Beyond the classroom
At Birches Head Academy we provide every child with an education which will empower them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they will need to prosper in modern society.
We understand that learning happens in many different ways, and our students are given the best possible opportunities to enjoy learning that will develop them as individuals beyond their academic study.
We place enormous value on extended learning and provide a rich and varied range of opportunities through both academic study and enrichment activities.
Our staff believe passionately that learning outside the classroom is a crucial means of fostering talent, skills and abilities, and it gives students a sense of achievement. Activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, dramatic productions and residential experiences help students to become well-rounded members of the community by building their resilience and confidence. We encourage participation in sport for all; our main sports are football, cricket, netball and rounders. Music, drama, art and photography are central to our curriculum and to the extra-curricular life of the school, with performances taking place on site and across the community.
This year’s summer school Bushcraft experience was again a big hit with our partner primary pupils. The tribe spent 3 days deep in the woods around Cholmondeley Castle, learning a range of survival skills while having fun with friends old and new.
The usual home comforts were soon forgotten as the children built their own shelters to sleep in, cooked their own lunch and took part in lots of exciting and challenging activities.
Charlie, the Camp Leader, was full of praise for the whole tribe and how enthusiastic they were to get involved with all aspects of camp life.
Please click on this link for the current programme of extra curricular activities
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of young people the opportunity to be the very best they can be. It is challenging and rewarding as well as looking great on your CV.
At Birches Head Academy we currently offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to students in year 10. Students have to complete four sections in order to qualify for the award, these are; Volunteering, Learning a skill, Completing regular physical activity and undertaking at least two overnight hiking expeditions (usually in the peak district). On completion, apart from feeling a great sense of accomplishment, students receive an internationally renowned certification award.
Term 1a (2016) Youth Mania included the following activities:
- Science experiments & demonstrations
- Making a phone stand in Design & Technology
- Sports activities & games
- Meeting the animals from Zoo2U
Youth Mania term 1b (2016) starts again on Thursday 10 November. Please contact Mr Smith for further details.
Year 8 students residential on Anglesey at the Conway Centre
Year 8 students will be attending a weeks residential on Anglesey at the Conway Centre where they will be taking part in a range of activities from arts and crafts, team building and problem solving, orienteering, beach day in Newborough including a barbeque. They will also work with a theatre company to produce their own plays.
The aim of the week is to develop a team ethos in year 8, develop new relationships and build memories for the years to come. Mr Jackson, Mr Mountford, Mr Ashman, Mr Karim, Mrs Brammer, Mrs Ball, Mrs Adlington and Mrs Williams will join the students for this fun packed residential.