For any students who have a school owned Chromebook device that is in need a repair, there will be a final drop in session on Monday 6th April between 8 and 11am. If the gates are locked, please phone the Academy on 01388 603388 to hand the Chromebook over. Please note, that this should only be from non-self isolating households as to prevent the spread of the virus. Please practice social distancing in the event that there is anyone else at the school at the time. (Updated 3/4/2020)

Aim Higher

Our Aim Higher programme inspires students in Years 9-12 to begin thinking about higher education options by giving them a taste of university life in a variety of cities across the UK.

In the last year, fifteen Year 10 students and two Sixth Formers enjoyed a two day trip to Edinburgh, where they were able to take a tour of the Edinburgh University campus and imagine the possibilities as a resident.

The group also explored the city and visited the interactive visitor attraction, Camera Obscura.

30 students from Years 8, 9, 10 visited Northumbria University overnight, touring the campuses and taking part in especially adapted lectures.

A group of Year 12 students stayed at Leeds Beckett University to learn more about different aspects of student-life, in preparation for their UCAS applications.

We took a group of Year 11 students to LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) and the surrounding area to investigate the opportunities available to them. They took part in workshops and got a glimpse of life in that industry.

These trips often help young people to develop personal ambition and to focus on their future, but they also promote self-belief and allow them to experience a little independence, often for the first time.