Grace Academy is about educating the whole person and there are many excellent examples, recognised by external visitors, that this is taking place, such as Values Days, business workshops, and community projects.
However, one of our top priorities this year is to ensure that our academic results adequately reflect the effort and commitment of staff and students, and we have already started to tackle areas in need of improvement.
Working closely with the Department for Education, we have gained substantial support from the Grace Academy Trust, which has been proactively engaging national leaders in education, and outstanding head teachers from other schools, to offer us support.
We are committed to ensuring that our students have the best possible opportunity to achieve at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and Maths, and to gain the high academic standards required by the Government.
Among the specific measures we have taken to strengthen our leadership, and the standard and quality of our teaching, are the following:
- We have employed an outstanding Maths leader at Grace Academy Solihull, as well as a number of other high quality teachers. We have also been working hard to improve the overall strength of teaching in the Academy, which has been validated by a recent HMI report.
- Grace Academy Solihull has been developing relationships with several outstanding Maths departments in Birmingham schools, as well as Birmingham City University and Warwick University, to strengthen our teaching in this subject. Teach First has recently described staff development at Grace Academy Solihull as a strength.
- We set individual targets for each child to make sure every student makes significant progress. This will involve working on a quality assurance system, with close scrutiny on individual data and the quality of teaching.
- Our staff are fully committed to ensuring every child achieves their best possible progress and results, and are working tirelessly with students in classes after school, during weekends and holidays, to achieve this.
All of these measures and many others already implemented are expected to support change and improvements.
Our Ofsted Reports can be found at the link below: