University Academy Keighley
“Attendance is above the national average.” Ofsted October 2017
”Pupils value highly the pastoral support they receive.” Ofsted October 2017
”Pupils are respectful of their school.” Ofsted October 2017

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University Academy Keighley

We are extremely pleased and excited to have been announced as one of the 8 schools selected to take part in the 4 year ‘Burberry Inspire’ Programme!

The ‘Burberry Inspire’ programme has been created in partnership with the Ideas Foundation and The Burberry Foundation and is the first in-school arts and culture programme to study the impact of arts education on young people’s lives.

The programme is to be delivered in eight schools across Yorkshire and will be run by four eminent, local organisations across theatre, film, dance and art: Leeds Playhouse, Leeds Young Film, Northern Ballet and The Hepworth Wakefield.

We are very pleased to be working with Leeds Playhouse in the first instance.  They have provided a dedicated Artist in Residence, Amy Lancelot, who is also the Creative Education Manager at Leeds Playhouse.

Amy is now working with teachers and students at the academy on a weekly basis to co-create drama and performance events, there is also opportunity for students to join a drama and performance club.

An outreach programme of visits and cultural experience is already underway for all of KS3 students.

The first of such events was a performance of the radio play ‘Partition’ written by Keighley-born playwright Nick Ahad.  Cast members from Leeds Playhouse presented the story in the format of a radio play which gave students a valuable insight into the behind the scenes opportunities for creative jobs as well as acting roles.

Pre performance workshops delivered by Leeds Playhouse  also helped students understanding of the context behind the story.

Each organisation will work with two schools per year, with all eight schools working with all four organisations by the end of the four-year programme.  What an amazing and inspirational opportunity for all our learners!


12 students from the academy gained themselves a place at a special ‘Engineering Extravaganza’ in early November.  The STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) event was hosted by The Science and Media Museum, Bradford as part of ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week’.

With only 12 places available, selection was made after all students in years 8 and 9 were given the opportunity to write a personal statement explaining why they should attend the event. It appears that we have a host of budding engineers with 63 students submitting a statement- the places could have been filled 4 times over.

Year 9 student, Eshaan Vaheed was one of the students chosen after he wrote: “I am really passionate about engineering and technology.  In my spare time I like to research what’s new and what affects us every day and how we are still here.  Technology and engineering has made a huge impact to the environment and I’m determined to increase my knowledge.”

Fellow student Alyan Ibrar, who was also chosen, stated: “I am interested in engineering I also love learning how things work and why they work like that. The experience could be a great contribution to my learning, it will also be a fun way to learn new things.”

At the ‘Extravaganza’ students engaged in fun engineering projects- such as creating an air-powered model of the Bloodhound car, which is hoping to raise the World Land Speed Record.  There were also hands-on challenges to teach them about the world of materials and engineering. Students had to use their problem solving skills to design and model a high rise structure in Lego that would be able to withstand the forces of nature and engineer a container that would withstand the forces of a cargo drop and keep it contents safe. They also watched Imax movie ‘Big Dream: Engineering Our World’ and attended a fascinating lecture on current and future materials used in medicine, textiles and construction.

Following the event students also gave a presentation about their experience to a staff assembly.

Mrs Arana, Teacher of Technology and Science, who organised the trip said: “The students were a credit to the school and impressed everyone with their enthusiasm and tenacity.  The activities were inspiring and based on real life situations that tomorrow’s engineers will be encountering. They had lots of fun whilst gaining a deeper knowledge of engineering and project management.”

Tomorrow’s Engineering Week took place from 5-9 November 2018, with the aim of changing  perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers and to inspire future engineers. The ‘Engineering Extravaganza’ was developed with four leading engineering institutions– Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM³) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Students have had the opportunity to view a special exhibition that explored the contribution made by people from the Indian sub-continent in the First World War.

The exhibition gave students a fascinating insight into the British-Indian Army and its contribution to the war, in which 75,000 of its soldiers, all volunteers, died.

The exhibition also links with curriculum subjects: History, English and PHSE (Personal, Social and Health Education).  It is hoped that the exhibition has also helped to ground subject knowledge by providing students with a cultural connection to the conflict.

The exhibition came about through collaboration with academy English teacher, Stuart Irving, Kirklees Interfaith Forum, Kirklees Faith Network and Waseem Riaz.

Mr Irving said of the exhibition: “It’s important for community cohesion to raise awareness of the contribution made by people from the Indian sub-continent.  On the back of the exhibition we have also discovered a number of staff with connection to WW1, which we are hoping to share with students to give them a more personal association.”


Students from the academy spent a day at Keighley Fire Station on a special awareness day in early November.

The day was designed to offer the youngsters a better understanding of the fire service and highlight the issues faced by the fire service.  Students are to become ambassadors for positivity – sharing the safety messages with their peers.

The mixture of boys and girls from years 8 to 10 started the day with a tour of the station, the fire engines, appliances and equipment and completed a fire safety and awareness quiz. Students then got kitted out in protective clothing to take part in practical exercises using the hoses and equipment and trying a rescue scenario for themselves.

Academy Lead for Behaviour and Attendance, Pill Allen said of the day:  “The most memorable part of the day for the students was the rescue scenario.  Their engagement in the activity was amazing, they were a credit to UAK.  Students represented the community positively and their commitment to taking the message to others is commendable.  Everyone found the day very insightful and brought a deeper understanding and respect for the Fire and Rescue Service.”


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