Significant curriculum innovations have played a large part in the Academy’s success. The Academy offers an integrated, competency assessed (without levels structure), thematic curriculum at KS3 and a weekly extended period of time (focus days) to students in KS4 and KS5. This has provided increased enriched activities to students as well as a platform for excellent controlled assessment delivery.
The Academy is a Teaching School (one of only three in deprived areas) and was the National Pupil Premium winner for the West Midlands in 2015. The Academy is also running large scale research project with the Education Endowment Fund and 24 local primary schools, and has written 6 technology enabled educational toolkits for the Examination Board, OCR.
In the last few years the quality of classroom delivery has changed dramatically through the use of a Flipped Learning approach, where work at home comes before a lesson and student online responses result in more targeted support and work in class.
Teaching has been judged as Outstanding in the last two Ofsted inspections and more than two thirds of the teachers in the Academy are currently judged as Outstanding.
Flipped Learning through the use of Class Sites on the Learning Gateway
has been an essential part of this journey.