Birmingham, United Kingdom
About Shenley Academy
Shenley Academy is sponsored by E-ACT, an independent academy sponsor that manages, maintains and develops academies. E-ACT sponsor 23 state funded academies across the UK, working with young people and their communities in disadvantaged areas to raise aspirations and achievement.
The Academy’s motto, ‘Inspire, Aspire, Achieve’, underpins all they do. Staff aim to inspire their students to gain confidence, grow and succeed. Shenley’s success is built upon a foundation of strong relationships, their ethos of support, ambition, engagement, inclusion and challenge, which together, guide their approach.
Located in the Weoley Castle area of southwest Birmingham, Shenley provides an attractive, calm and orderly environment, where students are encouraged to grow into polite and well-mannered individuals. The building is bright and spacious, and the huge 30 acre site provides outstanding outdoor learning facilities. A new £24m building for the Academy was completed and opened in September 2012, providing state-of-the-art facilities for students and staff.
Specialist teaching areas are equipped to a very high standard. The building comprises excellent indoor and outdoor sports areas, a theatre with tiered, and a Learning Resource Centre that is extensively used by the students for personal study.
With a £1.4m investment in ICT and staff training in the use of ICT to improve learning, Shenley is rapidly achieving its aim of becoming one of the most advanced state schools in the use of new technology.
The Academy has created an inclusive community where students feel valued, supported and engaged in their learning. In turn, staff expect high standards, and emphasise the basics: good manners, hard work, good behavior, smart uniform, good attendance and punctuality. These help create a positive attitude which in turn supports success. Students are also taken off timetable for Immersion Days and special events or visits such as those to universities, residentials, music tuition or maths challenges.