Shire Oak Academy has more than 1,450 students on roll and enjoys an enviable reputation in the local area and has been oversubscribed for many years.
Principal Ray Beech, pictured, said: “We take a good deal of pride on the ‘feel’ of our academy, a feature on which our visitors quickly remark.
“Ofsted inspectors described our academy’s atmosphere as purposeful, stimulating and harmonious.
We believe that our focus on learning and personal success can only be effective in an environment which is ordered, caring, supportive and disciplined.
Staff and students work hard together to create such a special environment.
“We have high expectations of our students and therefore set them aspirational academic targets in all subject areas.
We also encourage them to participate in our wide-ranging extracurricular programme with a view to developing their social and personal qualities, as well as becoming responsible young citizens ready to take their place in our society.
“We work closely with 10 local primary schools to extend their learning opportunities and to create a smooth transition from Year 6 to 7.
“Examination results in our academy are important and we strive to ensure all students are fully prepared for the external examinations.
We believe that our curriculum offer to students and parents is of the highest quality, giving a wide range of subjects at GCSE, Vocational and A-level.
“Safeguarding is an impressive aspect of our work at Shire Oak Academy, with the care of students paramount.
We ensure our students have a safe and secure working environment and have developed excellent, well-established systems to provide full support to our students and their families.
“We place great emphasis on the highest standards in terms of studies, good manners and courtesy, attendance, appearance and behaviour.
We embrace the values of being a learning community, one that promises lifelong learning and places emphasis on respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility.
“Overall, we expect all stakeholders to work hard to fulfil our mission statement of ‘Turning potential into excellence’.”