The Birley Academy
|Local authority||City of Sheffield|
|DfE URN||107146 Tables|
|Website||Birley Learning Community|
The school is split into three levels, the topmost one being the modern foreign languages block; the first floor being English, Languages, Science, Art, Food Technology and Graphics; and the ground floor containing Maths, History, ICT, Drama, Geography, PE and Religious Studies. The school contains a large learning resource centre equipped with modern technology such as interactive whiteboards and computer systems. The school also has dedicated special needs previsions, with a large pastoral care department and a separate section of the school- named the Interactive Resources Unit or The IR- dedicated to assisting children with learning difficulties access mainstream education. Birley also has a Drama Studio with fully equipped lighting and sound and large amounts of instruments and electronic musical equipment (i.e. Mac computers, synth drums) in the Music department.
Courses available at Birley are: Maths, English, Science (GNVQ, single, double & triple awards), Graphics, Media Studies, ICT, Health & Social Care (GNVQ), Art, Music, Drama, History, PE, Geography, Sociology, and Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish).
At the start of the 2009/2010 school year, the school was taken over by new head Mr. Wood. He is also the head of the primary school. By 2011, the school was run by Mrs. Woodcock. By late 2012, Birley Community College was being run by Mr. Robinson acting as the head teacher. The school is linked in a Federation of Schools with Charnock Hall Primary School, Birley Primary School and others.
In the 2010 Ofsted school inspection, the school achieved an overall 'Good'.
In the 2015 Ofsted school inspection, the school received a 'Requires Improvement'.
The construction of the new building finished in early January 2013. While most of the old building has been knocked down they are still using bits of it that are now connected to the new building- i.e., the top floor of the Modern Foreign Languages unit.
It is renamed The Birley Academy in 2017.
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