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University of Birmingham School

The University of Birmingham School is a new school opening in September 2015. It has a comprehensive and co-educational intake in Year 7, with a Sixth Form open to those meeting the published academic selection criteria.
The School is characterised by:
- An overarching framework of Character Education which will build students’ confidence, resilience and personal qualities so that they are able to become self-organised and motivated learners able to make the most of their curriculum opportunities, and;
- A traditional academic subject-based curriculum which will use a carefully formulated blend of content and process to help students attain the highest possible outcomes.
This approach is shaped by our belief that maximising a student’s potential is not just about giving them knowledge, but about shaping the whole person, including their personal capabilities and character through enrichment activities, a thoughtful and engaged system of pastoral care, and a community including older students, teachers, trainee teachers, and mentors and coaches drawn from the University’s own students and staff.
This focus on Character Education and the development of personal qualities or virtues will ensure the School fulfils the requirements of its funding agreement to promote 'British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs'.
The School will have a diverse and geographically dispersed student body, reaching across both deprived and more affluent regions of Birmingham. Considerable attention has been given to how to recruit students who will benefit from this environment, how to support students through transitions (especially the transition from primary school), how to bring these students together into a single learning community and how to ensure each student reaches their maximum potential and goes on to succeed in their chosen pathway through life.
The School will also be a University Training School, which means it will have a higher than normal teacher to student ratio when one includes the presence of trainee teachers. Following the model of teaching hospitals, the presence of trainee teachers working closely alongside experienced, highly qualified and outstanding practitioners will increase further the resources to support students.
The presence of school based trainees who will bring enthusiasm, innovation, and a stimulus for continual improvement is a key aspect of our status as a secondary University Training School.

Weoley Park Road
Selly Oak
West Midlands
B29 6QU

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