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Pupil Premium Awards 2015

Shireland won the Regional Award and received £100,000 to spend on our Pupil Premium students.

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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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"Teachers make excellent use of technology to motivate students and to encourage them to be active and inquisitive in class." - 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 '13

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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


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

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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Year 7’s Charity Challenge

Mr Cusworth-Yafai decided to run for Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the Great Birmingham 10k run, to teach his students a valuable lesson.

The Head of Year 7 signed up to take part on Sunday 3 May in order to challenge not only himself, but also his students. Linking the 10k to the curriculum, he set his students the task of running, jogging or walking 2k each day in the week leading up to the race.
The aim is to encourage the pupils to think about helping others, as well as raising money for the hospital. As Mr Cusworth-Yafai explains: “Throughout this academic year we have endeavoured to promote an ethos of helping others and have encouraged all of our students to consider their place in the community. Birmingham Children’s Hospital is an institution. It treats one in five children who live in Birmingham every year and therefore is likely to touch everybody in our local area at some point in their lives. I wanted the students to think about this and the ways in which they could help the hospital. Therefore, after signing up, I thought it would be a great idea to include my Year 7 students in my challenge. Our final goal was to raise enough money for a ‘Glideaway’ bed, to make sure mums and dads can stay with their child in hospital throughout the night.”

The charity challenge was a huge success. Thanks to the hard work of the students and the generosity of staff and families they smashed their target of £645 raising a staggering £915.75. Mr Cusworth-Yafai is now planning to run the Birmingham Half-Marathon in October.


Brace yourselves Year 8, who knows what your challenge will be.


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Shireland Team Win at the Apps for Good Awards


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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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Pupil Premium Awards 2015

On Wednesday 25 March the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards ceremony was held in London.


Of the 27 schools in the Key Stage 4 category Shireland gained a National Finalist Award and a prize of £100,000. This will be used to provide additional resources for our Year 7 and Post 16 students.


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Pupil Premium Award


On the 25th March Shireland Collegiate Academy was invited down to London to the National Pupil Premium Awards at Drapers Hall in London by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.


Shireland was nominated as one of the best schools in the country for their work using Pupil Premium funds to make a difference to disadvantaged students.


Sir John Dumsford, the country’s Pupil Premium Champion visited the Academy taking special note of the Academy's integrated KS3 curriculum, outstanding safeguarding practice and the large number of opportunities and activities the Academy provides.

Last year the Academy closed the gap between its disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students to only three percent though the use of this funding, one of the biggest changes in the country.


Shireland has been named as the leading school in the West Midlands and awarded a prize of £100,000, joint second in the country. This national recognition is a fantastic endorsement of the work of all the staff and students in the Academy, proving that regardless of background the Academy truly gives all students an equal start in life. The award was presented by Nick Clegg and the Schools Minister, David Laws.


The Academy will use this funding to further improve the work we are doing with disadvantaged students.

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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.



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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Shireland Festival of Learning


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.

"Infamous Arts" Workshop "Beatfreaks" Performance

"Infamous Arts" - Workshop

"Beatfreaks" Performance

Pop-Up Circus Maths & Science Domes

Circus Tent

Mathematics & Science Domes

Performance - "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Minecraft Workshop

"A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Minecraft Workshop



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Shireland Team in Apps for Good Finals Again


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Four of our Year 9 students have been shortlisted as finalists in the Apps for Good competition.


"Our idea, Penny-a-Mile, has been selected as a finalist in the Apps for Good Awards. Our App idea allows users to make their daily exercise count by encouraging friends and family to sponsor and donate to a charity of the users choice for each mile walked, from as little as a Penny-a-Mile.


We are shortlisted in the Spending, Saving and Giving category and we're really hopeful of winning. However, if we don't, we still have a chance of having our app developed."


For details of the Shireland team visit



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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'.