The Sixth Form College, Solihull is a centre of excellence for 16-19 education, helping young people to stretch their potential. The Sixth Form College, Solihull is a centre of excellence for 16-19 education, helping young people to stretch their potential. Our excellent reputation has been reinforced by Ofsted; following inspection in 2013, Ofsted declared the College to have “a harmonious learning culture” and “a strong emphasis on high expectations and aspirations”. The Results section of the College website provides some evidence of our success. Our Mission Statement declares that our College is for people who: ASPIRE - INVEST - RESPECT We ASPIRE to be outstanding: academically, professionally and personally. We INVEST fully in all we do, knowing that the more effort we commit the more benefits we can access. We RESPECT each other, ourselves and our environment. These principles underpin all the policies and regulations which manage how we work together as students, staff, parents and governors. The culture and ethos that these values sustain create the capacity to transform life chances, enabling all of us to stretch our potential to the full.
We are proud of the opportunities and expertise that we can offer to young people in Solihull and the surrounding area. Our curriculum, staffing and resources are all targeted on getting the best for you in an environment designed especially for you. The range of courses we offer is outstanding, and our track record of supporting students through university application is second to none. We are small enough to ensure that everyone gets the individual attention they need to succeed, but big enough to offer a full range of truly specialist course options. If you work hard and commit to your studies, our results over recent years show that you can be really confident of doing well and securing a good place at university or work. Here is what makes us an outstanding choice for post-16 education: dedicated college for 16-19 year olds excellent academic achievement levels with high pass rates outstanding teachers with expert knowledge outstanding support for progression to university or employment a huge variety of subjects available (42 at A Level and 8 BTEC Diplomas) great flexibility of A Level subjects superb facilities and specialist resources outstanding support from student welfare to financial advice academic coaches for all students a broad enrichment programme, enabling students to have a rounded learning experience
The College provides state-of-the-art facilities and high quality resources.
There is an excellent Library and Learning Centre, with more than 30,000 resources, including books, DVDs, computers, and scanners. With a backdrop of parkland, it provides a tranquil setting.
The College Refectory includes a Food Court, serving a range of hot and cold food, as well as a Coffee Bar and Internet Café.
Science subjects have specialist laboratories, modern languages boast multi-media language labs and dance operates in a modern dance studio. Classrooms also have IT facilities and data projectors aiding a range of teaching methods.
Recent additions to the campus include refurbished studios for Drama and Performing Arts, as well as outstanding Music facilities, including a recording studio. A new Art & Design School has also been opened in recent years and this houses a range of Art and Design options with specialist resources.
Ninestiles School became an academy in 2011. Following this, Ninestiles Academy Trust was set up in 2012 and now has 7 schools and a 6th form college in its family. Ninestiles became a teaching school in the second cohort of teaching schools and is now widely known as Ninestiles Teaching School Alliance. Ninestiles has also had a centre for Initial Teacher Training since 2003, which is now South Birmingham SCITT. They have a passion for teaching and support and guide each trainee to their full potential, enabling them to securely enter the teaching profession in just one year.
A new Chief Executive, Catherine Anwar, joined the Trust in May 2017. Before joining the trust, Catherine was a Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector for Ofsted for four years and served eight years as a secondary school headteacher in Hampshire.
In our Trust, we celebrate the rich and diverse school communities that make up our schools. Sharing, listening to and respecting each other’s views and beliefs make our Trust stronger. We support each other, honouring our different backgrounds, to create a safe and equal environment for all.
The Trust changed it’s name to Summit Learning Trust in January 2019. The new name for the Trust symbolises our aspiration and ambition for all children and young people across our schools and college.
We are fiercely ambitious for all our pupils and challenge them to do their best, every lesson, every day. We check their achievement and progress against the highest national standards. This ensures that we are always looking for ways to improve, and that we insist, relentlessly, on the highest standards of teaching and learning. Everyone in the Trust is continually challenged to improve on their previous best.
Curiosity is the engine of intellectual achievement. In our Trust, we encourage and provoke pupils’ curiosity so that they are inspired to seek out new knowledge, learn new skills and achieve excellence. Curiosity is closely linked to empathy, helping us all to develop better relationships. The life of a curious person is never boring!