Our school has been approved!

We are delighted to confirm that the Department for Education has announced that our application to open Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy in the parish of Yardley Wood has been successful.

The academy is one of only two Church of England secondary school applications to progress to the ‘pre-opening phase’ in this wave of free schools and is now planning to open in September 2020. The precise location of the school is yet to be confirmed and a provisional opening date will be confirmed once a suitable site has been secured.

The secondary school for pupils aged 11-19 will admit up to 180 students to Year 7 each year and will eventually accommodate 900 students plus a sixth form. The curriculum offer will be broad and balanced and a longer school day will incorporate a varied programme of enrichment activities including a supportive homework club.

Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy will form part of the Birmingham Diocesan Academies Trust which is being established by Birmingham Diocesan Board of Education. The vision of the Trust is to ensure students have ‘life in all its fullness’; providing an education that will offer a wide range of opportunities alongside the expectation that students will leave with qualifications enabling them to access successful employment.

The foundation of the academy is rooted in values stemming from Christian teaching, providing education for all and following an open admissions policy that welcomes young people and their families from all faith backgrounds and none.

“We are excited about being able to provide a new opportunity for the diverse communities in and around Yardley Wood. Every pupil will be supported in achieving their personal best, both academically and holistically as young members of the community. An inclusive Christian ethos affirms all pupils, including those of other faiths and none.”
Sarah Smith, Director of Education of Birmingham Diocesan Board of Education

We would like to thank everyone who supported our application and will keep you informed of our progress through our website and on the Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy Facebook page.

DfE interview tomorrow

Our interview with the Department for Education takes place tomorrow. This next stage of the process will give us the opportunity to discuss our proposal for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy in depth.

Reaching this next stage shows that we have clearly submitted a strong application that positively demonstrates parental and community support, the type of school we will provide, the school’s ethos and the capability of our team.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete the short registration form to receive news on our progress.

Thank you for your continued support!

Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy Team

Fingers crossed for DfE interview news!

Our application to the Department for Education (DfE) to open Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy was submitted on 28th September and we are now waiting to hear whether we have been shortlisted for an interview.

DfE interviews will take place in the New Year and are the next stage of the process, providing the opportunity to discuss our proposal in depth. Meanwhile, we have been busy having ‘mock’ interviews with Place Group, our advisers who have successfully guiding over 60 free schools in pre and post-opening phases, to ensure that we are fully prepared should we be successful at this stage.

We have been delighted with the support for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy and feel that we submitted a strong application that positively demonstrated parental and community support, the type of school we will provide, the school’s ethos and the capability of our team.

We are continuing to collect registrations of support for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy, as we need to evidence at the interview that we have continued and growing support for the school from prospective parents and members of the local community.

If you have not yet registered your support for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy, please complete our short online form.

Please help us continue to spread the word about Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy and also encourage your friends to register their support as every name counts!

Thank you as always for your fantastic support and we will keep you updated.

 

Please continue to support our plans

We are continuing to collect registrations of support as we need to show the Department for Education that we have continued and growing support for the school from prospective parents and members of the local community.

If you have not yet registered your support for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy, please complete the short online form.

You can also share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing us at info@christchurchsecondary.org.uk.

Keep your eye on our website for further updates or join us on Facebook for all the latest news.

Kind regards

Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy Team

Application now in!

Our application to the Department for Education (DfE) to open Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy has now been submitted!

The application contained a detailed business case for our school, including detailed answers to questions about parental and community support, the type of school we will provide, the school’s ethos and the capability of our team. We are now waiting to hear whether we have been shortlisted for an interview by the DfE, which is the next stage of the process and an opportunity to discuss our proposal in depth.

We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has shown their support and registered their interest in Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy – we’ll let you know as soon as we have any news!

Thank you for your continued support.

Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy Team

One week to register your support!

With just one week to go before we submit our bid to the Department for Education to make our vision for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy a reality, please register your support by Wednesday 31st August. Demonstrating the level of support for the school is a key element of our application to the Department for Education and the higher the level of support, the more chance the school has of being approved.

If you have not yet registered your support for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy, please complete the short online form.

You can also share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing us at info@christchurchsecondary.org.uk.

Please spread the word – together we can make this happen!

Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy Team

Two weeks to go…

We have been delighted with the positive response from prospective parents and members of the wider community. Demonstrating the level of support for the school is a key element of our application to the Department for Education and the higher the level of support, the more chance the school has of being approved.

If you have not yet registered your support for Christ C of E Church Secondary Academy, please complete the short online form.

You can also share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing us at info@christchurchsecondary.org.uk.

Thank you for your ongoing support – every registration brings us one step closer to making our vision for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy a reality.

Please spread the word!

Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy Team

Open Event – Monday 6th June

Prospective parents, their children and the community are invited to find out more about the proposed Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy and meet those behind the application at an Open Event on Monday 6th June.

The event will take place from 5.00-6.30pm at Christ Church Centre (located on the left-hand side of Christ Church), 153 School Road, Yardley Wood, Birmingham B14 4EP.

We hope to see you there!

Help make Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy happen!

We’ve been out and about in the Yardley Wood area spreading the word about our proposals for some time now. The response from parents and the wider community has been fantastic.

We will be submitting our bid for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy early this autumn. In order for our application to the Department for Education to be successful, we need to show that we have the support of prospective parents and the wider community.

If you haven’t already done so, please support our proposals by completing the short registration form

Should you know anyone else who may be interested in supporting our school, please encourage them to sign up – your support will help make our vision for Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy a reality.

You can also share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing us at info@christchurchsecondary.org.uk.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Christ Church C of E Secondary Academy Team