Q3 Academy Langley
Sandwell, United Kingdom
About Q3 Academy Langley
A Welcome Message from our Head of School
I am incredibly honoured to have been appointed the first Head of School at Q3 Academy Langley. Along with my dedicated and committed team of staff – at every level of the organisation - we ensure that all students feel safe and excited as they embark on their secondary education with us. Our tailored, focused and rigorous transitionary curriculum ensures that all students achieve their potential and feel at home at secondary school straight away. We have exceptional teachers and have grown as a team since we first embarked on our journey together, opening in September 2016. Our innovative timetable, including the bespoke Horizon, Innov8 and Cloud 9 curriculum, Family Lunch and Breakfast, Company system, Heads of Year and our weekly Enrichment offers unique opportunities for young people, in an area of socio-economic disadvantage; this sets us apart from other schools, both locally and nationally.
In May 2019, we received glowing feedback from our first Ofsted inspection. As well as highlighting our outstanding behaviour, pastoral and leadership systems, the lead inspector expressed that Q3 Academy Langley was ‘not a normal school.’ Our outward-facing approach has led us to be at the forefront of educational innovation – our focus on being ‘warm but strict’, and putting knowledge at the heart of our curriculum has led Schools Week to dub us ‘the Michaela of the Midlands’. Additionally, our attendance and persistent absence figures have been amongst the very best in the entire country – this is particularly impressive when considering the socio-economic context of the Academy (IDACI ‘Deprived’) and the broad cultural mix of our cohort. An extraordinary marker of this was, when arranging our Year 11 Mock Exams in December 2020, during a week which for all others was the first of the holiday, 100% of our Year 11 students attended every examination.
Q3 Academy Langley has always placed the progress and holistic development of children at its heart: we were only the fourth school in country to be recognised as a ‘School of Character’, and have received a range of national and regional figures providing superlatives at every turn (including a founder member of the Michaela Community School dubbing Langley as ‘the most impressive school I’ve seen’). Though circumstances beyond our control have inhibited us from publishing examination results for our first full Year 11 cohort (due to exam cancellations), conservative projections illustrate that Q3 Academy Langley would have represented the zenith for progress and attainment in Sandwell. As well as being a member of the Midlands Knowledge Hub, our forward-thinking attitude towards curriculum, teaching and leadership means that Q3 Langley will be at the forefront of education in the West Midlands for many years to come.
Our achievements are even more gratifying considering we have been working against the backdrop of construction for our full build, since opening in 2016. As of September 2021, Q3 Academy Langley reaches completion, incorporating the full gamut of specialist teaching provision; this includes two multi-use halls and a highly specified Performing Arts Theatre. The combination of our exceptional systems, coupled with our excellent facilities, fills us with confidence for the future.
With all this mind, I am extremely confident that staff, students, parents and carers who choose Q3 Academy Langley will feel they have made the right decision from the very start, and be excited to join the Q3 family on this journey together, as the Academy continues to expand its capacity in the coming years. Q3 Academy Langley was the first new school to be built in Sandwell in 10 years, welcoming its first 153 Year 7 students in September 2016. We now have close to 1100 on roll, and are ready to welcome another 300 in September 2021 (representing the third time we have expanded our Year 7 cohort to meet demand); we will eventually accommodate more than 1,500 students. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or queries - we would encourage, and be delighted, to welcome you for an informal conversation or tour of the site.
Mr Peter Lee - Head of School
The letter ‘Q’ represents the Latin word ‘Quaerere’ – meaning ‘seek after’ or ‘search for.’ We see life as a journey, during which we look to improve our knowledge, our aspirations and develop our values. The name Q3 represents three high ideals, which we mean to follow in everything we do.
· To seek for that which is good
· To seek for that which is right
· To seek for that which is true
Our ethos obviously has an important role to play – it will be crucial in helping shape an understanding of appropriate behaviour, meaningful relationships and family values; it will be the cornerstone of a commitment to care, compassion and contribution. It is our aim to encourage students to build firm foundations for their lives where respect, trust, determination, responsibility, care and creativity will be valued as drivers for educational success.