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Plantsbrook School

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Plantsbrook School
Plantsbrook School Logo.jpg
Motto Be The Best You Can Be
Type Academy
Headteacher Tracy Campbell BA, MEd
Chair of Governors Mr D Griffiths
Location Upper Holland Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1RB
England Coordinates: 52°33′31″N 1°49′07″W / 52.5587°N 1.8187°W / 52.5587; -1.8187
Local authority Birmingham
Students 1274
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Website Plantsbrook School

Plantsbrook School, formerly Riland Bedford High School, is a secondary school and Sixth Form College located in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England. The school has continued to consistently receive an "Outstanding" status with every Ofsted inspection. The school was a Technology College and a Music College before the Specialist Schools initiative was made defunct.

The school is due to undergo a £20 million refurbishment with the gradual demolition of the current building.[1]


The school begins holding open days in the September, the year before students would be starting to attend. The new intake of students begins in early September, with the academic year finishing July of the following year.

The school goes from years 7-11, with the opportunity of joining the school's own sixth form college. Each year is broken down into P,L,A,N,T,S,B,R, with the entire year group split in half into with P,L,A,N or T,S,B,R resulting in different subject scheduling for each half. Students remain in their form groups for the entire 5 years, with only the year changing e.g. 7S will later become 8S and so on. Whole years are under the leadership of an Achievement Co-ordinater and an Assistant Achievement Co-ordinater who deal with both support and discipline within their year, they too remain with the year's intake for the 5 years, often forming close professional bonds. Weekly assemblies and other year events/inter-form competitions involve all 8 form groups.

Subject classes are broken up mainly into ability based subjects such as English, Maths and Science. All other school subjects are taken as a form group, until GCSE's in Year 10-11 when individual subject options are chosen and the eight year groups are then mixed up to find matching timetable patterns.

The school regularly achieves a 100% pass rate at A Level. The school continues to increase the pass rate and each year the results are the highest it has ever achieved. Point scores also increase on the previous year's figures.


The original Riland Bedford building was constructed in the early 1940s with later building work being undertaken by American soldiers who were using the school as a base during World War II. When the school first opened, male and female students were kept on different sides of the building.[2] One half was named Riland Bedford High School for Boys and the other, Riland Bedford High School for Girls. The building's symmetry provided exactly the same facilities and space for both schools.

The school's first incarnation, was so called as a result of the union of the prominent Riland and Bedford families of Sutton Coldfield. The school officially changed it's name in the 1990s, choosing to rename itself from Plants Brook, a stream that flows through Sutton Coldfield and passes the school.

The school officially adopted academy status on 1 August 2011. Thereby ceasing to be a state comprehensive.


The school hosts a yearly school musical which is the high point of the year for most students and involves the entire Creative Arts faculty.

The school was also one of the first to possess its own student-run radio station, named PB Radio which broadcasts internally and on the internet from its studio on the site.


The school was one of only a few select schools to win a government grant to completely rebuild the school and it's grounds. It was awarded £20 million with the first phase of building work expected to commence in summer, 2015. The new building is due to be completed in August, 2017.[3]


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