At the heart of North Birmingham Academy is our commitment to excellence; not just a vision but a commitment that is woven into every aspect of what we do.
We are committed to:
It is our aim to become one of the best educational establishments in Birmingham, based at the heart of our community, offering a high-quality and inspiring education for all.
Promoting British Values at North Birmingham Academy
The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At North Birmingham Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is very prominent within the school. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Voice Council based upon topics that have been discussed in tutor time and raised through Student Voice representatives. Students regularly complete questionnaires that aid the formulation of Academy policies and decisions.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the Academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the Academy day; through Year Group Assemblies, Tutor Time and through our Academy Behaviour Policy and the promotion of our EQ Values. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws e.g. that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and other government bodies are calendared throughout the academic year to reinforce this message as are SMSC days. The Wider Horizons Programme also focuses on laws, as does the In the News Tutorial Programme.
Within the Academy, students are actively encouraged to make choices. Our recent Ofsted Report highlights that our students know that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an academy we educate and provide boundaries for our students to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education through SMSC days. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely. Whether it be through choice of challenge or their participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices.
Our academy ethos and Behaviour Policy has been designed to promote Core Values such as ‘Respect’. North Birmingham students have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. One of the many ways in which we reward students is through the demonstration of this value and with it rewards such as VIVOs or EQ Praise Post Cards. Posters around the Academy promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules. SMSC days and In the News Programmes also encourage students to consider and appreciate viewpoints other than their own.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing student understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and SMSC days. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Our Student Forums in particular, shows that this has been successful.
I am delighted to welcome you to the North Birmingham Academy Profile. We hope that it provides you with useful information about our Academy, our many successes and our vision for our future.
At North Birmingham Academy, we are determined that our students succeed and leave us as confident, articulate and aspirational young people, fully equipped for life and work in the 21st century.
We have high expectations for our students and have created an environment in which each individual is supported and challenged to achieve their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom.
We expect our students to be ready to learn, to work hard and to take pride in their own and their Academy's achievements. We believe working together enables success and, as such, are committed to developing positive relationships with our local community, schools and businesses.
I would like to wish you a Happy New Year from everyone at North Birmingham Academy. January has been an extremely busy month as students settled back into their lessons and continued to take part in a wide range of enriching activities. I would like to share with you once again some of our success stories from the early spring term.
Since returning to the Academy, students have continued to demonstrate superb commitment to their studies as important exams and assessments approach. The Design Technology department has been particularly busy at the start of this term, with two dedicated new websites for students in Key Stages 3 and 4 implemented. Accessible via the Frog learning platform, these sites include invaluable new revision resources, guides on using software and an area where they can submit homework. We see this new measure being a successful one for our students, and look forward to maintaining our commitment to innovation across the curriculum this term.
Our adoption of the Drop Everything and Read scheme (DEAR) has also been a great success. The programme involves all students at the Academy reading in silence for a 20-minute period every day, to improve literacy skills and develop a passion for reading. Students have certainly benefited from the scheme, with loans from our Learning Resource Centre increasing dramatically in recent months and key improvements seen in reading and writing achievement.
Recent weeks have also been a hugely productive time for individual student achievement. A shining example of this is that of Year10 student Sarah Iqbal, who took part in Sky News’ Stand Up Be Counted campaign shortly before Christmas. The programme is a nationwide initiative which provides young people with a platform to raise and discuss issues that matter to them. Sarah’s area of discussion centred on youth clubs and the importance they can play in discouraging young people from crime and antisocial behaviour, with a video of Sarah chosen to be placed on the Stand Up Be Counted website. Her achievements are testament to the emphasis the Academy places on producing ambitious, socially responsible students.
On Friday 6 February, the students and staff will have the unique honour of hosting the launch of the inaugural Erdington Young People’s Parliament Manifesto. We were chosen for the event by local MP Jack Dromey, who has visited the Academy on several occasions and commented positively on the conduct and achievement of our students. Erdington will be the first constituency in the country to have its own Young People’s Parliament Manifesto, allowing NBA and the local community to blaze a trail for youth politics in the UK. Being invited to host is ample reward for the dedication and commitment our students have shown to political engagement and social responsibility, seen in schemes such as the Student Council.
Finally, I would like to announce some exciting new appointments at the Academy. Shortly before Christmas, our new Year 7 Ambassadors were chosen, and are now settling in superbly to their new roles. Each Ambassador is tasked with being a positive representative of North Birmingham Academy, with duties including meeting with guests at Academy events and promoting our successes to the local community. We have also appointed two new members of staff to our Post 16 provision, who will be teaching Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology and Health and Social Care, thereby further enhancing the quality and depth of the curriculum on offer to our Post 16 students.
Our commitment as an academy is to ensure all of our students achieve their best. Our students are our priority and their academic and personal development is key to North Birmingham Academy’s success.
With everyone refreshed following the Christmas break and another term of hard work and enriching activities ahead of us, students and staff at the Academy are in positive mood. As always, our commitment to excellence remains unchanged, and we continue to strive to maximise the potential of every student.