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Phoenix is a ‘great’ school, with a rapidly improving reputation within the West Midlands.
As a school, staff are seeking to continue to build on strengths to ensure that every student reaches their full potential, not only in academic terms, but also as confident individuals who are eager to take the next steps in fulfilling their ambitions and dreams while making a positive contribution to their community.
Phoenix is one of the top performing schools in Sandwell, with exceptional GCSE results over the past few years. For Phoenix to continue its work towards being outstanding, staff will be looking at creating ever greater partnerships with parents/carers, as well as the whole community, including enhanced links with local businesses.
The school will be responsible for helping students create their own identity and become active participants in society. They will acknowledge that learning never stops, and that it is essential to develop the grit and resilience to cope with future challenges.
Headteacher Mike Smith said: “I would encourage all members of the community, potential students and parents/carers, to visit the school during our September open events, to see our wonderful new facilities and experience the special atmosphere which determines the quality of learning at Phoenix.”
The school’s population is approximately 2,000. Almost 50 per cent of students come from ethnic minority groups. By placing your children with Phoenix, you are choosing an environment which mirrors, as closely as possible, the diverse society in which we live and work.
The general facilities have improved tremendously over the past five years as the school has undergone a complete rebuild and is now in brand new state-ofthe- art buildings fit for an ever-changing world. These include:
This summer, the school has developed two FA standard football pitches, an artificial cricket wicket and a climbing wall and plans are to further develop the site over the next year.
Alongside this, the school has invested a huge amount into the ICT infrastructure investing in a complete Wi-Fi solution throughout the school with faster connectivity.
There is an exceptional team of teaching and support staff here at Phoenix who pride themselves on developing strong relationships with students. It is a school which prides itself on a high staff morale and very low staff turnover, investing heavily in their ongoing training and professional development.
This enables Phoenix to provide students with much smaller than average class sizes and a high staff to student ratio.
The curriculum offer at Phoenix is broad and balanced. The offer includes a rich and varied extra-curricular programme that includes academic opportunities alongside a vast array of others including many sports and performing arts.
As part of the enrichment opportunity, there is a CCF Royal Navy section at the school and due to its success, the school opened an RAF section in 2019. Plans are already in place to expand further in 2022/3 with a Royal Marine section for the over 130 cadets.
The school also offers the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To support this, staff deliver Phoenix Edge which enables students to develop their character education through a certified programme.
Staff recognise that any transition can be an anxious time and this is never truer than when starting a new school in Year 7. At Phoenix, staff aim to empower students to positively manage all transition phases by making sure that they are informed and have appropriate
experiences before starting secondary school.
For new students coming into Year 7, staff work closely with their primary schools. All students are invited to a twoday transition event during July along with their parents/carers.
There is a dedicated primary transition transfer team of staff who visit the primary schools and work alongside primary staff so that we get to know your child before they join us in September. You can contact this team by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff look forward to welcoming you to one of the open events in September.
By appointment only.