26 January 2017

Sutton MP joins “rapidly improving” school to celebrate student awards and best ever results


The “rapidly improving” John Willmott School has been celebrating the success of both students and the school – with some welcome support from Sutton Coldfield MP, Andrew Mitchell.

John Willmott, which is working with its school improvement partner, the respected Arthur terry learning Partnership (ATLP), hosted its annual student awards ceremony this month. More than 120 talented young people stepped up to receive prizes in a number of areas, including academic achievement, music, and service to the community.

Andrew Mitchell MP and Councillor Margaret Waddington (Sutton Trinity) joined headteacher Tracey Peters and chair of governors, Dr. Anthony Cox, to congratulate students on their success, which included excellent GCSE results and a large number of Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Many former students took time out from university and returned to the school to receive subject prizes and certificates for their outstanding A-Level results last year – which were the school’s highest results yet.

Headteacher Tracey Peters, who was appointed to John Willmott by the ATLP in September, said: “It was an honour to present our fantastic students with these awards. We were delighted that so many families could join us and share in our pride in recognising and celebrating the hard work and achievements of these young people.

“This was such a big night for our students and there were so many worthy recipients. Each year we present a number of special prizes in memory of former students. Continuing John Willmott’s strong tradition in music and theatre, we presented the Philip Bates Award for Musical Theatre to talented student Sadie Horton and Matthew Calvin received the Valerie Allen Shield for being the Instrumentalist of the Year. We know that Councillor Waddington – whose own children trod the boards at this school – is equally proud of our rich musical legacy and the generations of students who thrive in this creative and nurturing environment.”

We would like to thank all our special guests for joining us for the prestigious occasion – they were incredibly impressed by the ethos and behaviour at the school.”

Andrew Mitchell said:

It was a pleasure to attend this major awards ceremony at John Willmott. The efforts being made by the new headteacher Tracey Peters and the whole team at John Willmott clearly indicate that 2017 should be a very encouraging turning point in the history of this important local school.”

“Effective action” Birmingham Education Partnership praises John Willmott’s rapid progress

John Willmott School is also celebrating its third positive visit from Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP), an organisation of serving headteachers tasked by Birmingham City Council to oversee school improvement across the city.

Following her visit, Tracy Ruddle, BEP’s director of continuous school improvement, said:

“John Willmott School is making significant and rapid improvement. It is taking effective action to ensure that it becomes a ‘good’ school. There has been an increase in staff aspiration and expectations.”

Tracy has also praised the school’s results, both at GCSE – where it has recorded its best results for three years – and A-Level, where it has achieved its highest grades ever. A record 100 per cent of students went on to training, employment or higher education, with 74 per cent of sixth formers gaining a place at university.

Tracy Ruddle said: “Clearly, the results in 2016 have been a significant boost to the school.” She added: “Sixth form provision is very well led and managed. The leader is exceptionally knowledgeable and provides excellent pastoral care.”

Mrs Peters said: “We are once again encouraged by BEP’s findings and that they can see the rapid progress we are making in all areas, including our sixth form. We have high aspirations at John Willmott. Our students enjoy successful careers and attend redbrick universities – this year, we have a number of year 12 and 13s who are aiming to study Medicine.

With the continued support of the ATLP, we can give our students even better learning opportunities. We share the belief that every child can achieve great things if they have access to quality education.”