10 November 2015

Outstanding Sutton Schools Recognised in MP Visit

 An outstanding primary and secondary school in Sutton Coldfield have been praised by MP Andrew Mitchell for their excellent standards in education.

Andrew Mitchell MP visited neighbouring schools Arthur Terry School and Mere Green on Friday 27 February to meet with staff and students. Both schools are part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership – a multi-academy trust of seven schools, one teaching school and five children’s centres in the Sutton area.

The outstanding Arthur Terry School was named Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield’s top performing mixed comprehensive school for GCSE results in last month’s league tables – for the third consecutive year. The outstanding school has also been listed in the top 50 of more than 2,000 mixed community comprehensive schools in the country.

Mere Green Primary has also been rated as outstanding, following a positive visit by Ofsted in January. The school was given a glowing report by government inspectors and praised for its outstanding teaching, pupil achievement, and strong leadership and governance.

Mr Mitchell met with students from both schools and praised the schools and the ATLP for the high levels of success.

Neil Warner, joint headteacher of the Arthur Terry School, said: “It’s the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s mission to provide outstanding education from 0-19 and beyond. Education is about improving life chances and by working closely together as part of the ATLP we are able to give our students the best opportunities at every part of their journey through education.

Fellow joint headteacher, Richard Gill, said: “We’re pleased to welcome long-time supporter Andrew Mitchell back to our schools and are delighted that he shares our philosophy that outstanding education can be achieved for every child.”

Congratulations to both Arthur Terry and Mere Green schools on their continued success. This is a commendable achievement for staff and students alike. The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership is a shining example of how schools can work together to ensure excellence in teaching and learning at all stages. Such collaborations provide many clear community benefits – at the heart of which is a shared belief that every child can achieve.

Andrew Mitchell