Service Academies

Service Academies provide a structured academic program supplemented with physical activity for students who may otherwise have left school without qualifications.

Each school with an academy employs an Academy Director who sets the programme and runs the activities in conjunction with the school's teaching staff and Youth Development Unit (YDU) support staff as and when required.

YDU staff typically provide leadership development and outdoors adventure based training for the Service Academies.

For more information about joining a Service Academy, please contact the relevant school directly. A list of Service Academies, as well as additional information, can be found on the Ministry of Education's Alternative Education website.


This page was last reviewed on 18 March 2016, and is current.