An outstanding co-operative of diverse schools and partners, with a shared purpose to raise standards and to make a difference to all our learning communities.
The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) is a multi-academy trust of five children’s centres, four primary schools, three secondary schools and one teaching school, based in Four Oaks, Erdington and Coleshill. The partnership includes 4,500 children, more than 700 members of staff, and 70 governors across seven local governing bodies.
The ATLP’s seven academies and partners are quite distinctive and separate, serving different communities and phases: but all either are, or have the capacity to become, outstanding.
Each partner is committed to being a centre of excellence, where every headteacher, leadership team and local governing body has something unique to share with each other.
The Coleshill School is an 11-19 Business and Enterprise Academy of more than 800 students, including 100 students in the sixth form. The school is enjoying its best ever results, with achievement in all core subjects above national averages. It is set to expand to over 1000 students and has exceptionally high standards and a real belief in its message of ‘learning and achieving together.’
As a school at the heart of the community, the Coleshill School reflects true comprehensive values and has a rich history, dating back to 1520. The governors, leadership team and staff are committed to a core vision centred around high expectations, outstanding teaching and a culture of success for all. The ‘Coleshill Charter’ promises to provide the highest quality of education possible through outstanding learning and teaching and by working with parents and carers to ensure every student achieves their potential.
Situated in Sutton Coldfield, the Arthur Terry School is a large 11-19 National Teaching School and teacher training provider, with more than 1700 students. The Arthur Terry School is a centre of excellence: graded as outstanding by Ofsted in both the 11-16 and 16-19 phase, the school has been named Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield’s top performing mixed comprehensive school for GCSE results for three consecutive years.
The outstanding school has also been listed in the top 50 of more than 2,000 mixed community comprehensive schools in the country. The Arthur Terry School was chosen by the National College for School Leadership as one of the first 100 teaching schools to lead the training and professional development for staff to help raise standards in the locality of each teaching school. Joint headteachers, Richard Gill and Neil Warner, were both appointed National Leaders of Education in 2015 and Richard has also been elected onto the National Teaching Schools Council.
The Stockland Green School is a diverse, 11-16 school, with more than 700 students. Situated in the Birmingham suburb of Erdington, it is a rapidly improving school, as a result of establishing an ethos of ‘aspire, believe, achieve.’ The school has been placed in the top third of all schools nationally for its progress in English.
The school’s progress and excellent leadership and management at all levels have been judged by Ofsted as good, while Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of schools in England and head of Ofsted, has praised the school’s “positive ethos.” The school has been awarded the School Games Mark for its commitment to the development of competition across school and into the community.
The Sutton Locality Children’s Centres cluster comprises five children’s centres: Four Oaks, Bush Babies, Deanery, Holland House and New Hall. The centres serve just over 5,000 children under five years of age. The Sutton Locality Children’s Centres aim to provide access to a wide range of services and information for parents and families of children under five years, to ensure every child gets the best start in life.
They work closely with a wide range of partners – NHS, schools, nurseries, libraries, voluntary organisations, churches and community groups. Ofsted graded the children’s centres as good and said: “The Four Oaks Toy Library is an excellent resource and very much appreciated by parents and children. Parents report that staff are knowledgeable and give good advice regarding how to use specific toys to enhance children learning.”
Mere Green Primary School is an outstanding, family orientated and fully inclusive school. In addition to teaching just under 300 mainstream children, the school also has 20 places for children with statements for speech, language and communication from North Birmingham, who have enhanced speech provision across the school day. Mere Green was praised by Ofsted for its “outstanding teaching, pupil achievement, and strong leadership and governance” while the headteacher was commended on leading with “great skill and determination.”
In 2015 the school’s chair of governors was made a National Leader of Governance and two teachers were praised by the prime minister for their excellence in state education. Mere Green was one of only two Birmingham schools to scoop the 360 e-safety Mark. It was also runner-up in the government’s 2015 ‘Speaker’s School Council Awards’
Named one of Birmingham’s most popular schools, Brookvale Primary School is a smaller than average sized mixed primary school (4-11) with more than 200 pupils. Praised by Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for school reform, for its “high standards of phonics teaching,” Brookvale was placed in the top five per cent of schools in the country for the successful teaching of early reading in 2014 with 97 per cent of Year 1 pupils passing the phonics test screening.
It has since been placed in the top two per cent of schools for 2015 with 100 per cent of children achieving the phonics screening check. Headteacher Jonathan Smart is a Local Leader of Education and other senior leaders support the teaching school alliance through their roles as SLE. The school has received the Healthy Schools and International School awards.
Based in Erdington, Slade Primary is a small, friendly mixed primary school (3-11) with just over 330 pupils, including nursery. Slade is a welcoming school: one in which the children, parents, and staff are valued. Graded as good, the school has developed an exciting and creative curriculum for all children. Ofsted said: “Teachers have high expectations and plan lessons that are interesting and challenging so that pupils are fully engaged.”
Slade has a large, listed building, which has been refurbished and extended to enable the school to grow and become a two form entry school. The school shares the government’s commitment to developing sport in primary schools through Sport Premium funding, and has invested in various initiatives to raise sporting participation. Slade Primary was named runner up in the 2015 ‘Community Education Awards’ for ‘Outstanding Sports Provision’.
Based in Sutton Coldfield, Hill West Primary School is a two form entry primary school (4-11) with just over 420 pupils. The school was rated by Ofsted as a “good school with outstanding practice in safeguarding and the teaching of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.” The pupils at Hill West love learning and the exciting lessons that are planned for them; while “a high proportion of pupils are exceeding the nationally expected levels for their age at Year 6, with high proportions achieving the higher Level 5 and above in different subjects,” (Ofsted, Jan 2015).
The end of key stage results have seen the school ranked third out of nearly 300 primary schools in Birmingham on two separate occasions in recent years. Hill West was awarded the Governor Mark, a national accolade for quality governance; while the school’s chair of governors was appointed a National Leader of Governance. The school has received the British Council’s prestigious ‘International School Award’ and is committed to serving its community locally, nationally and internationally.
The Arthur Terry School was chosen by the National College for School Leadership (NCTL) as one of the first 100 teaching schools to lead the training and professional development for staff to help raise standards.
The Arthur Terry teaching alliance comprises 22 schools (cross phase and special) across a wide geographical area that encompasses Birmingham, South Staffordshire and Warwickshire.
Designated the lead school of an accredited school-centered initial teacher training course (SCITT) which Ofsted rated as “good” with “outstanding” features, trainees in a wide range of secondary subjects – and also primary – are trained across the teaching alliance. The teaching school also leads on School Direct recruitment, cross-phase, for all members of the alliance.
As a NCTL Lead School for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) the ATNTS delivers a range of CPD courses open to staff from other schools.
The teaching school is also involved in a number of research and development projects to develop teaching and learning across the alliance.