The school is situated on a quiet campus in Handsworth. To the front and back of the school are playing fields which are used for PE and sport. The school itself has two main blocks. All classrooms are well-equipped with data projectors and interactive white boards to support the delivery of high quality teaching and learning. We have wireless technology across the site enabling staff and students to access the network no matter where they are. In addition, we are very fortunate to have a hall which can be used flexibly to provide a space for a whole range of different events, e.g. assemblies, parents’ evenings, drama and music productions.
All faculties are suited together, which benefits communication between staff as well as providing a base for that particular area. Our facilities for Visual and Performing Arts are extensive: four drama studios, a dance studio, a music classroom with four practice rooms and a recording studio, and two large art rooms. All areas of the specialism are very well-equipped with the latest technology and resources.
We also have very good facilities to support students with special educational needs and those who have English as an additional language. One-to-one support or small group work is provided to provide personalised support for these students. Two recent Ofsted inspection reports have both judged this provision to be outstanding.
The Sixth Form is also undergoing a transformation with a brand new curriculum providing an extensive range of A Levels and level 3 BTEC courses. The numbers in the Sixth Form have now increased to 140. Each student in the Sixth Form is provided with a laptop, and all students have access to a common room and private study facilities.
During the summer of 2011, we underwent extensive improvements to our facilities. The Science department now boasts five brand new laboratories which are all well-equipped to enable teaching up to A Level. Our Learning Resource Centre has undergone a complete transformation and is now a purposeful learning environment to support all faculties across the school. In particular the centre is at the forefront of our strategy to improve standards in reading. We have also improved our dining facilities by developing an additional sales outlet and providing a covered area for diners outside.
Our site team are very proactive in keeping the school safe, clean and tidy for the students and the staff. We constantly monitor the facilities and address issues that arise promptly.