Shireland Collegiate Academy

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West Midlands B66 4ND


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"Ofsted joy for Shireland Collegiate Academy in hat-trick of top marks" - Express & Star

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"This is an exceptional academy, which has maintained and built upon the very high standards seen at the last inspection." - Ofsted 2013

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"In Chemistry you find out about how substances react together and you get to do some exciting organic chemistry practicals."

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"Students interviewed during the Final Verification were confident and articulate saying that communication with staff was excellent and ‘the best thing about school’." - LPPA 2012

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"Teaching is outstanding. This is underpinned by innovative use of information and computer technology (ICT)." - Ofsted 2013

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Students "are keen, lively, questioning and enthusiastic learners who greatly enjoy and appreciate all the academy has to offer." - Ofsted 2013

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"The range of subjects and courses available to students is innovative and imaginative and is extremely carefully planned to meet their precise needs and interests." - Ofsted 2013

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"The proportion of students making and exceeding the expected three levels of progress in both English and mathematics is very high when compared with the national average." - Ofsted 2013

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"The sixth form is outstanding and displays similar high qualities to the rest of the academy." - Ofsted 2013

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"Students from the wide range of cultures and heritages within the academy work and socialise together in total harmony. They know that discrimination of any kind is not tolerated." - Ofsted 2013

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"Staff are highly ambitious for students and fervent in their aim to get the best from each one, academically and personally." - Ofsted 2013

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"The behaviour of students in lessons and around the academy is impeccable." - Ofsted 2013

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An "Outstanding" School

Welcome to Shireland Collegiate Academy. Having opened as an Academy in 2007, we are extremely proud of the progress everyone has made since then. Our commitment to raising the standards for our students whilst also serving our families and wider community will always be our main focus. There has been education on our campus for over a hundred years and this blend of tradition with innovation is what makes Shireland Collegiate Academy significantly different.


Working together as learners, educators and families is one of the keys to educational success and to making a difference for all of our children.


Sir Mark Grundy

Executive Principal

Ofsted Outstanding


The construction of our new Performing Arts & Sports Centre is now under way.

Follow the weekly progress HERE

Collegiate Academy Trust

The Collegiate Academy Trust was established in September 2007 and runs Shireland Collegiate Academy, Waterloo Road, Smethwick. It has an Executive Principal who is the Principal of Shireland.

There is a Board with 15 Trustees, which makes all the strategic decisions about the work of the Academy.

Shireland Post 16 Centre

Post 16 provides valuable continuity of learning and is structured to equip students with the qualifications and personal qualities needed to face the challenges of higher education and an ever changing job market.

Courses and Qualifications

There is a wide choice of courses available for students who have successfully completed their GCSEs, from traditional academic exam-based subjects to applied courses and vocationally oriented OCR Nationals and BTECs.

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Outstanding November Exam Results


Many of our Year 11 students received GCSE results from the November sitting of Mathematics and English examinations. Our students have performed magnificently with 93% of students achieving a Grade C or better in English and 95% of students achieved a Grade C or better in Mathematics.


This gives our students a great platform to build on in preparation for Summer examinations. We are very proud of their achievements and would like to congratulate them and the staff who worked with them on the outcomes they have achieved.


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Year 8 Visit to the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool


On Thursday 30 January 2014 ninety Year 8 students and six members of staff boarded three coaches at 7am in order to make the two and a half hour journey to Liverpool Docks. We were headed for a day at the International Slavery Museum as part of our current theme 'Freedom'.


The students had already gained some insight into the Transatlantic Slavery Trade through work done in lessons but this was their opportunity to see artefacts from a slave's journey and read real-life accounts of their experiences.

All the students took part in a handling session which allowed them the opportunity to touch and see objects up close such as discipline collars, leg shackles, needle work slaves used as communication and clothes worn by the slaves whilst on the plantation.


Student comments

'I liked the model of the plantation which had buttons to press which explained the different areas within the plantation.'


'I enjoyed presenting the rest of the group about the objects from a slave's life.'


'I enjoyed the video presentation about life on a slave ship which brought to life the horrific conditions during the Middle Passage.'


'We should go back again!'

Merseyside Maritime Museum


Anklets and Chains


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Co-opted Governor Wanted


Shireland Collegiate Academy would like to invite members of the community who are interested in joining our Governing Body to contact us as we currently have a vacancy for a Co-opted Governor.


Here at Shireland we have built an “Outstanding” school and we are extremely proud of the progress everyone has made since we opened as an Academy in 2007.


As a Governor you will play an important role in raising school standards and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

If you are interested in this post could you please contact Mrs Cook on 0121 565 8809.


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Manchester United Trip


Students had a magnificent opportunity to experience match day at the home of Manchester United. In an eagerly anticipated second leg of the Carling cup Manchester United were beaten on penalties by Sunderland to the disappointment of many Manchester United fans from Shireland Collegiate Academy.


It was a great opportunity for students to experience a professional football match at a world class venue. It was also great to see the excitement on the faces of the students before, during and after the match.


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"You Have to Do Things Differently to Make Progress"

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"Meeting the learning needs of a diverse cohort of learners is an opportunity to try out new ideas and leverage classroom technology differently."


The SMART EDCompass blog has an article on Professional Development highlighting the experiences of Shireland teachers.


3 Shireland teachers will also be sharing their knowledge at the BETT Show.


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Shireland Joins NACE


NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) is the only dedicated, not for profit organisation in the UK, specialising in supporting teachers to provide excellent teaching and learning for able, gifted and talented pupils.


NACE specialises in working with schools and teachers to improve learning for able learners.


Founded in 1983, NACE is recognised nationally and internationally as the UK’s leading independent education organisation in the field of education for able learners.


Through its valuable network of members NACE provides high quality guidance, support and training, enabling teachers to attain the best from able learners in the everyday classroom, whilst enabling all learners to flourish and achieve.


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½ million pound technology project launches with a bang!


A technology project led by Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick was launched on Tuesday 4 March 2014 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens with 24 Primary schools across the Black Country. The event marked the start of a half a million pound research project funded by the Education Endowment Foundation into the impact of Flipped Learning in Mathematics in Years 5 and 6.


Flipping the way teachers teach and the way students learn.

Flipped Learning prepares pupils before a lesson using the internet at home and is shown to be more effective than traditional homework. Tasks are set by the teacher before a lesson, allowing a teacher to look at what the pupil has done at home, and then in class carefully target each child at the right level that they need.


Unique and Exciting Opportunity

Matthew Van Poortvliet, from the Education Endowment Foundation, explained why they chose to fund the project. “The foundation are interested in testing the impact of digital technology to improve pupils’ learning. Shireland is acknowledged as a leading school in its use of technology and its Flipped Learning project is an exciting opportunity to test a promising approach more widely.” The project will run over two years with twelve schools in Year 1 and twelve in Year 2. Peter Rudd, from the University of York, will lead the independent evaluation of the project


“The Institute for Effective Education team are delighted to have been appointed to be the evaluators of the Shireland Flipped Learning project,” Peter said. “The evaluation provides a unique and exciting opportunity for researchers to work closely with practitioners to rigorously establish 'what works' in Mathematics teaching and learning for the benefit of future groups of children”.


Andrew Morrish, Head teacher of Victoria Park Academy in Sandwell, shared his enthusiasm for being involved in such a project. "At Victoria Park we are always looking at ways of maximising the effect we have with our learners and adopting a Flipped Learning approach looks like it could make a significant difference to the quality of the learning beyond the classroom."


The schools now look forward to receiving laptops for the pupils involved, training for the teachers and access to online resources. If successful, the project could inform policy and be rolled out with even more schools involved.


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Record Achievement Reflected in League Tables


Staff at Shireland are celebrating record achievements for their students at GCSE and A Level following the publication of league tables by the Department for Education in January. The league tables show that for the fourth consecutive year staff and students have continued to raise levels of achievement within the Academy.


The data that has been released also shows that students at Shireland, which was graded as Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in March 2013, make more progress in English and Mathematics than in most other schools in the country. Shireland’s figures of 80% for English and 79% for Mathematics are almost 10% higher than the national averages in these subjects.


These trends of improvement are being mirrored by Shireland’s Post 16 provision. With 220 students in Post 16 this year expected to rise to 250 next academic year Shireland’s Post 16, also rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in March 2013, continues to go from strength to strength. Last year all students who applied for University places from Shireland gained a place at their chosen University. Shireland have also had a student attend Cambridge University for interview to read Medicine.


Sir Mark Grundy commented that "I am very proud of all that students and staff achieved in 2013 and the Academy continues to go from strength to strength. With our new build due to be completed during the summer and more record examination results in January we look forward to seeing what our current Year 11 and 13 students can produce in the summer examinations."


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Fundraising for The British Heart Foundation

Post 16 students


The Academy took part in the following fundraising activities:

non uniform day

face painting

coffee afternoon for staff

football tournament

made cakes for students and sold them to students


nail painting

guess the teacher


Post 16 students also sold badges and a total of £1,477 was raised.