Shireland Collegiate Academy

Waterloo Road

Smethwick

West Midlands B66 4ND

 

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HRH The Duke of York opened our new Performing Arts and Sports Centre on Wednesday 24 September 2014 - see the news section for more details

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

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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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Summer School 2014 : Radio in a Week - listen to our Year 7 & Year 8 podcasts

Year 5 Gifted and Talented Radio in a Day 2014

 

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 complete.

See the result 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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Shireland Performing Arts & Sports Centre opened by The Duke of York

 

Shireland TV interview The Duke of York

Before he left, Prince Andrew was interviewed by a crew from the newly established Shireland TV.

On Wednesday 24 September the The Duke of York visited Shireland to meet our L4L students & staff. He spoke to Year 8 students about his Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), which is backed by celebrities including Will.i.am.

 

"In the 21st century the revolution is going on around us with the number of new devices we can now use that we can put in our pockets. Young people are going to have to take up the challenge. You have to maximise your potential. iDEA is about inspiring young people to make more of their lives than sitting in the classroom.

 

Employers are looking for all sorts of skills, not just GCSE or A-Level results. Take this opportunity because it may benefit not only your life but the lives of people around you and the rest of the world. Doing it conventionally is not the answer."

 

The Duke is patron of Nominet Trust which funds ventures that use digital technology. The iDEA initiative looks to help more than one million 14-25 year-olds to develop their digital skills and business ideas over the next five years.

Read the article in the Express & Star

 

More about iDEA

 

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Shireland Team Win at the Apps for Good Awards

 

Crime Time Logo

 

At the annual Apps for Good Awards held on Monday 23 June 2014 the Shireland team won the "Connected Communities" category with their "Crime Time" app design and will be working with development agencies to launch their app on to the market.

 

Congratulations to everyone involved.

 

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Induction Evening

 

We held our Induction Evening on Wednesday 2 July which over 85% of families attended.

 

Great interest was shown in the after school activities that we run, such as Year 5 Activity Days, the Family Literacy Project (using Little Bridge & RM Books to improve literacy) and iFamilies (where fanilies work together to create digital resources for use in Year 7).

Families at Induction Evening
 

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Shireland Students Win Another Award!

 

A group of Year 9 students have been working on a campaign to help promote environmentally friendly travel. Under the name Active Motion they came up with a wide range of activities which included making badges, posters and taking part in an active walk as well as a rap.

 

They presented at the Centro Student Travel Plan Company Dragons' Den Event on Wednesday 2 July. Competing against Perry Beeches The Academy (Birmingham), Barr's Hill School & Community College (Coventry) and High Arcal School (Sedgley) they used a range of different approaches to pitch to the Dragons and were rewarded by winning. The judges commented how professional and enthusiastic the students were and could see how much it meant to them.

 

They left with a trophy, mounted certificates and a box of chocolates - not forgetting the valuable experience and the opportunity to have used and to develop their key employability skills.

 

For more information go to the Centro Website

 

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Blasting the Competition

The Kollektiv with their Award

Shireland Collegiate Academy Students are celebrating yet another achievement in a national competition.

 

Hat Trick of Success

Following success in App development by the Year 9 "Crime Time" team who won in their category in the National Competition ‘Apps for Good’ and also "Active Motion", another Year 9 group in Centro’s environmentally friendly ‘Student Travel Competition’ who claimed the top place; finally, last weekend saw 12 students known as The Kollektiv travel to London for the finals of ‘Blastbeat’, an award winning, fun and exciting music and multimedia business programme which is offered to young people around the country to teach social entrepreneurial business skills, promote young musicians, and support youth communities on a local and national level.

 

Challenge

The challenge was to create their own business from scratch, generate money through fundraising, help local charities and the community in the process and create a ‘Battle of the Bands’ style concert to find the best act in the region to represent it at the London finals. The Shireland team raised over £1,000 in a year of fundraising, ticket sales, merchandising and refreshment sales on the night of the event. The students are all in Year 12 studying a mixture of Music and Business and were up against 8 other Events Social Enterprise (ESE) teams from across England.

 

Future Prospects

Kollektiv Events won 2nd place for Best ESE of the Year, making them the best ESE outside of London. They have now earned the opportunity to receive funding of up to £2,500 and an extra years’ mentorship from ‘BlastBeat’ to put on more events and grow the business after finishing in the top three.

 

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Cadbury World Visit on 2 July

 

In July the Academy will have 10 students visiting from Germany who are eager to improve their English. 10 German students from Shireland will be taking their exchange students on a trip to Cadbury World on 2 July. If the weather is nice, the students will all enjoy a picnic outside Cadbury World which should involve practising the German language.

 

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New Post 16 Centre

 

Shireland Post 16 Centre

 

Post 16 got off to a flying start this year, we have moved into our own building with specific classrooms and a study area. Our new intake is the largest we have ever had, with external students from other Schools growing again which is very encouraging. Our summer results were very similar to last year, however the grades that students were awarded have gone up with many achieving the highest grades.

 

This is going to be an exciting year with many of the Post 16 students taking full advantage of the new facilities on offer.

 

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Shireland Theatre School Launch

 

Main Stage

 

Launched on Thursday 18 September 2014, Shireland Theatre School is a partnership between the Academy and the Birmingham Hippodrome.

 

Hippodrome Plus which is the educational wing of the theatre and Shireland are offering a new school based Theatre School which will run every Thursday afternoon.  Staff from the Academy, Hippodrome Plus and professionals from the creative industries will work together to coach initially the students from Shireland and subsequently pupils from other local schools.  The workshops and performances will be based on work of the touring companies which the Birmingham Hippodrome host and will offer unprecedented opportunities for our students to work with West End professionals.

 

"This is an amazing opportunity for our students and for pupils in our local primary schools.  The chance to work with the staff from the Birmingham Hippodrome and with professionals from a number of major theatre companies is just unbelievable and we are so grateful to all involved for making this happen." Sir Mark Grundy, Executive Principal

 

Stuart Griffiths, Chief Executive Birmingham Hippodrome said:
"We are delighted to have been invited to play such an integral part in this very exciting new initiative for Shireland Collegiate. We hope to be able to open doors for these young people and share with them the amazing opportunities that this partnership can offer. Not only does Birmingham Hippodrome play host to national and international dance, musical theatre, opera and ballet stars but also has links with many highly skilled theatre practitioners and we are keen to involve many of these professionals with the Academy by offering master classes or mentoring on ongoing sessions. We also will be involving our other departments at the Hippodrome – including our technical team who will be working with students on all off-stage aspects of theatre making.

 

Hippodrome Plus is committed to offering the best theatre experience for everyone and making the arts as accessible as possible for all and we are very happy to be taking a slice of Birmingham Hippodrome’s very rich repertoire to Shireland and to work with them to create young artists of the future."

 

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Shireland goes from Strength to Strength

Staff and Students at Shireland were celebrating another great year for GCSE and A-Level results.

 

Incredible Achievements at A-Level

There were many delighted Post 16 students when they came to pick up their results. Hard work over the year had paid off resulting in the highest set of results the Academy has seen since it opened its Post 16 centre in 2007 through AS, A2 and BTEC.

Students secured places at prestigious universities up and down the country including students gaining places for Medicine and Dentistry at Birmingham University.

 

The A*-B Grades that saw a 12% increase from last year with 55% of all students achieving an A*-B grade in their chosen qualifications. Overall 96% of students gained passes at A-Level or equivalent.

 

All of our Year 13s have accepted a place in higher education institutions, apprenticeships or employment.

Students this year now look forward to being based in an amazing new Post 16 Centre that opened this week with facilities which will further support them in their studies. A new 5 classroom Post 16 block with enlarged study base is now open and Shireland has its largest ever Post 16 intake.

 

Bucking the trend

Amidst a national background of plummeting GCSE results, Shireland saw its English results rise by 3%, with 68% of students gaining at least a C grade and 64% gaining a C grade or above in Mathematics.

 

Shireland is proud of the huge difference it makes to disadvantaged students; thanks to innovative pupil premium strategies the gap between those with and without free school meals was less than 4%.

 

Other subjects also celebrated tremendous success with many gaining 100% A*-C grades.

 

Phenomenal Progress at GCSE

And whilst nationally English results fell, Shireland students made greater levels of progress in English than any other Sandwell School with over 86% of students achieving the Government’s key expected progress measure and more than a third of students making better than expected progress in both English and Mathematics.

 

These results help support the Outstanding Ofsted judgment in every category, handed to Shireland in their last inspection. Progress for students is still significantly above the national Outstanding threshold. This year the Academy hopes to continue to build on these results and see even more success for students.

 

Shireland would like to congratulate students and thank all staff and families who worked so hard to support them.

 

Also, see the Birmingham Post analysis of Shireland and other schools.

 

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Food Hygiene Rating of 5

 

The Catering Department was visited on Wednesday 5 June 2014 by one of Sandwell's Environmental Health officers for an inspection.

 

Environmental Health's job role is to enter food premises at any time to sure food safety laws and regulations are being adhere to. They use a 5 point rating, 1 being the lowest.

 

We went through a tough 120 point check which included all our health and food safety documents. They checked every inch off the kitchen including the kitchen sink.

 

Shireland Catering Department has always scored '3' ever since the school was opened many years ago. However, yesterday we broke that record and scored the highest rating possible of '5'.