03 March 2016

Partnership welcomes even more students

More and more students are joining academies across the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. The ATLP is happy to announce that all of its secondary schools in Birmingham and Warwickshire are oversubscribed.

On National Offer Day (1 March) ATLP schools made offers of more than 800 combined places to students who will be joining Year 7 in September, with some providing extra places to meet a growing community demand.

Interim CEO Sally, Taylor, said:

We’re pleased that all our schools are full for this year. The quality of education provision across our family of academies is higher than ever and this is reflected in the number of children who want to join us.

 We recognise that in some areas there is an even greater demand for places. As a partnership we always look at the needs of our communities and try to meet these whenever possible to give more families access to the best opportunities.

  The picture across our partnership is incredibly positive and there are some very happy faces today  among students, parents and headteachers!”

The Arthur Terry School

The outstanding academy in Four Oaks is full for yet another year. A total of 240 places have been allocated and the school also has a waiting list. Arthur Terry is a national teaching school and recently topped the GCSE league tables in Birmingham for the fourth consecutive year.

Headteachers Richard Gill and Neil Warner said: “It’s fantastic that more and more parents want to send their children here. They’re confident that we will give young people a great start, with outstanding teaching, a great learning environment and exam results that top national averages year on year.”

The Coleshill School

With its record-breaking exam results, rapidly improving standards and dynamic headteacher, the school is, unsurprisingly, oversubscribed for the first time in almost ten years. The academy received more than 300 applications and made offers of 210 places. The Coleshill School also has a waiting list and headteacher Ian Smith-Childs said: “It’s a real sign of the confidence the local community has in the school that we are over-subscribed for the first time in eight years.

This year, the school expanded its catchment area and number of places from 180 to 210 to reflect the growing popularity of the school and to serve local communities, both in Coleshill, the surrounding area, North Solihull and further afield.

Mr Smith-Childs said: “This is fantastic news for the school and our growing community.  We’ve worked so hard over the past couple of years to improve the school even further and our last exam results were our best ever.”

Nicky Hardwick, a mother-of-two from Marston Green, is delighted that her ten-year-old daughter, Rebecca, will be joining the school in September.

She said: I’m delighted that Rebecca has a place at Coleshill School.  We have watched this school go from strength to strength over the last few years and it is now one of the most desired schools in the area.  I am excited that my daughter will be a part of a school with such a bright future.”

Stockland Green School

The popular school which was recently praised by Ofsted head, Sir Michael Wilshaw, on its rapid progress and “improved teaching, student behaviour and positive ethos,” has filled all of its 150 places and also has a waiting list.

Headteacher Marie George said: “Our school is at the heart of Stockland Green and the families in the area take great pride in sending their children here. We’re pleased that we’re able to meet the needs of our community by providing them with a place at our school and we’re are really looking forward to welcoming our new year 7s in September.”

John Willmott School

Since the ATLP was appointed as the school’s improvement partner, the secondary school is already reporting some positive improvements and this summer’s GCSE results will be record-breaking. The school is delighted to report an increase in applications for this year and has offered 195 places and is adding names to its waiting list.

Headteacher Mandy McCrohon said: “Our school has a thriving student community who enjoy being part of a closely-knit family. This year we’re able to offer our families even more opportunities as we move forward our plans to raise performance and boost standards.

 “There’s a real buzz in the community following our positive announcement that we will be working with the outstanding Arthur Terry Learning Partnership and we look forward to developing this alliance over the coming months.”


Media information: Anna Newson, Head of PR & Communications, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP). Tel: 07557 560274, email anna.newson@atlp.org.uk

Notes to Editor

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership includes the Arthur Terry, Stockland Green and Coleshill secondary schools, Brookvale, Hill West, Mere Green and Slade primary schools, the Arthur Terry Teaching School Alliance and the Sutton Locality Children’s Centres. www.atlp.org.uk