The Coleshill School
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
About The Coleshill School
ABOUT THE COLESHILL SCHOOL
Coleshill is a school graded ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted. Please read the full report on our website to see the full range of strengths across our ‘united learning community’.
Coleshill School is an 11-19 Business and Enterprise Academy of over 1200 students, including almost 200 students in the Sixth Form, which has grown rapidly in recent years. It is set in its own extensive playing fields, situated on the outskirts of Coleshill, a small market town on the northern boundary of Warwickshire. A good road network provides easy accessibility from all parts of the West Midlands. The school has increased in size by over 350 students in the last few years and will continue to grow to approximately 1300 by 2020, to meet local need.
The Coleshill School is a member of the successful Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, a multi academy trust with an excellent track record for school improvement. The partnership consists of seven schools; three secondary and 5 primaries, as well as four children centres. All schools will be judged at least ‘Good’ within the next two years, with two already judged to be outstanding. There are a number of schools due to join the partnership in the coming year. In applying to Coleshill you also benefit from the wealth of amazing opportunities and professional development on offer across our partnership.
This is an exciting time to join our school where we are shaping a new future, with our best GCSE results ever in 2018, increasing student numbers and the development of outstanding provision in the years ahead . In 2018 49% of students achieved a Grade 5 in English and mathematics, with 66% achieving a Grade 4. Science results are excellent, with over half of all students achieving a Grade 5 in two good sciences. Results in a wide range of subjects are above national average. An increasing number of students achieved top grades, with a number of Grade 9s.
Our motto of “Learning and Achieving Together” builds on the school’s rich history dating back to 1520 and the fact that the school is at the centre of a supportive local community. The school is committed to working with a range of partners, including our partner primary schools, as we work in creative and innovative ways to ensure our school remains a safe, happy and successful place to be.
Ensuring consistently excellent learning and teaching is at the core of all we do. Our teachers benefit from outstanding professional development, with joint planning and action based research combined with bespoke pathways to develop their practice. This approach has transformed teaching across the school and enables students to receive precision teaching and interventions matched to their individual learning needs.
The Sixth Form is becoming increasingly popular, as we strive to make it a centre of excellence. Our Sixth Form is big enough to provide the full range of A Level courses and some BTECS, but small enough to enable bespoke provision for our students. There is an emphasis on personalised learning plans to ensure that each sixth former has teaching that is matched to their needs. Sixth form students benefit from expert guidance and support from our experienced team of tutors and an exceptionally experienced Head of Sixth Form. Of course, they also have dedicated accommodation and facilities to support their achievement and transition to employment, further education or university. The majority of students apply to university and all who applied were successful in gaining their first choice place.
Sixth formers can also study the Level 3 Sport Diploma and receive exceptional football coaching and development, through joining The Deon Burton Football Academy. DBFA is a highly successful football academy, with team competing at a high standard in the National Professional Youth League.
The Coleshill School provides excellent support for all of its students organised in vertical tutor groups. We provide pastoral support and guidance through form tutors, pastoral leaders, a highly experienced SENDco and a growing Inclusion Team. We moved to a vertical tutor system in January 2012 and this has been most successful. This system has enabled the ‘family’ atmosphere of the school to be further developed and provide opportunities for students of all ages to mix and learn from each other in a structured, positive environment. It is also a vehicle to ensure one-to-one learning conversations for all our students, enabling them to achieve their potential. House competitions in sports, the arts and a number of other areas have developed teamwork and friendly competition.
Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Duke of Edinburgh, sports, choir, drama, dance, skiing trips, and residential visits, in Britain and abroad. In the last two years visits have been made to France, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Some of our Key Stage Four students follow Sports Leaders Award in PE and there are many other opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills. Sixth Form students benefit from a range of leadership opportunities. There is a very active Student Voice group. Our KS3 students are all working towards graduating through the Children’s University by attending sixty hours of extracurricular activities which range include our STEM club, participation in our school production, a host of sporting activities and a design club.
In excess of one hundred and fifty staff work on site. There is a comprehensive programme of CPD, personalised for all staff.
The staff and governors are committed and enthusiastic; there is a real determination from us all to continue our rapid progress as we aim to provide excellent provision for all its students and develop them as an effective ‘Coleshill Learner’ so that they are ready to be the very best they can be.