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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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The Sixth Form


In Breda Academy we focus on the individual pupil and we provide tailored support in order that they choose the correct subject combinations which will enhance their outcomes for whatever pathway they wish to choose after Key Stage 5. We offer a wide and varied range of academic subjects and vocational qualifications. The Sixth Form curriculum aims to support and develop the commitment and self-discipline students need for successful independent study. Staff will build programmes that foster these skills in class and in homework that are essential for academic success.

To support their learning students from Year 11 to 14 are each issued with a school iPad to use in lessons and at home with a range of educational apps.

At Breda Academy we have an experienced and dedicated pastoral team in Sixth Form and our focus is to develop our students to be independent, life long learners who will demonstrate Breda Academy`s motto which is “Learners today, Leaders tomorrow”. Our Sixth Form students should show a strong commitment to every aspect of our school community and set high standards for the rest of the school by their good behaviour, their enthusiasm and effort towards their study, their leaderships skills and by their concern for their fellow students.

Sixth Form students have the opportunity to become prefects and buddies to a Junior School set of pupils. The Sixth Form also will decide on their own Student Council which will give them a voice to heard and for the school management to take on board new innovative ideas and strategies for successful and enjoyable learning experiences within the school.

The special features of Senior School include:

  • Expert tuition in all subjects at AS and A Level
  • A friendly atmosphere where a committed team of teachers and support staff working in partnership with the students
  • A tutorial programme designed to help each student achieve their full potential
  • Career guidance and advice on university applications and interviews
  • A Senior Prefect System
  • Involvement in the Student Council and The Buddy System
  • Opportunities to develop and show leadership qualities
  • An enrichment programme to broaden learning experiences
  • A wide range of extra-curricular activities
  • Extensive IT facilities
  • Excellent library facilities
  • A separate common room with kitchen attached
  • Fully equipped Fitness Suite

Academic Requirements

All students must meet the criteria set for their chosen pathway.

Some subjects may be taken without having first studied them at GCSE, others will have a specific requirement. 


  1. If a class is oversubscribed, students will be chosen on the basis of their GCSE results in that subject
  2. If a class is undersubscribed it may not be offered.
  3. The preferred combination of subjects may not always be possible due to timetable constraints.


Academic Pathway:

Criteria:          5 GCSE’s grade C or above (including English grade C or above)

This is for students who would like to study 3 or 4 AS level courses from a wide range of subjects.  Students have access to all courses both academic and vocational.  GCSE results will determine choice of subjects.

 Access Pathway:

Criteria:          4 GCSE’s grade C or above (including English grade D or above)

This is for students who would like to study:

  • OCN Level 3 Information Technology ,
  • OCN Level 3 Creative Arts and Digital Technologies
  • along with a 3rd Level 3 course

(subject specific criteria will be applied and all   choices are subject to discussion with subject teacher)

Please note criteria may be altered. 

All applications are dealt with on an individual basis.