Golden Time to Celebrate; SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technical College

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THE future looks bright for pupils and staff at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College which is celebrating a milestone.

The secondary school has been setting new high standards since acquiring specialist status four years ago.

And now the school, in Woodbrooke Road, Bournville, which has collected national awards three years in succession for improvements in its GCSE exam results, is gearing up for its 50th anniversary.

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury, one of the city's smaller secondary schools with just 680 pupils, is holding an open day on September 30.

There will be an exhibition featuring photos and memorabilia from the last half-a-century, including a log book kept by the first head teacher, Margaret Walsh.

Current head Lesley Brooman, who has held the post for the past eight years, said: "The Specialist Schools Trust has awarded us the title of Most Improved School for three years running.

"That is national among all specialist schools in the country, so it is very pleasing"Becoming a specialist school was a huge step-up and accelerator to improve.

"It allowed us to expand our ICT provision which has been such a boost in improving teaching and learning, and given a lift which goes through the school. Success breeds success."

As the exhibition will show, the school was built on land donated to Birmingham education authority by the Cadbury family. …