Birches Head Academy
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
About Birches Head Academy
Our aim at Birches Head is to ensure that all our students aspire to be more, both for themselves and our community. They will develop the skills required to lead successful working lives, and a passion for learning that will remain with them beyond their formal education, alongside values that will enable them to become responsible, positive members and leaders of society through a deep-rooted belief that they can achieve excellence in everything they do.
We believe strongly in the power of high expectations. We understand that each student has their own potential, which we are determined to help fulfil through academic study and wider enrichment. All students will take part in exciting learning, both inside and outside the classroom, so they can make rapid and sustained progress.
Students at Birches Head Academy benefit from modern learning spaces designed to help them succeed. Classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to enable all students to meet the demands of the curriculum. The purpose-built science block ensures that the study of theory is complemented by live demonstrations and experiments, while our outdoor sports facilities give students the chance to take part in a wealth of different activities. The student experience is further enriched by opportunities to take on various roles and responsibilities which allow our young people to build confidence and develop their leadership skills. Examples range from the prefect system and Head Boy/Girl roles, to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and peer-mentoring schemes.The curriculum at Birches Head prepares students for the challenges ahead. We strive to provide excellent teaching and expect the highest standards of behaviour at all times. Students are encouraged to become independent learners through a positive culture where hard work, motivation and resilience are valued and rewarded. We encourage students to reflect on their learning, and to overcome barriers by developing their problem-solving skills and ability to work with others. Our students are encouraged to question, discuss and review their learning through a variety of teaching styles to suit their different interests and ways of learning.
Our students are set aspirational targets, which challenge them to maximise their potential. Rigorous and regular monitoring of students’ progress assists in meeting these challenges and keeps parents engaged in the all-important combination of home and school support.
“Leaders’ analysis of students’ achievements is forensic and used very well to identify which aspects need to improve as well as celebrating where improvements have been made.” James McNellie, HMI
We provide every child with an education which will empower them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they will need to prosper in modern society. We understand that learning happens in many different ways, and our students are given the best possible opportunities to enjoy learning that will develop them as individuals beyond their academic study.
We place enormous value on extended learning and provide a rich and varied range of opportunities through both academic study and enrichment activities. Our staff believe passionately that learning outside the classroom is a crucial means of fostering talent, skills and abilities, and it gives students a sense of achievement. Activities such as Young Engineer of the Year, dramatic productions and residential experiences help students to become well-rounded members of the community by building their resilience and confidence. We have excellent links with local companies and the community such as Emma Bridgewater, KMF Engineering and Patera Engineering where our students gain a valuable insight into the industrial world.