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Our News (Archive 2016)

News 2016

Congratulations to Jessie!

Friday 16.12.2016

our dancer jessieThis is one of the dancers on our "Excellent in The Performing Arts Programme" where students have gained places at the academy due to a talent within Music, Dance or Drama.

She recently completed Ballet and Tap Bronze and Grade 5 examinations with IDTA. This weekend she got her results which were Highly Commended and Commended. This is a fantastic achievement for her.

Well Done From The Performing Arts Team!

 

 

 


Flexi Learning Week

Monday 12.12.2016

winter dance show poster

When students in Year 7 to 11 return to the Academy on Wednesday 4th January they will follow their Flexible Learning timetable [pdf, 351 KB] for the remainder of the week.

Flexible Learning gives students the opportunity to do enriched curriculum activities not usually possible on a standard timetable.

Some students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are taking exams and need to ensure they are prepared for them.

All students in Year 9 South and West need to bring their PE kit on Friday 6th January.

Students in 8T2, 8C2, 8L2 and 8R2 need to come to school in their PE kit on Wednesday 4th January, as well as bring an outdoor coat. Students in 8T1, 8C1, 8L1 and 8R1 need to do this on Friday 6th January. This is because they will be taking part in Duke of Edinburgh activities on these days.

 


"The Tempest" trip!

Monday 12.12.2016

the tempest posterOn Wednesday 7th December our A2 Drama and Theatre Studies students went to the RSC in Stratford to see "The Tempest".

This fantastic production used multimedia and greenscreen for characters and in bringing Prospero's magic to life!

Students will now compile their notes ready for their written exam in June.

 

 

 

 


Trinity Week!

Friday 02.12.2016

trinity week poster

We are having Trinity Week next week.

We have had a brilliant start with Operation Christmas Child: all GSA staff and students created 151 christmas present boxes and raised £151 which is absolutely fantastic!!!!

The boxes this year will be going to children in Romania.

All monies next week will be going to two great causes; SANDS (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) and Dogs Trust.

Please encourage the students and help raise money for great causes!!!!

 


Sporting success all-round!

Friday 02.12.2016

score board showing 95 to 2 score Both the under 14 and under 16 girls won their Basketball leagues, with both finishing in top spot.

Both teams won comfortbly so now have a place within the final. The under 14's won their game against ACE Academy 22-10 and the under 16's gave ACE a thrashing with a score of 95-2 after 3 quarters (and we have the photo to prove it)!

The final will be held in the sports hall last week of term, Thursday after school. Please come and support the final!!

In other sports-related news, congratulations to the boys under 16's Basketball team who also won last night and congratulations to the under 14's girls' Badminton team, also winning their games last night!

 


Come along and enjoy a dance extravaganza!

Wednesday 16.11.2016

winter dance show poster

On Thursday, 8th December, 6.30pm the Dance Department will be performing a Winter Dance Show.

This is the latest show from the Dance Department known for their stunning productions.

As usual, there will be a range of students performing from all year groups and a large variety of styles of dances.

Please come along and support the students: Tickets (Child/Concession £2, Adult £3) now available from the Performing Arts Office.

 


Welcome to Wonderland!

Tuesday 08.11.2016

Yourn writers competition poster GSA is encouraging students to enter the Young Writers "mini saga" competition with the theme of "Welcome to Wonderland."

The stories need to be told in less than 100 words, with a beginning, a middle and an end.

The competition is open to ages 11-18 with a closing date of Wednesday, 21st of December 2016. The top 5 writers will each win a Kindle Fire HD!

Watch the video about the competition contact your English teacher for further information!

 


"Blood Brothers" trip!

Friday 21.10.2016

blood brothers poster

On Thursday 20th October 46 Year 11 students went to see Blood Brothers at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. .

The students absolutely loved it and it will really help them with their English Literature GCSE in the summer. The kids were a real credit to the school, well done year 11!!

 


"Journey's End" trip!

Tuesday 11.10.2016

journeys end poster

On Friday 30th September Year 13 English Literature students watched R.C. Sherriff's fantastic drama, "Journey's End" at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield.

Designed by Sheriff as an expose of the senselessness of war, Journey's End is set during "The Great War" and takes place during the build-up to Operation Michael, a German-led offensive in March 1918.

In what is the centenary year of The Battle of the Somme, Immersion Theatre produced a poignant and memorable production; an experience that all of our students and staff thoroughly enjoyed.

 


Our Mr Burns is Teacher of the Year finalist

Friday 07.10.2016

Mr Burns Mr Burns has been nominated for the prestigious Express & Star Teacher of the Year Award.

To help Mr Burns win this award we all need to vote for him and also ask our friends and family to do the same! The link below explains how you can vote. If you collect tokens you can bring them in to the school and we will send then off all together.

Click here to go to the Express & Star website to find out how to vote for Mr Burns and see his profile and interview with all the other nominees.

 


Message to Parents

Monday 03.10.2016

pank patel

From Tuesday 4th October 2016, students will not be able to use the Academy reception to come into school in a morning and we would kindly request that the school car park is no longer used as a "drop off" point.

The school gate on Dudley Street will be opened at 8am and all students will be required to use this supervised entrance (there will be no access to the site earlier than this time unless attending Breakfast Club).

If your child comes to school on bicycle and needs to secure it during the school day, they will be able to enter through the pedestrian gate on Davey Road.

However, please note that the main gate will be locked at 8.40am and students who arrive at school after this time will need to report to Reception, where their lateness will be recorded and acted upon.

Many thanks for your support in ensuring the safety of our students at all times.

 


LAMDA exams

Tuesday 27.09.2016

pank patel The Drama Department would like to say a huge congratulations to all students who took their LAMDA examinations on Saturday.

Students from years 8-13 undertook practical acting exams this weekend after almost a year of preparation.

Mrs Hanna was extremely proud of all those who took part and looks forward to getting the results in six weeks time!

 

 

 


Ofsted Monitoring Visit update

Friday 16.09.2016

pank patel I would like to update you on the recent Ofsted monitoring visit inspection which took place at the academy on 13th and 14th September.

This monitoring inspection was part of the ongoing process following the full inspection in March 2016. The purpose of the monitoring inspection is to look at how effectively the academy is taking actions to resolve the identified points in the full report. Ofsted will continue to carry out monitoring inspections until they are convinced that all the points have been effectively dealt with and there is evidence to show that it all works effectively.

Ofsted will produce a short report following this visit and this should be available in October 2016.

On the whole, I was very pleased with the initial comments that came from this inspection. I feel that the academy is implementing change and taking the actions necessary to address points highlighted in the March inspection. I am hopeful that this will be evident when the report is issued.

I am also confident in saying that Ofsted were impressed by the commitment, will and desire of all in the academy, including the most important people, our young people.

Once the report is issued, I will feedback to you about the overall findings.

Thank you again for your ongoing support. We continue to be very proud of GSA and its continuing progress towards excellence.

Yours sincerely,

Mr P Patel Principal

[Download the full "Ofsted Monitoring Update Letter" [pdf, 73 KB]

 


Open Evening for prospective parents

Friday 16.09.2016

parents evening icon

We will be holding our annual Open Evening for Parents of Year 6 on Wednesday 21st September and Thursday 22nd September from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Wednesday 21st September 2016 by invitation to local Primary Schools at 6.00 p.m. Guns Village, Hargate, Lodge, Ryders Green, Newtown, Harvills Hawthorn, Lyng.

Thursday 22nd September 2016 for the wider community at 6.00 p.m.

We politely request that access is by foot due to limited parking on Davey Road.

If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to make an appointment to view the Academy on Friday 7th October 2016 9.30 - 11.30 a.m.

For any queries please contact: Mrs D Aston - Ext 262 - Email Address: dee.aston@georgesalter.com

George Salter Academy, Davey Road, West Bromwich B70 9UW Tel. No: 0121-553-4665

Download the Parent Evening leaflet [pdf, 227 KB]

 


Ofsted Monitoring Visit

Monday 12.09.2016

pank patel

It’s been a great start to the new academic year and I want to thank you for the very warm welcome I’ve received. Hopefully I will get to meet many of you over the coming months.

I wanted to update you on some important information. I have been advised that Ofsted will be carrying out a monitoring visit on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (13th and 14th September).

[Download the full "Ofsted Monitoring Visit Letter" [pdf, 128 KB]

 

 


Welcome Letter

Friday 09.09.2016

pank patel

Time has flown by and it’s back to school already.

I hope you have all had a good summer break. I would like to welcome students back to George Salter Academy for the coming year.

A special welcome to our year 7 students who join us for the first time. Starting at a new school is always a daunting prospect for students, especially as they come from much smaller primary schools. However, they seem to have settled in well and are finding their feet. Every pupil has a planner full of helpful information and space to record homework and achievements.

We have also welcomed some new teachers to the school, and as in previous years, we are fully staffed with subject specialist teachers.

I would like to thank you for all your help and support in ensuring that this year got off to a smooth start. Most of the students were very well presented and had the correct equipment, books and more importantly, attitude to begin their next year of study.

It is a great privilege and honour to have taken up the post of Principal at George Salter Academy. I have been a teacher since 1988 and this will be the 5th school that I have worked in. Previous to this post I was the West Midlands Regional Schools Commissioner and previous to that I was Headteacher at Wood Green Academy. I hope over time, we will get to meet and you will become more familiar with me and the high expectations I have.

Examination Results

Examination results are always apprehensively awaited in the summer. We are always fortunate in achieving excellent results. This summer was no different.

At 'A'’ Level we had our best ever year with 98% pass rate and 72% of these were with A, B, or C grades. Overall, out of 262 qualifications taken by students in the sixth form, there were 259 passes. A significant achievement and many of the students (92 in total) will be going on to university. We wish them well in their future endeavors.

At GCSE, 59% of year 11 students achieved GCSEs passes in English and Mathematics with A*-C grades. This figure is a slight drop on last year, though there has been a national drop due to changes in examinations, etc. We are also now measured on what is referred to as Progress 8. This involves looking at the progress that young people make in 8 subjects during their time in the Academy. The estimated figures look pleasing. All said and done, this was still a superb achievement and we look forward to this year.

All of these results are remarkable and testament to the hard work of students, teachers, support staff and parents. We all have to work together to ensure that all young people achieve.

As well as these successes, we are very proud of all our students irrespective of the overall grades and they did their utmost to achieve their "Personal Best".

This Year

Every year seems busier than the last. This year heralds yet another new era for GSA. A new Principal, and a clear objective to address points outlined in the Ofsted inspection will mean that there will be changes in the way we do things and we will keep you informed of progress in due course.

In this regard, we are moving at a pace. I can assure all of you that we have taken the findings very seriously and acted on them. Safeguarding is our highest priority and all staff have this at the forefront of their thoughts.

With this in mind, I would like to request that all parents consider road safety in this new academic year.

Safety: Parking facilities are extremely limited in and around the Academy and we therefore request that you make arrangements for your child to walk or cycle to school or you arrange to pick up your child in a quieter, safer place away from the Academy. Please note that we strongly advise all parents not to encourage their children to cross Dudley Street at any point other than the pedestrian crossing and have instructed duty staff to direct students to this crossing.

New parents who drive their child to and from the Academy have found this week that driving up and parking on Davey Road has led to much congestion and a potentially dangerous situation. Furthermore, I am mindful that it has created difficulty for residents who live near the Academy. Therefore, I request that all parents please refrain from using Davey Road where possible, as this will benefit all concerned and keep our children safe.

It is also important to request that a minority of parents who drop their children off at the entrance on Dudley Street also reflect on how they do this. We are increasingly concerned that some parents stop in the middle of the road, thus holding up traffic behind them, which leads to overtaking on a busy road where pupils cross. Also, some parents park opposite the Dudley Street entrance and call their child across the road to the car - there have been occasions where impatient traffic and this practice could have led to a near miss. I am grateful to all parents for taking this constructive request into consideration.

Open Evening

We will be holding our annual Open Evening for Parents of Year 6 on Wednesday 21st September and Thursday 22nd September from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

This is only for students in year 6 and their parents/carers. We anticipate that some GSA students will be involved in the evenings.

The school calendar can be accessed on the front page of the school website or can be obtained from the school office. I have no doubt that this will be a busy term and there will be lots going on.

Some notable dates/events are as follows:

  • Thursday 6th October - Year 7 Parents Evening
  • Thursday 13th October – Post 16 Open Evening
  • Thursday 3rd November – Year 11 Parents Evening
  • Thursday 24th November – Year 13 Parents Evening

Behaviour/Discipline and Attendance

I should like to remind parents that the basic school rules here have not changed but some youngsters can be very ‘persuasive’ with what they tell their parents and carers. We will be reviewing the school uniform, behaviour policies, etc. and give you plenty of advance notice of any changes that we decide upon. At present, I have no intention to make huge changes. We want to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance; I know we have your full support with this.

Please click on the link below for a presentation about our routines and expectations for 2016/2017. If you have any queries or need clarification please contact your child’s pastoral manager in the first instance.

The "Routines and Expectations presentation" [pdf,656 KB] can be downloaded here.

The school is now once again in full swing and we have another packed term and year ahead. I thank you in advance for your continued help and support and I look forward to meeting many of you at parents’ evenings and other functions in the future.

Yours sincerely

Mr. P. Patel,

Principal

 

Download Welcome Letter [pdf, 251 KB]

 


Celebrating A Level results and top university places

Wednesday 07.09.2016

Students with A level resultsStudents and staff at George Salter Academy, part of Ormiston Academies Trust are celebrating today after receiving their A Level results and winning places at the top universities – marking another year of high achievement.

The excellent work of the teaching team was complemented by initiatives offered by its sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust, who appointed an "Access Champion", Simon Pedley to help students navigate the university application process and raise their aspirations.

As part of his work, Simon delivers lectures and workshops on Oxbridge and Russell Group applications and encourages students to develop skills and experiences to help them stand out and access top universities.

This is an excellent set of A Level results for the academy, which continues to see a steady rise in attainment.

There were some remarkable individual achievements:

  • Pranav Chohan is going on to study Medicine at Birmingham University, after achieving 3 As, in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Samuel Stokes has won a place at Edinburgh University to study Neuroscience – he achieved an A*in Biology, an A* in Psychology and a B in Chemistry
  • Charlotte McGinty will be reading Marine Biology at St Andrew’s University after achieving an A* in Biology and Bs in Geography and in Mathematics

Executive Interim Principal at George Salter Academy, Pat Walters, said: "We are all very proud of our students at George Salter Academy today who have put in outstanding efforts over the last two years. These have paid off with some truly outstanding achievements and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours."

Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust, Toby Salt, said: "It is our absolute priority at OAT to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background, and we are thrilled to see these results today. “Students, parents and staff at George Salter Academy should be very proud of their achievements and we wish everyone the best of luck with the next phase of their education or vocational path."

 


Year 11 Prom information for parents

Thursday 14.07.2016

Year 11 prom

Both students and staff are looking forward to yet another successful GSA Year 11 Prom tomorrow evening at the Ramada in Sutton Coldfield.

Could we ask parents to discuss our guidelines for the prom which are listed below with their child. We want the students to have an enjoyable evening.

However, they also need to be fully aware of the high expectations that the academy has in terms of attitude and behaviour whilst at the Prom.

Legally students are not allowed to drink on the premises or bring their own alcoholic beverages. If students are found to have alcohol in their possession it will be confiscated and parents/guardians will be contacted and asked to collect their child from the Prom.

The hotel have asked that students do not to smoke inside the hotel or in it's grounds for legal reasons.

Students will be expected to have made their own transport arrangements to travel to and from the venue on the night of the event.

Could we also ask that students are vigilant in terms of on going traffic when stepping from transport on arrival and when leaving the hotel.

There will be an official photographer who will be taking and selling framed photos at £10 each.

Thank you for your support as always. We wish you and the students a fabulous year 11 prom Evening.

 


Flexible Learning - Safeguarding Awareness

Wednesday 13.07.2016

safeguarding sessionDuring our recent flexible learning days Years 7 – 9 have participated in a variety of workshops promoting an ethos of staying safe.

Students have explored key topic areas like child sexual exploitation, extremism and radicalisation and grooming.

Students were fully engaged throughout the day, and many Form Tutors commented on the mature discussions that had taken place.

Staff and students worked hard during the day to ensure we continue to safeguard everyone at "Georges".

 


End of Term Letter

Tuesday 05.07.2016

pat walters

Dear Parent/Carer, The end of the academic year is fast approaching and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support of George Salter Academy.

All staff at the academy are working hard to ensure critical aspects of the recent Ofsted report have been addressed and we look forward to inspectors visiting us again to report on our progress towards the excellent education you expect from us.

This year we have arranged for Clive Mark to supply uniform for students and, should you wish to take advantage, they have agreed to sell uniform and P.E. kit at the academy on two dates during the summer break:

Thursday 18th August and Thursday 25th August between 10am and 12 noon.

The last day of this term for students will be Thursday 21st July when school will close to all students at approximately 1:15pm. Students who would normally have a free school meal provided will be able to collect a packed lunch from the Dining Room before leaving.

Examination results for post 16 students will be available at 9:00am for Year 13 and 10:00am for Year 12 on Thursday 18th August and for Year 11 students at 10:00am on Thursday 25th August.

The new academic year begins on Wednesday 7th September 2016 when Mr Patel will take up his post as Principal. Term will start at 8:45am for the new Year 7 intake and for Years 12 & 13. For Years 8 to 11 term will start at 10:00am.

I wish you all a restful summer.

Yours sincerely,

P.S. Walters, Acting Executive Principal

Download End of Term Letter [pdf, 58 KB]

 


Introducing the Football Champions of Sandwell!

Tuesday 05.07.2016

Sandwell Year 8 football champions

Last year we got knocked out of the Sandwell cup in the second round and we said following the game we would come back stronger.

You should all be very proud! Well done gents!!!

Read the match report:

Starting 11 – Zahoor, Babaran, Garrity, Gabbidon, Manzoor, Iqbal, Payne, Reid, Singh, Gamble (C) and Johnson.

First Half - Georges started strong in the first 5 minutes of the game, settling into the pitch and looking to play some nice football on the West Bromwich 4G ground.

In the early stages of the game many chances were created working towards the box but failed to convert these pieces of build up play into shots on target. This until a goal line scramble for the ball fell to Gamble who slotted the opener at 9 minutes.

Following the goal, George Salter still looked to create chances with some very nice link up play from Garrity, Babaran, Iqbal and Reid to move the ball fluently up the pitch. Ace looked more dangerous going forward with Zahoor having to make 3 goal denying saves to keep George Salter in the game.

This excellent show of skill from Zahoor was emulated by aback 4 led by Gabbidon who looked to dispossess players and play Football from the back.

Half Time

Subs made – Giles on for Singh who was returning from illness and not fully match fit.

Following a half time team talk about not creating goal scoring chances and having shots to test the keeper. A free kick won by Babaran in his own half was taken by Payne who launched the ball into the box where the ACE keeper came to collect.

The flight of the ball and wind fooled the keeper which managed to bounce over him into the back of the net. 2-0.

ACE heads dropped and George Salter looked to start playing football with some impressive passing and movement in defence and midfield but failed to make the final killer pass into the box. Success also came from the wide areas with Iqbal making some impressive 1, 2s and Giles injecting some pace in to the game on the left wing.

A ball from Reid was met by Giles with a good turn on the half way line with pace, during the dribble Giles was fouled but the ref played advantage and kept the pace going into the box where he was fouled again. Penalty awarded – Gamble steps up to take but goes for power rather than accuracy that proves unsuccessful.

Sub made – Saleh for Iqbal.

Georges keep the pressure on Ace not allowing them any time on the ball with power tackling and continuous closing down on the ball from all. This pressure translated into shots saved by the keeper or corners being forced but no goals; that until a scramble just inside the area was met by Johnson who lobs the ball high over the keeper into the net. 3-0.

Sub made – Loi for Johnson.

A quick break by ACE and a perfectly weighted pass punished us with their number 10 slotting home their opening goal. 3-1.

Giles kept up the high work rate throughout the entirety of the second half having much success on the left wing and working into the box. Another moment of genius saw a ball fly into the bottom left corner of the goal from a very tight angle following some slick skill by Giles. 4-0.

Sub made – Knowles for Payne, with Knowles going on up top and Gamble slotting into midfield.

Honourable mention for Manzoor who picked up the ball and skilled his player in midfield not once but twice and Knowles who made some good runs but just failed to get his first goal despite the crowd cheering him on.

Man of the match - Zahoor


Industrial action

Thursday 30.06.2016

Pat Walters

On Tuesday 5th July the NUT have declared they are to take nationwide industrial action.

As significant numbers of the staff at George Salter Academy will be out of school on that day, we are unfortunately unable to open the whole school.

Years 9 and 10 should report to school as usual but the school will be closed to Year 7 and Year 8 pupils.

I apologise for the inconvenience this causes.

Yours sincerely

P. Walters, Interim Executive Headteacher

Download the Letter to Parents about the industrial action [pdf, 59 KB]

 


June Safeguarding Bulletin for Parents/Carers

Monday 27.06.2016

safeguarding iconDownload our second Safeguarding bulletin aimed at parents and carers [pdf, 164 KB].

The objective of issuing this newsletter is to keep everyone informed about the latest safeguarding developments at GSA. This issue includes news on an upcoming Parent's Forum meeting on our Post-Ofsted Action Plan, our new safeguarding website ("The Sharp System"), updates to our Safeguarding web-page, and also important information about the NSPCC.

Feedback on this bulletin and our safeguarding practice is more than welcome. Please email Mr Reeve (Vice Principal) on r.reeve@georgesalter.com and he will be happy to help.

 


Year 10 work experience week

Tuesday 21.06.2016

Students at work experienceAll year 10 pupils are out on Work Experience next week from Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July

This is a fantastic opportunity and time for pupils to engage in work related learning with a variety of businesses and organisations across Sandwell and neighbouring boroughs.

We are hopeful pupils will enjoy their experience within the "World of Work".

To help make sure work experience is as enjoyable as possible for all involved, may we remind pupils and parents of the follows points.

  • Please arrive on time - as agreed with your placement supervisor.
  • Be polite, use your manners •Wear appropriate clothing for placements as agreed with placement supervisor.
  • You are representing the school, please conduct yourself appropriately at all times.
  • Be safe and help keep those around you safe.
  • Inform your placement supervisor and school if you are going to be late or absent for any reason.
  • Contact the school directly/ immediately if you have any concerns.

Good luck to all and remember to enjoy yourselves!

 


Flexi Learning Days and Teachers Training Day

Tuesday 21.06.2016

flexidays

On Wednesday June 29 and Thursday June 30, the Academy has arranged Flexi Learning Days to offer a range of activities that would not normally fit into students timetable.

Download the letters to parents:

· Year 7 [pdf, 106 KB]

· Year 8 [pdf, 107 KB]

· Year 9 [pdf, 109 KB]

 

On Friday July 1, the Academy will be closed for Teachers Training Day.

 


Letter to Parents

Pat WaltersDear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to update you about the progress that we have made towards aspects of the academy’s post-Ofsted ‘action plan’, to set out some of the actions that we will be taking before the end of term, and to seek any feedback that you might be able to offer.

We have taken a number of actions outlined in our ‘improvement plan’ to address the issues raised by Ofsted during the recent inspection. Ofsted said that we needed to ensure that all safeguarding policies and procedures met government guidelines and statutory requirements, and that students develop a good understanding of risks and how to deal with them.

Please download the Letter to Parents [pdf, 60 KB]

 


DofE Bronze Practice Expedition

Monday 06.06.2016

Students on DofE expeditionCongratulations to our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze B group who completed their practice expedition on 28th-29th May.

All of the students involved successfully navigated and walked a total of 28km over the two days of their expedition through Cannock Chase and Rugeley.

Well done and good luck for the final expedition next month!

 

 

 

 


Letter regarding appointment of new Principal at George Salter

Friday 27.05.2016

Pat WaltersDear Parent/Carer,
You may have seen an article in the papers today, but I wanted to write to you as soon as I could to confirm the excellent news that Pank Patel will become Principal at George Salter Academy in September.

Mr Patel is an outstanding school leader, who achieved fantastic results as headteacher of Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury, before he took on his current role as Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands.

We are delighted that Mr Patel will join us in September.  We will be back in touch nearer the end of the summer term to provide you with further information and I know that Mr Patel is really looking forward to meeting everyone.

In the meantime the senior leadership team, under my Executive Headship, will continue to drive improvement at the school every day.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Pat Walters, Interim Executive Principal

Click here to download the letter [pdf, 57 KB]

 


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Wednesday 25.05.2016

Duke of Edinburgh's AwardOn Monday 16th May George Salter Academy was presented with a commemorative plaque in recognition of our status as a Directly Licensed Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

The plaque, which is now proudly positioned at the entrance to the academy, was received in exchange for a copy of our emblem to symbolise the continued partnership between ourselves and the Award scheme.

In this Diamond Anniversary year of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award we quite fittingly have 60 students undertaking the challenge of participating at Bronze and Silver levels. In the next two months these students will be undertaking practice and assessed expeditions around Kinver and the Peak District as the final elements of their awards.

 


Business Language Champions Day

Tuesday 24.05.2016

Pupils at Wolverhampton University"On Friday 29th April 2016, 19 other classmates and I visited Wolverhampton University to listen to how language can benefit future situations and how it can get you to better places in life.

We listened to two men explain their stories and a Japanese lady teach us some fun Japanese, within an interval of a yummy dinner.

The staff were very friendly and welcomed us after an interesting chat with some drinks and snacks. Everyone that we spoke to was open to answer questions. It was interesting to learn about how languages can benefit you and an awareness of different cultures.

I really enjoyed it and would definitely do it again. All the staff and visitors were glad to speak to us and inform us about the fun day planned for us. This inspired me to do a third language besides the ones I’m learning. I now happily learn German, Spanish and French and hope to get all of them aced at GCSE."

Kyra, Year 8

 


Sports Performance Day

Monday 23.05.2016

Halfterm sports datOn Wednesday 1st June we are hosting our second "Sports Performance day" for Year 7 and Year 8 pupils.

This is a great opportunity for keen PE students to compete against one another in a wide range of different sports; including football, athletics, netball and basketball.

Come join Mr Burns, Miss Roberts and Mr Sheridan 10am - 3pm at the Academy for a great day of sport for just £3.

For a consent form to attend the day please come to the PE office.

 


Sandwell Champions for the 5th Year in a row

Friday 20.05.2016

Netball teamsAfter 4 years of back to back success of being Sandwell Netball Champions the Year 7’s felt the pressure to keep this outstanding record going!

On Monday, George Salter Academy hosted 12 schools from across the area to compete for two places into the Black Country Games.

Amongst our Year 7’s Netball is so popular that we were able to enter two teams, both of which did exceptionally well. George’s B team had a tough group but managed to get one group stage win and a draw but narrowly missed out on progressing further.

George’s A team remained unbeaten through all their group matches and advanced into the semi-final against Sandwell Academy. The girls remembered all they had learnt in the training sessions in the run up to the event and put together an excellent performance to beat Sandwell 2-1.

In the final, the girls kept their composure and gained victory against Wood Green 2 – 1 to be crowned Sandwell Champions and earn their place in the Black Country Finals on Friday 17th June.

Well done to all the Netball squad: Tobi, Aleesha, Sara, Amy, Launa, Ellisia, Hilda, Isabell, Di’Mya, Ffion, Jenna, Lemia, Sherisse, Summer, Niamh and Renne.

 


Royal week raises £403 for charity!

Thursday 19.05.2016

Royal week posterRoyal week was a fabulous week with both staff and students giving their time and energy in order to raise money for charity.

Staff and students took part in a sweet raffle, penalty shoot out, name the cuddly toy, charity bucket challenge, quiz time and the staff makeup challenge to name but a few!!

A special mention needs to be given to Mr Hess and his year 8 form because they raised nearly £200 through their sponsored silence event alone!

This year our House charities are "Water Aid", "Cancer Research" and "Birmingham's Children's Hospital". These were chosen by the students at the start of the year and the £403 will be split between these charities.

Thanks to everyone for their commitment, hard work and enthusiasm!

 


DofE Bronze Practice Expedition

Wednesday 18.05.2016

Members of the DofE expeditionCongratulations to our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students from years 9 and 10 who completed their first practice expedition over the weekend.

During the course of two days they each walked 25km carrying full expedition rucksacks through Cannock Chase and carried out an overnight camp at Beaudesert.

Over the next month these students will complete planning for their final expedition which will be carried out in July at Kinver Edge. Well done and good luck!

 


Music Concert 6th June!

Tuesday 17.05.2016

Concert posterOn Monday 6th June, 6.30pm the Music Department will be holding a Summer Concert in the Green Room Theatre to raise money for the Performing Arts Concert Tour to Venice.

There will be a range of music students performing from all year groups and a large variety of styles of music. Some students will be performing to an audience for the first time.

Tickets are available from Mrs Penn in the Music Department from Wednesday 18th May.

Please come along and support the students and raise some money for the concert tour.

 


Lauren's play passed first round of NT competition!

Monday 16.05.2016

safeguarding iconWe are pleased to announce that Lauren, one of our year 13 students has made it through the first round of The National Theatre's "New Views" competition.

This year, eleven students entered this playwrighting project with almost 400 other students from around the UK. As part of the scheme, students have worked alongside a professional playwright, attended a theatre performance in London and undertaken workshop sessions in school.

All students submitted a 30 minute playscript to The National Theatre and Lauren's "Cycles fo Abuse" has been selected to go through the next round.

Lauren describes her play and what skills she has developed from the project: "My play is about the four stages of abuse. A young girl called Rose is trying to form a letter to send to her ex abuser and is reminiscing on the past.

You see the struggle of a girl and her journey to be free from abuse. I have learnt new skills such as how to structure a play. I have also learnt how creative I can be and I have learnt that I really enjoy writing plays."

Well done to all of our Post 16 student who participated, all scripts were imaginative, interesting and original. Fingers crossed for Lauren over the coming months.

 


Safeguarding Bulletin for Parents and Pupils!

Tuesday 10.05.2016

safeguarding iconThe objective in issuing this safeguarding bulletin regularly is to raise awareness amongst our Academy community of safeguarding issues.

It is the fundamental objective of all school’s to keep their students safe and we believe that this is best achieved through sharing information and tips to support parents and young people in this aim.

This bulletin is intended to summarise key areas of Safeguarding whilst at the same time remind all parents of the best ways to communicate with staff at GSA should any concerns arise.

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Remember the name Demi Marriner!

Thursday 05.05.2016

Demi MarrinerDemi left George Salter in 2015 after studying both GCSE and A Level music. She went on to continue her studies at the University of Gloucestershire where she aims to achieve a BA (Hons) degree in Popular Music.

Her numerous solo and group performances, as well as her taking the leading role of Tracy Turnblad in the Academy’s production of "Hairspray" will stay with us for years to come.

At just 19 years of age Demi has achieved more than most can only dream of. The last three years have taken Demi on an immense musical journey. She has featured in numerous residency shows across the UK and ventured out across the waters to play in Ireland, Venice and most recently, Amsterdam where she plans to return later in the year.

Demi released her debut EP "Tracks and Trails" in April; a collection of very personal tracks written during her time as a performer. After only days of its release Demi topped the iTunes UK country music chart then days later appeared with Adrian Goldberg on BBC Radio WM and performed live on air.

We at George Salter can proudly say "we saw her here first"!!

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Crescent Week raises £172 for charity!

Wednesday 04.05.2016

Crescent Week posterCrescent Week was an extremely busy time with students taking part in: sponsored silences, dodge ball tournaments, basketball shoot outs, name the teddy, penny chains, raffles for a sweet hamper, send a smile, film showings and a tombola.

This year our house charities are "Help for Heroes" and "Cancer Research" which were chosen by the students at the start of the year and they managed to raise £172 which will be split equally between the two charities.

The prizes included a teddy and a Sweet Hamper which was the prize for the raffle.

Thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance!

 


New York, New York is a wonderful town...

Monday 18.04.2016

Students in New YorkOn Tuesday 29th March 2016, twenty-eight students and four members of staff from George Salter Academy flew out from London Heathrow Airport for a five day residential in New York, the "city that never sleeps".

On the first evening of our arrival, what better way to become acquainted with the city than a visit to Times Square, very much the centre point of Manhattan.

After a restful night of sleep, we left our hotel on the morning of day two for a truly ‘American’ breakfast of pancakes, bagels and waffles. A climb to the top of the Empire State Building then followed, offering breathtaking views of the NYC skyline. We then moved on to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, a moment which provided an opportunity to learn about the tragic events that took place in the city nearly 15 years ago.

Our third day saw the opportunity for a morning and afternoon out by boat visiting Liberty and Ellis Island, including lots of photo opportunities! The evening was spent ascending our second mega skyscraper – the Rockefeller Centre. A highlight for many people, the views of the Manhattan skyline at night were as equally spectacular as the ones offered at the top of the Empire State.

Day four for consisted of an enjoyable walk through Central Park and a trip to the American Museum of Natural History. After lunch, the group visited the infamous Macy’s Department Store, an opportunity for many to search around the numerous floors for retail bargains. And what better way to end our final full day than a visit to a Broadway theatre production and a group meal together at Planet Hollywood.

Day five provided the group with last minute chances to hunt for souvenirs. We paid our farewells to Manhattan before heading back to JFK Airport to start our journey home.

After an overnight flight, we arrived back home on the Sunday very tired, but filled with many wonderful memories of our time in NYC. The students were truly a credit to the academy, and for that they should be very proud.

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Ski trip to Italy!

Tuesday 12.04.2016

Italian ski slopesOn Saturday 26th March 51 pupils and 12 staff from George Salter Academy started the 21 hour journey to Pila in Italy for a skiing holiday.

On arrival all pupils and staff were kitted out ready for a full days skiing on the Monday. The majority of the pupils were beginners, however, this year for the first time we had 2 intermediate groups as these pupils had attended the last ski trip.

For the first few days we had beautiful sunshine and fantastic conditions which allowed the pupils to make excellent progress. Towards the end of the week the weather became very cloudy but this didn't stop the pupils from improving and tackling some difficult slopes.

Overall the progress of all pupils was quite remarkable and by the end of the week all pupils were skiing/snowboarding confidently down blue and red runs. One of the top groups even managed to do a black run which is the most difficult gradient to complete!

Alongside the skiing/snowboarding we had lots of laughs with evening activities such as ice skating, pizza night, shopping, tubing, bowling and a disco where staff and students were able to show off their dance moves!

A fantastic trip was had by all and the behaviour of the pupils was exceptional. Everyone should be extremely proud of their achievements and hopefully we have created memories that will last a lifetime.

Bring on the next one!

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Dr Faustus Theatre Trip

Monday 11.04.2016

Students attending the Dr Faustus performance in SrtatfordOn Thursday 31st March 8 A2 English Literature students enjoyed a performance of Christopher Marlowe's play, Dr Faustus, at The Swan Theatre in Stratford.

The play is about a frustrated and embittered academic who strikes a deal with Lucifer. Twenty four years of absolute knowledge and infinite power in exchange for his soul.

Visually, the performance of the play was amazing. The two leads, acting Dr Faustus and the devil Mephistophilis, were incredible.

 

 


Under 16's Net a Top 5 National Finish

Wednesday 23.03.2016

GSA netball teamOn Friday 18th March the Under 16 Netball team travelled down to Brighton to take part in the biggest competition on the Netball calender; National School Finals.

To reach this stage the girls have had to win 3 tournaments; Sandwell, South Staffordshire and West Midlands and had remained unbeaten over 25 matches! The preparation for these finals saw four weeks of intense training; including fitness, strength and conditioning and tactical team sessions.

The event took place in the remarkable grounds of Roedean Boarding School in Brighton, overlooking the sea. George Salter got off to a flying start against the reigning National Champions; Aylesbury, winning 10-9 in the dying minutes of the game. Their fine form continued into the next three games with victories over St.Albans, Yarm and South Hunsley. Their fourth game was against Kings Edwards, Bath who came out fighting from the very first whistle. The George's girls had takent their foot off the pedal slightly and struggled to regain momentum losing 11- 7. The girls then went up against West Bridgeford and managed to scrape a win with an outstanding defensive performance from Grace Porter-Deleon keeping them in the game. Wirral were the next opponents, they were a very physical team who were one of the favourites to go on and win the tournament. George's put together a good performance but couldn't quite capitalise on their opportunities and ended up losing 11-6.

The team finished in 3rd place in their group narrowly missing out on the semi finals, where the Grammer School at Leeds went on to be crowned as over all National Champions. Overall the George's girls did exceptionally well and finished as the 5th best school in the Country at their age group and the best non grammer school!

Thankyou to all the support from the parents and staff who made this great opportunity possible.

Under 16 Netball team: Grace Porter-Deleon (C), Ellie Bennett (VC), Shanequa Mcleish, Tumba Katanda, Nasara Arnett, Dasiey Cotterill, Nikita Samra, Calista Henry and Rhea Patel.

 


Psychology trip to BCU

The new BCU campusYear 12 Psychology students visited the new campus for Birmingham City University and listened to a lecture on how to study the brain!

It was a fascinating lecture led by an expert psychologist in the field of neuroscience and students had the opportunity to look at a real human brain as well as taking part in psychological experiments on their own brains!

 

 

 


Sixth Form Basketball Team clinch League Title

Thursday 17.03.2016

GSA basketball teamYesterday, the Sixth Form Basketball team clinched the Association of Colleges (AoC) basketball league 2B title.

The team bounced back from their only loss of the season, a disappointing ten point loss to Aston Manor Academy, returning the favour to defeat Aston by ten points and claim the league title with one game remaining.

The team are delighted to have clinched the league title following promotion after last seasons runners up campaign.

Next week the team play Halesowen College, hoping to finish their successful season with a win.

 


Gothic Horror stikes GSA!

Wednesday 16.03.2016

Gothic Horror performanceToday, our year 7 English students were treated to a terrifying performance of 'The Red Room' by H G Wells (about a sceptical young man spends a night in a haunted room to prove there are no such things as ghosts) and 'Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe (about a madman is driven to murder!), performed by the Redheart Theatre Company.

From the golden age of gothic horror, two tales written by some of the greatest authors of the Victorian era.

The pieces were performed in full, period costume on a Victorian set, with ingenious, atmospheric lighting and sound effects.

The performance, by a single actor, demonstrates how different characters can be delineated by changes of voice and physicality, building tension and creating atmosphere in the process. The latter is also considerably enhanced by the use of simple but ingenious lighting effects plus a sound track created by a much sought after sound designer. Both are controlled solely by the actor himself.

Both staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the performance and it will undoubtedly enhance their studies of the gothic fiction.

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Letter from Jason Howard (OAT)

Monday 07.03.2016

Jason HowardDear Parent/Carer, I wanted to write to you today to let you know that Mrs. Pat Walters, an outstanding Headteacher and National Leader of Education, this morning took over as interim Executive Principal of George Salter Academy (GSA).

She replaces Mr. Bob Banks, who has decided to step down from his role as Principal at GSA and is considering his options with regard to retirement.

Pat is a highly experienced Headteacher, including leading and advising schools in the Midlands and is well-known to Ormiston Academies Trust, GSA’s sponsor, having previously worked in a number of schools.

She has successfully raised standards to sustain good and outstanding progress in primary and secondary schools and was Headteacher of the Holte School in Birmingham for 14 years.

Providing our students – your children – with a first-class education remains our number one priority and we have absolute confidence that Pat will deliver this while she is interim Executive Principal.

Yours sincerely,

J. Howard
Regional Director
Ormiston Academies Trust

 


Post 16 trip to the Eden Project

Tuesday 01.03.2016

students at the Eden ProjectIn February 2016 our art and photography post 16 students made their annual trip to the Eden project in Cornwall to set up their public exhibition for the people of the South West to see.

During their trip students had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful town of St Ives and sample the amazing fish and chips, local galleries and amazing views.

Post 16 students also had a chance to tour and see the set up of local farm "Woodlands Farm" and the animals which are kept there.

"I loved to the Eden Project and being able to present my work there, also having the chance to see St Ives and seeing the views is something I would never had done if this trip hadn't been organised."

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Wicked trip

Monday 22.02.2016

students outside the apollo theatreOn Wednesday of half term, the year 11 GCSE students went to London to see "Wicked The Musical".

After arriving in the city we have a whistle stop tour of the famous sites: a trip to Buckingham Place to see the changing of the guards; a visit to see Big Ben and Downing Street. Then, the big event began. It was an absolutely brilliant show, loved by all!

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Bring Joe home!

Friday 12.02.2016

Bring Joe home fundraisingWe have been raising money for a Year 10 student who has been battling T Cell Non-Hodhkin Lymphoma.

We need lots of equipment to get him home and any donations would be greatly appreciated. You can also help us bring him home by donating using this link: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/cara-marie

A massive thank you to Snapshot Photobooths Midlands for giving us some of their cool props to use for our Silly Selfie charity fundraiser! The students (and staff) had so much fun and we have raised a lot of money for a good cause.

 


Snowdome Trip

Tuesday 09.02.2016

snowdome tripOn Tuesday 26th January and Monday 8th February the 54 pupils going on the Italy ski trip took to the slopes at the Snowdome.

Pupils going range from having 1 weeks skiing to complete beginners. The Snowdome is a great way to brush of the cobwebs for the pupils who have skied before and for the beginners, get use to the ski boots and skis and how it feels on the snow for the first time. All the pupils were extremely well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Not long now until they can use their new skills in Italy! 6 weeks and counting!

 


Nursery Rhymez: Remixed

Wednesday 03.02.2016

dance students group photoOn Wednesday 27th January, following 5 months of intense Hip Hop rehearsals with professional artist Nathan Lafeyette, 13 of our talented dance students from years 10 - 12 performed in Nursery Rhymez: Remixed at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

The students performed alongside 12 other secondary schools and colleges from the area and wowed the audience with their fantastic adaptation of the classic nursery rhyme The Grand old Duke of York.

Our dancers showed excellent commitment to the project and were a real credit to George Salter Academy throughout the entire process, demonstrating professionalism and dedication to Dance.

 


West Midlands Champions!

Tuesday 02.02.2016

GSA netball winners On Sunday, George Salter’s Under 16 Netball team took part in the West Midlands Regional Schools tournament which was held at Bromsgrove School.

The competition involved the best 19 qualifying schools from across the region with teams battling out for two places in the National Schools finals. George Salter went into the tournament as one of the favourites after building a great reputation for Netball in the region and qualifying the last two years to National finals; but never as winners, always runners-up.

This year the girls had set their goal of winning the tournament and worked tirelessly in the weeks running up to the event to ensure their fitness, set plays and various combinations were all finely tuned for the big day.

George Salter got off to an excellent start with a 15 – 2 victory over John Fisher and made their intentions of producing fast but safe transitions through the court very evident. The second game saw a very tall opposition in Kings Worcester; however this resulted in smart play by our girls not using any high balls and subsequently winning 11-1. Next up was Tudor Grange who, like George Salter, has many Regional Academy players so it was set to be a tight encounter. However through excellent leadership from captain Grace Porter-Deleon and outstanding shooting from Nasara Arnett and Tumba Katanda the game finished with a 14 – 6 win. The next few games against King Edwards Bham, Hereford and Church Stretton were again convincing wins with the George’s girls turning over some excellent defensive interceptions and causing a lot of issues for the opposing teams.

The group stages were complete and Georges found themselves against Bishop Walsh in the semi-final, a team that looked strong in the group stages. The pressure was on … one win away from National Finals. The George’s girls had a slow start and nerves were clearly apparent however after some excellent play by Nikita Samra, Rhea Patel and Ellie Bennett up the court the girls started to find their rhythm. After some wise words from Miss Gregory and Miss Roberts at half time the lead stretched in the second half and the game ended 12 – 6 to GSA.

George’s had reached National Finals! But the final was still ahead, and the girls remained focused as they came up against Tudor Grange again who won their semi-final vs Kings. The final, umpired by international umpire Ian Fuller, and watched by dozens of cheering fans saw some excellent play from both teams and some amazing individual talent on show. George’s determination and game plan prevailed though and the lead stretched to a final score of 17 – 7. The players, parents, coaches and staff were delighted with the victory and accolade as the best U16 school in the West Midlands; a title that the girls have worked so hard for the last few years.

The National finals will take place in Brighton on Saturday 19th March.

U16 squad: Grace Porter-Deleon (captain), Ellie Bennett (vice-captain), Nasara Arnett, Shanequa McLeish, Tumba Katanda, Daisey Cotterill, Calista Henry, Rhea Patel and Nikita Samra

 


Trip to London

Monday 01.02.2016

students in londonOn Saturday 30th January, Musical Theatre students went to London to see "Wonder.land" at The National Theatre as part of their New Views project.

The performance was a fantastic mix of reality and the digital world, an inspiration for our play scripts!

"It was fabulous" Year 13 student

"I had never been to London before and I didn't know there were such great shows out there!" Year 12 student

 

 


A moment of Sky Sports Stardom

Wednesday 27.01.2016

GSA netball winners "On Wednesday 20th of January, 9 George Salter girls travelled to Liverpool to represent West Bromwich Albion for the day whilst playing in the National PL4S Netball tournament.

On arrival, we received our fixtures and got sent for team photographs on the court. Shortly after we continued to warm up before our first game against Bolton, as this was the first round of games we were all nervous as we awaited the start of round 1.

Our first game helped to ease our nerves as the final score went our way, 12-2. We were now off for two rounds which allowed us to take part in an amazing experience which involved meeting Pamela Cookey, a team training session delivered by her personally and then finally a question and answer session with the former England captain herself.

Following the excitement of meeting Pam we were due to play our second game against Wolves, our local rivals. We were apprehensive about this team as we knew a few girls from local rival clubs, however we kept level headed and finished the game 11-5 another win for West Bromwich. We went on to play against Everton and again played our own game, kept our cool and won 13-0. It was nearing our final game in our division; we were yet to play hosts Liverpool who similarly to us hadn’t lost a game.

This was our chance to make the final, we didn’t allow nerves to get the better of us and due to this played some exceptional netball and continued our winning streak with a score of 15-5. At this moment we knew we were in the final, we were just waiting for the announcement of who we would be playing, "WBA VS WIGAN" this final would be the tournament decider… after some words of wisdom from captain, Tumba Katanda we were lined up on court awaiting the whistle.

Nerves were higher than ever at this moment in the day and after a few shaky minutes we turned it around at a crucial moment and again played some phenomenal netball, after a close couple of early minutes we managed to turn it around and end the game with a doubled score of 10-5.

The Under 16 GSA girls have done it yet again, and we were named PL4S Champions, after comments from the tournament organisers such as "unbelievable to watch", "couldn’t take my eyes of them", "real talent". After a very successful day of playing Netball we were now off to watch the professionals, England vs Australia in the first game of the tri – series at the Echo Arena.

However, we were not only here to watch the pro’s, we were also there to receive our winner’s trophy on court at half time in front of over 5000 people. To top this achievement off we were presented it by the president of England netball, Lindsay Sartori and glimpses where caught live on Sky Sports!

On behalf of all the girls who took part in this amazing experience I would like to thank the Albion Foundation for allowing us to participate in the PL4S tournament 2016.

GSA Netball Team: Tumba Katanda, Nasara Arnett, Elisha Kailla, Rufaro Chakeredza, Daisey Cotterill, Ellie Bennett, Eden Riley, Grace Porter-Deleon and Rhea Patel."

Ellie Bennett

 


GSA was awarded £599,000 funding to upgrade the football facilities

Monday 25.01.2016

George Salter Academy football pitchGeorge Salter Academy, has been awarded £599,747 – the largest grant in the West Midlands – from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The school will be using the windfall to carry out refurbishment. Community director and PE teacher at the school Ian Lockett said: "We are looking to create a football hub site that involves three elements.

The school has a large sand-based artificial pitch which is looking a bit worse for wear and needed replacing anyway, so we have taken the advantage to upgrade it to a 3G pitch.

We also have a small all-weather pitch and we will be resurfacing that to give it an upgrade.

The third element is that Sandwell Council have also gifted us two football pitches on the recreational ground in Claypit Lane.

Within the funding that we got granted there was an element from Sport England from their improvement fund, so we have funding to fence, put drainage in and create two great quality pitches.

The pitches on Claypit Lane will still be available for club and school use during the week, the artificial pitch will be a community football pitch."

Speaking about what effect the improvements will have on the community, Lockett added: "We are a very active community school, we are one of the few that open seven days a week.

We buy into community education and that is one of the reasons why the FA were keen to buy into here because we have a track record of handling big projects.

It will give the borough a massive boost, it will have not only a huge impact on the school in PE lessons and matches, but also a huge impact on the local community as they will be able to hire out and use the very best facilities."

Lockett added: "We have had a lot of local clubs get in contact to see if they can get a slot for their training and we are trying to develop a close link with the West Bromwich Albion Foundation.

They are looking to base some things down here as well which will have a great effect on our students, there will be lots of opportunities opening up.

The reaction from the pupils has not kicked in because none of the work has begun.

It will kick in when they get a better look at what is happening, as long as they get to kick a football around in the meantime they are happy.”

Lockett added: "The new hub will enable us to support community education which is becoming harder and harder because of funding being allocated."

George Salter Academy is constantly evolving and the funding is allowing it to develop further.

Lockett added: "We had £12million of building work done to the school and we are looking to create some smaller football pitches once the grass has taken.

We are working closely with the Birmingham FA, we hosted a level one coaching course, so they are looking to base some of their coach education courses here, this is a very big development for both the school and the community.”

Work on the pitches is yet to get underway as the school did have to get some planning permission to complete all the necessary refurbishment work.

Lockett added: "We were awarded the grant last year so we have been waiting for all the conditions to be met but we are on our way now.

We have no completion date, people keep asking me, they are really eager to know.

This is a big thing for the school, George Salter is well known in the community.”

This work will help us maintain and improve our community, we may be able to look at creating more jobs, we already have sixth formers and apprentices helping to referee on matches.”

Read this article on the Express & Star website


Aladdin Panto

Monday 25.01.2016

students in front of the hippodrome theatreOn Thursday 21st January, fifty students had a fantastic night at The Birmingham Hippodrome's Pantomime, "Aladdin" with the Drama and Dance Departments.

The performance was very exciting, with enormous snakes, a giant gene and a 3D experience which made everyone jump.

Students were brilliant throughout the trip and all had a fantastic time!

 

 

 


GSA sport teams triumph

Friday 22.01.2016

GSA winners logoOver the past few weeks, teams from GSA have had notable successes in regional sport competitions.

The boys' U16 basketball team are now Black Country Champions; the U16 girls have won the netball league; the U14 girls' netball team has won the Sandwell Championships; the boys' handball team are currently top of the league and the gymnastics team came second in the Sandwell Gymnastics Championship this week.

Well done everyone involved!

 


The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Tuesday 19.01.2016

students in front of the rep theatreOn Wednesday 6th January 7 North Arts went on a trip to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre to see The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

The story links with 7 North Arts English and Drama lessons from last term, in which they studied both the novel and play versions of the text so they were really excited to see it come to life on stage.

The performance was a real spectacle, incorporating catchy musical numbers within the well known play and using amazing puppets to portray the lion Aslan and other animals in Narnia.

The students thoroughly enjoyed their trip and will be writing about it as part of their Bronze Arts Award, they were singing the songs all the way back to school! I think their favourite by far was Turkish Delight...

Well done year 7!

 


Trip to Nottingham University

Monday 18.01.2016

GSA students in front of Nottingham UniversityA group of year 12 Business Studies students, attended a conference at Nottingham university on Wednesday 13th January.

Students participated in a number of activites as well as answering essay based questions. Supporting the event was the Dean of the business school and Professor Susan Marlow.

The comments from both professor's was fantastic. Our students were praised on their talent, enthuasim and dedication to learning.

Well done year 12!

 


Support our dancers at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Friday 08.01.2016

art workCome along and support our talented dancers at the Zoo Nation Dance Project performance at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Wednesday 27th January.

This showcase performance is the culmination of in-school dance residencies as part of the ZooResidence Outreach Project. Twelve local schools and colleges will each perform a 5 minute Hip Hop dance piece that has been choreographed and created with a professional Hip Hop dance artist.

The theme of the showcase is nursery rhymes, with a "twisted" edge, each school’s dance performance piece will be based upon a nursery rhyme but not quite as we know it…

ZooNation judges will be watching the showcase performances and will select a number of dancers with stand out talent, who will then have the opportunity to rehearse with ZooNation choreographer Carrie-Anne Ingrouille and perform in curtain raiser performances during the week of Into The Hoods: Remixed at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.**

The ZooNation judges will be Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Associate Director and Choreographer of Into The Hoods: Remixed and cast member Mikey Ureta who was a finalist on the recent series of Sky 1’s Got To Dance and finalist on Britain’s Got Talent with fellow ZYC alumni, Boyband Dance Crew.

The ZooResidence Showcase will include performances from:

• Birmingham Ormiston Academy
• City of Wolverhampton College
• Coppice Performing Arts School
• George Salter Academy
• Halesowen College
• Highfields School
• Moreton School
• Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy
• Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy
• Saint Matthias School
• South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy
• The King’s CE School

Songs will include: Hey Diddle Diddle, Humpty Dumpty, Incey Wincey, London Bridge, Ring A Roses, Ugly Duckling

Activity Supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring Funds (via ZooNation) and Arts Connect West Midlands as part of their Partnership Investment Programme.

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** dates of the curtain raiser performances to be confirmed

 

 


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