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Projects, Partnerships & Awards

Getting involved in Academy life isn’t just about going to lessons. We work with lots of organisations who provide inspiring opportunities to learn more.

Rockwood Academy is active in creating links with a range of external partners. These collaborations are to support student progress and to provide enrichment and opportunity to their lives.


The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the United Kingdom. It aims to provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that students may develop powers of leadership, using training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, and perseverance.
Students take part in activities such as flying, kayaking, first aid training, aviation studies, plus much more.


We proudly offer the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme for students in Year 9 and above.

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes-difficult path to adulthood.”

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The DofE Award is widely regarded as being the world’s leading youth achievement award. The award scheme is set up to give young people exciting and character-building opportunities as they develop into adulthood, we have therefore established a focus for our activities on young people from the age of 14.

Lawn tennis association (LTA)

The Lawn Tennis Association partnership has offered our students access to tennis within a community that traditionally does not access tennis. Through the promotion of tennis, students have broadened their experiences socially and culturally as well as becoming physically active.

We also participate in the CORE Trust-wide project, Echo Eternal:

Echo Eternal

Echo Eternal is a commemorative arts engagement programme inspired by Holocaust survivor testimony to promote respect and understanding between different communities. Through the project, students will discover more about the remarkable life of Holocaust survivor, Mady Gerard.

Find out more about Echo Eternal


COREus is a Trust-wide vocal group, bringing together students from all four CORE academies to develop their vocal skills and abilities.

Working with professional voice coaches and conductors from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University), the COREus students, from Years 8-10, are taught a range of singing skill and performance techniques, to breathe, warm up and use their body to get the best sound.

COREus is offered to students across the trust, as part of a wider creative education and music engagement programme, delivered in partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Recent projects include recording a charity Christmas single, which raised money for Shelter; a live performance on the concourse of Birmingham New Street Station to mark Holocaust Memorial Day; and taking part in “The Voice of our City” A community event celebrating the diversity and passion of young people from across Birmingham.

When asked why they were taking part, students responded:

“I like that is gives us an opportunity and responsibility and a chance to show ourselves”

Muntash, Year 8

“I’m looking forward to singing for people, telling our people why we are COREUS and spread our message”

Sophie, Year 9

For more information about the programme please contact Jemima Waltho, Director for Creative Programmes and Partnerships.

Find out more about Echo Eternal

Pearson Teaching Award

Selected from thousands of nominations, the Echo Eternal Project from CORE Education Trust was named as one of the nation’s most inspirational school partnerships, winning a Pearson National Teaching Gold Award 2020 for Impact Through Partnership for outstanding commitment to changing the lives of young people through the Trust’s work.


Rockwood Academy is a silver level, Unicef rights respecting school.

Unicef states that the award aims to “create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive”

The award uses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as its guide. The UNCRC was ratified by the United Nations in 1989, and it includes 54 articles which together set out the rights of all children (Click here).

Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.

The Convention must be understood as a whole: all rights are linked and no right is more important than another. The right to relax and play (article 31) and the right to freedom of expression (article 13) are as important as the right to be safe from violence (article 19) and the right to education (article 28).


Rockwood Academy is a Beacon School for Holocaust Education. This is a national and international undertaking run with the support of University College London Centre for Holocaust Education. If you would like more information please visit Holocaust Education.

We have also worked with Recre8 Now, Lawn Tennis Association, Titan, Round Midnight, JQ BID, plus many more!