Our academy will open in the first instance this April with 30 Year 9 students drawn from across all 15 Solihull secondary schools, then up to 80 Year 9s and 10s for September 2018 and then fully in September 2019 with up to 110 students in Years 9 – 11. Solihull needs an additional, alternative solution for a number of students for whom mainstream education is simply not working (for a range of reasons), and Solihull Academy has been set up to address that need and those needs. We have recruited committed, passionate and talented staff to ensure the full range of interventions to change the outcomes of our students for the better.
Put bluntly, this is not your run-of-the-mill job in a average, mainstream school. Solihull Academy will be a game changer for pupils in the borough who really need the game to change. With a balanced mix of academic and pastoral intervention, challenge and rigour, we are creating a structured, therapeutic environment to give some of our students in the borough a chance to truly succeed. Make no mistake, though… We will work incredibly hard, but we will play hard as well, and we are creating a community that can and will change the educational futures and life chances for every student who comes to us and, thereby, change what education looks like in Solihull.
The Academy is not being built a short-stay provision to intervene and then send students back to mainstream schools. That type of intervention and respite may be a small part of our provision but, in the main, we will be a destination school, not a stopping-off point. The vast majority of our students will be registered with us as their home school and, regardless of their point and date of and academic level at entry to Solihull Academy, our job is to help our pupils gain ground, regain what may have been lost in their previous experiences of education, and take them as far as we can (and even further than they might think possible) academically, socially, emotionally and morally until they finish with us in the summer of their Year 11. The strapline is simple…Solihull Academy will be the difference for our students who have an urgent need for something different.
The main selling point of Solihull Academy, then, will be the staff. Class sizes will be small (maximum of 10-12), the curriculum will be innovative and bespoke and expanded by our partnership with SOlihull College and Arden Academy, and the building will have been extensively refurbished with a number of added benefits (courtyard garden, MUGA, mini gym, etc.), but the core of what we offer students and parents/carers will be the innovative teaching, inclusive practice, therapeutic environment, positive relationships and unrelenting passion offered by our intensely committed staff.
Any questions about our exctiting new School, please do not hesitate to get in touch.