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.
We are now one of the top performing schools in Sandwell, with exceptional GCSE results over the past couple of years.
“Phoenix has become one of the bestequipped schools in the West Midlands.” 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 our website to see more on our great school. Unfortunately due to the Covid restrictions in place we are unable to hold our fabulous open events during September, however, the videos available show you a taste of what we have to offer in our wonderful facilities.
The school’s present population is approximately 1,950, drawn from a wide area and is genuinely comprehensive. 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:
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 to support and accelerate the learning.
This investment is to continue over the next few years with additional hardware and increased mobile technologies.
We have an exceptional team of teaching and support staff here at Phoenix who pride themselves on developing strong relationships with our students.
We are a school which prides itself on a high staff morale and very low staff turnover as we invest heavily in their ongoing training and professional development.
This enables us to provide our students with much smaller than average class sizes and a high staff to student ratio. A number of our staff were pupils at the school which shows the desire to be here.
Our curriculum offer here at Phoenix is broad and balanced and where many schools have cut back on the arts, sports and vocational curriculum, this is something we continue to invest in.
Our 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. At Phoenix we continue to provide free music peripatetic lessons to our students.
As part of our enrichment opportunity, we have a CCF Royal Navy section at the school and due to its success we opened an RAF section in September 2019. We also offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which gives our students many skills and attributes that the jobs market look for. To support this we deliver our Phoenix Edge which enables students to develop their character education through a certified programme.
We recognise that any transition can be an anxious time and this is never truer than when starting a new school in Year 7; an exciting but challenging time for both children and parents/carers.
At Phoenix we 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 with us.
For new students coming into Year 7, we work closely with their primary schools. As well as visiting the primary schools, we invite all students to a two-day transition event during July along with their parents/carers.
When a child has a particular need around transition, we work with the primary school to provide a bespoke transition plan. If you feel your child may need this, please either contact us or raise it with your primary school’s SENCO.
We have 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 transition@ phoenix.sandwell.sch.uk