27th April 2018 - Castle Vale's Got Talent
We were delighted to have a sold out hall for our final of Castle Vale's Got Talent this week. A vast array of talent was on display, bot from pupils and the wider community. Huge congratulations goes to Dalina in Year 12 who took 1st prize this year!
Click here for pictures from the show.
31st January 2018 - Enterprise Days
24th January 2018 - Greenwood Sleep Out -
Students sleep rough to raise awareness of homelessness
On Friday night, one hundred and eighteen students from Greenwood Academy slept outside in the school grounds under a cardboard box in a bid to highlight the issue of homelessness to the Castle Vale community.
The event on the 19th January 2018 started at 7pm when students were welcomed by 20 staff who volunteered to sleep rough, with the students, until 7am the following morning. Students had talks given to them from two different charitable organisations; Sta Basil’s Charity and LWS Night Shelter; who support homeless people in Birmingham and Warwickshire.
After this came the challenge of trying to build the shelter that would keep pupils protected from the low temperatures and wind. The event's organisers, Sean Jordan, Trevor Evans and Jonathan Gullis are very grateful to Jaffa Boxes for supplying the cardboard and Thomas’s Group who donated a van to help the cardboard be collected.
Mr Sean Jordan, Head of SEMH at Greenwood Academy says, “It was one of the proudest moments I have had in all my time working with young people. The students did the academy, their community and most importantly themselves proud. The next challenge is to ensure students remain aware of this tragedy and ensure they continue to ask the difficult questions of the people who have the power to do more.”
Temperatures got down to 0 degrees celsius. It was an early morning wake up call at around 5:30am to which students were greeted with a hot breakfast and drink, kindly provided by the catering staff at Greenwood Academy.
Head Teacher, Mr Allen Bird, who also took part in the sleep out said, “When I was approached by the team with the idea of a mass rough sleepout to raise awareness of an awful scandal of our time, and to raise money for Promising Futures, a fabulous new local initiative, I couldn't visualise what it would look like. However, the reality was incredible and the truth is I could never have anticipated the level of citizenship awareness and commitment displayed on one of the coldest nights of the year, to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable in society. I can honestly say I can not think of a time I have been prouder to say that I am the Headteacher of Greenwood School.”
The aim of the sleep out was to raise awareness of rising plight of homelessness that is taking place both in Birmingham and across the United Kingdom. The hashtag “#Greenwoodsleepout” was used across social media platforms and has encouraged students to think about what more can be done to stop the continuing trend of homelessness.
Students had the task of paying £5 for the application pack and then were challenged to further raise money in aid of a new local charity on Castle Vale, Promising Futures. So far over £1000 has been raised, with more money continuing to come in. Chair of Promising Futures, Trevor Evans said, “This event is another example of how experiences in education are so important to ensure students are exposed to the harsh realities that some people tragically must face every day. We always believe prevention is better than a cure and the money raised will go a long way to help support children of all ages from Castle Vale to help realise their aspirations.”
Salon Open Day on Saturday 13th January
20th November 2017 - Greenwood Sleep Out
This week we are enlisting the support of students for our Greenwood Sleep Out.
During assemblies last week the initiative was introduced to all students and the challenge laid down to spend a night sleeping outside at the academy to highlight and raise awareness of the perils of homelessness.
Students are asked to bring a £5 deposit for their sponsorship pack which automatically gets added to their sponsorship form, with all proceeds going to new Castle Vale childrens charity Promising Futures which aims to support young people, living, working or going to school on Castle Vale to ensure financial barries do not hold them back from pursuing amazing things.
9th November 2017 - House Allocation
Today we have rolled out our House System and our pupils have been allocated their houses.
There was a real buzz around school as students selected a badge at random that signifies the house they belong to.
Our first house competition takes place during our Greenwood Friday Feel Good tomorrow so we'll get an idea which house is the early front-runner in the competition for the house trophy and associated awards at the end of the school year!
Look out for further details of opportunities coming your way!
26th September 2017 - Baby Massage
22nd September 2017 - Columba Trophy
Today a number of our students from last years High School Musical Cast attended the awards ceremony for the Columba Trophy at Birmingham Council House. We were delighted to receive two awards. We were ecstatic to learn that Year 11 Student Dejean Edwards had received the Edgar Andrews Trophy for Best Individual Performance in the whole of Birmingham and equally pleased to receive the Michael Dorrian Shield for our production. A huge congratulations to all who were involved both on stage and behind the scenes.
24th August 2017 - GCSE Results
18th August 2017 - A Level Results
We are delighted that our Year 13 students have achieved a 100% pass rate in A Levels. All of our students that applied to university have been given offers with 87% getting their first choice. A HUGE well done to all!
17th July 2017 - Summer Term Newsletter
11th July 2017 - PE Kit Letter
Please read the letter below about students' requirement to have a Greenwood Academy Hoodie in their PE kit, instead of a Fleece.
4th July 2017 - Birmingham City University Year 9 STEM Trip
Please read below for a write up on 22 of our Year 9 students visiting a STEM conference at Birmingham City University.
29th June 2017 - School Uniform
27th June 2017 - Summer Camps
Please see attached information about Summer Camps that Ideas Foundation is running with Lidl in Central Birmingham this year. Ideas Foundation will also have some bursaries available to help students to attend the camp, you just need to get in touch.
27th June 2017 - Year 10 Biology Big Quiz at Birmingham University
22nd June 2017 - Work Experience Summary
Work Experience Review 2017
I am pleased to report that the Work Experience fortnight that took place for Year 10 this year (15 - 26 May 2017) was probably the most successful for some time.
It was particularly encouraging that having been unable to use, as in previous years, the Castle Bromwich Church for up to 15 students undertaking construction projects this year, the school and students were able to find alternative placements.
Every student had initial placements for 2 weeks and whilst some (inevitably) did not work out, the vast majority were very successful from both the employer and students perspectives.
The “dropouts/failure to complete” for a variety of reasons were the lowest ever recorded, and provisions were again put in place for this handful of students to attend school and work through life/work skills exercises.
The Academy made the positive decision a few years ago to not allow students to undertake “in school” work-experience. This is to encourage students to find their own placements and have a more realistic experience of employment.
A small selection of feedback notes/reports (typical of so many) have been summarised by Nick Cheese (school CEIAG Co-ordinator) showing evidence from local employers, visiting Greenwood staff, and most importantly the students themselves, of the tremendous positive impact resulting from the work experience offered to our Year 10’s.
It is already noticeable that post work experience several of our students are now attending school with a more positive and mature attitude toward work ethics such as attendance and timekeeping. Several students have already been offered vacation jobs or volunteering opportunities as a result.
Fewer and fewer schools are giving their students this opportunity partly because of the time and funding it requires, but we at Greenwood Academy continue to regard work experience as playing a pivotal role within our school’s CEIAG strategy, and we have already earmarked to repeat next year (14-25 May 2018).
In summary, Work Experience undoubtedly helps to prepare our students for life after leaving school, into further education/training and in preparation for the world of work into ultimate employment. It is certainly a pivotal plank in Greenwood Academy’s strategy going forward to continue to prevent them becoming “NEETS” and help our students become better prepared for life after secondary school, and to become positive, productive and outstanding citizens.
Review Paper prepared and submitted by:-
Enterprise/Work Experience Manager