Upper School

Deputy Headteacher: Mr Scott Harper
Assistant Headteacher: Mr Steve Grace
Assistant Headteacher: Mr Neil Wilson

Each young person attending the Upper School will be encouraged to develop as an individual adult able to make their way in the world.

Each class takes around twelve students supported by one teacher and two teaching assistants. The Department also has access to a Home School Link Worker and Learning Mentors.

In KS3 and KS4, all students follow National Curriculum subjects but at a level appropriate for our students. We place special emphasis on English, Maths and computer skills, delivered at an appropriate level using different approaches suited to individual students’ preferred learning styles.

In addition we will:

  • Provide challenging work at an appropriate level.
  • Provide a pastoral tutor.
  • Review your child’s progress regularly.
  • Keep you informed regarding your child’s attendance and punctuality.
  • In KS4 we provide all students with accredited courses.

Most work is class based except for Science, ICT, PE and Design Technology and Cooking and Nutrition which are delivered in Specialist Areas. Science, Technology and PE are taught by specifically trained and experienced staff.

We welcome parents and carers in the celebration of students’ achievements in certificate assemblies and at parents’ evenings. Parents are welcome to contact the school at any time to discuss any issues or concerns they may have. We recommend that parents contact the form tutor in the first instance.

At the end of Year 9, a EHC Transition Review will be held which sets targets for the following two years.

Students have an entitlement to impartial careers education, guidance and counselling. This careers adviser works with the student, their families and school staff to ensure that the young people are prepared to make informed choices at the end of Year 11. Work experience plays an important part in this process. Appropriate work experience or work related activity is identified in the student’s transition plan review or Career Action Plan. Work related learning activities are then arranged by the Work Related Learning Adviser.

Read more in our handbook:

Accreditation

Courses leading to externally accredited qualifications and awards are integral to the future success and well-being of our young people. We offer a wide range of accreditation options including:

  • GCSE English, Mathematics, ICT and Art.
  • Entry Level Mathematics, English, Science and Art.
  • Ascentis ICT.
  • OCN Qualifications.
  • CIEH Food Hygiene and Health and Safety.

Extra-Curricular Acitivites

We strongly believe in the benefits of wider experience outside the classroom. This includes day visits and residential visits to places of interest.

Visits have included:

  • Malvern Hills Residential Centre.
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Black Country Museum.
  • Sea Life Centre.
  • Cosford Air Museum.
  • Canon Hill Park.

We encourage all parents/carers to encourage and support their sons/daughters to attend all visits they are offered.