Unity City Academy
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
About Unity City Academy
Welcome to Unity City Academy where our vision is of a school in which staff and students have a determination to succeed, a love of learning, pride in the academy and a strength of character. We are committed to ensuring that all students are equipped with the academic and emotional skills which will allow them to lead successful and fulfilling lives.
All students follow a vision programme which aims to develop nine key character traits (curiosity, courage, empathy, enthusiasm, gratitude, integrity, resilience, self-belief and self-control). These character traits have been shown to boost academic performance and increase the chances of future success. Tutors and pupils work closely to develop these characteristics, tracking pupil progress throughout the year and intervening where necessary.
In addition to the character development which takes place in academic learning sessions, students are invited to take part in a range of extracurricular activities and enrichment. These sessions focus on developing character traits and additional skills which will complement students’ academic achievements. This offering is supplemented by three ‘Super Citizen Days’ which allow students to spend additional time developing their understanding of social norms, future opportunities and British values.
At Unity City Academy we aim to develop well rounded, successful students who are able to make the most of all the opportunities that are afforded to them in the twenty first century. By developing a determination to succeed, a love of learning, pride in the academy and a strength of character, we believe that this will be a reality for our students.
Unity City Academy is an 11-16 Academy and proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust family of schools. We are within easy access from Middlesborough and the Tees Valley and close to the A19.
We take from a very diverse catchment area which means that our students are at the heart of everything we do, and we challenge and support them to achieve their full potential. You will find our students to be engaging, proud to live in and give back to their community and are ready to learn – all we need is you!
Teaching and Learning Principles
A purposeful learning environment is established through clear behavioural expectations and well-defined systems and routines understood by students and reinforced by the teacher.
A high level of challenge is set for all students regardless of background or prior attainment. Challenge is set above students' current level but not too far-reaching that they are disengaged.
Knowledgeable explanations are at the heart of the lesson. Well crafted explanations create an enthusiasm for the topic and provide students with a clear understanding of difficult ideas and concepts.
The Modelling process is used to help students understand the steps experts take in producing outstanding outcomes. Exemplary work is deconstructed to help students learn about how smaller parts create a larger whole.
Different types of support are used to help all learners reach the same learning goals. Differentiation is used to provide support where necessary.
Higher and lower order questioning is used effectively. Closed, factual questions are used to build/test students' level of understanding and open-ended questioning extends understanding and promotes discussion.
Diagnostic assessment is used to identify students’ current knowledge of a subject, skills and capabilities before teaching takes place. Formative assessment provides feedback and information during the learning process. Summative assessment takes place after the learning has been completed and provides information and feedback that is used to self-assess the teaching and learning process.
Feedback on students' work provides information on how to close the gap between current level of understanding/performance and the desired learning goal/outcome.
Students are well-motivated and engaged. Outcomes are positive and demonstrate progress over time.
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We are a rapidly improving school and although in the 'serious weaknesses' category we are moving forward rapidly. To view our positive monitoring inspection from May 2017 and all our Ofsted reports please click here
We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust.
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national network of 64 primary, secondary and special schools across England. Our schools are located across England including the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, Midlands, London, West of England, Kent and the South Coast.
As the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them. In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes. You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan, vehicle affinity scheme, childcare vouchers and Westfield rewards.
As the largest MAT across England we work together in partnership and embrace the different contexts and diverse communities our schools serve to provide the very best possible education for around 35,000 young people and their families.
We offer a wide range of career pathways to our teachers, middle leaders, support staff and senior leaders with many of our schools being host to Teach First and Ambition School Leadership.
AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the SFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here
We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here
To find out more about about AET please visit us at http://www.academiesenterprisetrust.org/
In 2013 I joined Unity City Academy as an unqualified teacher in the Teach First Leadership development programme. I successfully completed this programme in 2015. Owing to my posiitive experience and love for the school, I agreed to stay at the school and in September 2015 I was appointed Curriculum Leader for MFL. This is a hugely rewarding role which has allowed my to challenge myself and strive to ensure that they young people in our care get the MFL education they serve. In 2016 I was appointed Associate Senior Leader for SMSC, Community and enrichment. This is a one year training programme which allows me to carry out the role of a senior leader, whilst also being mentored by senior leaders. At UCA I have benefited from extensive CPD opportunities (includimg women in leadership and teaching leaders) and I have been constantly supported and challenged. I love coming to work and do not think there is a better place to be!- Charlotte Pywell - Curriculum Leader for MFL
I was brought to the Academy in their drive for improvement in 2007 and have been a part of the furniture since. I started working life at the Academy on the GTP programme where the Academy supported me in completing the programme in a 6 month period, before making my employment permanent within the PE department. I have been given the opportunity to take on a vast array of roles and given opportunities to continue my professional development with varying responsibilities. The Academy has supported me in allowing me to progress both personally and professionally in roles such as 2nd in Department (PE) and given me whole school responsibility for developing vocational attainment. I now undertake my role as Curriculum Leader in PE alongside my duties ad a Director of Learning for Year 10. The trust has also given me opportunities outside of my day to day work within the Academy and I now work as a Specialist Leader of Education and Apprenticeship IQA. Furthermore I am currently completing my NPQML as part of the Teaching Leaders programme in which the Academy supported me in becoming a better leader at all levels.- Scott Danks - Curriculum Leader of PE and Director of Learning for Year 10