The De La Salle Academy caters for boys 11–18. We currently have a suspension of the sixth form while new plans are under way and therefore educate boys up to the age of 16. Each year group has an admission number of 120, making us unique in the city and allows us to know each and every student in our care.
We offer an education that inspires and breaks down boundaries in every sense of the word – from social perspectives to individual mindsets of what can be achieved. We believe learning is more than academic subjects and we aim to develop the whole person to become active citizens and positive role models for the generations of the future.
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, which we remain today. 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 Baptiste 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 Baptiste 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.