CTC Kingshurst Academy

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CTC Kingshurst Academy
Cooks Lane, Kingshurst, Solihull
Type (Privately Owned/Public acceptance policy)
Motto "Fear Not Change"
Established 1988
Principal Mr Damon Hewson
Key people

Miss B. Norris (Head of Year 7)
Mr M. Tindall (Head of Years 8 and 9)
Miss R. Dunlop (Head of Yr10)
Mr R. Cornelius (Head of Yr11)

Mr J. Bowers (Head of Post 16)
Enrollment 1500
Campus Urban
Color(s) Burgundy jumper with logo, White Shirt/polo neck (yr 10/11 only), Mid-Grey Trousers/Skirt

CTC Kingshurst Academy (previously The City Technology College, Kingshurst) is an education establishment in Kingshurst, Solihull, England. It was the only City Technology College to offer post-16 students the opportunity to study the International Baccalaureate instead of A-levels. It also offers the options of studying for GNVQs and BTECs in various subjects.

Under the name of "The City Technology College, Kingshurst", the establishment opened in 1988 as Britain's first CTC. Mrs Valerie Bragg was the Principal Emeritus. The academy has developed a partnership in education, bringing together the world of industry, commerce and education and has very good results. From an all ability intake, 64% of Year 11 students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* to C or equivalent (including Maths and English) (2013).[1]

The academy now accommodates over 1,600[2] students of all abilities from 11 to 19 years of age. The College is situated on the eastern outskirts of Birmingham in the suburb of Kingshurst, North Solihull. The College serves the East Birmingham and North Solihull areas.

Kingshurst refers to itself as a "dynamic organisation, continually changing and progressing to meet the demands of the ever changing world".[3] This is in part illustrated by the school motto "Fear not Change". When the College opened, 83% of students in the area were leaving school at 16 with few prospects of employment. As of 2006, more than 80% of the school's children continue with education to post-16, either at Kingshurst or at other colleges.

In 2008 the City Technology College, Kingshurst converted to Academy status, with the name changing to The City Technology College Kingshurst Academy. In 2010 refurbishments took place across the whole site and a new D block was built. D block was opened in October 2011. Technically, CTC Kingshurst Academy is registered as a company limited by guarantee while also being registered as a charity (Registered in England No: 2268092. Registered Charity number 700390).[4]

3E's, a spinout company fully owned by the Kingshurst CTC Trust, was responsible for the formation of the Kingshurst Foundation - a confederation of schools run by the 3E's company. The initial schools in this Federation were King's College, Guildford and Kings International College, Camberley.

Post 16 Education[edit]

The CTC Kingshurst Academy offers Post 16 Education for both internal and external candidates who have completed their Secondary Education. CTC Kingshurst Academy offers Vocational Courses (BTECs and National Diplomas) as well as the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma.


The Principal of the College is Damon Hewson, who succeeded Ann Jones as the fourth Principal of CTC Kingshurst in 2015. The second Principal was Peter Ireland and the first was Valerie Bragg.[5]

Senior Leadership at the college consists of a team of four vice principals and a team of assistant vice principals. The current vice principals are:

  • Richard Jones
  • Tracy Kimberley-Watkins
  • Helen Dean
  • Nichola Davies

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Archived November 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "CTC rules the exam list roost. How borough schools shaped up". Icsolihull.icnetwork.co.uk. January 2006. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  3. ^ [2] Archived December 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "CTC Kingshurst Academy: Home". Kingshurst.ac.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  5. ^ [3]

Coordinates: 52°29′10″N 1°44′55″W / 52.4862°N 1.7487°W / 52.4862; -1.7487