Exciting Times for Staff and Students ; Advertisment Feature WHO'S WHO IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS HARBORNE ACADEMY

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Exciting Times for Staff and Students ; Advertisment Feature WHO'S WHO IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS HARBORNE ACADEMY


IN AUGUST 2011 Harborne Academy celebrated its best ever GCSE results.

As a specialist Health Tec Centre, the school was particularly delighted with GCSE science results, where 85 per cent of pupils who took GCSE Double Award science or an equivalent qualification were awarded a grade C or above.

The Academy provides the best possible education for all pupils, regardless of their background or abilities. The focus at the Academy is on personalised learning throughout the whole curriculum and students progress through their programmes of work at different rates and get extra help and support in areas where they require it.

There were many highlights during the Academy's year and Wendy Stevens, the newly appointed executive Head Teacher, commented: "With a new build planned for completion in September 2013 there isn't a better time to be involved in the Academy's development.

"These are exciting times for both staff and pupils in the Academy. We are all looking forward to our future in an environment that will support the aspirations that we have for our learners."- The partnership with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre provides students with opportunities to get involved in live theatre projects. From acting, stage design and make-up to script writing, students get involved in every aspect of performing arts at the Rep.

The Academy celebrated the Olympics in its own way this year by embracing the original ideal of the ancient Olympic Games. During a three-day event students represented one of four countries and took part in showcasing the culture from each of these countries.

From poetry to cookery, music to topography, students competed to create the best for the country that they represented. They created national dishes, national costumes and mascots and took part in traditional competitions from fencing to Sumo Wrestling. Even science had its place where students created flying machines from the plans of Leonardo Da Vinci and created miniature gardens to represent the theme of each of the four countries, Japan, Africa, Mexico and Italy. …

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