29/03/2019 - Year 10 Visit to University of Chester

Year 10 Students set targets at the University of Chester

Students from Padgate Academy recently took part in two workshops, delivered by Made in Education at the University of Chester Churchill Building.  

The purpose of the visit for students was to attend sessions delivered by ‘Made for Education’ focusing on target setting, confidence building, career aspirations and revision skills.

Miss Harrigan, Learning Coach, said: "When asked the difference between a wish and a target, Jack answered “A wish is something you want for yourself, but a target is something other people set for you”.  It was so great to see the students’ realisation throughout the session that they can set their own targets.  It gave them ownership of their own progress, and the realisation that they can aspire to more."

Alex Shelley, Year 10 Student, said: “It was a great day! I liked learning how to use mind maps, and now I have new highlighters to use for my revision”.


22/03/2019 - Manchester Airport Trip

BTEC Travel and Tourism Students Experience a day at an airport, learning about technology and customer service.

Padgate Academy students, studing BTEC Travel and Tourism recently had the opportunity to visit Manchester Airport Terminal 1 and Runway Visitor Park.

Whilst at the terminal, students got a chance to see the different types of technology used to help enable a better customer journey.  For Example, information boards and self-service check in desks.  At the Runway Visitor Park, students then got a talk on the importance of customer service and how this enhances the customer journey. 

To finish the day off, students got a chance to visit the world famous supersonic Concorde airliner.

During the trip, the students had the opportunity to look at the different technology used in the airport to enhance the customer journey and understand the importance customer that service plays for a large Travel and Tourism Organisation.  This experience will help students with units 1 and 3 of their course.

Mr Schreiber, Teacher of Humanities and Travel and Tourism, said “The students had an exciting time and it was brilliant for them to get out of the classroom and actually on to a real life aircraft which some have never experienced before. This should encourage students to think about the area of work that they would like to go in to in the future”

Amy Wells, a Year 10 student, said “I had a very enjoyable school day out with the rest of the Travel and Tourism class. I had never been to an airport before today and getting to see the planes up close was a great experience.”

20/03/2019 - National Junior Indoor Rowing Competition

After competing at The Indoor Rowing competition at Warrington Wolves, Grace Bain received a place at the London National Indoor Junior Rowing Competition. Grace took part in the Year 8 three minute individual rowing, from this she totalled a fantastic 712 meters and qualified for the year 8 relay race, with 3 other students from Warrington Youth Rowing. 

The Relay group came 1st in the pen and completed the 2000m in 7 minutes and 32.2 seconds. 

The visit brings together the students who take part in the Warrington Youth Rowing and qualified for the National Competition. 

Miss Parkinson said “The trip was a fantastic experience! Grace gave 100% in all of her races and even beat her personal best in her 3 minute individual race.  The engagement and support amongst the peers across all of the Warrington schools that attended was great to see".

Grace Bain said “The best part of the day was finding out we came first in the relay in our pen. I was extremely happy to have the opportunity to attend the event.  All staff and students all encouraged each other and that helped me to achieve my best".

18/03/2019 - GCSE Geography Fieldwork Trip to North Wales

Year 11 students from Padgate Academy recently visited Mold Town Centre and Loggerheads Country Park.

Whilst visiting North Wales, the students were required to collect geographical data in two contrasting environments. They collected data on the impacts of traffic management in an urban area, as well as flow data for the River Alyn.

The data will be used to provide stimulus to the year 11 fieldwork enquiry, which will form part of the Paper 3 exam during the GCSE’s.  It also provided opportunities for revision of topics and concepts learned in the classroom.


Mr Pollard, Head of Humanities, said "The students were fully engaged in the activities planned, and were confidently applying their classroom learning to real world contexts".

Sam Brown, Padgate Academy Student, said "Fun and educational!".

17/03/2019 - Christ Church Primary Music Workshop

Miss Ward welcomed Year 3's from Christ Church Primary School for a special Music Workshop on 5th March. 

Pupils enjoyed some hands on music making, doing some rhythm activities, keyboard performances and then creating their very own composition based on the theme of Volcanoes!

Miss Ward, Head of Sport & Performance, said "The pupils were fantastic! They were very keen to show off their performance skills and we had some amazing solo performances.  They worked so well together on their compositions and came up with some very creative ideas".

Ms Dowling (class teacher), said "The children absolutely loved their morning and they were really engaged with the session. They were excited to get back to school and tell the rest of their friends about the morning!".


27/02/2019 - Year 9 Big Bang STEM

Year 9 students from Padgate Academy recently visited Priestley College for Big Bang STEM.  The day  provided students with an insight into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and had the opportunity to take part in some exciting workshops that included: 

  • Lego Mindstorm robotics
  • Chemistry flash bang
  • Marvellous molecules
  • Aquaphonics and drones

The visit was intended to give students a fantastic opportunity and introduction to STEM based workshops.  It has shown it can enhance learning across a range of subject areas and in particular Science, Design Technology and Mathematics.

Melissa Day, who supported the trip, said "The students were really engaged and were very competitive when building and navigating the drones".

Olivia McQueeny, Student, said: "It was good to see the local college and get an insight into what it might be like to study there. I really enjoyed the science dissecting experiment, I could relate to this with recent work I have done at school".

04/02/2019 - Year 9 Warrington & Vale Royal College Taster

Year 9 Students from Padgate Academy recently had the opportunity to attend a taster day at Warrington & Vale Royal College, in order to develop their knowledge of educational/vocational courses post 16.

Whilst at the College, students got a chance to meet teachers and learn about future educational courses they could enrol on.  Students were also offered the opportunity to experience taking part in sessions for the courses of their choosing.

Mr Diggle said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for Year 9 students to learn about future educational / vocational courses available at a local College".

Liv McQueeney (Student) said “I really enjoyed it, I opted for the Science session and got to learn about how to analyse the DNA of a strawberry”

Luke Hart (Student) said “I got to learn about vocational courses I could study post 16, I completed the motor vehicle session and really enjoyed it, it is defiantly an area I will be considering”.

23/01/2019 - Year 11 GCSE Poetry Live! Trip

Year 11 students from Padgate Academy recently attended a study day with professional poets, reading their poems and answering questions from students about them, in order to provide them with a greater understanding for their upcoming GCSE English Literature exam.

The Chief Examiner also delivered two sessions to students, providing tips about how to tackle unseen poetry.

Mrs Hawley, Head of English, said “This was an excellent day that really made the poems come alive for the students. We gained some invaluable insight into key skills needed for the exam”.

Nathan Hawkins, Year 11 Student, said, “It was a nice experience for all of the students who attended; it helped me understand the context behind the poems”. 


11/01/2019 - Des Prov Students look at future foods

The talented students in Designated Provision have, this week as part of the “Future Foods Month,” built a robot from recycled materials, including computer parts and plastic bottles. The initiative is to generate interest in futuristic modern concepts in the dining area for the school community.

The students have also successfully completed the criteria for the AQA Unit Award Scheme in demonstrating their ability to work and communicate as part of a team. 

Shaun Kelly said, “I really enjoyed making the legs for the robot out of recycled cardboard tubing and sticking them on to his body. It was great fun to work as part of a team and I feel really good about it.”

As a team effort the students have named the robot “Dezzy.” Gillian Wakefield, Head of Catering at the Academy was extremely pleased with the students’ efforts and has rewarded them highly with a breakfast of their choice.   

10/01/2019 - Former Student visits Parliament

Law students inspired to make a change by Parliamentary role models

Courtesy of Warrington Guardian:

Gemma Kubiena and Chantal Taylor, both studying law at Priestley College, attended an event to celebrate 100 years of the Parliament Qualification of Women Act, which allowed women to become MPs for the first time.

During the event they heard from MPs and other women like Gina Martin who led the campaign for a law to ban the taking of pictures under a person’s clothes without them knowing – known as ‘upskirting’.

Gemma, a former pupil at Culcheth High School, said: “It was inspiring to hear from people like Gina who I could relate to because they speak like me and they act like me because they are a bit younger.

“They might have faced barriers but they have made a difference and if I can achieve that myself in future I would like to.”

Gemma, who also studies sociology and religious studies, hopes to one day represent women in court or as a campaigner.

Warrington Youth Club funded the trip to London and asked Priestley College to nominate two students to attend.

It also included some sightseeing and tea in Covent Garden.

Chantal, a former pupil at University Academy Warrington in Padgate, currently studies English literature and fine art alongside law at Priestley College.

She also hopes to go into the legal profession after completing a university degree.

Chantal said: “What stuck with me from the day was that Gina is in her early 20s, but she has been able to make a change to the legislation so it just shows what can be done.

“It was so interesting to be in a room with all these women and share our views.”


21/12/2018 - Staff Christmas Video

We are #proudtobepadgate! 

Christmas is a time of giving; and now it’s turn for the staff to give something back to our amazing students! 

Enjoy the SHOW!



20/12/2018 - Diana Anti-bullying


On Wednesday 5th December 2018 Mr Johnson took a group of Year 7 to 10 students to the Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Award Training event. The event was to raise awareness amongst students at Padgate Academy of bullying, the potential effects of it and how to support and educate both victims and perpetrators. 

The course provided our new Anti-Bullying Ambassadors with information and ideas which will be implemented at Padgate Academy over the next 12 months. You may have already noticed the new Diana anti-bullying posters in the corridors around school. The award was founded as a legacy to Diana, the Princess of Wales. 

The event consisted of multiple workshop activities to enable us to understand and celebrate individuality and diversity. Look out for forthcoming events on the Anti-Bullying Noticeboard situated near the canteen entrance.


18/12/2018 - Year 10 & 11 London Trip to the Globe Theatre

Students from Years 10 and 11 visited London earlier this week. The lucky students visited the Globe Theatre where they were given a tour and were able to take part in a workshop to help with their understanding of Macbeth.

Mrs Hawley said, “It was a long day but it was fascinating to hear how actors approach the play and I learnt a lot myself!”

One student said, “It was amazing to see how and where Shakespeare and his contemporaries would have worked.”

The students had excellent day and were a credit to the school.