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Head Teacher's Welcome

Welcome to Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy website. Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy is a comprehensive school which caters for girls of all abilities from the age of 11 to 19. The academy is very diverse, of which we are very proud and which reflects our local community in Handsworth. Our ethos is based upon mutual respect for each other and students are supported to develop respect for themselves as individuals, for others and for the studies and activities in which they are engaged through our excellent student welfare system. Our motto of “Aspiring for Excellence” embraces the idea that all our students can achieve success in all that they do during their time here and we make every effort to ensure that each student achieves good grades in relevant qualifications.

As a comprehensive academy, our overriding aim at HWGA is to ensure that our students achieve everything that they are capable of – their ‘Personal Best’ - from Year 7 through to Sixth Form and beyond. We are very proud of our excellent reputation in the local community, and pride ourselves on the quality of education we provide to our students.

Our GCSE, AS and A Level results have shown continual improvement over the years and our last Ofsted inspection in May 2014 judged us as “Outstanding” in all categories and overall. We are celebrating another great set of A Level results this year with 38 students gaining a place at university to study a wide variety of courses.  Equally our GCSE results revealed some outstanding achievements for our students. Yet again, our Year 11s managed to achieve some very good individual student results. Our students have worked hard and we are really proud of their success.  They are fantastic young women who have a very bright future.  I know that they appreciate all the help that their amazing teachers and supportive families have given them.

Hard work is an expectation of all and we strive for continual improvements year on year by challenging our staff and students to excel. It is also important to us at HWGA that students enjoy their time here, and we have a caring and supportive school environment, as well as a diverse range of academic and enrichment opportunities available to all. This is supported by excellent careers education, information, advice and guidance to help students make informed choices for KS4, the Sixth Form and beyond.

Nicola Walters

Headteacher