Students Experience Virtual Reality

Students Experience Virtual Reality

Year 8 and 9 students from Albany Academy got to sample virtual reality thanks to Google Expeditions. The industry giant that specialise in internet related services have created a team to showcase to schools the power of virtual reality in the classroom. Using virtual reality equipment staff gave students the opportunity to take immersive virtual journeys under the sea, to the surface of the moon and inside the human body.

Students Engineer Future

Students Engineer Future

Six students from Albany Academy enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience as they enjoyed a three-day engineering residential at Manchester University. This experience was to mark 50 years of the SmallPeice Trust. The Smallpeice Trust are a small Charity which provides short residential courses in science, technology and engineering subjects to year 9 -12 students and promotes careers in engineering.

Building Bridges with Wigan and Leigh Collage

Building Bridges with Wigan and Leigh Collage

Fourteen Year 9 students from Albany Academy went to Wigan and Leigh College’s Pagefield Campus to learn more about career opportunities in Engineering.  Students were able to take part in interactive displays and complete practical challenges whilst exploring a variety of opportunities that exist locally in engineering.


The students were able to talk with representatives from Sellafield, MBDA, ISG and CSkills who explained some of the work they are involved in and the different entry levels for careers in their organisations.


Students had the opportunity to see first-hand some of the projects that have been completed by apprentices and to test their skills on the interactive missile game – a winning entrant to the MBDA apprentice challenge that is off to Germany for the finals later this year.


Students were also challenged to build a bridge that would be strong enough to support the weight of three books.  The winning team produced a remarkable bridge that was not only strong enough to support the weight of three books but was strong enough to support one of their team members .


The event had a positive impact on the students. Many of the students who took part are now considering engineering as a future career and found the event well timed – just before option choices are finalised.


Mrs Noble, Head of Technology said “This was a really inspiring morning and it was great to see the students engaged in the activities on offer.  Many of the students involved have been persuaded to follow a career in Engineering.” 

Harriet at the Harris

Harriet with her painting

Albany Academy Year 11 student Harriet Treble wowed judges and art lovers at Harris Museum in Preston with her fantastic portrait. Harriet who is a very talented artist has had her work displayed as part of the museums ‘Open Art Exhibition’. The exhibition was open to all professional and amateur artists to display their work.

Harriet who encouraged by her art teacher at Albany Academy, Mr Nisbet, entered her work in the under 16’s category of the exhibition and was delighted with the opportunity to display her work. Harriet said, “I am over the moon that my work has been placed at the Harris Museum. It was such an amazing experience seeing something I created on the wall in the gallery.”

Harriet’s work contained portraits of two of her close friends and her older sister. The painting was titled ‘Expressions’ and it is an Acrylic Painting.  Art teacher at Albany Academy, Andrew Nisbet, said, “The painting is an excellent piece of acrylic painting work from someone as young as 15 and though very realistic, shows lots of creativity and imagination with unique qualities and technical skill involved. We are all very proud of Harriet and look forward to more of her art work being displayed at galleries in the future.”

The Open Art exhibition is a free event and the art work will be on display until the 9th January at the Harris Museum in Preston.

Harriet's Painting

Students Take 'New Approach to Art' at Runshaw College

On Monday 7th December 2015, Year 10 GCSE Art & Design students enjoyed a rewarding afternoon at Runshaw College to work on activities in a ‘New Approaches to Drawing’ workshop on the theme of animals. Students used a wide range of media and were inspired by artists including Franz Marc, Debbie Smyth and Steam Punk to work in various ways including focussing on the negative image, working from printed resource as well as life study. The different media the students used included batique, pins with cotton, charcoal, print and drawing ink.

Mr Nisbet, who organised the student’s involvement in the day, said “This was an inspiring and useful visit. The students gained further insight into new artists and gained experience using unfamiliar techniques that they can use to develop their own ideas and portfolios of work.”

Albany Help 'Stucture' lessons for Anderton Students

Year three students from Anderton Primary visited Albany Academy this November. The technology department at Albany were helping the Year three class with their current Design Technology topic, 'Structures'.

The Year three students got to experience a high school environment and learn how a laser cutter can help to make precision shapes needed to build a solid structure. The students all had a great time and produced some amazing work.

Design Technology teacher at Albany, Mr Simpkin, said, “The pupils from Anderton Primary were very excited to learn about CAD/CAM and enjoyed seeing the laser cutter. We are looking to arrange another visit for the pupils later in the school year”

Year three teacher at Anderton Primary, Mrs Harrison, said, “All the children enjoyed the workshop which covered key aspects of learning for the Design Technology topic, 'Structures'. The children are looking forward to following up work started in the workshop back at school."

The Magnificent Seven

Albany Academy’s new intake are future stars in the making and the year group are excelling both in and out of school! Talented students are participating in sport and the arts outside of the classroom, with over 60% of the year group involved in activities outside of school. Students are taking part in a wide range of activities including, golf, swimming, cricket, horse riding, dancing, running, drumming, music, football, netball, gymnastics, karate, taekwondo and BMX.

Staff at the school have been delighted with the Year group’s commitment to extra-curricular clubs and with their commitments to their chosen activities outside of the school. Seven students in particular stood out as being on a pathway to sporting stardom and they have been dubbed the ‘magnificent seven’ by their teachers. The students, Matthew Gilston (BMX), Jake Sanderson (Cricket), Darius Tate (BMX), Ria Walsh (Gymnastics and Karate), Levi Welsh (Football), Piper Stevens (Swimming) and Matthew Flatters (Running) look destined to be successful in their chosen sport.

Matthew Gilston and Darius Tate are rising stars in the world of BMX. Both ranked highly in their age group, with Matthew currently ranked number three in the UK and five in Europe. Darius who rides for Mid Lancs BMX Club based in Coppull is a very talented rider and was crowned Northern Champion in 2013. Matthew who has won the Scottish Open three times, said, “I love my sport because it is fun and extreme. Training can be hard but it is worth it as my dream is to move to America and compete professionally in my sport. I hope one day to represent team GB at the Olympics.”

Darius said, “I love the sport I feel free when I ride and enjoy competing. I want to ride at the Olympics and I hope I can achieve this dream.”

Two females who form part of the ‘magnificent seven’, Piper Stevens and Ria Walsh are on the pathway to success within their chosen sports. Piper is a very talented swimmer who represents Wigan Best squad and has won a silver medal at the Lancashire County Championships in the 50m breaststroke. Ria is a brown belt in Karate and is at advanced gold level in Gymnastics. Piper said, “I like swimming all different strokes and love that I have made so many friends through swimming. My ambition is to perfect all four strokes and represent team GB at the Olympics 2020.”

Ria who has achieved many badges and medals in both sports, said, “I really enjoy both sports, Karate because I can express my feelings through my kicks and punches and gymnastics because it helps me to keep fit. I dream of being an Olympic gymnast and competing at the Olympics.”

Two students who are rising stars in two of the nation’s favourite sports are Levi Welsh (football) and Jake Sanderson (cricket). Levi is currently in the under 12’s squad at the Liverpool Academy, training three times a week and playing on Saturdays. Jake has had trials with Lancashire and is an all-rounder, opening the bowling and batting at number three. Levi said, “I love the sport I do it is so much fun. I have won many trophies, including two player of the tournaments awards when I was competing in competitions in Germany. My future aspirations are to be a professional footballer and I aim to be the best footballer in the world.”

Jake said, “I love playing Cricket, some people think it is boring but I see it as my speciality. I have set many records and want to keep getting better. I want to become a professional cricketer and play for England one day.”

The final member of the ‘Magnificent seven’ is Matthew Flatters, who is a member of Horwich RMI Harriers. Matthew has competed across the country in competitions and his achievement includes coming 1st in the Bolton mile and 1st in the Manchester run. Matthew who competes at distances between 800m and 15000m, said, “I love running as I get to travel around the country competing. I ran the fastest two miles in the country last year and want to continue to improve.” Matthew like many of his peers would like to compete for team GB at the Olympics and is on course to achieve this.

Shelley Birchall, Head of Year 7, had glowing praise for the Magnificent 7 saying, “It’s fantastic to see so many of the year group excelling in their sports and demonstrating the drive and commitment that is needed to do so. I hope one day to see them all on the TV representing their country.”

If you would like to know more about Albany Year 7 sporting stars please visit or to see profiles of the 'Magnificent Seven'

Darius Profile     Jake Profile    Levi Profile    

Matthew F Profile    Matthew G Profile

Piper Profile       Ria Profile