“Burberry Inspire Project
University Academy Keighley is one of just eight schools chosen to be part of the Burberry Inspire Project. The project will run for four years in total and we are almost at the end of our first year, which culminated in a performance and art exhibition from students of UAK and South Craven School on the 28th June, which was attended by many proud parents and staff.
UAK was lucky enough to be partnered with Leeds Playhouse for our first year, who have been running workshops in school, and we were pleased to welcome Jenny Jones as our Artist in Residence, along with Stella Litras, Razwan Ul Haq and Stage Manager Megal Kearney. There were displays of our students’ calligraphy taught by Razwan, creative writing and drama guided by Stella and the evening’s performance was set around a school lunchtime.
Head of School Jon Skurr, who attended the performance, stated, “We are all so proud of our students for stretching themselves to take part over the past months – their hard work certainly paid off. Thank you to Burberry Inspire who have created a wonderful programme for our young people to experience the arts, supported by professional organisations.”
Next year UAK will be partnered with Leeds Young Film, followed by Northern Ballet and The Hepworth Wakefield in years 3 and 4.
Isobel Perrings, Project Coordinator said, “This project has given our students an opportunity to experience creative activities they wouldn’t usually have access to and we are very excited to see what opportunities the next three years bring.”
University Academy Keighley, along with over 100 other schools countrywide, took part in the One Britain One Nation (OBON) event on Friday 28th June.
Now in its fourth year, One Britain One Nation brings us together, not to focus on our differences but to celebrate the values we share: tolerance, kindness, pride, respect, and a tremendous desire to help others. Today’s Britain boasts a wonderful array of cultures, and it is our multicultural identity that makes Britain so unique.
Over 250 students and staff celebrated OBON by creating an artwork of their handprints, which displayed what being British means to us. We also looked at British Values and talked about the reasons we are proud to be British.
During the afternoon, students gathered in the sunshine in the presence of Kash Singh (CEO and Founder of OBON), Cllr Peter Corkindale (Keighley Town Mayor) and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire (representing Her Majesty The Queen), to sing the National Anthem.
Students Hawwa and Haider spoke to our guests about their personal experiences of what being British means to them; very moving! Year 7 student Kai, designed a poster around British Values which will be on permanent display in the academy.
Head of School Jon Skurr commented, “This was a truly meaningful and emotional event which saw our school community come together to celebrate our Britishness. The students involved had really thought about what being British means and there was a palpable feeling of pride amongst everyone in our school.”