Welcome from the Director of School Improvement

The past three years has seen extraordinary improvements at Lordswood Boys’ School, changes most apparent in how our students have performed in their Year 11 exams. This table accurately summarises the transformation and I think you will agree that the numbers describe a quite astonishing turnaround that now has LBS boasting some of the region’s best exam results. This table describes the impact of CAT sponsorship, a total school transformation that started in September 2017 and which so far has yielded tremendous outcomes in 2018, 2019 and now 2020:

The Central Academies Trust was formed with the express intention of taking on the Lordswood challenge and there can be no argument that it has indeed been a runaway, spectacular success. The school has exceptional leaders who embrace the core CAT philosophies and, combined with their relentless pursuit of ‘excellence in everything’, they drive the school towards even higher ambitions. We are expanding our provision to offer a broader curriculum, we are implementing a superbly resourced Sports Academy for excellence in cricket and football and we are further embedding our Literacy strategy to ensure that all students, as early as possible in their career with us, can read at or above their chronological age. Literacy remains our number 1 priority.

I should also add that almost 9/10 students passed English at the standard pass level in 2020, with 8/10 achieving this outcome in Maths. More impressively, almost 7/10 students passed both these key, core subjects, at the higher level 5, which was more than double the school target. The 2020 outcomes are, of course, profoundly unusual after the cancellation of the entire national school exams programme. That said, the algorithm actually increased our teacher estimated grades, we assume because of the remarkable outcomes achieved in 2018 and 2019. Either way, we are supremely confident in what we are reporting and will in due course verify our 2020 achievements through official channels. For now, we are pleased to demonstrate our establishment as a school able to perform at a very high level with a remarkably steep improvement trajectory. See for yourself with our Progress 8 flight path:

I look at the teaching staff and students, the leadership, the support staff and the stable financial outlook and I see genuine potential to take this school to an outstanding Ofsted judgement in the very near future. I see the incredible new build and the opportunities this will bring in all areas of school life and I see a future characterised by year-on-year sustained success, a school blossoming with confidence and a school consciously self-reflecting and honest and a school that is vibrant and purposeful every day. We have excellent Governors, committed Trustees and a sensible, simple, straightforward plan. We are Lordswood Boys’ School and we are on a mission to be outstanding and the school of choice.

Come and visit us and see for yourself our fabulous school.

Michael Rennie

Director of School Improvement

September 2020

Lordswood Boys' School Hagley Road Harborne Birmingham B17 8BJ

Tel:0121 464 2837


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