WHAT I couldn’t help but notice was the comradery between the members of staff and the pupils. The ambience around the building was positive and it seems everyone enjoys their school life.

Mr Mobberley said: “Our aim is to bring up inquisitive young adults and prepare them for the real world.”

Molly Stevens, who is part of the student leadership team, said: “We do have a lot of freedom as students here. We are treated like adults with the kind of support we still need at this age. We are all on the same page and we are recognised as young adults. It’s just like a big community here.”

Molly, 17, added: “In the student leadership team, we try to organise charity events for local causes. We are trying to up the amount of charity stuff we are doing to help the local community. It is nice to have that built up relationship with the teachers and students. I feel like we are the voice for the students.”

Following the school’s extension two years ago, there is a café and study area available for students to work in. Rather than your usual common room, the space provides plenty of room for students to knuckle down with their work, have a bite to eat, or simply relax on the sofas. The idea of the open plan area is to encourage students to study, rather than lounge about. It is clear that the sixth formers have their freedom and independence to explore their ideas, but there is also plenty of support on offer.

Thirty per cent of students who attend the sixth form, in Bromwich Road, have come from other schools.

Tash Hewitt aims to become a secondary school teacher and progress up the Pastoral route after completing her A-Levels.

Tash, aged 18, said: “I love sixth form. I was a previous student here and chose to come back because I already knew my teachers. The Pastoral support is amazing. You are assigned a personal tutor who you meet with three times a week. Any problems, you know you can go and speak to them, and for me, this was something I really wanted. There are so many opportunities.

“Even though we are a separate sixth form, we are integrated within the lower years. We have a role of peer mentoring the other students. The staff here have given me inspiration to go into teaching.”

Ori Cult-Hurst, 17 said: “It’s a small sixth form and you’re taken care of here. Everyone knows you by your name and it feels like a close community.”


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