We are a three form entry school plus a Nursery with just over six hundred children located in Billesley in the South of Birmingham. Our pupils generally live close to the school in the Billesley area, however some children come from further away.
There are currently over 40 different ethnic groups represented in the school. The majority of pupils are either from White British or Pakistani backgrounds and about a half of pupils are learning English as an additional language.
Our building was built in the 1920s and has been kept up to date as a well maintained and calm learning environment, with much recent refurbishment making the school an even more welcoming place to learn and to visit. There are extensive grounds and outdoor facilities to enhance the outdoor and sporting opportunities available.
The school itself takes pupils from three to eleven years.
Ethos & Values
Our objective is to achieve excellence in all aspects of school life. Our strategy is to develop people - through the knowledge and commitment of our staff, through challenge and support to our children and through working in partnership with our community to see education as the essential route to success in life.
Our mission statement is to
‘Inspire our children to succeed
Create excitement for learning
This is our approach to all aspects of school life, from a wide range of inspiring learning opportunities to our excellent catering service and from the warm welcome you receive on entering the school to the highest possible standards of academic excellence.
We pride ourselves on a ‘no excuses’ culture. We believe that every child has the right to the highest possible standards in their education so that they have the skills they need to succeed in life. Equality of opportunity is at the core of our beliefs to ensure that our children are prepared for life in modern Britain as a global citizen.
We are proud to be a school that places children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education at the heart of our work which is demonstrated through our commitment to children’s active participation in a wide range of community partnerships and opportunities. We are proud of our partnerships which bring so much to our school including innovative international theatre company Stan’s Cafe, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre,leading Startwell, a highly praised Early Years health and physical development programme across Birmingham and community links with our local outstanding Early Years provision at Grendon and Billesley Family Centre and Nursery.
‘Every moment we practise the right things is a moment that builds habits of excellence’
Every year, we set ourselves challenging targets to improve and these are presented in the School Improvement Plan (see link).
This year, our targets are as follows:
Key Aim 1: To raise standards of achievement in Maths by ensuring pupils acquire a secure knowledge and depth of understanding across the maths curriculum
Ensure teachers have a deep knowledge of progression in maths
Develop the understanding and consistent use of maths vocabulary and reasoning
Promote an inspiring culture of maths
Key Aim 2: To ensure the highest quality of teaching and learning across the curriculum
Re-launch the curriculum with a focus on promoting local and global citizenship
Ensure secure progression in knowledge across the curriculum with a focus on the use of vocabulary
Further develop the Peer to Peer pedagogy programme
Key Aim 3: To promote an inspiring culture of Reading by:
Further embedding a rigorous teaching approach, including the development of greater depth and knowledge of vocabulary
Developing the role and skills of the English Team
Promoting exciting Reading experiences across the school
Key Aim 4: To promote the welfare and safety of our children through:
Further promoting physical and mental well-being
Ensuring the principles of the Rights Respecting School Award are embedded across our school provision
Further challenging ourselves to embed a culture of safeguarding in which everyone in the school community has a part to play
Key Aim 5: To further develop the role of Billesley as a National Support School by:
Implementing a new staffing structure to ensure a shared drive for improvement across the wider education system
Embedding staff development and leadership opportunities to improve retention rates
Further developing skills and knowledge across the Local Governing Body in order to hold leaders to account across the wider system
Early Years Foundation Stage
Target: To raise standards in Reading and Maths in the Early Years with a specific focus on
a. Physical Development