Tudor Grange Academy, Solihull
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|Former name||Tudor Grange School|
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It is situated in Tudor Grange Park, west of Solihull town centre, next to Alderbrook Secondary School (former Harold Malley Grammar School and Harold Cartwright Girls' Grammar School) and St. Peter's RC Secondary School. Solihull College is next-door to the east.
Tudor Grange Grammar School began as an entity at Lode Heath School, Lode Lane, in September 1951, with two mixed classes 1G1&1G2. The formative school continued with these temporary arrangements until the new boys' school in Dingle Lane was opened in September 1956, the official ceremony taking place on Tuesday July 23, 1957. The cost of building the new premises is reported to have been £176,445. Six hundred boys were taught at the school whose motto was 'Omnibus prodesse' - 'to be of service to all men'
In addition to the established Lode Heath School contingent, the new intake also included boys from Sharman's Cross Secondary Modern School. Subsequent entries were drawn from boys passing the 11+ exam together with a very small number passing a 13+ exam.
The original uniform of the school comprised a black blazer with school badge on the breast pocket, a white shirt, a school tie in stripes of black gold and silver, a black cap with school badge and black lace-up leather shoes. 1st and 2nd year boys wore grey shorts whilst older boys were allowed to wear grey flannel trousers. 6th formers wore a slightly more flamboyant tie whilst prefects wore a cap with a gold stripe.
The original Headmaster was Mr A. R. Munday, M.A, Cantab. (Sometime scholar of St Catharine's College) who later left to become Headmaster of the King's School, Chester, in 1964. He was followed as Headmaster by John Scandrett Millward, who in turn was followed in 1974 by Robert Fulton.
Amongst some of the visionary masters at this time was Mr Arthur Bowden who taught mathematics, but more notably had the enthusiasm to have a small astronomical observatory built in the grounds, although he also famously declared in 1958 that it was "mathematically impossible for any space-craft to leave the gravitational pull of the earth ". Mr. Bowden was an avid Morgan car enthusiast.
After the construction of the boys' school, a school for girls was built next door. The two schools had playing fields which shared a common boundary, greatly adding to the enthusiasm for outdoor sports in both schools.
In 2002 it was known as 'Tudor Grange Secondary School', and was a mixed 11-16 comprehensive school with a pupil roll of around 1250. Including both buildings from the girls' and boys' school (now known as the Upper and Lower buildings), it was a technological college with high academic achievement. In the 2008 GCSE result statistics, Tudor Grange was found to have a 100% A*-C pass rate for a minimum of 2 GCSE's (All pupils left with at least 5 GCSE's)The school was classed as outstanding after a visit from Ofsted in December 2008.
Since then a new block dedicated to teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma has been added together with a new sports hall allowing one of the two old gyms has been turned into a large classroom known as the 'Lead Lesson Suite' used as an exam room and for teaching large groups of pupils. In November 2009 the school was awarded Bronze award in the Eco-Schools programme which is run nationwide. The school also has a partnership school called Tudor Grange Academy Worcester, replacing Elgar Technology College. It became fully comprehensive in 1974, the year the County Borough of Solihull became the larger Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. In 1984, Solihull LEA looked at the possibility of returning to a selective system of schools (made possible because the 1976 Education Act was repealed in 1979), and making the school a grammar school. In September 1995, Tudor Grange became a Technology College and in September 2009 the school adopted a specialism in business and enterprise. In September 2010, it converted to become an Academy.
Proposed Changes to Admissions Policy
In January 2013 Tudor Grange announced, via their website, proposed changes to its admissions policy. These changes would give priority to children from two faith schools over children who live within the school's catchment area. These proposed changes have proved controversial with local parents.
- Martin Baggott and Donald Gould, both members of The Applejacks
- Gareth Edwards, Principal since 2001 of George Watson's College, Edinburgh
- The Rt Rev Dr Peter R. Forster, the Bishop of Chester since 1996
- David Jamieson, Labour MP from 1992-2005 for Plymouth Devonport and President since 2005 of the Motor Cycle Industry Association
- Justin King, CEO of J Sainsbury plc
- Peter McEvoy, golfer
- Simon Fowler, lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist in Ocean Colour Scene
- Jeremy Bates, former British No.1 tennis player
- History of Tudor Grange
- Tudor Grange Academy Solihull Trust
- Admissions Policy
- Tudor Grange Academy admissions proposals cause concern
- Finch, Julia (2009-03-27). "Sainsbury's chief of staff Justin King wears his service medal with pride". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2012-05-22.