The Birley Academy
|Headmistress||Mrs Gina Newton|
|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, Computer Science, 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, Computer Science, Health & Social Care (GNVQ), Art, Music, Drama, History, PE, Geography, Sociology, and Modern Foreign Languages (French 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. In 2017 Mr. Robinson left as the school became a L.E.A.D Academy, former assistant headmistress, Mrs G Newton has since replaced him. 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 the former Thornbridge School, the former Thornbridge Grammar School also known as Birley Thornbridge Grammar School. The first headmaster of Thornbridge Comprehensive School was Walter Snook.
Birley Secondary Modern School existed in the 1960s.
It was renamed The Birley Academy in 2017.
Notable former pupils
Thornbridge Grammar School
- Phil Burgan, racing driver and businessman
- Chris Monks, playwright and artistic director since 2009 of the Stephen Joseph Theatre
- George Hinchliffe, musician, founder of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
- Veronica Hardstaff from 1986-94 she taught French and German, Labour MEP from 1994-99 for Lincolnshire and Humberside South (the only MEP it had), and married to Alan Billings, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner since 2016
- Totley-Thornbridge College of Education also known as Totley Hall College of Education, which became part of Sheffield City Polytechnic in 1976
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