The De La Salle Academy is a boys’ Academy sponsored by the De La Salle Brothers, working in partnership with co-sponsors the Archdiocese of Liverpool. De La Salle is a 4 form entry Catholic Academy catering for boys from the age of 11 to 18. The Academy is named after St John Baptist De La Salle, who is patron saint of all those who work in education. We offer an education that enables young people to reach their full potential and to enjoy the freedom a sound education can give them as full human beings committed to Christ. The standard admission number for De La Salle, as a 4 form entry school, is 120. The criteria of admission and information on the admission procedure can be found in our admissions policy. The specialisms of the Academy are English and Media, and we offer a range of subjects at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 which enhance students’ experiences in this subject area.
There has been a De La Salle school on the present site since 1954, when De La Salle Grammar School moved from its site in Breckfield Road South. The grammar school flourished until 1983, when under the re-organisation of catholic schools in the city it became De La Salle School, a comprehensive school for boys. In 2004 De La Salle successfully applied for specialist school status, and became De La Salle Humanities College, specialising in English, History and Geography. In January 2011, having gained academy status, we became The De La Salle Academy, specialising in English and Media. The school was founded by the De La Salle Brothers, many of whom were involved as teachers across the curriculum, and the order provided a number of memorable headteachers. Nowadays the Brothers retain their involvement as the main sponsors of the Academy along with the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
John Baptist De La Salle was the first son of wealthy parents living in France. He became a priest at the age of 27 and took on the responsibility of providing education for the poor, giving much of his own wealth in the process. John opened a free school for the poor, and he and his colleagues took the name Brothers of the Christian Schools, now generally known as the De La Salle Brothers . He died in 1719, but 181 years later John Baptist De La Salle was canonised as a saint. In 1950, because of his work as well as his inspirational writing, he was made the Patron Saint of all those who work in education. At present De la Salle schools can be found in a dozen other places in Britain along with some 85 different countries around the world. The emphasis placed on the welfare of the students is a distinctive feature of a La Sallian School, and we provide a comprehensive service of care for our students. In addition the school Chaplain is available to all boys and their families to provide confidential advice.
The De La Salle Academy is a specialist in English and Media. English has traditionally been a strength of the predecessor school, regularly producing a high standard of attainment from its examination candidates and high levels of engagement from students. English is an essential requirement for higher education and for many branches of employment, and we are committed to ensuring that every student optimises his grades in English. There has been much investment in Media and Film Studies, both in terms of staffing and other resources, and we intend to be known for delivering high quality education in these areas, which have strong progression routes to employment and higher education. As a boys' academy, we believe that we offer expertise in teaching boys, and we have been successful in narrowing the gap between boys' and girls' attainment at GCSE. Through the Academy's commitment to improving teaching and learning, and the teachers' commitment to professional development, we are continuing to enhance the quality of education for our students.