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.


18/12/2018 - Warrington Foodbank

Padgate staff and students pull together to spread Christmas cheer to those in need.

For the second year running, staff and students have collected a phenomenal amount of food and toiletries to send to the local foodbank. 

Mrs Barclay said " I'm so proud of everyone, we wanted do what we could as an academy to make sure that everyone is able to feed their families this Christmas. We are really pleased that we can send Warrington Foodbank away with a full van of supplies". 


14/12/2018 - Music Mark Awards

We were thrilled to be invited by Warrington Music Education Commissioner, Janice Pounds, to Warrington Town Hall to accept our Music Mark award earlier this month.  Deputy Head Boy, Evan Kilshaw accepted the award from Cllr Karen Mundy, Mayor of Warrington and also performed a beautiful solo euphonium piece: ‘Gabriels Oboe’ by Ennio Morricone.  

We are very proud to be nominated by our local music hub, Accent, to become a Music Mark School Member through our work as a Music Ambassador school.  This is recognition of the value that Padgate Academy places on music and the hard work of the Department with the support of Accent Music Hub.

Music Mark is a membership organisation, subject association and charity.  On behalf of its members and the wider sector, Music Mark lobbies for, and champions, a government supported, high quality, music education provision for all school aged children and young people which addresses diversity, equity and inclusion at its core.

Schools can only join Music Mark through their local music education hub/service. Each school nominated should meet one or all of the criteria as below:

  • evidence of a willingness to engage in development conversations related to improving music provision
  • recognition of the value of music education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum
  • a strategy for music in place which provides for all children


13/12/2018 - Cooking Club

Fun in the kitchen as Year 7 students took part in cooking club recently, run by Gill Wakefield of the Catering Academy.

Run as an after-school club, our students put their baking skills to the test, creating Christmas shortbread cookies.

They lasted just about long enough for us to take some pictures below: