Unsworth Academy

Curriculum Enhancement

Art & Photography

  • Whole class GCSE trips for photoshoots at places such as The Lowry
  • Created links with local colleges e.g. Holy Cross College is timetabled to come in to speak to GCSE classes regarding careers development and studying Art post-16
  • School production in 2020 – development of set designs and props
  • Year 9 Primary performance


  • Poet visit – Oliver James Lomax
  • World Book Day events and activities
  • National Poetry Day activities
  • Year 9 Guardian Writing Workshop
  • Carousel
  • Gifted & Talented lecture/seminar/workshops
  • Writing in situ – out of classroom lessons


  • Rivers field trip to Daisy Nook Country Park
  • Human geography field trip to Salford Quays
  • Watch Planet Earth & Life documentaries
  • Year 7 project on Sustainability (Plastics)
  • Year 8 project
  • Year 9 project on Ecosystems
  • GCSE practicals on Coastal Landforms and Tectonic Hazards
  • Use of Seneca teaching tool to support and enhance learning


  • Year 9 and Year 11 learners to take part in the Power And The People trip to the People’s History Museum in Manchester
  • Year 11 trip to Manchester Metropolitan University to attend a Careers and GCSE lecture
  • Promote World Book Day to all learners and encourage participation in World Book Day events and activities
  • History GCSE lecture webinar related to AQA exam board


  • Year 7 Catch-up sessions
  • Year 11 Catch-up sessions
  • Maths Challenge – Junior (Year 7 and Year 8) on Thursday 30th April 2020
  • Maths Challenge – Intermediate (Year 9 and Year 10) on Thursday 6th February 2020
  • NSPCC Numbers Day for Years 7, 8 and 9
  • AMSP (Advanced Mathematics Support Programme) coming into Year 8 and Year 9 classes
  • Year 6 Maths Introduction Day


  • Visit to Cornerhouse Cinema in Manchester to watch Spanish films
  • Visit Instituto Cervantes’ Spanish Library and Exhibitions in Manchester
  • Food-tasting sessions
  • Use computers in the school’s language lab to help learn Spanish
  • Listen to native French/Spanish speaker during MFL lunch club sessions
  • Study customs and festivals of Spanish-speaking countries
  • Learners to take part in Spanish Government & Politics club
  • Learners to take part in Spanish/French Music Appreciation club


  • Visits to a local gym to train using their equipment and machines
  • University visits to gain experience of studying PE post-16
  • Rugby coach to visit school to develop learners rugby skills
  • Inter-house sports competitions and events throughout the year
  • Basketball coaching sessions in school


  • Visit to Buddhist centre
  • Visit to Jewish Museum
  • Guest speakers to come into school to talk to learners
  • Visit to Hindu temple
  • Visit to Sikh gurdwara
  • Taster day at Manchester Metropolitan University to look at Theology courses
  • Ethics – trip to Chester Zoo


  • Science Week 2020
  • Year 11 learners to attend exam technique sessions
  • Key Stage 3 Science Skills sessions
  • Forensic Science Day
  • Medical Careers Day – we are hosting this for Bury schools
  • New year 9 scheme of work with a focus on foundation to GCSE & skills


Proposed Activities:

  • College visits and taster sessions
  • Guest speakers invited to speak to learners about jobs, apprenticeships and opportunities, and provide careers guidance
  • Carry out charity work in the local community

There is also a possible opportunity to help out at Whitefield Primary School with their Forest School project.


  • Attend iMedia Catch-up lunchtime sessions
  • Take part in D&T Manchester Bee Charity Fundraiser talk
  • Amazon reward trip for Year 7 and Year 8 learners
  • Cookery sessions e.g. Bake-Off
  • Year 11 Revision sessions after school for IT, D&T, Construction and Food learners
  • Year 10 Revision sessions for iMedia exam (throughout December and January)

GCSE Results 2021


Entering EBacc

EBacc Average Points Score


Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSE


Maths 4+ (Standard Pass)

Progress 8 Score

Attainment 8 Score


% Staying in Education or Entering Employment


English 4+ (Standard Pass)

Get In Touch

Location: Unsworth Academy, Parr Lane, Bury. BL9 8LP

Telephone: 0161 796 9820

Email: information@unsworth.shaw-education.org.uk

For general enquiries please ask for Miss Charlotte Allen, Operations Manager

Privacy Policy (excerpt)

Unsworth Academy collects a lot of data and information about our pupils so that we can run effectively as a school.  This privacy notice explains how and why we collect pupils’ data, what we do with it and what rights parents and pupils have. 

Unsworth Academy is an academy within the Shaw Education Trust (“the Trust”), a multi academy trust with 10 academies. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee (registration number 09067175) whose registered office is Shaw Education Trust Head Office, Kidsgrove Secondary School, Gloucester Road, Kidsgrove, ST7 4DL. The Trust is the Data Controller for all the academies within the Trust. 

The Data Protection Officer for the Trust is Natalie Kennedy, natalie.kennedy@shaw-education.org.uk.   


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