Consultation

Introducing Solihull Academy

Solihull Academy represents the vision of Head Teachers and Principals to create an enriching alternative provision free school environment that will ensure all students across the Local Authority have access to a high-quality alternative educational provision.

The new alternative provision Academy will provide a safe, well-ordered, caring and highly supportive learning environment that will deliver high-quality education to students who need a more closely-focused learning solution. The use of outstanding, inspiring teaching and clear, consistent guidance and support will play a pivotal role in helping each child fulfill their maximum potential for growth, self-worth, and self-control.

The Academy’s curriculum will provide access to a comprehensive range of accredited qualifications (including GCSEs, BTECs and industry-standard vocational qualifications), as well as educational and social experiences that will recognise and address the individual learning and emotional needs of its students. We will support every student, developing their true potential, and helping them make a valuable contribution within their community as they progress towards a positive and successful adult life.

The Building and Transport Links

The school site will be The Quadrangle, Shirley, Solihull B90 4LE.

Highways have completed extensive background investigation work to ensure that before granting the change of use for the site all issues regarding transport have been investigated.

Pupils will arrive at the school in many ways including walking, cycling, parent transportation, public transportation, mini-bus pick up by the Academy and taxi drop off. As part of the development of the site, a minibus drop-off point has been designed as part of the site and turning circles included on the site.

This is also the case in terms of deliveries. All deliveries to the site will have access on the site to be able to turn around therefore not causing congestion on the main road outside the Academy.

Mission Statement

The Underpinning Philosophy

  • High-quality teaching leads to a stimulating and enjoyable educational experience for all.
  • A broad and balanced curriculum, with an emphasis on English and Mathematics offering real choice and opportunity in an ever-changing, technological world.
  • A well-ordered and disciplined environment will help ensure students feel safe and happy.
  • An extensive enrichment programme will allow students to develop their own talents and interests.
  • Strong bonds between home, school and the community will further reinforce the school’s success.

Solihull Academy Purpose

  • To meet the needs of 13-16-year-old students who have disengaged from mainstream provision and who are high-need, but not necessarily statemented.
  • To narrow the gap of under-achievement.
  • To improve Solihull’s Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) figures.
  • To provide a positive springboard to launch students into a successful life post-16.
  • To reduce the necessity for permanent and fixed term exclusions in the Solihull area.

Admissions

Admissions will follow the DFE guidelines and access to the Free School will be via Solihull Local Authority’s Fair Access Panel.

The Admission Policy can be found on the Solihull Academy website www.solihullacademy.org

The School Proposers

Solihull Academy represents the vision of Head Teachers and Principals to create an enriching alternative provision free school environment that will ensure all students across the Local Authority have access to a high-quality alternative educational provision.

The School

Solihull Academy will open in April 2018 to its first phased cohort of thirty Year 9 pupils. Over a period of 12 months the school will grow to its full capacity of 110 pupils aged between 13-16. Pupils will have a range of needs which will encompass learning difficulties, pupils who find attending larger secondary schools difficult, those who need a more nurturing environment and those who are disengaged from education.

The Curriculum

One of the core aims of the free school is to develop a range of learning opportunities that allow early intervention, prevention and secure engagement in a more innovative way. This provision has the potential to drastically reduce The number of fixed-term and permanent exclusions within the area. By including Year 9 this will allow opportunities for early assessment of need and appropriate learning programmes and interventions that will lead to appropriate progression routes on to further education opportunities which may include mainstream education.

All students will have access to Progress 8 and study Maths, English, Science appropriate to their learning style plus access to a wide curriculum offer designed to promote individual engagement, attainment, and achievement. Opportunities will be provided in physical education for all students.

This will include GCSE and appropriate accredited vocational courses and work-based learning opportunities. Vocational training will be accessed using Further Education providers such as Solihull College where there are already established shared provision courses developed.

The Curriculum, continued

A flexible curriculum timetable will accommodate linear courses, short courses, full and/or part-time blocks (block release from mainstream to access shared provision) and work-based learning. Providing students access to the above broad curriculum will ensure that the following objectives are achieved:

  • All students have achieved at least L1 English, Mathematics and Science by the end of Year 11.
  • All students make three levels of progress in English and Mathematics from the end of KS2 to the end of KS4.
  • All students progress from Year 11 onto further education, employment or training.
  • Attendance is at minimum of 95%.
  • Permanent exclusions in the Solihull schools are significantly reduced with a challenge to eradicate permanent exclusions within the Solihull Area of Schools involved.
  • All students achieve a vocational qualification.
  • All students successfully achieve the targets set out in their learning passport.
  • All students complete a personal social development programme.
  • All students leave Solihull Academy feeling positive about themselves and are well rounded individuals who will make a positive contribution to society.

We believe the proposed curriculum will improve the level of educational achievement and employment prospects for the pupils within Solihull Academy. This school will be able to offer the smaller group teaching needed to meet the needs of individual students.

Behaviour

The Solihull Alternative Provision Academy’s Behaviour and Attendance Policies will include the following:

Promoting good behaviour, positive relationships and good attitudes to learning through consistent application of standards. Our aim is to encourage all students within the school to:

  • Learn to develop an understanding of the ways their behaviour affects other people.
  • Learn to respect the reasonable needs, wishes and feelings of others.
  • Learn to control and take responsibility for their behaviour.
  • Learn to develop a responsible, supportive and caring attitude towards other people.
  • Learn to develop a respect for property and for their environment.
  • Consider the impact that their behaviour has upon learning.
  • Understand that a partnership between home and school exists in order to promote acceptable behaviour in school.

Behaviour, continued

Within the Behaviour Policy clear guidance will be provided on the following areas:

Appropriate and Inappropriate Behaviour

To help the young people to achieve these aims, guidance will be given about which behaviours are supportive and helpful and make the school a better place to be and to outline which behaviours are not acceptable.

These will be grouped into four target areas:

  • Respect for people
  • Respect for property
  • Engaging in all curriculum tasks
  • Remaining in appropriate curriculum areas

To encourage students to develop an awareness of their own behaviour and its effects on others and to help them develop mature and thoughtful self-control, all staff will use a variety of strategies based on the following beliefs:

  • That appropriate and supportive behaviour should always be acknowledged, valued and rewarded.
  • That student’s self-esteem should be enhanced. This will include developing the social and emotional aspects of every student.
  • That inappropriate behaviour will be challenged.