Supporting Solihull Academy as our chosen charity for 2019

Here at the centre we like to put something back and support our local community. This year we have chosen Solihull Academy who are just a stone’s throw away from the centre. The team had a visit recently from Stephen Steinhaus the Principal from the local academy to talk about how the support and help from CESRC is going to change the educational futures and life of every young student who attends their academy. Solihull has, in the past, had one of the highest exclusion rates from schools in the country. If a young person is permanently excluded from school, they are at risk of getting caught up in crime, drugs and more alarming is that they have a 1 in 4 chance of dying before the age of 25.

The academy opened in April 2018 with 30 Year 9 students drawn from across all 15 Solihull secondary schools and now has 55 students with many more on their waiting list who need the help and support they can provide. They will open fully in September 2019 with up to 110 students in Years 9 – 11. Solihull needs an additional, alternative solution for a number of students for whom mainstream education is simply not working (for a range of reasons), and Solihull Academy has been set up to address that need. They have recruited committed, passionate and talented staff to ensure the full range of interventions to change the outcomes of their students for the better.

This is not your run-of-the-mill school. Solihull Academy will be a game changer for pupils in the borough who really need the game to change.

With a balanced mix of academic and pastoral intervention, challenge and rigour, they have created a structured, therapeutic environment to give students in the borough a chance to truly succeed. They are creating a community that can and will change the educational futures and life chances for every student who goes to them and, thereby, change what education looks like in Solihull.

The Academy is not built as a short-stay provision to intervene and then send students back to mainstream schools. That type of intervention and respite may be a very small part of their provision but, in the main they will be a destination school, not a stopping-off point. The vast majority of their students will be registered with them as their home school. Their mission is to help their pupils gain ground, regain what may have been lost in their previous experiences of education, and take them as far as they can and even further than they might think possible academically, socially, emotionally and morally until they finish with the Academy Year 11.

The strapline is simple…Solihull Academy will be the difference for our students who have an urgent need for something different.

Testimonials

“After feeling very anxious prior to my appointment, I left CESRC feeling much happier and in very safe and competent hands. Every member of the team that I came into contact with were kind, reassuring and helpful. The experience of the team was obvious from the word go and I would highly recommend this practice! Thank you!”

E. Richards

“Another great CPD evening on occlusion last week. Keep up with the study club programme as it is a great opportunity for us GDPs to stay up to date and meet other colleagues in the profession.”

O. Hinton

“Excellent, knowledgeable team.”

C. Bradley

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