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Phoenix is a ‘good’ 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.
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.
“Phoenix has become one of the best-equipped schools in the West Midlands.”
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 present population is approximately 1,800, drawn from a wide area and is genuinely comprehensive.
Almost 50% 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-of-the-art buildings fit for an ever changing world.
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 excellent team of teaching and support staff here at Phoenix who pride themselves on developing strong relationships with our students.”
Phoenix is a school which prides itself on a high staff morale and very low staff turnover as they invest heavily in their ongoing training and professional development.
This enables the school to provide students with much smaller than average class sizes and a high staff to pupil ratio.
The curriculum offer at Phoenix is broad and balanced and where many schools have cut back on the arts, sports and vocational curriculum, this is something they continue to invest in.
Mr Smith said: “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. At Phoenix we continue to provide free music peripatetic lessons to our students.”
As part of the enrichment opportunity, there isaCCF Royal Navy detachment at the school.
They also offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which gives students many skills and attributes that the jobs market look for.
To support this staff deliver our 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; an exciting but challenging time for both children and parents/carers.
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 with them.
For new students coming into Year 7, staff work closely with their primary schools.
As well as visiting the primary schools, they 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, staff work with the primary school to provide a bespoke transition plan.
If you feel your child may need this, please contact the school or raise it with your primary school’s SENCO.
There is a dedicated primary transition transfer team of staff who visit the primary schools and work alongside primary staff so that staff get to know your child before they join the school 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.