Lordswood Boys’ School converted to an academy on 1st January 2013, joining the Academy Trust established by Lordswood Girls’ School in 2011. Since this time, the Executive Headteacher and Academy Trust have been working to address underperformance and to improve and develop facilities within school. I was appointed in March of this year having worked at the school in the capacity of Deputy Head Teacher in September of 2015. I joined the school at an important phase of the transformation and I intend to develop a sense of purpose and clarity in all aspects of daily school life. Staff are committed to change are they are absolutely determined to improve and raise standards across the board. There is a deep well of affection for the school from within this committed group of professionals and I am delighted to be leading them as we look towards a very bright future. The school recognises that there is still some way to go and that improvements need to be accelerated; we are, however, encouraged that Ofsted endorsed the school’s analysis of areas for improvement and the action that the school is taking and we are committed to a team approach to transform our school.
In September 2015, we introduced a structure that will have an Achievement Co-ordinator overseeing and monitoring the academic progress of combined year groups. Working with a supporting assistant, and with input from lead Professionals in English, Maths and Science, these key staff will form teams dedicated to raising standards.
The curriculum has been completely overhauled to ensure that all students receive a broad, balanced curriculum and can access a pathway at Key Stage 4 that enables them to gain the skills and qualifications so that they can progress onto further study post-16. The success of this can be seen in the fact that no students were registered as ‘NEETs’, that is, not in employment, education or training at the end of year 11.
Extra-curricular activities have been expanded. The Applied Learning afternoon on a Wednesday provides students with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities in languages, sports, art, music and more, outside the constraints of the formal school day. Students at Lordswood Boys’ School can benefit from the use of a sports field of some five acres which facilitates a range of different sports and, in addition, the school is home to Lordswood Tennis Club run by the Edgbaston Priory and we have five excellent quality courts for daily use. Our sporting pedigree is outstanding and last year we reached a prestigious cup final at U-15 level, a game played on the grand stage of Villa Park. Our football tradition is strong and we will be seeking to develop our own academy-style approach to developing high calibre footballers, utilising the experience and expertise already on our staff. We are set for a rebuild of our Gym as well as being the recipients of a brand new floodlit 3G sports pitch. Our Science laboratories will also benefit from a complete re-fit.
The school’s ethos supports its focus on preparing students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world and this, together with a
determination to improve levels of achievement for all students, underpins the school’s commitment to equipping students with the qualifications, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to take their place in society as responsible citizens. We are developing new, simple and effective approaches to working, both in terms of how we teach and how we learn. We expect students and staff to embrace a philosophy based upon getting things right the first time of asking and in doing so, expecting more and more from one another.
September 2015 saw the introduction of a new school uniform with simpler expectations, cleaner lines and fresher colours. Sporting the new interlocking LBS logo, our navy, white and sky blue colour scheme will encapsulate the sense of change and renewal at our school. We are about to take a significant step in our improvement and we invite participants in this process from all quarters.