04 April 2017

Sutton Coldfield MP praises learning partnership’s “gold standard” education


Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell has praised the excellent teaching and learning that the outstanding Arthur Terry School – and its partner academies – are providing to children in the area.

His visit to the school this month follows the success of the Department for Education’s performance league tables, which showed Arthur Terry to be the top performing comprehensive school in the town.

The academy is part of the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) a respected multi-academy trust of seven schools in Four Oaks, Erdington and Coleshill. Mr Mitchell met with CEO Richard Gill, trust board chair, Tim Sewell, and member Alan Wharton (pictured), to celebrate the partnership’s continued success.

Andrew said:

Sutton Coldfield is in a privileged position to have a choice of quality schools. The ATLP is leading the way– with three outstanding and good academies in my constituency that serve their community to the highest standard. In recent months alone, we have seen Arthur Terry gain 87 per cent “gold standard” grade A* to C GCSEs in maths and English; Hill West achieve 100 per cent in the national phonics screening; and Mere Green awarded governor mark and National Leader of Education status – while the school is currently expanding to accommodate even more families. What a fantastic series of accomplishments.”

But this formula for success is in no way exclusive, and the ATLP is committed to sharing these benefits with others. This is what real school improvement looks like. We want all of our schools to be good or outstanding, to be engines for quality education and opportunity for every child.”

During his visit, the MP discussed the ATLP’s future growth plans. Last year the partnership’s “newest” academy, the Coleshill School, achieved its best Ofsted in more than 20 years and now the multi-academy trust is planning to spread its excellence further to help even more schools improve.

ATLP CEO Richard Gill said:

It’s always a pleasure to welcome Andrew into school. He is such a fervent supporter of education in the region and continues to work with young people in the town, through a range of initiatives, such as the recent schools debating competition.

Andrew recognises that collaboration between schools has a positive impact across communities. We value his support as we look to extend our reach to as many children as possible, so that they can enjoy the very best life chances too.”