SCHOOL GUIDE Technology College with a Strong Ethos; GCSE Results in Urdu, Bengali, Business Studies, Drama, Religious Education, Physical Education and Double Award Science Are Close to the National Average Aston Manor School Is Very Much on the Up, with the Standard of Teaching and Learning Showing Constant Improvement. ASTON MANOR SCHOOL
A BIRMINGHAM school recently accorded Technology College status has been warmly praised for its strong ethos by Ofsted inspectors.
Aston Manor School is, in fact, very much on the up, with the standard of teaching and learning showing constant improvement.
Headteacher Mr David Walters is proud of the progress made, which drew the following positive comments from Ofsted.
"The school ethos is very strong. There are positive attitudes to learning, good behaviour, very good relationships at all levels and a high degree of racial harmony.
"Teachers are hard working and the quality of teaching has improved since the last inspection. Teachers provide good support and guidance and the provision for extra-curricular activities is good."
Mr Walters particularly emphasised the excellent relationship between pupils and the staff, leading to a record year in terms of examination results.
This is over and above the results for the previous year, on which Ofsted had the following to say: "GCSE results in Urdu, Bengali, business studies, drama, religious education, physical education and double award science are close to the national averages.
They compare well with those achieved at similar schools."
Mr Walters added: "Although highly delighted with these comments, we will not stand still. We are determined to improve still further.
"As the Ofsted inspectors found, the senior management team, staff and governors are working hard to raise pupils' attainment and we have effective policies in place to achieve this."
This approach must surely be one of the main reasons why Aston Manor School in June of this year was designated a Technology College, with specialist school status for technology.
There is a large technology area, besides a modern information and communication technology suite. The well-equipped main library has multi-media resources.
"We are very proud of the superb facilities offered by the school," said Mr Walters.
"These include a curriculum support area, a careers library and resource area and five science laboratories."
Aston Manor School, which is in Phillips Street, Aston has particularly good provision for careers education and work experience, another point made by Ofsted.
It also has productive links with primary schools, colleges of further education and the wider community.
European links are not forgotten. Pupils participate in trips to France, normally during the summer term, to experience and appreciate a different culture and way of life.
"Such experiences encourage our pupils to become more independent learners," said Mr Walters.
"It is also our aim to help pupils develop into pleasant and responsible young people, well-equipped to succeed in further and higher education and able to gain secure jobs in the future. …