The academy’s sports day took place 19th July, with the following results
1st Place – Ingleborough with 19855 points
2nd Place – Pen-Y-Ghent with 19630 points
3rd Place – Whernside with 18725 points
The Academy’s annual celebration prize-giving evening took place on 17th, July a night to recognise, celebrate and reward the achievements of its students for the past year.
More than 100 students received recognition for achievements above and beyond the normal expectations placed on UAK’s students. Prizes were awarded for subject progress and achievement, sporting achievement including recognition of the Academy’s successful sporting teams and contribution within school’s house system. Awards were also presented in recognition of behaviour and conduct through the academy’s Positive Discipline system.
Special Recognition Awards from the Academy’s sponsors The University of Bradford were presented by Governor, Claire Kirwin, and Students of The Year received an extra mention from the Acting Principal, Sean Carragher. There was also recognition through the Drake and Tonson Foundation award for Outstanding Contribution to the Academy and The Paul Cotton Award for Exceptional Achievement in Mathematics, given in memory of the former teacher.
Musharaf Asghar, of Educating Yorkshire fame, was the guest of honour, he gave a talk that charted his own journey and the struggles he has overcome. Musharaf, who is now a motivational speaker, encouraged students to take every opportunity that life presents, to persevere through difficult times and find a strength through family. Keighley Town Mayor, Fulzar Ahmed gave the closing address speaking to the students about taking pride in their achievements and the importance of respecting each other.
This year’s event was hosted entirely by students, they led proceedings and interjected humour and warmth to the evening. Prize winners and their parents were also entertained with performances from students – A Taekwondo skills showcase, poets recited their own works, a demonstration of keyboard skills and a Karate demonstration.
For Year 9 students the academic year ended on a high point in their educational journey, with their graduation from Key Stage 3.
During the ceremony all students in Year 9 received confirmation that they have successfully completed their Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9) courses and will now be starting Key Stage 4. Awards were also presented depending on attendance and conduct through the academy’s Positive Discipline system.
This was not only an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge achievements so far, but also to mark the next step in their education. The next two years will require a shift in emphasis and maturity in their studies and in ways of learning and the graduation was as much to prepare them mentally for this as it was to celebrate.
Students were also treated to a party afterwards where some more fun awards were issued such as: ‘best hairstyle’, ‘most creative’ or ‘most likely to become a millionaire’; followed by a disco with staff joining in the fun as well.