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Breda Academy, Belfast
Read and Write is available for pupils to download for free at home and on school computers. Pupils can download the software onto any device.   FREE Read & Write Software Now Available for Breda Academy Students   All Breda Academy pupils are now registered to download and use TextHelp’s ‘Read & Write’ software at home for FREE.   Read & Write is a toolbar available for all pupils to download for FREE at home and to also use on school computers. The toolbar has a number of excellent features to guide pupils’ work, such as: dictionaries and picture dictionaries; text to speech generators; spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers; research highlighters; and a range of other useful features that can be used to form a personalised toolbar that suits your child’s learning needs. This software makes extended pieces of writing more accurate, and makes researching more efficient; this is particularly valuable for pupils studying for GCSE and A Level examinations.   Read & Write can be downloaded on to laptops, PCs and tablets, and on to Windows, Android, iPads, Macs and Chrome Book devices.   Please follow the instructions below to install this FREE software on to your devices:   Using the device you want to download the software on to, open up the webpage Click ‘Try Now’ Select your platform (Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS etc.) and click install You’ll be directed to the easiest and fastest way to install; follow the instructions The first time the programme runs, you’ll be asked to log in with your email address. Choose ‘Microsoft Account’ and key in your child’s school email address (using the ending Enter your child’s C2K password, and you should be good to go!   Once the software is downloaded, there will be automatic updates when the device is connected to the internet, so you should always have the latest version of Read and Write.   If you are having difficulties downloading the software, or have questions about how to use Read & Write, please go to There are also several YouTube tutorials about how to use the various features of Read & Write
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Admission Criteria

Transfer to post-primary education can be an anxious time for parents and carers determined to make the right choice of school for their child.

As set out in our mission statement:

Breda Academy aims to be a safe caring community of life-long learners where positive relationships, based on courtesy, commitment and co-operation enable young people to develop their skills, resilience and confidence for success in life and society.

Accordingly, the staff and leadership of Breda Academy are committed to providing every child with an outstanding education in an an environment that provides both consistent support and challenging opportunities.

Our highly professional and well qualified staff will work in close partnership with parents. We set high standards and expectations for all pupils to help ensure they go into adulthood with skills and qualifications to access the best possible career and educational opportunities.

Breda Academy offers your son or daughter opportunities to achieve, belong, learn and enjoy, not just up to GCSE, but beyond as vibrant our sixth form ensures we can provide the total post-primary experience from 11 to 18.

As a parent or carer, if you would like to speak to us or would simply appreciate a personal tour of the school, please contact the leadership team and we will do everything possible to accommodate you.

We look forward to welcoming your son or daughter into Breda Academy where their academic and pastoral progress will be our top priority.



If the school is oversubscribed the following admissions criteria will be applied:

1) Pupils with older brothers or sisters who are enrolled at Breda Academy in 2018-2019;

2) The eldest child or the only child in the family eligible to enter a non-selective school;

3) Pupils transferring from the following feeder Primary Schools to Breda Academy.


Belvoir Park

Donegall Road





Harding Memorial





Seymour Hill


Euston Street




Fane Street








Forge Integrated



4) Other applicants


In the application of the above criteria and where more pupils meet a single criterion than there are places then preference will be given to those living nearest the school.  In the event of applicants living equidistant from the school preference will be given to the oldest applicant.

Only information declared on the Transfer Form will be used when applying the afore-mentioned criteria.

Waiting List Policy and arrangements in relation to applications for admission to Y8 after the 2019/2020 academic year commences:

The above criteria will be applied, in the first instance, to those applicants who have previously been refused a place in our school during the Transfer procedure up to the first day of the autumn term 2019.  New applications for Year 8 will be added to the end of the waiting list of those children not selected during the admissions process.  Should a place become available during the school year all applicants will be considered using the above criteria providing his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) have informed the school, in writing, on or after 1st September 2019 that he/she wishes his/her child be placed on a waiting list.

The same criteria will also be applied when considering requests for admission to years 9 to 12.