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									                               MISSION AND AIMS
The Smith's Wood Sports College mission is RAISE:

           Raising Achievement in Smith's Wood Education

What sort of College will Smith's Wood be by September 2009?
-   pupils and staff will have moved into the new College buildings, which is built for the
    future and helping to transform our childrens' education.

-    It will have 1,150 pupils and an intake that is more broadly comprehensive. The first
     group of Smith’s Wood pupils will be staying on for post-16 courses.

-    The curriculum will be statutory and enriching. Each pupil will be given the
     opportunity to flourish and develop their full potential. Support for learning and
     special needs will continue to be applauded for its high quality. Personalised
     learning will be the norm.

-    There will continue to be a sharp focus on the vocational pathway. The College will
     be a Centre of Excellence for Vocational Education, with the 14-19 Curriculum as its

-    Pupils will be fully engaged with the idea that education is a life-long process; and
     with post-16 opportunities, many will continue their education at Smith’s Wood.

-    Examination success will flourish and reflect the whole range of abilities. The
     College will take great pride in the success of all its pupils, but its higher quality
     GCSE results will reflect the improving academic nature of the College, allied to the
     greater expectations from the whole Smith's Wood community.

-    Smith's Wood Sports College will be renowned for its artistic prowess and athletic
     success. It will have the highest quality facilities that are available to all the people of
     Smith's Wood and Kingshurst. As a Sports College and Centre of Excellence for PE
     and Sport, it will be a beacon for sporting prowess.

-    There will be dynamic partnerships with the local community:
     * Primary schools and the College will be as one in providing a seamless education
       for all our children;
     * Parents in Smith's Wood and Kingshurst will see the College as the natural
       secondary choice for their children;
     * Local agencies, such as Connexions and Birmingham & Solihull Learning and
       Skills Council, and service providers such as Solihull College, Sutton Coldfield
       College, Birmingham University, the City of Birmingham University and Warwick
       University, will be welcomed in partnership and their expertise sought;
     * There will be the best possible use of the new facilities by the local community, as
       the newly built College becomes the heart of community life;
     * Governors will be fully immersed in the life of the College;
     * The local business community will be engaged in mutually supportive
       collaboration; and
     * The partnership between Smith's Wood Sports College and the local authority will
       continue to flourish.

     All pupils will leave the College as Active Citizens: ready to take their place in the
     wider world. Aspiring to make a good future for themselves; forming their own
     plans with confidence; prepared to make sound judgements about the world of their
Smith's Wood Sports College is a mixed comprehensive for 11-16 year olds. In September
2008 it will have 1030 pupils and 64 full-time equivalent teachers. The Local Authority is Solihull
Metropolitan Borough Council.

Our aims are to:                                            Our core values are:
ensure everyone will work together to make a                Caring for each individual.
real and lasting difference to all individuals;             Working together.
meeting their needs and respecting their                    Getting the best out of people.
contributions, within an exciting yet safe                  Taking pleasure in learning.
environment.                                                Being happy and feeling wanted.

The well being of any child is the most important factor in College life. We actively engage in
providing all the support necessary to make sure that our young people have a safe, clean and
friendly College environment in which they can reach their potential.

Parents are key partners in the pastoral system; they are fully informed and involved in all
our work. Every pupil has a PUPIL ORGANISER that also allows for the clear flow of information
between pupils, staff and parents. Please make sure your tutee uses the Organiser and shares its
contents with you on a regular basis.

Smith‘s Wood staff rightly pride themselves on the way they support children in their care.
However, we are constantly looking to improve the Quality of Care we give our pupils. To
achieve this aim our pupils are grouped in four Houses, looked after by a Head of House and an
Assistant Head of House. Each house has a team of teaching assistants attached to it,
dedicated to meeting the needs of pupils in that house.

Each house also has a Learning Mentor attached, dedicated to working with targeted students
so they realise their potential by developing like skills and removing barriers to learning. Each
house has an Assistant Principal attached to it. There are ten tutor groups in each House and
they are all mixed-age. This means that each house group has about 5 pupils from each of
Years 7 to 11.

This arrangement has major benefits for the children:
 There is a greater sense of belonging and many more opportunities to create a „family
   atmosphere‟; also brothers and sisters are in the same House to make contact easier for
   parents and carers.

 This sense of belonging is enhanced through the organisation of team events, sport
  events and other competitions like Public Speaking, General Knowledge; and for academic
  success, such as `Champion House‟.

 There is much more flexibility in grouping pupils, both in tutor groups and teaching groups,
  so that problems are sorted out more easily.

 There are many more opportunities for all pupils to take responsibility. Year 7 pupils
  „befriend‟ pupils in Year 6 so that the transition to the College is much easier; older pupils
  mentor younger ones in their group; they help with the Reading Programme; they become
  College Prefects.
 The awards and rewards system is being regularly developed. There are more
  opportunities for praise and reward to be the main way of managing the behaviour of our
  children. This has come through the greater use of Quality House Marks and awards,
  attendance certificates and regular awards ceremonies, as well as initiatives within the
  College and its curriculum areas.

 Preparing for life after College and active citizenship has become the responsibility of
  everyone and not just Personal and Social Development teachers and house tutors in Year

                  Please note, pupils are not taight in mixed-age groups

Mixed tutor groups have also enhanced the Colleges strong stance against bullying. By caring
for pupils in smaller units and developing the culture of responsibility within the House group,
Smith‘s Wood has become an even safer place for your children. All of the evidence from schools
and Colleges who have introduced this system indicates that bullying has decreased. Also, most
bullying incidents dealt with at the College involve children of the same age.

We use an electronic registration system called BROMCOM. This allows us to track pupil
attendance throughout the day. It also allows us to work closely with Education Welfare Officers
to monitor the attendance of every pupil. Every child should target for an attendance of (at
least) 95%.

If your child is absent from the College for any reason it is your responsibility to contact us and
let us know why. By advising us when you know your child is absent you can help reduce the
200 calls we have to make on a daily basis. There is a dedicated telephone line enabling you to
report absences directly to us or leave a message if the line is busy.

Absence call is a system we use to call you on the first day of any absence. You will be
contacted by a member of staff to ask why your son or daughter is absent. You must let us know
a valid reason for your child‘s absence so that we can authorise it; and give an estimated date for
their return. If your child has unauthorised absences they will be vigorously pursued by the
College and, when necessary, by the Education Welfare Service.

The College‘s Education Welfare Officer is June McCutcheon. The Education Welfare Service
can offer parents help and advice on a number of issues, but they are primarily concerned with
attendance. The Education Welfare team is based at Keeper‘s Lodge and can be contacted on
0121 788 1505.


The college has an on site Pupil Welfare Advisor who deals with any major or serious injuries,
accidents or emergencies that occur only during a college day. There are also trained first
aiders around the College.

                        Pupil Welfare Advisor is Mrs Phillipa Fritter.

The on-site Child and Family Support Workers have the responsibility to deliver pastoral support
and guidance to students and their families, in College and at home.

An open door policy is in operation, developing a ‗Whole Family and Home‘ approach to support
and building a trusting relationship for all involved.
They provide support using counselling skills, and offer guidance in accessing and receiving
additional support from outside agencies and organisations.

Peer Mentoring or the “Buddy Project” starts in the Summer Term with the training of Year 7
pupils. These pupils then undertake 7 sessions with selected pupils from Primary partner schools.
The sessions are designed to support the transition to Smith‘s Wood in September. The project
has been running for the last five years and has been both beneficial and enjoyable for all.

The learning of pupils with special educational needs is supported by the SENCo, the two
assistant SENCo and 26 Teaching Assistants. The teaching assistants are employed by the
College specifically to help with any difficulties pupils may find with their classwork. The extra
help will usually take place in the classroom, although sometimes a child may have to be
withdrawn from the class to work on a particular problem or area for improvement.

Some pupils, in Year 7, will take part in the Corrective Reading programme designed to help
children who enter the College with a low reading age.

In addition, some younger pupils will have the opportunity to develop their reading skills and
confidence by working on a 1:1 basis with a teaching assistant or reading supporter every break.

Our Learning Support Policy is based on the principles of `SUPPORTING‟:

                        Support caseloads for senior staff
                        Underlying causes being tackled
                        Pro-action replacing reaction
                        Parents being informed and involved
                        Older pupils taking responsibility
                        Rewards replacing sanctions
                        Targets being set, performance monitored and objectives reached
                        Information sharing becoming systematic
                        Needs being assessed and met
                        Group work to raise awareness and self-esteem

The fact that an Assistant Principal is leading the Learning Support team indicates the
importance placed on supporting children with special needs, and the College‟s
determination to give all children the highest quality of support possible.

                     Sally Bowen (Assistant Principal) is the Inclusion Manager

Smith's Wood Sports College has a Behaviour Management policy that clearly sets out our
determination to create (and keep) a positive atmosphere in College, so that effective teaching
and learning can take place. We promote good behaviour and high standards of work by:
•     making sure that expectations and standards are known.
•     praising and rewarding good work and behaviour.
•     applying punishment fairly and consistently.
•     informing parents at all stages.
•     making procedures clear to pupils, parents and staff.

We believe that to Reward, Recognise and give Responsibility to pupils is both necessary and
vital. They are often far more influential than punishment and certainly apply to far more pupils
than disciplinary procedures.

There are, however, instances when discipline is necessary and the Behaviour Management
policy outlines a full list sanctions ranging from a short rebuke, detention, internal exclusion
(isolation), external exclusion to expulsion.
        A full copy of the Behaviour Management policy is available at the College


Smith‘s Wood Sports College does not accept any form of bullying. Our policy states:

    1    anyone who is bullied or who has knowledge of bullying should report it.

    2    it should be reported to any teacher with whom the pupils feel comfortable.

    3    all reports of bullying will be investigated and dealt with.

    4    parents of both bully and bullied will be informed.

    5    exclusion from College for serious incidents is a distinct possibility.

    6    assurances from all parties will be sought regarding future behaviour.

    7    victims will be seen regularly to monitor the situation.

We must ensure that all forms of verbal and physical anti-social behaviour are seen as negative
to the progress of the College. We always take every incident of bullying very seriously. In the
first instance any incident should be reported to a pupil‘s Head of House and it will always be

An increasing amount of distress is caused to pupils, and staff time in College being used up,
addressing electronic bullying that takes place in the evening via websites such as MSN. There
is nothing that the College can do to prevent this. Parents can stop this immediately, by
preventing their child from using such sites and we recommend this as a course of action.

We use a system where pupils earn Q (Quality) House Marks for good work and taking
responsibility. These are recorded on BROMCOM by staff and awards and certificates are given
when totals of `Qs‘ are reached. They also form part of a competition for `Champion House‟
status between the five Houses.

Each department in College operates a reward system for that subject.                Postcards,
commendations and certificates are used. Each pupil whose attendance is over 95% for a term
receives a bronze certificate. If their attendance is 100% they get a silver certificate. If it is
100% for the whole year they receive a gold certificate. There are frequent other smaller
rewards and a termly „Prize and Rewards draw‘ – both for good attendance and Q marks.

A Graduation Ceremony says ‗Farewell‘ to our Year 11 pupils in May. This is followed by a Year
11 Promenade. Every summer we have an Awards Evening where prizes are given to our
Achievers in Years 7, 8 and 9 &Year 10 pupils enjoy a day out to a theme park as their award.

    Angela Miller (Vice Principal) is responsible for all aspects of Guidance & Pastoral Care

Towards the end of September each year we have an Open Evening and Open Day when you
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can come into the College without an appointment. This year the dates are 24 and 25
September respectively. If you live within our catchment area you will be offered a place here for
your child in early March. If you live outside the catchment area you should still be able to get a
place here unless the College is full. We have been oversubscribed in Year 7 for every year
since 1999.
If you are thinking of sending your son or daughter to Smith's Wood Sports College you can make
an appointment with Mrs. Jane Bagley (the Principal‟s Personal Assistant) on 770 6811 to
tour the College.

There are 5 periods of 1 hour in the College day and a 20 minute Guidance session during which
assemblies take place

In the morning we expect pupils to get to College between 8.30am and 8.40am. If they arrive
after 8.40am they are late. All „lates‟ will be added up and they will receive a „Late Detention‟
at 3.00pm. If they are late more than 10 sessions in a half-term, they will receive a 1 hour
detention after the end of the College day.

The organisation of the day is:
     08.30am             Staff briefing
     08.40am             Period 1 begins and registration for morning College takes place
                         Registration closes and all late pupils will receive a detention
                         equivalent to the number of minutes they are late
     09.40am             Period 2
     10.40am             Guidance and Assemblies
     11.00am             Break
     11.15am             Period 3
     12.15pm             Period 4
     01.15pm             Lunch: no pupil will leave the site without a pass and only by
                          the top gate
     01.55pm             Period 5 begins and registration for afternoon College takes
     03.00pm             College ends (College Detention begins at 3.05 and ends at 4.05)
     03.20pm             „Period 6‟ begins for extra classes and a wide range of activities

There are a few occasions when the College closes early to allow for Open Evening and
report evenings. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the College

DATES OF TERMS (Year 2008/2009)

                                  Autumn Term 2008
                                  2 September to 24 October; and
                                  3 November to19 December

                                  Spring Term 2009
                                  5 January to 13 February; and
                                  23 February to 3 April

                                  Summer Term 2009
                                  20 April to 22 May; and
                                  1 June to 21 July

                                  NB May Day is Monday,
                                  May 4th 2009

This year there are 5 staff training days when the College is closed to pupils. In 2008-9 they are:
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2 September 2008, 24 October 2008, 5 January 2009, 20 July 2009 and 21 July 2009.


Pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 are to remain on site


Pupils can do one of three things:
   1. stay on the College site and have a bought lunch;
   2. stay on site and have a packed lunch; or
   3. go home to lunch.
There are no other alternatives. They should not be on Arran Way or Kingshurst Parade.

We have a cashless cafeteria system for College dinners and snacks. Individual accounts can
be re-charged by either cash or cheque on a daily or weekly basis. Cheques should be made
payable to Solihull M .B.C. The child uses their index finger which is placed on a special
electronic pad to top up their account with cash and also to pay for their food.

Pupils receiving free meals will have their account credited automatically on a daily basis. Their
daily allowance of £1.85 per day will be lost if they do not spend it daily. Please encourage your
child to use the money which they are entitled to; it saves you money and means they can have a
meal at lunchtime. Children who bring sandwiches must eat them in the theatre.

The dinnertime Code of Behaviour must be followed by every pupil who stays on the College

No pupils will be allowed off College site without a written request on a formal request from
parents. This request must state the address where your child will be having dinner.
If you want your child to go home at dinnertime, you must take responsibility for their
If you want to change the arrangements for your child(ren)‟s dinners you must let the
Principal know in writing.

Community Wardens are currently patrolling the area at all times of the day monitoring any
person who drops litter on the floor. They are issuing fines of £50 to any person doing this. As
parents it is important that if you currently allow your child to leave site that they understand that
they (and you) will be liable if seen by the wardens and fined.


We are a uniform College and pupils must wear full College uniform at all times

Most of the items can be bought at any clothing shop and are not expensive. They should be
easy to keep clean and in good repair. The College tie can be bought at the College office.
    Plain black blazer and College badge (no fitted jackets)
    Plain black skirt of a reasonable length, just above or just below the knee
    Plain white cotton or poplin blouse. Please ensure this is long enough and does not allow
        any expanse of a pupils stomach to show. This must be tucked into the waistband of the
        skirt or trousers.
    College tie (in House colours). This must be tied with the College logo showing beneath
        the knot and the knot must touch the shirt collar.
    Plain black or white socks, or plain black or skin-coloured tights
     Black shoes (not trainers). High heeled and `trendy' shoes are not safe footwear in College
        and will not be allowed for Health and Safety reasons.
     Black, straight-legged, loose-fitting trousers. Tight trousers or ski pants are not allowed.

GIRLS Physical Education
     Scarlet polo shirt with College logo
     Scarlet sweatshirt or tracksuit top with College logo
     Black shorts or black tracksuit bottoms
     Scarlet games socks or College sports socks (black with red top)
     Black swimming costume (white cap)
     Towel
     Trainers
     Football Boots
     Shin Pads
Please Note: There are individual shower cubicles in the girls‟ changing rooms.

   Plain black blazer and College blazer badge
   Plain black trousers
   Plain white cotton shirt. This must be tucked into the waistband of the trousers.
   College tie (in House colours). This must be tied with the College logo showing beneath
      the knot and the knot must touch the shirt collar.
   Dark coloured socks
   Black shoes (not trainers)

BOYS Physical Education
   Scarlet polo shirt with College logo
   Scarlet sweatshirt or Mansuri tracksuit top with College logo
   Black shorts or black tracksuit bottoms
   Scarlet soccer socks or College sports socks from Mansuri (black with red top)
   Black swimming shorts
   Towel
   Shin Pads
   Football Boots
   Trainers

Pupils will be expected to bring suitable clothes for their PE lessons: freshly laundered kit
is available for those who don‟t bring the appropriate PE kit.

Pupils will be expected to bring suitable clothes for their PE lessons: fresh laundered kit is
available for those who don‟t bring the appropriate PE kit.

Additional equipment for all pupils includes: a College bag, pencil case, pens (2), pencils
(2), sharpener, rubber and ruler

Denim jackets or coats are not allowed, nor are unusual or „trendy‟ haircuts. Short hair is
welcomed but must be no shorter than a Grade 2 cut.

Health and safety has to be our main priority. There has been a substantial increase in body
jewellery, especially earrings. Injury to pupils, both accidental and deliberate, can happen. Also,
items of considerable sentimental and financial value have been lost or damaged, which causes
distress to the owner and hours of staff time resolving issues.
For these reasons, only one stud earring (in each ear) and a watch will be allowed in
College. The stud must be a small, plain, metal stud, not a jewel type earring. No facial
piercings are permitted. No rings, earrings or other items of jewellery will be allowed

Mobile phones are not permitted in College and whenever they are seen by staff the students will
be challenged. Should a phone become an issue in anyway it will be confiscated. The procedure
is to take the phone off the pupil and ask them to collect it at the end of the day.

AND MOBILE TELEPHONES. They are not allowed in College and are wholly the
responsibility of pupils and parents. If lost or stolen we will not take responsibility for the
theft or compensate for their loss.


We aim to involve the community completely in the life of the College: whether it is through
contact with parents; partnership with local Primary schools; developing links with the local
business and commercial community; or greater use of the College by the local community for
education or recreational purposes.

Active partnerships have been forged with partner Primary schools, including common
development plans being drawn up and joint staff training days being arranged.


 Common Day
 One day courses run by Solihull College and the 6 Form College, Solihull,
 this allows selected pupils to gain more diverse qualifications at level 1 and 2 than is available
 within the normal curriculum. These courses and qualifications include Animal Care, Motor
 Vehicle Studies and Hair & Beauty.

Connexions is a service for young people aged 13-19 years, offering information advice and
guidance on a range of issues including careers, social, emotional, economic, health and
education. Personal Advisers are available in College and at centres locally.

Learning Mentors
To work with targeted students from their attached house to realise their potential by developing
life skills and removing barriers to learning.

This will mean working in partnership with the student, their parents or guardians, the Head of
House, Assistant Head of House, the Tutor and Co-tutors, the House Team of Teaching
Assistants, subject teachers, the Child and Family Worker and outside agencies including

Jaguar Young Apprenticeship
This is a unique opportunity offering a technical certificate based around theoretical and practical
learning in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Light Vehicle Route) Level 2. The Programme
delivery takes place over 66 weeks over a two year period covering Years 10 and 11.
Kingsbury Training Centre Ltd
Kingsbury Training Centre has been training in the construction industry for over 20 years. They
provide training for 14 – 16 year olds, offering pre-vocational training from entry level to Level 1.

Kingshurst Training
Kingshurst Training, formerly 3E‘s. The programme offers a range of formal and non-formal
learning activities covering, basic/key skills, vocational development, personal and social


We have been awarded the standard of Investors in People 4 times. This gives us a framework
for improving performance by staff developing their skills. It encourages excellence in people
development and is reflected in our high training standards throughout the College.

Our last report said, “There is evidence of a culture of collaboration and involvement is
evident which adds to the concept of teamwork including the sharing of ideas and good
practice, which is an inherent part of the college. Staff are totally committed to helping the
pupils and the college be successful.”


      Autumn Club
       On Friday afternoons we host a drop-in for the over 55s.

      Excellence in the Community
       An Adult Learning Centre, which is one of 14 centres based within schools in North
       Solihull. This provides easily accessible learning facilities to the local community giving
       them the opportunity to improve or develop new skills in IT, floristry, working with children
       and literacy and Numeracy.


Pupils follow the National Curriculum. In, 7 and 8 everyone studies the same subjects. In Modern
Foreign Languages some pupils study French and some study Spanish.

The new National Curriculum is changing what we teach. In Year 7 pupils will follow our new
Thematic Course for 14 lessons per week. These lessons integrate English, Maths, Science
and Humanities into modules, rather than being taught as separate subjects

*Note :Drama, Music, MFL, Technology (Art, ICT, Design & Technology) and PE will still be
taught as separate subjects.

We also aim to improve learning abilities through the Building Learning Power Programme.
Through this we encourage pupils to develop the learning skills of Resilience, Resourcefulness,
Reflectiveness, Reciprocity (4Rs).

All pupils will be taught in mixed ability groups in years 7 & 8, except for Gifted & Talented

Design & Technology covers work with food, textiles, plastics, wood, metal and pottery.
These groups are designed to use an integrated teaching approach for our most vulnerable
learners in Years 7 and 8, who may also need extra support with Literacy and Numeracy. Ten
lessons each week are spent in transition classes following the National Curriculum but with an
added emphasis on the achievement of a higher range of Literacy and Numeracy skills.

               Mrs Sally Bowen (Assistant Principal) is the Inclusion Manager

                               Mrs Mel Cutler is the SEN Co-ordinator

In mixed ability groups:   Drama, Music, Religious Education, Technology (Art, ICT and D&T).
                           English, Geography, History, Mathematics, MFL and Science.
In other groups:           Physical Education.

We also offer booster sessions and a Booster Day, on a Saturday, in the lead up to SATs.

In Years 10 and 11 the pupils can choose some of the subjects they study. We will send you full
information about these. We hold a `Year 9 Information Evening‟ in the Spring Term, so that
you can help them make their choices.

Note    You should note that the subjects we can offer might vary from year to year. We always
        aim to give a broad and balanced curriculum, which meets the needs of all our pupils.

We offer a vocational opportunity to all pupils leading to an award worth 2 GCSEs or a BTEC
Introductory Certificate or an OCR National or BTEC Diploma for the equivalent of 4 higher GCSE
grades. Pupils choose from Business, Information Communication Technology, Sport and Travel
& Tourism. We believe that every pupil in Year 10 should follow the vocational pathway and it is a
compulsory subject, studied by all the pupils.

We offer a Needs Led Curriculum to Year 10 where pupils follow the academic route most
appropriate to their individual needs. Every pupil will study English, Mathematics, Science (2
GCSE passes) and PE. They will also study a vocational option and one other option subject.

Route 1                          Pupils study English Language & Literature, Mathematics,
                                 Double Science, a BTEC Diploma or OCR National Diploma
                                 Certificate, PE a Foreign Language and one optional subject.
Route 2                          Pupils have one optional subject and study a BTEC Diploma or
                                 OCR National Diploma Certificate, Citizenship and an additional
                                 Foreign Language at entry level.
Route 3                          Most pupils do not study English Literature as a separate
                                 subject; some take applied GCSE, others study for the ASDAN
                                 Award. Route 3 pupils also study Citizenship, PE and RE.
Route 4                          The Alternative Curriculum (see under ‗Partnerships‘)

            Deane Baker (Vice Principal) is responsible for the College curriculum

How Life at Smith‟s Wood Sports College will change for pupils…
   1 increased participation in PE, Out of College Hours Learning and College sport.
   2 increased QUALITY of PE, Out of College Hours Learning and College sport.
   3 improved attitude, behaviour and attendance in PE, sport and whole College.
   4 increased attainment and achievement in and through PE, Out of School Hours Learning
       (OSHL) and sport.
   5 increased participation in community based sport and improved quality of community life.
How Life at Smith‟s Wood College will change for parents & community…
   1 greater active lifestyle opportunities
   2 greater active family opportunities – Dads & Lads clubs, Mums & Daughters clubs.
   3 reduced incidents of anti-social behaviour through sports projects aimed at young people
        at risk
   4 improved opportunities for smooth pathways into high quality community sport for
       talented youngsters in the community.

 Richard McIlwraith (Assistant Principal,) is responsible for „Period 6‟ and Out of Hours

National Level

Under 14 mixed tag rugby—national semi-finalists
Under 15 girls basketball—last 20 in national cup
Under 16 girls basketball—last 20 in national cup
Under 16 boys basketball — national quarter-finalists in Jubilee Cup
Paige Aitken (speed skating) Stacey Hawkins (kickboxing), Ryan Stride (athletics)

County Level

Under 12 girls basketball—West Midlands cup finalists
Under 14 girls basketball—West Midlands cup champions
Under 15 mixed athletics—national cup round one combined team runners-up
Under 16 boys—Royal Marines team award winners
Under 16 girls basketball—West Midlands cup finalists
Under 16 boys table tennis—Warwickshire championships runners-up
Alan Caffrey (table tennis), Beth Moseley (ballet), Abbey Simpson (ballet)

City Level

Under 14 girls basketball—Birmingham finalists
Under 16 boys basketball—Greater Birmingham tournament semi-finalists
Under 16 girls basketball—Birmingham League third place
Sherrinden Brown (basketball), Alex Glastonbury (cricket), Naomi Melbourne (football),
Ben Paling (football), Curtis Shiels (football)

Borough Level

Under 15 girls Basketball Solihull Tournament - Runners up
Under 16 boys Basketball – Solihull Finalists

North Solihull Level

Under 12 girls cross country—league race 3 runners-up
Under 12 boys cross country—league race 1 runners-up
Under 12 boys cross country– league race 4 winners
Under 12 boys cross country—relay winners
Under 12 girls football—5-a-side runners-up
Under 12 boys football—5-a-side runners-up
Under 12 boys basketball– tournament champions
Under 13 girls basketball—tournament runners-up
Under 14 girls cross-country—league race 2 winners
Under 14 boys cross-country—league race 3 runners-up
Under 14 boys cross-country—league race 4 winners
Under 14 boys cross-country—relay runners-up
Under 15 boys basketball—tournament runners-up
Under 16 girls cross-country—league race 1 winners
Under 16 girls cross-country—league race 2 winners
Under 16 girls cross-country—league race 3 winners
Under 16 girls cross-country—league race 4 winners
Under 16 girls cross-country—relay winners
Under 16 girls cross-country—overall league winners

PERIOD 6: Out of Hours Learning
Out of Hours Learning, known as `Period 6‟, is based on the principles of enriching, extending
and enabling students to remove the barriers to learning. It does this by offering them opportunity
to experience extra-curricular activities and residential courses, which will widen their
understanding and helps develop their social and study skills.

The project is supported by The Youth Sports Trust and provides for a Partnership Manager,
Wendy Seward, based at Smith‘s Wood Sports College, which is the hub of the Project in this
part of the Borough. She manages the work of School Sports Co-ordinators, based in Archbishop
Grimshaw School, Arden School, Grace Academy, Heart of England School, Kingshurst City
Technology College and Smith‘s Wood Sports College. Every Primary school has a PE Co-
ordinator and links with their local secondary school.

The aim of the project is to encourage and develop sport and physical education across all
Key Stages and all schools in the Northern half of Solihull.

The aims of this programme include:
 Helping improve the attainment, achievement and motivation of the 10-15% most able and
   talented pupils within the College.
 Setting challenging and realistic individual targets for these pupils.
 Developing a coherent programme of learning opportunities both in and out of College

AimHigher‘s aim is to encourage more young people to stay in education after 16 and go on
to university. The four schools in the Partnership have shared £1million over 3 years. The
money has been spent in schools on extra teachers and training for teachers; some of it has been
spent on activities in further education colleges and universities; some of it has been spent on
Learning Mentors working with our young people in the colleges.

Our partners are Solihull College, Sutton Coldfield College, Solihull VI Form College and the
Universities of Birmingham, and Warwick University. It gives great opportunities for our young
people to experience and to aspire to, further and higher education.

  Katy Craig (Assistant Principal) is responsible for the Gifted & Talented and Aimhigher

Religious Education appears throughout the Key Stage 3 curriculum. It is studied by most pupils
in Key Stage 4 and is part of Citizenship for others. Parents do have the right to withdraw their
children from it, or from any assemblies, which have a religious content. If they wish to withdraw
their child from assemblies they must write to the Principal, Rob Hawkins. Each of the four house
groups in the college has at least one formal assembly each week.

There is a programme for sex education throughout the College. In Years 7 to 9 this is taught
mainly in the Science curriculum and in Years 9, 10 and 11 it is part of the Personal, Social
Health & Citizenship Education programme (PSHCE). The course takes account of pupils'
emotional and physical development, and is put in the context of caring and stable relationships.
In the final two years there are lessons about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.
Parents who wish to withdraw a pupil from any part of sex education other than statutory
requirements for the National Curriculum should make the request in writing to Rob Hawkins.

Careers education is part of the Citizenship programme. We organise work experience for all
pupils in Key Stage 4. Each pupil is offered two weeks work experience. There is a great deal of
involvement with Birmingham & Solihull Connexions Service who operate a guidance
programme. This enables pupils to undertake interviews and produce action plans, as well as
offering advice on options and career opportunities both for pupils in their final year at College
and when they leave.

We have a policy of setting homework and there is a homework timetable. If the pupils are to
benefit fully from what we have to offer they need to do regular homework, which will reinforce
and extend what they have learnt at the College.

Homework is an essential part of your child's education and learning and we expect
your support in ensuring that homework your child is set has been completed.

PERIOD 6: Out of Hours Learning
Out of Hours Learning, known as `Period 6‟, is based on the principles of enriching, extending
and enabling students to remove the barriers to learning. It does this by offering them opportunity
to experience extra-curricular activities and residential courses, which will widen their
understanding and helps develop their social and study skills.

The following dates have been set for completion of Records of Achievement:
                                       rd                                th
Year 10 & 11             Thursday, 23 October 2008 & Thursday 26 February 2009

This is an opportunity for pupils to work with staff to produce their Record of Achievement. This is
a portfolio, which pupils take to interviews to show the development they have made during their
five years at Smith‘s Wood Sports College. For the remainder of the College these afternoons are
an early closure. Pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 will finish at 1.15pm on these days.

All pupils have Minimum Target Grades for each of their National Curriculum subjects. They are
assessed regularly to monitor progress towards these.

Assessment is used to help all of our pupils to improve. Teachers regularly inform the pupils of
what they need to do to move up the National Curriculum levels.

A CONSULTATION DAY for all students will take place on Wednesday 12 November 2007
from 2.30pm until 7.00pm so that you can talk with house tutors and Heads of House about how
your child has settled into the College or how s/he has started the new academic year.
PARENTS EVENING for Year 10 will take place on Tuesday, 26 March 2008 from 2.30pm
until 7.00pm with Subject staff.

PARENTS EVENING for Year 11 will take place on Thursday 5th February 2008 from 2.30pm
until 7.00pm.

PARENTS EVENING & INFORMATION EVENING for Year 9 pupils will take place on
Thursday 12 March 2008 from 2.30pm until 7.00pm.
PARENTS‟ REVIEW DAY will take place on Wednesday, 8 July 2008 from 2.30pm until
7.00pm. End of year reports will be issued for years 7 & 8. At the same time, Years 9 & 10
pupils will receive a progress report, available to parents on the day.

Nearly all pupils take external examinations, such as GCSE and BTEC. Some of these are
modular and take place throughout years 10 and 11; others take place during the summer term of
Year 11. Every pupil who has a reasonable chance of success is entered and the College pays
for the examination fees. Other pupils may enter for examinations if they pay their own fees.


              YEAR             NUMBER OF              5+ A-C             1+ A-G GRADES
                                  PUPILS               GRADES
               2004                   247              24%                     85%
               2005                   217              28%                     86%
               2006                   217              44%                     100%
               2007                   219              52%                     100%
               2008                   210              70%                     100%

data for Smith‟s Wood Sports College in comparison with National and Local data for 2008

                                            5 OR MORE                1 OR MORE
                                            GRADES A* - C            GRADES A* - G
                                                                     (inc English and
                       SCHOOL               70%                      80%
                       LEA                  76%                      98.6%
                       NATIONAL             67%                      *

* published end of October 2008


                 ENGLISH                    MATHEMATICS                          SCIENCE
                              level                            level                         level
                               5+                               5+                            5+
2004                           48                               54                            35
2005                           67                               53                            51
2006                           62                               52                            45
2007                           56                               54                            53
2008                           76                               61                            57
2008 data for Smith‟s Wood School in comparison with National and Local data

                                          ENGLISH           MATHEMATICS              SCIENCE
No of pupils at NC level 5 or               158                  127                   119
Percentage at NC level 5 or           School 76%            School 61%           School 57%
above                                 LEA 81%               LEA 82               LEA 77%
                                      National 73%          National 77%         National 71%
Percentage at NC level 6 or           School 21%            School 38%           School 20%
above                                 LEA 38                LEA 66%              LEA 48%
                                      National 33%          National 57%         National 41%

The number of pupils on roll in the last five years were:
YEAR             2004              2005            2006          2007            2008
NUMBERS          1125              1117            1110          1027            1030


                                          Overall Attendance                  Unauthorised Absence
           2003-2004                            89.3%                                 0.3%
           2004-2005                            90.3%                                 1.0%
           2005-2006                            90.8%                                 0.9%
           2006-2007                            91.1%                                 0.1%
           2007-2008                           92.01%                                 0.5%


  YR        No of        Training    Employment       Further     Unemployed            No response
            Pupils                                   Education
 2003        194            5%            22%          50%              13%                   10%
 2004        225           21%             6%          54%              19%                   0%
 2005        221            4%            13%          48%              25%                   9%
 2006        217            1%            12%          66%              17%                   4%
 2007        216            1%             2%          91%               3%                   3%
 2008        209            1%             9%          80%               2%                   2%

The Expressive Arts Centre provides- two teaching spaces for drama, better practice rooms for
music and a studio for dance, drama and music. It was built because of our commitment to the
Arts. It is also available for members of the wider community to use.

We were delighted to have achieved one of 240 Artsmark Gold awards across the country in
2008 (out of 1438 who achieved an Artsmark). The Artsmark award recognises schools that
demonstrate a commitment to providing opportunities across all the arts from drama to music,
design to literature, and dance to sculpture.

  Artsmark Gold is the highest level of achievement a school can attain by completing all
   compulsory sections of the application form and the optional requirements for Gold.

The local community is increasingly using the facilities in the evenings at weekends and in
College holidays. An outdoor multi-use games area (MUGA) was ready for use in October last
year. An artificial turf pitch will be laid in 2009.

Smith‘s Wood Sports College was one of the first schools to be awarded the ‗Building Schools for
the Future‘ seal of approval. As the name suggests the college has been given the resources to
develop an ICT infrastructure that will prepare pupils, staff and the wider community for life in the
21 Century. We have over 400 computers across the College including 8 dedicated ICT suites,
as well as departmental cluster areas.

The new facilities will include innovative ICT resources that are cutting edge; with an
educational twist. Pupils will benefit from anywhere, anytime learning; and resources will
develop pupils as independent learners.

The process has begun; and will continue to evolve even after the new college opens: Smith‘s
Wood is committed to the development of ICT; and ensuring all pupils, staff, and the wider
community benefit from ICT at the heart of learning.

Projects such as Computers for Pupils and Digital Divide has allowed for some pupils and
families to be given computer equipment at home in order to develop their ICT skills and overall
educational potential.

We have had a wide range of sporting successes over the years. This year we have special
sport sessions outside lesson times in athletics, badminton, basketball, dance, netball, football,
cricket, swimming, rounders, rugby, table tennis and trampolining. Over 50% of pupils participate.
“The extensive range of extra-curricular activities and team games enhances opportunities for
learning” Ofsted 2007. “External coaches and teachers add variety and expertise” Ofsted 2007.
This year we have benefited from football, basketball, rugby, dance and boxing coaching, and we
hold excellent club links in the sports of athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, rugby,
table tennis and trampolining.

We are the highest achieving school in the West Midlands for girls basketball. There have been
four dance productions recently, involving over 100 of our talented girls and boys!

Smith's Wood Sports College offers its pupils extra music lessons ranging from guitar and
keyboard to steel band, strings and woodwind. The Expressive Arts Centre has provided even
better facilities for practice and performance.

We run extra GCSE lessons for Year 11 pupils during their final year in many subject areas, and
after-college clubs in subjects like Food, History, Geography and IT for those that are interested.

Booster Sessions take place every year to support and boost Year 9 SATs results in core
subjects English, Mathematics and Science. Subject staff volunteer their expertise over a period
of weeks prior to the SATS which concludes with a Saturday class which offers a different
approach to learning to any Year 9 pupil who wishes to `boost‘ their results.

We organise many trips and excursions, both in this country and abroad. Vocational coursework
involves visits to Cadbury World, the Sealife Centre, Jaguar, The Black Country Museum,
Birmingham Airport and Land Rover, to name but a few.

Social outings, such as trips to the Snow Dome and Drayton Manor are always popular, as are
the trips with the History Department to the York. The PE Department frequently arrange ski trips
abroad; Next year, the English Department are going to Venice, the Christmas Market in Lile,
France, Euro Disney, Lake Garda and Prague!!

There are regular trips to sporting events such as athletics and badminton trials at the N.I.A. and
the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2008, we took groups of students to Edgbaston County Cricket
ground for an exciting ―Twenty 20‖ cricket match, to Twickenham rugby fixtures and to
Birmingham University for a tag-rugby national festival.

The Breakfast Club is open every day from 8.00am until 8.30am. The College subsidises tea and
toast for many pupils, but there are also other items of food for sale.

The Schools Education Extra Award is a certificate of Distinction in recognition of the out-of-hours
learning opportunities we offer and our commitment to the enrichment of young people‘s
education. Activities after College hours have included archery, circus skills, astronomy and
‗Robot Wars‘. These, and many other exciting activities, encourage our children to develop their
skills and try something different.

                                 THE GOVERNING BODY

Question: Why is there a governing body?
Answer: There is a governing body in every school/college and its purpose is to help the College
provide the best education possible for its pupils.

Question: Who are the governors?
Answer: The members of the College‘s Governing Body are:

Local Authority
Mr H R Hendry (Chairman), Cllr G Craig (Vice Chair) and Mr Andy Best

John Alvis, Lynne Freeman. There are two vacancies.

Keith Buckley, Gaynor Elliott, Debbie Evans, Miles Freeman, Frank Martin and Sheila

To be elected

Lynda Gould

Mr R Hawkins

Clerk to the Governors:
Mrs K Smith

Question: How are the governors appointed?
Answer: The Governing Body consists of 6 parent governors, 3 LEA governors, 2 staff
governors, and 4 Community governors. The Principal chooses to be governor. The composition
of the governing body is laid down in a document called the Instrument of Government. This
came into effect on 1 September 2004.

Question: What do Governors do?
Answer: The Governing Body acts as a group, although each governor makes up his/her own
mind about matters considered. Governors are responsible for the mission, aims and the values
of the College. They decide with the Principal, how the College will develop; to maintain and
improve standards; and approve the policies and procedures, which will support that

To do things effectively, governors serve on committees and work groups: they attend meetings,
get to know the College, undertake training and promote the interest of the College and the
education of its pupils.

Question: Why do people become governors?
Answer: Because they are committed to providing the best possible education for the pupils.

Question: Are governors trained?
Answer: Yes! There are induction and training meetings provided for each new governor by the
LA. Also, the Board of Governors buys into specific training packages when needs arise.


Mr O Arthur              Teacher of History & Citizenship                                OAR
Mrs M Antonio            Head of Food Technology                                         MAO
Mr D Baker               Vice Principal. (Head of Key Stage 4)                           DBA
Mr C Barber              Teacher of Physical Education                                   CBA
Ms V Barnes              Teacher of Science                                              VBA
Mr C Beasley             Assistant Principal. (Key Stage 4 Strategy)                     CBE
Mrs R Beasley            Teacher of Mathematics                                          RBS
Miss R Begum             Head of Business Studies                                        RBE
Mrs S Bellard            Senior Teacher of Mathematics                                   SBE
Mr N Blair               Teacher of History                                              NBL
Mrs K Brazier            Head of English                                                 KBR
Miss S Brookman          Teacher of Music                                                SBR
Miss J Butcher           Teacher of Physical Education                                   JBU
Mr S Casanova            Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages                             SCA
Mr A Chipp               Teacher of Science                                              ACH
Ms H Cooper              Head of Art                                                     HCO
Mrs M Corrigan           Deputy Head of English                                          MCR
Mr J Craig               Head of Physical Education                                      JCR
Mrs K Craig              Assistant Principal, (Key Stage 3 Strategy)                     KCG
Ms M Cutler              SEN Coordinator                                                 MCU
Mr R Dodd                Head of ICT & Work-Related Learning                             RDO
Mrs A Dhaliwal           Head of Design Technology                                       ADH
Ms K Downes              Drama & Key Stage 3 Coordinator                                 KDW
Miss H Dunbar            Head of Religious Education                                     HDU
Miss K Dunning           Teacher of Science                                              KDU
Mrs S Edwards            Joint Head of Science                                           SED
Miss L Ellis             Head of Girls‘ Physical Education                               LEL
Ms L Franks              Head of Music                                                   LFR
Ms J Hall                Deputy Head of Art                                              JHA
Mrs C Hasnip             Modern Foreign Languages & Key Stage 4 Coordinator              CHA
Mr R Hawkins             Principal                                                       RHA
Mr R Hickman             Assistant Principal. (Standards)                                RHC
Ms M Higgins             Teacher of English                                              MHI
Ms M Holmes              Advanced Skills Teacher (Support for Learning)                  MHO
Ms L Hyde                Teacher of Physical Education, Key Stage 4 PE Standards         LHY
Mrs S Iqbal              Teacher of Information Communication Technology                 SIQ
Mr P Jones               Deputy Head of Modern Foreign Languages                         PJO
Ms R Jones               Teacher of Geography                                            RJO
Mr C Lamb                Advanced Skills Teacher (English)                               CLM
Mrs S Lloyd          Joint Head of Science                                      SLD
Mrs F Marley         Head of Modern Foreign Languages                           FMY
Ms K Massey          Teacher of English                                         KMA
Mr R McIlwraith      Assistant Principal & Director of Sport                    RMC
Mrs A Miller         Vice Principal, (Head of Key Stage 3)                      AMI
Mrs C Moore*         Senior Teacher of Mathematics                              CMO
Mr L Peattie         Teacher of English                                         LPE
Ms V Phillips        Teacher of Art & Learning Support.                         VPH
Ms E Pountney        Head of Arts and Design                                    EPO
Ms W Seward          School Sports Partnership Manager                          WSE
Mr C Shaughnessy     School Sports Partnership Coordinator                      CSH
Ms S Sheriden        Teacher of Geography                                       SSH
Ms K Simpson         Teacher of Physical Education & Key Stage 3 PE Standards   KSI
Miss V Smith         Head of Geography                                          VSM
Mr D Stucki          Head of Resistant Materials                                DST
Ms A Taylor          Deputy Head of Information Communication Technology        ATA
Mr G Taylor          Teacher of Physical Education                              GTA
Mr G Taylor          Head of Mathematics                                        GTY
Mrs K Telford        Head of Personal & Social Education and Citizenship        KTE
Mr P Tobi            Teacher of Science                                         PTO
Ms G Westwood        Teacher of Mathematics                                     GWW
Ms A Wilcox          Head of Humanities                                         AWI
Mr A Williams        Teacher of Design & Technology                             AWL
Ms J Young           Head of Key Stage 3 Mathematics                            JYO
*Denotes part-time

Ms P Adkins               College Cleaner
Mrs J Bagley              Principal's PA & Assistant Administration Manager
Mrs S Bailey              Head of House Administrator & Deputy Office Manager
Mrs C Bayliss             Learning Resource Centre Manager
Ms A Beardall             House Mentor (Bay)
Mrs J Booth               Arts Administrator
Mrs S Bowen               Assistant Principal. (Inclusion)
Ms N Burns                Teaching Assistant
Ms C Campbell             Teaching Assistant
Ms G Carroll              Child & Family Worker
Mrs C Chester             Teaching Assistant
Ms J Clarke               Teaching Assistant
Mr M Collins              Head of Ash House
Mr D Court                Site Management
Ms P Court                College Cleaner
Mrs J Craddock            House Mentor (Ash)
Mrs J Cronin              House Mentor (Yew)
Mrs S Cull                Mathematics Administrator
Ms K Cutler               Child & Family Worker
Mr G Cushen               Outdoors and Adventurous Activities Instructor
Mrs G D‘Amore             PE Administrator & BROMCOM Assistant
Mrs T Davis               BROMCOM Manager, Assistant Administration Manager and
                          Assistant Head of Ash House
Ms J Dawson               College Cleaner
Ms E Easthope             College Cleaner
Ms L Elwell               College Cleaner
Mrs P Fritter             Assistant SENCo. (Pupil Welfare)
Ms L Glendinning          Teaching Assistant
Ms P Gorse                Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs L Gould               Team Leader Bay House
Mrs M Greensall           Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs L Griffin        Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs J Hall           College Cleaner
Mr D Hallett         Finance Manager
Mrs J Harris         CMG Administrator
Ms J Hart            College Cleaner
Mr S Hasnip          Inclusion Centre Manager
Miss S Heath         Science Technician
Ms A Heard           General Office Support
Mrs J Hewitt         English Administrator
Ms L Hewson          Guidance Administrator
Mrs J Hughes         Head of Yew House
Mrs L Hughes         Lunchtime Supervisor
Ms K Job             College Cleaner
Mr T Jordan          Community Sports Manager
Mrs D Keane          CMG Administrator
Mrs M Kelly          Humanities Administrator
Ms S Laws            Teaching Assistant (Mathematics)
Ms S Lee             Deputy Inclusion Centre Manager
Ms M Mansell         Teaching Assistant
Mr D Miller          BSF Project Manager
Mrs R Nestoruk       College Office Administrator
Mr C Nisbett         Learning Mentor (PE &Sport)
Mrs D O‘Carroll      Science Administrator
Mr O O‘Connor        Head of Bay House
Mr J O‘Donnell       Science & IT Technician
Mrs J O‘Dowd         Head of Elm House
Mrs J Parry          Academic Mentor (Science)
Miss J Patterson     Competition Manager (School Sports Partnership)
Mrs A Pell-Walpole   Science Technician
Mrs C Pollard        Academic Mentor (Mathematics)
Mrs J Pinfield       Finance Officer
Mrs M Pitt           Teaching Assistant
Mr M Purshouse       Design Technology Technician & Health & Safety Manager
Ms D Rawlings        Teaching Assistant
Ms Z Robbins         Teaching Assistant (Science)
Mrs L Robertson      Assistant SENCo. (Administration)
Mrs K Ryan           Teaching Assistant
Mrs D Shelley        Site Management
Mrs C Schilling      Examinations Officer
Ms D Smith           College Cleaner
Mrs K Smith          Data Manager & Clerk to the Governors
Ms N Smith           Work Related Learning Administrator
Mrs D Stokes         Food & Textiles Technician & College Cleaner
Mr J Stokes          Site Manager
Mr J Stokes          PE Technician
Ms S Thomas          College Cleaner
Ms J Weston          Teaching Assistant
Ms C Whipps          MFL Administrator
Mrs S Whitehouse     House Mentor (Elm)
Ms J Woodhouse       College Cleaner
Mrs S Wilkes         Science Technician
Ms S Yeates          Teaching Assistant

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