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The Axis Academy is a special school which focuses on children with mental health difficulties, giving them a safe space to learn, where they feel secure, protected and ready to embrace their education. The school provides an education to children from reception right up to Year 11 (initially opening with Years 6,7,8 and 9).
West Bromwich Collegiate Academy is a five form entry secondary school in Sandwell. The school, which opened in 2019, has an innovative and technologically rich curriculum, supported by Microsoft. They also offer the ‘Literacy for Life’ model which gives students the same teacher in Year 7 and 8 for 13-17 hours a week, with subjects brought together and taught thematically in mixed ability classes. The school is part of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, who run several other schools in the area.
Poppyfield Primary Academy is located in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, and was opened in 2019 to serve a new housing development in the area. The one form entry primary is part of the Victoria Academies Trust, who oversee several primaries in the West Midlands. Poppyfield Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum and also works to create a sense of community through learning projects about the local area.
Streethay Primary School is a one form entry primary in Lichfield, Staffordshire that opened in 2019. The school strives to encourage children to develop an enquiring mind through a creative curriculum. The school is led by the Shaw Education Trust, who run several schools in the area. Shaw Trust, the sponsor of Shaw Education Trust, is a national employment, learning and skills charity, which works to transform the lives of young people and adults in the UK and internationally.
Tudor Grange Primary Academy Meon Vale is a two form entry primary based in Stratford-Upon-Avon that opened in 2019. The school focuses on creating a positive environment and culture of respect to secure high academic achievement. The school’s is located on the former Ministry of Defence site at Long Marston, which was occupied by the Army Engineering Corp.
Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham is run by the Star Academies Trust and was opened in 2019. The Muslim faith secondary school aims to nurture today’s young people and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. The school offers 600 places for girls aged 11-16.
North Worcester Primary Academy was set up by the Rivers CofE Multi-Academy Trust in 2019. It has two forms of entry, as well as a 26-place nursery. The school uses the curriculum model of the Northwick Manor Primary, another school in the trust.
Shireland Technology Primary in Smethwick is a two form entry primary which opened in 2019. It is part of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust and offers an innovative technology focused curriculum. This includes Flipped Learning, where teachers use an online portal to share resources with pupils before they arrive in lessons. This helps students demonstrate their understanding of topics and allows teachers to identify knowledge gaps.
Lower Farm Academy is a primary school in Nuneaton which opened in 2019. It is part of REAch2, the largest primary only academy trust in England. The school was opened to serve a new housing development in the area. Lower Farm has two forms of entry and 26 nursery places. Through working with the local community, the school hopes that its pupils will become responsible, well-rounded citizens for now and the future.
West Didsbury CE School is a primary school in West Didsbury, Manchester. The school opened in 2015 and has two forms of entry. As part of the St. James and Emmanuel Academy Trust, the school has a strong Christian ethos, with a vision tailored around belonging, believing and becoming.
The NAS Church Lawton School is a special school in Stoke-on-Trent which caters for children aged 4-19 with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC). The school, which opened in 2015, was established by the National Autistic Society and can cater for up to 64 pupils. The curriculum is delivered through timetabling and teaching approaches which are specific to the needs of autistic pupils and includes support from education psychologists, speech and language therapists and an occupational therapist.
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Deborah, Nicholas and Nuno visited Langley Hall to witness what the school does best within its Music Department and to offer their unconditional support and testimonial towards the opening of Langley Hall’s new Music Academy in January 2021.
Tes editor Ann Mroz said: “It is always a highlight of the education calendar to see the best ideas and people lauded at the Tes Schools Awards. But this year, it felt more important than ever to run an event that showcased and celebrated the hard work that teachers and school staff do for children and their local community every single day. This has been one of the most difficult years in education, but – as ever – teachers continue to rise to the challenge.
Established in Newham in 2012, LAE’s vision and core purpose is to promote social and economic mobility through education by supporting students in one of the most deprived parts of the UK to secure places on competitive degree courses at top universities. Eight years on, LAE continues to do just that!