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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular

Consilium Opportunity For Experiences Charter

We aspire to provide the following opportunities as an entitlement during their time in one of our academies, to develop their social capital. These are Consilium’s ten opportunities:

  • A cultural event (a Shakespeare play, a classical concert/opera, visit a major art gallery).
  • A major sporting event.
  • An educational residential visit (national or international).
  • An outdoor education experience that is challenging.
  • An opportunity to play a musical instrument.
  • Providing a reference or literature book as a memento/token of their time at the academy.
  • An opportunity to spend time with students with different cultural background.
  • Supporting a charitable activity.
  • A visit to a regional university.
  • An opportunity to be involved in voluntary/community event that could be externally accredited e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Providing appropriate experiences impacts more strongly on social mobility than raw outcomes.

Buile Hill Extra Curricular Information

Extra-Curricular activity is central to our learning community. As the school’s visual arts specialism drives the school forward it plays an integral part in our extracurricular programme. The school has a long tradition of excellence in sporting activities and the arts, but all areas of the school contribute fully to our programme.

As a school, we have developed robust intervention strategies to support improving achievement at KS4, such as revision and exam skills sessions. This includes links with local colleges. We have endeavoured to put together a coordinated programme of study support across the school that enhances the learning opportunities of all students. We now have a programme of study support that provides variety and opportunity to our learners.

The school recognises the importance of Study Support and as such has promoted a coordinated approach. Study Support is led, evaluated and monitored by the Assistant Headteacher in charge of Teaching and Learning. Faculty leaders take ownership of the provision in their subjects, with every area providing opportunities for Study Support. In addition, the school has a modern Learning Resource Centre (LRC) that provides a wide range of study support opportunities. A whole-school approach, involving colleagues from across the school, has engendered a positive culture resulting in a significant increase in the range and scope of activities on offer.

Debate Mate

Debate Mate takes place after school on Wednesdays, anyone can join our club.

Watch the Debate Mate video by clicking here.


In July 2012 we were awarded Quality in Study Support Accreditation at ‘Established’ level. The award recognises the high quality of extra-curricular provision we provide in school. It is a significant achievement as we are only the second school in Salford to achieve this award.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award started at Buile Hill in September 2018. The award is led by Miss Smith, who is a qualified Summer Mountain Leader, as well as lots of other teachers who get involved with anything and everything.

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is an award scheme helping young people to achieve personal challenges through four sections: physical, skill, volunteering, and an expedition. students are required to undertake one hour a week of the physical, skill and volunteering sections. Two of these sections will be completed over three months and students choose any one of the three sections to complete over six months. The expedition involves two days of walking with an overnight camp, and they will complete a practice expedition and a real expedition. Once all of these sections are completed and signed off by the school, students will have completed the Bronze DofE award. There are two further levels to the award, Silver and Gold, which they can complete up to the age of 25 (Many colleges and universities offer the award too.)

Example of a Bronze DofE award programme:

  • Physical - football training/matches over 6 months.
  • Skill - learning to cook following basic recipes at home over 3 months.
  • Volunteering - raising money for a charity over 3 months.
  • Expedition - practice - 2 days walking and 1 night of camping. Real - 2 days walking and 1 night of camping.

There are a huge number of things you can do for each section, visit the DofE website for ideas.

Why is the Duke of Edinburgh award worthwhile?

We believe the award is a truly valuable experience. Taking part in the award means you become a more rounded person and have other skills to offer alongside your GCSE qualifications. DofE is internationally recognised and employers rate the award very highly. Here are some more of the reasons why it is worthwhile:

  • It is fun
  • It rewards the things you might be doing already - e.g. football or dance would count for the physical section.
  • You will gain new skills and it is a chance to try new things.
  • You will build confidence, problem-solving skills, and friendships.
  • You will have experiences that will stay with you for life.
  • You will make a difference to other people’s lives through the volunteering section of the award.

How does the Duke of Edinburgh award cost?

It will cost £40 to take part in DofE. This £40 covers a £20 participation fee, which the school pays to the Duke of Edinburgh organisation to register students on the award, and the other £20 will cover the costs associated with the expedition including transport, equipment, and campsite fees.

We want to emphasise that money will not be a barrier to your child taking part. If you feel the costs will be a problem, please indicate this on the application form or contact Miss Smith. We will be able to support you and your child so that they do not miss this experience.

Who can take part in the award?

Anyone in Year 10, there is no requirement to already be playing a sport or volunteering, one of the purposes of the award is to encourage students to learn new skills. You will however need to be:

  • Enthusiastic.
  • Happy to try new things and challenge yourself.
  • Willing to help others.
  • Willing to work hard and behave well in school.
  • Able to manage your time well - the award must not negatively impact your schoolwork.