The Baverstock Academy

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The Baverstock Academy
Baverstockacademy logo.png
Motto Strive to Succeed
Established 1983
Closed 2017
Type Academy
Chair of Governors Jordan Keen
Founder Roger Perks OBE
Location 501 Bells Lane
Druids Heath
West Midlands
B14 5TL
England
52°24′18″N 1°53′29″W / 52.4050°N 1.8913°W / 52.4050; -1.8913Coordinates: 52°24′18″N 1°53′29″W / 52.4050°N 1.8913°W / 52.4050; -1.8913
Local authority Birmingham
DfE URN 139738 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 0 as of July 2017
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours                Yellow, navy blue and black
Website Baverstock Academy

The Baverstock Academy (formerly Baverstock Foundation School and Specialist Sports College) was a mixed secondary school and sixth form college, located on the southern edge of Birmingham, Kings Heath

Due to its outstanding sports facilities, it became one of the first to gain Specialist Sports College status in September 2002 before the Specialist Schools initiative was made defunct but is a member of the Specialist Schools Trust now. Baverstock also held Artsmark Gold, Schools Achievement and Sportsmark awards. With many past students representing Great Britain in many sporting competitions. The school was also a TEEP Training school and part of the National Literacy Trust program.

The school was placed in special measures after an "inadequate" inspection result in September 2014.[1] An inspection in February 2016 concluded that special measures should continue[2] although Ofsted in June 2016 stated the school was 'substantially' making improvements to the removal of special measures status. The academy was recently awarded The Good Schools Guide 2016 for best performance by Boys taking Engineering at GCSE level at any other English Comprehensive School in the country.[3]

History[edit]

Baverstock was formed in 1983 during a citywide reorganisation of education. It was a merger of Brandwood School, which had been identified for closure for some time, with Maypole Comprehensive on the site of Maypole School which was built in 1969. The school crest is the combination of the schools that merged to form Baverstock, with the sabre and shield coming from Brandwood School and the motto Strive to Succeed suggested by students at the school.

The then headteacher, Mr Roger Perks, started with a newly formed school but only 26 applicants for 150 places in the first year's intake.[4]

The school was known for doing things very differently. Mr Perks focused on the pressures the students were facing in their social and family life, which led to programs like a breakfast club which was seen as radical in the early 1980s (and which he had first used at Ladywood School a decade before). To show his pride in the school and to set an example to the students, Mr Perks wore the school uniform.[5] Past students will remember the Golden Key award. This was used to illustrate that education was the key to bring change, opportunity and success.

1988 saw the school become grant-maintained, one of the first to take this new status. This allowed the school to heavily invest in new buildings and sports facilities within the school site to cater for the rapidly expanding student population, and the creation of the Sixth Form College in 1996. After having been a grant-maintained school for many years, Baverstock became a Foundation School in 1998 after the abolition of the grant-maintained program. This brought the school under local education authority control again.

In September 2002, the school was granted Sports College status and became known as Baverstock Foundation School and Specialist Sports College. The school received recognition from 10 Downing Street, the home of the Prime Minister, for its provisions and investment in physical education as one of the nation’s top sports colleges.[6] A sports school partnership program was formed to work with many local primary schools to raise standards in physical education sports.

Roger Perks retired in April 2002 and David Green became headteacher.

In 2010, plans were announced to merge Baverstock School with Kings Norton High School to form a new 1,000-pupil school.[7] Although a Statement of Intent was signed by Michael Gove, then Secretary of State for Education, this was later withdrawn.

On the departure of David Green as headteacher in 2010, the school was achieving its best ever GCSE results. The replacement for Mr Green was Thomas Marshall.

The school converted to academy status on the 1st June 2013, ceasing to be a state comprehensive school. It was run by the LEAP Academy Trust, with admissions still dealt with by Birmingham City Council.

On 30 June 2016, LEAP Academy Trust announced plans to close the school within the next twelve months, subject to approval by the Secretary of State for Education. The reason given was the failure to find a financial sponsor.[8] Campaigners started a petition against the closure.[9]

Headteachers[edit]

Mr Roger Perks O.B.E[edit]

Charles Roger Perks, known as Mr Roger Perks, joined Maypole High School from Naseby School, where he had previously been Head Teacher. Maypole was one of the worst failing schools in the country and was described at the time as "having the greatest number of referrals to social services of any part of any city in Europe".[citation needed] Perks took the role of the headteacher in 1983 when the merger between Maypole High School and two other schools led to the formation of Baverstock School. He had a hard task, as the school had pupils from three failing schools to cater for, and the new school's 150 places at first had only 26 applicants. Within five years, Baverstock was regarded as one of Birmingham's most successful inner-city schools.[citation needed] Perks was awarded an O.B.E for services to education in 1991. He retired in 2002 after 19 years of service to the school, and died on Christmas Day in 2004. The students of Baverstock School raised a lot of money (through a concert) for a memorial to him.[10]

Mr David Green[edit]

Mr David Green joined the school in late 2002 and left it at the end of the Summer term 2010. He saw the school gain its best ever results at the end of 2010.[citation needed] He has now become the chair to the Governors of Kings Norton Girls' School.

Mr Thomas Marshall[edit]

Mr Thomas Marshall took the position of headteacher in the September 2010 term. On 1 June 2013 Baverstock Foundation School and Specialist Sports College became The Baverstock Academy, with Mr Thomas Marshall as Executive Principal of the Academy trust.

The school was rated as inadequate by Ofsted in 2014 and then placed into special measures. In November 2015 the school was investigated by the Department for Education for a what was seen as a "concern" over "irregularity" within the school's finances. The investigation came to the conclusion of "serious allegations of financial irregularity and governance" at the school between August and September and sought improvement by December 2015.[11] This led to the removal of Mr Marshall from his post in December 2015. On the 1st November 2016 Thomas Marshall finally resigned from the board of the trust, finally ending his position at the Academy.

Ms Sylvia Thomas[edit]

Ms Sylvia Thomas Interim Executive Principal from December 2015 to June 2016

Mr Peter Cox[edit]

Mr Peter Cox became Interim Principal in June 2016. From January 2017 became CEO of The Leap Academy Trust. In February a letter was leaked to the BBC,[12] the letter was dated November 2016 and addressed to the Lord Nash. This was clear he was pushing for closure of the academy and was a clear breach of his role as Interim principal and CEO, where he was employed by the DFE to remain impartial and stabilise the academy. Upon the news the campaign group pushed for his resignation which they achieved in March 2017.

Mr Andrew MacKenzie[edit]

Mr Andrew MacKenzie Former Acting Headtecher from January 2017 to April 2017

Miss Sharon Simpson[edit]

Miss Sharon Simpson Acting Headteacher and Accounting Officer from April 2017 to July 2017

Sixth form[edit]

Baverstock's sixth form was part of the master plan set out by then head teacher Roger Perks, to secure the future success of the school within the community. It was officially opened in 1996 by the then Prime Minister, John Major.

On 5 February 2016 the governing body of the school announced the suspending of the Sixth Form for the 2016–2017 academic year. The reasons given were that the school could no longer give students the right "quality of educational experience" and needed to focus academic concentration on the main school as a priority.[13]

LEAP programme[edit]

LEAP (Learn, engage, Achieve and Progress) was a behaviour support centre that was designed to help with exclusions at the school, which had traditionally been very high.

Its purpose was to support students with behaviour issues and to ultimately reduce the exclusion rate. LEAP put the emphasis on learning. The centre was, initially, very labour-intensive with money being spent on providing a new self-contained area from the rest of the main school to put focus on the students. The success of LEAP has been recognised nationally.[citation needed] In 2013–14, 100% of the students who attended the Baverstock Academy achieved the top GCSE grades. LEAP students sit GCSEs and achieve well.[citation needed]

In August 2014, LEAP was the subject of a BBC Panorama programme Last Chance Academy, which highlighted the school's success with disruptive students.[14]

Health-Tec[edit]

Health-Tec brings health and education together to create a fresh environment and a different proven way of learning, whereby students can immerse themselves in interactive ‘real life’ simulation scenarios in specially constructed sets, which mirror everyday experiences in the workplace in the health and care sector. The project is in collabroation with University Hospitals Birmingham and South and City College Birmingham, and works with others schools across Birmingham.[citation needed]

The Health-Tec project supports programmes of study in consultation with teaching staff, including examination courses towards BTECs and GCSEs. Students could be working alongside paramedics in an ambulance simulator to deliver critical first aid in the aftermath of a devastating accident. Alternatively, they could be helping each other to complete day-to-day tasks in our mini-residential home wearing restricted mobility suits.

Notable former pupils[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "School report: Inspection dates 24-25 September 2014" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Special measures monitoring inspection of The Baverstock Academy" (PDF). Ofsted. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  3. ^ https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/schools/the-baverstock-academy-birmingham
  4. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/4791451/Our-philosophy-Aim-for-the-stars.html
  5. ^ https://www.tes.com/news/tes-archive/tes-publication/roger-perks-loves-wearing-his-school-tie-blazer-and-badge-thats-him
  6. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/4791451/Our-philosophy-Aim-for-the-stars.html
  7. ^ Savvas, Christina (29 January 2010). "New school proposed to serve Kings Norton and Druids Heath". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Richardson, Andy (27 July 2016). "Crisis-hit Baverstock Academy set to close within a year". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Cannon, Matt (27 July 2016). "Petition to save 'closing' Baverstock Academy signed by hundreds within 24 hours". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  10. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Pupils%27+tribute+to+a+beloved+head%3B+DRUIDS+HEATH+Youngsters+raise+cash...-a0139541663
  11. ^ McKinney, Emma (16 November 2015). "Baverstock Academy probe over 'financial irregularities'". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  12. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-38906781
  13. ^ Chan, Emily (11 February 2016). "Crisis-hit Baverstock Academy to close sixth form to new admissions". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Last Chance Academy". BBC One: Panorama. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Athletes > SAVASTIO Joanne Tina". Melbourne 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  16. ^ Suart, Paul (26 March 2013). "Birmingham actor Wayne steps into lead role for home town performance of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Brent Davies, Lesley Anderson, "Opting for self-management: the early experiences of grant-maintained schools" (1992), paperback ISBN 0-415-07347-2.
  • John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moe, "A lesson in school reform from Great Britain" (1992), paperback ISBN 0-8157-1411-4.
  • John Honeybourne, Michael Hill, Helen Moors, "Advanced Physical Education and Sport for AS-level" (2001), paperback ISBN 0-7487-5303-6.

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