There was glowing praise all round from families and friends of Stockland Green School, which celebrated its most successful open evening just over a week ago. Jack Dromey MP led the plaudits by describing his visit to the academy as a “delight”, championing the “highly motivated, sparkling” students and “excellent teachers.”
More than 200 visitors attended the event on 13th September, following Stockland Green’s best ever GCSE results this summer and its “Good” Ofsted rating earlier in the year. VIP Jack Dromey demonstrated his support for the school by attending the open evening where he met families, current and prospective students and staff.
The evening was a showcase of all Stockland Green has to offer. Visitors were able to tour the academy, which boasts state-of-the art facilities view demonstrations, listen to talks and meet with staff and students to discover more about school life.
Stockland Green, a founding school in the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP), is going from strength to strength. The popularity of the oversubscribed academy – which has a waiting list of 250 students – was reflected in the ‘standing room only’ for headteacher Marie George’s welcome speech.
Marie George told the prospective students:
Stockland Green is a small school and the atmosphere is very warm. Every child is cared for and well nurtured. I’m proud of Stockland Green and the journey we’ve been on. The parental questionnaire shows we do a great job and year 11 students have proved this with their GCSE results. We asked parents such questions as: ‘what is important to me? Is my child happy? Is my child safe? Is my child taught well? There was a high percentage of agreement to all these statements.”
Speaking at the close of the event, Mr Dromey, Labour MP for Erdington, said:
It was a truly fabulous evening at a fabulous school. What a delight to see highly-motivated, sparkling pupils and their proud parents with their excellent teachers. Thank you, Headteacher Marie George for your welcome and everything you do. Well done, Stockland Green. The community is proud of you – above all, your family!”
Marie George said:
It was an honour that Jack could join us on this memorable evening – to share in our success and to meet our learning community. We were so pleased by the number of families who came to see all that the school has to offer – feedback has been incredibly positive.
This school is at the heart of our community. Our students are happy and cared for. They love learning and they achieve in a creative and inclusive family environment. Our staff are inspirational and being part of the ATLP has helped us to come so far.
Our success, however, is not measured by our academic improvements, as encouraging as these are – it is determined by the number of smiling faces we see day in day out, and by the pride we all take in our school. This is reflected in the rising number of children who want to be a part of that and it’s our job to open those doors to the future.”
Richard Gill, CEO of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP), said:
Stockland is a real success story shows what can be achieved. Thank you to Jack for the continued support you give the school. This year’s results are truly brilliant and behind the headlines are some amazing stories. The school is truly improving the life chances of so many within the community.”