Tudor Grange Academy
Solihull, United Kingdom
About Tudor Grange Academy
Tudor Grange Academy is an outstanding 11 – 18 comprehensive school situated in South Solihull with a roll of 1541. The school was inspected by Ofsted in June 2014 who judged it to be outstanding overall and for each of the four main areas the school was categorised as outstanding. Tudor Grange is committed to delivering a high quality educational experience for all its students; it is also committed to sharing its experience and expertise with other educational institutions to raise attainment for all students. To this end we are a National Support School. We have also been awarded World Class School status.
From September 2011 Tudor Grange has been designated as a National Teaching School. This is a tremendously exciting development and has placed the academy at the heart of the school improvement agenda and we are a key player in the educational change agenda that Teaching School presents. This offers our staff the chance to flourish, develop and facilitate over courses for other professionals.
Tudor Grange Academy in Solihull has always been a beacon of excellence. Its focus on continuous improvement and belief that high quality teaching and learning is at the core of great schools has ensured that it has maintained its outstanding provision year on year.
Having secured outstanding provision for the students in their care, the Governors of Tudor Grange School, as it was, developed an ambition: every child deserves an outstanding education, not just the children within their school. They supported staff within Tudor Grange to engage fully in a wide range of national and international partnerships focussed on improving provision in schools. The Academies programme then provided an opportunity for them to sponsor a school in challenging circumstances, taking full responsibility for the quality of this provision and therefore potentially enabling them to realise their ambition.
In September 2009 Tudor Grange School, Solihull sponsored Tudor Grange Academy Worcester. The school is now oversubscribed and the school of choice within its local community. The success of the sponsorship of the Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester and the recognition of what school to school collaboration in a long lasting and hard relationship could achieve, gave rise to the vision for Tudor Grange Academies Trust: a group working together in a model of meaningful, focused collaboration to achieve excellence in their schools.
The Trust, as at September 2017, is a Trust of seven schools: four secondary, one all through academy and two primary academies. Restlessness characterises all our academies: we are not afraid to challenge complacency and weaknesses identified are seen as opportunities to improve, the energy and drive for the ceaseless journey comes from our key ambition: ‘Every child deserves an outstanding education.’
This movement as a Trust offers a huge opportunity for up to date training, cross curricular working, bespoke professional development pathways and allows all staff to be at the cutting edge of national and international educational movement. All staff are encouraged to better themselves and we collectively celebrate success in a vibrant and healthy working community.
2017 EXAM RESULTS
A Level Results 2017
% A*-B = 58.8%
A* – E = 98.8%
% 3 or more A* – E = 94.1%
GCSE Results 2017
Progress 8 = +0.5
Attainment 8 = 58.9
English and Maths Grade 4 or above = 90%
English and Maths Grade 5 or above = 76%
Ebacc (grade 4+ EngMa) = 58%
Ebacc (grade 5+ EngMa) = 55%
LEADERSHIP TEAM AND GOVERNORS
Mr D Turner
Mr D Butler
Mrs C Smith
Senior Leadership Team
Mrs M Bradshaw
Mr C Lee
Mr T Pole
Mr C Walker
Mr A Wright
Chair of Governors
Mr R Edwards
The mission of Tudor Grange Academy is to prepare young people to play an active part in a technologically mature society by providing them with exceptionally high level skills, qualifications and attitudes that will benefit themselves and the wider community in an internationally competitive world.
Tudor Grange Academy Solihull was opened in 1956 as a grammar school for boys. It occupies a site on the west side of Solihull in an extensive area of parkland. Over the years our facilities have been extended and improved to offer our students the very best environment in which to grow and thrive.
The Academy is made up of 2 main buildings with additional specialist buildings for Sport, Music, Geography, Teacher Training and Technology.
- Ten Science Laboratories
- Specialist building for Design & Technology, Art and Business
- Specialist building for Music with rehearsal rooms
- Six ICT suites with state-of-the-art multimedia PCs on a Windows platform
- Whole school network of over 300 PCs
- Media Studies suite with Mac PCs
- Student Services block with first aid and meeting rooms
- Large Sports Centre with Sports Hall and Changing Rooms
- Extensive sports fields surrounding the site
- Two cafeteria style dining areas with additional Food Bar in playground
- Two large playgrounds with table tennis tables
- 6th Form Centre with 4 classrooms, study areas and lecture style seating for 50
- 6th Form only Café with study area
- 6th Form Quiet Study Area
At Tudor Grange we operate a two week timetable with 25 one hour lessons in each week.
The philosophy of Tudor Grange is that each student is entitled to a curriculum that prepares him or her for life’s opportunities, responsibilities and experiences. Statutory requirements of the national curriculum are supplemented by the Academy’s broader curricular provision.
At key stage three, students follow a common curriculum. In years 9, 10 and 11 students are offered greater choice, enabling a more personalised curriculum that meets the needs of each individual learner.
Key Stage Three
All students in their first two years at the Academy study the core curriculum which includes English, mathematics, science, physical education, ICT, PSD and religious studies. Their curriculum is enriched by studies in humanities, visual arts, music, design and technology, modern foreign languages and food. All students participate in an enrichment programme.
During year 8, full consultation takes place between staff, students and parents to support curriculum choices at key stage four.
Key Stage Four
The key stage four curriculum is designed to give students every opportunity to achieve their full potential and to maximise the choices available at post-16.
All students in years 9, 10 and 11 study English language, English literature, mathematics, science, religious studies and physical education. PSD is taught across the curriculum.
There is a considerable amount of curriculum choice available and students can choose to study from a range of GCSEs.
Key Stage Five
The curriculum at 6th Form is designed to prepare students for both university and the world of work. Each 6th Form student has their own specific goal and ambition and we ensure that each student has a personalised curriculum that meets their individual requirements. Students choose from a diverse range of qualifications so that they are able to participate in challenging and enjoyable courses.
We provide a variety of opportunities within the Academy, and are proud that our students have been able to succeed as peer mentors, sports coaches, volunteer care workers and much, much more.
Students are looked after in one of six Colleges; Brunel, Darwin, Edison, Morse, Newton and da Vinci. Each college has a College Leader, a Student Achievement Support Manager (SASM) and a College Administrator. In addition, we have a staff Year Champion for each year group.
When a student starts at Tudor Grange they are placed in one of 66 ‘vertical’ tutor groups. Each tutor group has students from years 7-11 and is looked after by a tutor. Their tutor will monitor all aspects of the student’s school life and is the first port of call for parents contacting the Academy.
Our newly refurbished Student Services offers a range of facilities for our young people including a first aid room with a dedicated first aider available all day every day.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
As an Academy we feel strongly that the development of motor and interpersonal skills is enhanced by the opportunities and experiences students have outside of the classroom. Hence, we provide a diverse breadth of activities that are part of a weekly timetable for students to opt into. These activities run before, during or after school and are delivered by willing and specialist staff who want to relay their knowledge and passion.
The list below shows just a small selection of the programme on offer:
- Various Choirs
- Various Orchestras
- Sports Teams including Football, Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Cricket, Basketball, Handball and Trampolining for both boys and girls
- Art and Photography
- STEM Club
- Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
- Chess Club
- Cooking Club
All students study music, drama and art at KS3. At KS4 students can choose from a wide range of options including Art, Photography, Technology, Drama and Music.
There are also opportunities to attend drama, dance, art and music clubs outside of the classroom.
We organise several musical concerts and art exhibitions throughout the year. At Christmas 2016 our drama teacher wrote and directed our first ever pantomime pulling together all the creative arts departments and providing many opportunities for our students to take part. This was successfully repeated in December 2017.
Previous productions have included Annie, Grease and Oliver.
I like the 'yes culture' that exists within the school, which means that those with the passion and drive to introduce new ideas, from departmental level to whole school, are given the confidence to move forward.- Tom, Teacher of History
Tudor Grange is a progressive, dynamic and exciting place to work. The leadership team, staff and the students are always seeking excellence and consistently striving to improve approaches in teaching and learning. There are always opportunities to develop, learn and grow as a practitioner.- Emily, Teacher of English
Tudor Grange is a school where staff are professional and hardworking, setting themselves high standards which in turn rub off on our students- Ed, Teacher of Mathematics