Starting Your Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Earlier this month, we spoke to our Year 10 parents about the fantastic opportunity taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presents for our students.

First launched in 1956, The DofE award offers students the chance to learn new skills, meet new people, and make a real difference in their local communities. 

Through a combination of volunteering, physical activities, and skill development, young people around the UK are able to broaden their horizons by taking part in this life-changing experience.

Best of all, each student’s DofE experience is personalised through the activities you choose to complete – meaning your DofE can be whatever you want it to be.

To find out more, including how you can register to take part, download our DofE Bronze Award Information pack below.

The Birley Academy Celebrates Partnership with The Sheffield Sixth Form

We’ve now launched a new partnership with The Sheffield Sixth Form, securing a guaranteed sixth form place for all of their students.

We are thrilled to announce that our school has formed a new partnership with The Sheffield Sixth Form, securing a guaranteed sixth form place for all of our students.

As you may already be aware, The Sheffield Sixth Form is a recently established further education hub within The Sheffield College. They pride themselves on delivering an extensive range of A Level courses along with state-of-the-art facilities, including interactive classrooms kitted out with the latest technology, a learning resource centre and sports facilities, as well as a restaurant and hair & beauty salon.

While all students at The Birley Academy will have access to a place at The Sheffield Sixth Form, acceptance onto individual A Level courses will require students to meet minimum entry requirements.

Commenting on the partnership, Principal Gina Newton said: “At Birley, we know that choosing or finding a sixth form to begin further education studies can be a daunting and stressful time. 

That is why we’re delighted to be able to partner with The Sheffield Sixth Form – a newly established part of The Sheffield College – to ensure that all of our students have a guaranteed place should they wish to take that first step toward higher education.

By providing a guaranteed place at such an amazing college, we hope that our students will feel more prepared and empowered to take on the next stage of their education.”