Birches Head Academy

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Year 9 have enjoyed an introduction assembly today to the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mr Burndred, who led the assembly, was keen to stress that gaining the award proves to employers how resilient they can be and how they can work independently. All Year 9 pupils have one timetabled lesson per fortnight and they have already started to consider what extra-curricular opportunities there are in school to count towards their volunteering, physical and skills sections. One lesson was also taught outside where students had the chance to have a go at pitching their own tent. It’s safe to say some were more successful than others but that shows just why the experience, and the chance to do it in the great outdoors, is such a valuable one for many of our pupils. A letter will be coming home soon to invite parents to an information evening about the D of E and how they can support their child through the Award including the expeditions that are planned to start in May of next year.

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Thursday 2nd April

Birches Head Academy will be joining the new national scheme for issuing free school meal e-gift cards whilst we are closed. For those who qualify, we will contact you and send your e-gift card by e-mail or we may ask you to collect from school as part of your daily exercise. This will commence next week as we see it as vital that we continue to support you over the Easter break. Vouchers will continue each week to the value of £15 per child.

We wish you a happy Easter.


The main office is closed from Friday 3rd April at 3pm until Monday 20th April at 8am. During the Easter period, we will be regularly monitoring emails but there will be a delay in dealing with any requests.

If you are having difficulty with the Free School Meal voucher code, we will forward your query and it will be dealt with as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience whilst we navigate this new system.

In accordance with Government guidance, the Academy will be open to the children of Key Workers only over the Easter period. Spaces allocated by request.

Thank you for your continued support in these challenging times.