working together and watching more UAK students graduate in the future.”

Joanne Marshall, director of human resources at the University of Bradford, stated that the school was already on a “trajectory of improvement” and added: “We have an exciting strategy to move the academy forward.”


Students at the Academy celebrated becoming published authors with a book launch and signing at the Academy on Friday 5th May.

Their much awaited publication ‘Whispers’ – an Anthology of short stories and poems has been published in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust, Amazon and e-kindle. A fantastic achievement!

The 10 students involved are so passionate about their writing that they initiated fundraising themselves so that they could have their very own writer-in-residence, Matthew Wooding, guide them through a series of creative writing workshops.

The programme, which took place after school for 12 weeks, culminated in the students producing a range of poems and short stories that have now been published.

Mr Wooding, whose books include ‘Letters to Nan’ and ‘No place called home’ said of the work:  “As you read through this collection, I hope you will discover, just as I did, it is the emotion, the small pieces of themselves that these young people have shared through their writing, that bursts from the page.”

Please see the following statement form John Chuter, the Academy’s Chair of Governors.

“Dear parents and students

This is to let you know that from 3rd May 2017 I will be resigning as Chair of Governors at UAK.

I took on the Chairmanship in December of last year on the understanding that it would be for a short period only.  My task was to establish a new governing body following the decision by Wakefield City Academies Trust not to go ahead as UAK’s new sponsor.  That is now complete and it is time for me to stand down.  In the interim Joanne Marshall, the Vice-chair will stand in as Chairman until the next governors’ meeting on 15th June when a new chair will be confirmed.

During the six years I have had the privilege to serve as a UAK governor I have been impressed by the resilience, cheerfulness and spirit of all those who work, learn or in other ways are connected with the Academy.  This has helped me and the governors get through the good as well as the not so good times that we all have experienced on occasions.  Looking to the future UAK is in good heart and although there are significant challenges ahead I am confident that they will be successfully tackled given that “can do” spirit.  All that remains is for me to wish you all the very best going forward and I shall continue to follow your progress with great interest.

With all good wishes for the future

John Chuter”

Members of the Academy’s Student Leadership recently visited our sponsors, University of Bradford on a special visit.  They toured the campus, took in the atmosphere over lunch, and learned a lot about pharmacy at the university’s medical sciences department.  Then went on to meet Stan! at an amazing Anatomage session.