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News 2017

What an end to the year!

Wednesday 19.07.2017

grease performanceWell done to the cast of "Grease" for fantastic sold out performances last week.

The show was created with two months of rehearsals and two casts, involving almost 90 students in total.

Students worked tirelessly in order to keep up the high standard of our school musicals and the performing arts staff are extremely proud of everyone.

We look forward to what next year holds!

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Our students exhibited their Art works in Bath

Tuesday 18.07.2017

our students in their exhibition in BathOn Friday the 14th of July Post 16 students embarked on a residential trip to the city of Bath.

On their way to Bath students stopped off in Salisbury to explore and discover the works of artists such as Peter Randall Page, Michael Craig-Martin and Anthony Gormley (who was responsible for the angle of the north sculpture) at the New Sculpture Park in Wiltshire. Students were guided around the sculpture park grounds to being to learn, understand and appreciate the context of the work.

Following on from this, students stayed at the University of Bath to experience and embrace the culture and experiences in which university students experience day in, day out. To finish of the residential trip, students had the opportunity to present and exhibit their work from this past year at 'Bath artist studio' where members of the public were able to view their achievements from the past year.

The whole experience was amazing and students were exceptional throughout their time on the trip.

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Our Summer Newsletter!

Monday 17.07.2017

gsa newsletter july 2017The latest newsletter reviews our good Ofsted inspection, our notable sports achievements, our excellent performances with Les Miserables and, more recently, Grease.

The newsletter also highlights changes to the new Year System, the school day times, and explains our uniform standards. The newsletter also has information on the GSA expansion and potential new building, our new pitches and Astroturf, the school calendar and the results days.

There is also information on the last day of the summer term, the opening times during the holidays and the start of term in September 2017.

Click here to download the July 2017 Newsletter [pdf, 506 KB]


Our pupils rap!

Monday 17.07.2017

our pupils rapOur students have written and recorded their own rap songs.

The tracks were created in the music studio at George Salter Academy for a project the year 7s have been tasked with: create a piece of original rap music. The class of 7 West 4 then all wrote their own lyrics and original riffs and performed it for the group for peer review.

Darrell and Tristen' song was structured so well that Mrs Jones invited them to record it in the studio. Dan Lal, a Post 16 student helped them create a backing track and added a few of his own ideas.

Mr Callaghan, our Performing Arts Technician then recorded their rapping which they each did in one take and then mixed the piece.

The boys were very professional in the studio and knew exactly how they wanted the song to sound like at all stages. Working with them was a lot of fun. We are looking forward to hearing more!

Click here to listen to the track on Soundcloud:


GSA wins Bronze at OAT Sports Day

Friday 14.07.2017

images from the oat sport dayOn Thursday 6th July, George Salter Academy travelled to Stoke with 100 pupils to take part in the 2nd annual OAT Sports Day with 7 other OAT schools.

Pupils took part in a wide range of sports such as football, netball, handball, cricket and rugby as well as a Athletics competition.

Pupils took part in a wide range of sports such as football, netball, handball, cricket and rugby as well as a Athletics competition.

Great fun was had throughout the day and some notable performances such as Jozet in year 8 in the athletics events along with Nojus, Nikodem and Kael Hendricks Carr (year 7).

The under 14 Netball team also won a gold medal by winning every game in their competition. At the end of the day the scores were all added up by combining both the sports and the athletics.

Out of 8 schools attending, George Salter Academy achieved 3rd place and took home bronze! An excellent debut for GSA at the OAT Sports Day.

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University of Wolverhampton trip

Thursday 13.07.2017

students in the library of the university of wolverhamptonYear 12 Film Studies were University of Wolverhampton students for a day on 30th July as part of their A2 Independent Research Project.

They spent the day researching in the academic library and impressed the librarians with their excellent research skills and dedication!

Well done guys, you did us proud!




George Salter Academy secures £4million New Build

Monday 10.07.2017

the gsa buildingGeorge Salter Academy has been liaising with Sandwell Council over expansion plans as a result of the need for more school places in the area. Demand for places at the Academy are high and the proposed expansion will provide 50 additional places in Year 7 for 2019/2020 onwards.

The new building has yet to be planned fully but we envisage it containing 8 classrooms, dining spaces etc. It will be located in the position currently occupied by the STEPs Centre mobile classrooms. The expansion programme will also refurbish some of our existing rooms and create more specialist provision such as Art Rooms, Design and Technology Rooms etc.

This is a very exciting prospect and we hope it will help meet the high demand for school places in this area.


Our Head of French is shaping the future of French teaching

Wednesday 05.07.2017

our head of french dennis preware (on the right) as part of the zobel project groupFrench teachers from around the West Midlands are collaborating with researchers at the University of Birmingham to develop new teaching materials to inspire pupils to learn French, at school and beyond.

The new teaching materials reposition French as an internationally significant language and in order to challenge pupils’ perceptions of French as a European language, the teaching materials develop a case study of a renowned French Caribbean author, Joseph Zobel.

A group of local teachers have taken on leadership roles as Project Advisors, amongst them is our very own Dennis Preware, the Head of French in our language department.

Click here to find out more about the Zobel Project


Bronze Arts Awards

Tuesday 04.07.2017

arts awards logoWell done to all the year 7 & 9 students who achieved their Bronze Arts Award.

Twenty-seven students participated in the award and the moderator was really impressed by all the portfolios.

Students put in hours of work in to expanding their knowledge of the arts.

We are really proud!




Research at the Birmingham Library

Friday 30.06.2017

students in front of birmingham libraryOn Tuesday 20th June, the AS Film Studies group travelled to Birmingham Library to start their individual research projects for A2.

This is a year long project with a high standard of academic research required, and the students were keen to get their teeth into some quality texts as soon as possible.

It was a fantastic experience in researching, using academic texts and using a library cataloguing system.

We found a range of books from Karl Marx to women in Bollywood to representations of African Americans on film, and were even able to get out in the sunshine while doing their work - success all round!


Congratulations to Monique!

Monday 26.06.2017

moniqueOn Saturday 20th May a few pupils from GSA attended the year 7 County Netball Trials.

We are delighted to say that Monique was successful and got into the South Staffordshire County Netball Team which means she will be playing against other Counties next season.

This is a fantastic achievement as the standard was extremely high.

Well done Monique!



Flexible Learning Week & Sport Day

Friday 23.06.2017

flexi week logoAs part of our flexible learning experience the students will be involved in a range of activities that would not normally fit into their timetable.

Staff have spent a lot of time and effort planning additional opportunities which are aimed at honing essential skills for their social development as well as an awareness of important issues whilst growing up in the modern day.

· Download the full programme [pdf, 307 KB]

The Academy Sports Day will be taking place on Friday 30th June at Hadley Stadium, Smethwick.

All pupils are expected to attend school as usual at 8.45am and report to their tutor group. They will be transported to the venue from 9am with the event scheduled to begin at 10am. They will return to the academy (Davey Road / Sports entrance) for 3pm and pupils will leave the academy site via Main Reception.

· Download the Sports Day letter [pdf, 124 KB]


The End of Year Exhibition

Thursday 22.06.2017

end of year art exhibition posterThe End of Year Exhibition is a body of work that has been created by the students at George Salter across all the key stages.

The work includes examples of Fine Art, photography and textiles, covering and examining a wide range of topics and starting points.

The exhibition is to start at 4.30pm on Thursday 6th July and will be housed in the main reception.

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the success of our artists this year.


BBC trip

Wednesday 21.06.2017

pupils in the BBC studioOn Monday 12th June 20 year 8 students visited the BBC.

The day was action packed with students gaining an insight into what life in the journalism sector was like. Students had the opportunity to have a tour of the BBC looking at where they produce radio and TV shows.

In addition, the students were able to look at how the producers edited and researched media. After the tour students had the opportunity to work with a producer to make news scripts they learnt all of the top tips from an expert.

At the end of the day we were lucky to watch Joanne Malin present the live news! Once Joanne had finished the news we were able to ask her lots of questions about her career.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable day!



Tuesday 20.06.2017

grease poster"It’s 1959! It’s a new school year for seniors at Rydell High School! It’s Greased Lightning!"

Tickets are on sale now in Performing Arts at break times and lunch priced at £7 for adults and £5 for concessions.

For 3 nights, commencing on Tuesday 11th July we will share with you one of the most famous High School romances to hit stage and screen. Come and join us to share the adventures and friendships of a group of seniors and see the love story of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson unfold.

Come and have a sing-a-long… come and have a boogie… and remember, Grease is the word!

GSA Ofsted result celebrated in the Express & Star

Monday 19.06.2017

students holding up good signThe Saturday edition of the Express & Star celebrated the good Ofsted reesult by dedicating a major article to the news story.

The article opened with: "A West Bromwich school has been praised by Ofsted - one year on since it was placed in special measures with fears over safeguarding."

It then continues to say: "The latest Ofsted now commends the principal, senior leaders, governors and Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), the academy’s sponsor, for "successfully driving improvements" at the school."

"Alongside good leadership and management, inspectors also highlighted the quality of teaching and learning, the resulting strong outcomes for students and the "exemplary culture of safeguarding", with students benefitting from "high levels of care and support".

Click here to read the Express & Star article about our good Ofsted result in full.

Congratulations from Sir David Carter

Tuesday 13.06.2017

Letter from Sir David CarterGeorge Salter received a letter in which Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner congratulates OAT and the school "on the significant improvements made at George Salter Academy and to take stock of your achievement of moving the school from its previous inspection outcome of Inadequate, to its new category of Good.

It is fantastic to see the opportunities for the children at the academy so dramatically enhanced over a short period.

I want to recognise Pank’s excellent leadership and the hard work of all of the staff at the Academy that has led to the school’s successful turnaround. I am also aware of the valuable support that Ormiston Academy Trust has provided. The work that sponsors, like you, do is vitally important in driving up standards for all pupils and I thank you for it."

Download the letter from Sir David Carter [pdf, 120 KB]


We also received a letter from the Director of Children Services – Jim Leivers and Cabinet Member Cllr Hackett.

Download the letter from Sandwell LA [pdf, 207 KB]


George Salter achieves a GOOD Ofsted Report!

Thursday 08.06.2017

ofsted good logoFollowing a full Ofsted inspection in May, George Salter Academy received a GOOD Ofsted rating.

This is superb and a testament to everyone's hard work and effort.

Download the letter and report:

Letter to Parents [pdf, 466 KB]

Ofsted Report May 2017 [pdf, 260 KB]



A great performance!

Monday 22.05.2017

the student performers with Alison Cope and Nicki YatesWe are extremely proud of the Year 12 students who delivered a clear and powerful message in their knife crime performance at the academy on Thursday evening.

Inspired by true stories, it was brilliantly thought provoking and engaging.

Well done on the relentless efforts to make a difference to the lives of all students and the wider community!

Also attending were Alison Cope, the mother of Joshua Ribera (Depzman), who was stabbed and murdered in Selly Oak in September 2013 and PCSO Nicki Yates.


Trip to see Moby Dick" at The Old Rep

Tuesday 09.05.2017

pupils sitting in the theatreOn Friday 5th May 30 students in Years 7-9 went to see "Moby Dick" at The Old Rep Theatre as part of their Arts Award preparations.

For a lot of the students this was the first time they had been to the theatre and all had a fantastic time!

Good luck with completing your evidence for your qualification!

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GSA student plays lead role in Billy Elliot!

Friday 05.05.2017

lewis smallmanSince January 2016, we have been exceptionally proud to have one of our students as Billy in Billy Elliot (UK Tour).

Lewis Smallman gained admission into the academy through our 'Excellence Within The Performing Arts Programme' which takes 20 participants each year. He is particularly talented in dance which is how this fantastic opportunity was made known to him.

Lewis auditioned for the show after his choreographer mentioned the open auditions. He has since been all around the country performing as the lead role within the musical. His favourite dance in the show is "Electricity". However, Lewis performs in a huge number of dances throughout the play including "Angry Dance" which Lewis says was the one he found most difficult as it is long and requires him to do a long section of tap.

Over the Easter holidays a number of Performing Arts staff went to The Birmingham Hippodrome to see the show and it was absolutely breathtaking. Lewis is an accomplished actor and dancer, gaining several standing ovations throughout the performance.


An insight into university life.

Friday 05.05.2017

aston universityOn Tuesday 25th April and Thursday 27th April, 20 students from both year 7 and 10 visited Aston University for a student campus experience day.

On the day students from both year groups had a campus tour of Aston University led by university students. In addition there was a quiz, staff/ student interviews and an activity where students could design their own University course.

This was a great day enjoyed by all students and all have gained a good insight to what University life is going to be like.


Success in Music Instrumental Grades!

Friday 28.04.2017

kids holding up their distinction certificatesBefore Easter some students across years 9, 10, 11 and Post 16 were entered for instrumental music exams.

They have achieved fantastic results! The following students have worked very hard with their instrumental teachers and travelled to external exam centres to take their grades.

  • Elliscia Massop - grade 1 piano - merit
  • Jazmine Seaton - grade 1 jazz piano - merit
  • Sophie Young - grade 3 trumpet - merit
  • Joey L - grade 1 Keyboard - distinction
  • Laura Fullwood - grade 5 keyboard - distinction
  • Tyriq Baker - grade 6 piano - distinction

More students are due to be entered for instrumental/vocal/theory exams for the summer entry.

Well done!


Fidget Spinners banned from school!

Friday 28.04.2017

fidget spinnerThese are the latest craze. They involve students spinning a plastic spinner.

They can be very useful for students with ADHD however they are a major distraction in class and can, if taken apart, become quite dangerous.

It is for that reason that they are banned in school and will be confiscated, if seen.

In addition, there will be punishment for anyone who persistently brings these into school.



YOUR child's Academy needs YOU still!!!

Friday 31.03.2017

the academy needs you posterHave you got what it takes to be part of our growing parent panel?

The next meeting is Thursday 6th April and parents need to meet in main reception at 5pm.

Do you have a passion for brainstorming and bringing ideas to life to better the Academy for pupil, staff and parent?

Why not apply to become part of a transformational parent group - multiple brains are better than none!

We would loved to hear from you, please apply!

Please write a paragraph outlining what qualities and skills you will bring to our Parent Panel. Please send your applications to Mrs Field at by Wednesday April 5th 2017.


Loxdale Week!

Thursday 30.03.2017

loxdale week posterLoxdale Week is taking place on Monday 3rd April - Friday 7th April 2017.

There are a variety of events taking place such as an Easter egg hunt, samosa and cake sales, sponsored silences, the egg drop ((where students can buy a crème egg and write a message to a friend, teacher etc and this will be attached to it, these will then be delivered to the relevant person the following day), sponge the Loxdale teacher and the famous Loxdale bake off.

We are raising money for our house charity, the NSPCC so please support as much as you can!


We are the champions of the Black Country!!!

Thursday 23.03.2017

Black Country championsYesterday the year 9 boys and the year 9 girls Athletics teams took part in the Black Country Games.

This is the final tier of the indoor championships in which 170+ schools from the whole of the black country are invited to attend in the early stages. After both teams stormed through the Sandwell stages over the previous months, they went into today looking to capitalise on that success.

Both teams took away gold medals and have become champions of the Black Country.

Congratulations from all of us to the team - we can hardly express how proud and impressed we are!

Thank you also to the members of Sixth form supporting at the event!

View the pictures from the Black Country Championship on Facebook Facebook icon


OAT Debating Competition

Thursday 23.03.2017

the schools debating teamOn Tuesday, 17 of our year 9's went down to Oxford Union for the OAT Debating Competition.

Unfortunately we didn't win the competition but we have lots of feedback and ideas for when we compete next year. The quality of the debates our students delivered were to a very high standard.

The students debated on issues such as "Should children have the right to vote?" and "Should celebrities receive stricter punishments?".

A big well done to all the students who took part.

View the pictures from Oxford trip on Facebook Facebook icon


BBC School Report

Thursday 16.03.2017

BBC School report linkAcross the UK over 900 schools took part in the BBC School Report project with George Salter being one of them.

20 students from year 8 were part of the programme who put together a news report for our school. The group spent the day planning, recording and editing news stories.

The stories in the bulletin include Proposed changes in the School Day, A reflection on Les Miserables, GSA beating Phoenix in the Football and many more!

Watch the BBC School Report on our YouTube channel YouTube logo


Consultation to change the School day

Wednesday 15.03.2017

link to consultation document to change the school dayToday sees the start of a consultation process to make changes to the school day.

The changes, alongside the rationale for change, are set out in the document below. We have gone through the process of consulting staff at the Academy and would like to take on board the views of parents, guardians and stakeholders before putting in place any changes for September.

Please download the Consultation letter and form [pdf 320 KB] and return to the Academy reception by Monday 27 March 2017.


Sweeping success at the Sandwell Indoor Athletics!

Friday 03.03.2017

sandwell championsYesterday was the final Indoor Athletics event and it did not disappoint!

These lot were absolutely fantastic and have been for the last 6 months! You've made us all so proud.

We came back with 9 team trophies - to sweep up at the competition as we did is unheard of. Becoming not only Overall Sandwell School Champions out of 12 schools, but also becoming Overall Girls Champions, Overall Boys Champions, Year 9 Girls Sandwell Champions, Year 8 Girls Sandwell Runners Up, Year 7 Girls Runners-up, Year 7 Boys Sandwell Champions, Year 9 Boys Sandwell Champions, Year 8 Boys Sandwell third place shows that we are the best school in the whole of Sandwell - and that's all because of the hard work and determination from all our athletes.

On behalf of GSA, thank you all for doing us proud!

View the pictures from the Sandwell Athletics Championship on Facebook Facebook icon


Newman University trip

Thursday 02.03.2017

Newman UniversityA group of year 12 Child Development students went along to Newman University in Birmingham, for an Early Childhood Studies Taster Day.

They managed to experience what life would be like at university and were able to attend taster sessions and meet some of the lecturers on the course.

The visit also allowed students to tour the establishment and help prepare for their university choices in year 13.



Adventure holiday at Boreatton Park

Thursday 02.03.2017

kids doing a variety of activitiesThe first weekend of the half term five members of GSA staff took 45 year 7&8 pupils to PGL Boreatton Park in Shrewsbury.

When we arrived we were greeted with a campfire followed by a night of games, singing (well sort of singing) and toasting marshmallows.

Over the weekend the pupils got to experience a number of activities such as raft building (where the majority of pupils fell in the lake), zip wire, tunnel trails, giant swing, archery, aeroball, adventure courses and abseiling.

It was fantastic to see pupils face their fears and take on these tough challenges.

A great weekend was had by all and we shall look further to returning again in the future!

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Crown Court trip

Wednesday 01.03.2017

Birmingham Crown CourtA group of year 12 Law students spent a day at the Law Courts in Birmingham.

They sat in court and observed real criminal trials and were able to experience how English Courts function.

The students went on a tour and took part in a Q&A session with the court Usher, where they were able to ask questions on how the Criminal Courts help in bringing justice to victims.

The visit allowed students to have an insight to the different roles involved in the Criminal Justice System and were able to see their lesson's on Criminal Courts come to life.


The new Newsletter is out!

Monday 27.02.2017

link to spring newsletterOur recent Newsletter sums up the activity of the past few months in a number of areas.

The newsletter features articles about our recent excellent results regarding the schools league tables, the BBC News Report our pupils took part in, our "Les Misérables" production, our sporting achievements over the last few weeks, trips and visits and lots more.

We hope the newsletter makes for interesting reading and really demonstrate the achievements, breadth and quality of activity going on across our Academy.

Download the Spring Newsletter 2017 [pdf, 1.1 MB]


Greetings from the London West End Cast!

Friday 17.02.2017

link to les miserables london cast greetings youtube videoA huge congratulations to the cast of Les Miserables!

A huge congratulations to the cast of Les Miserables! 60 students have been working hard in drama, music and dance rehearsals for the past 5 and a half months to prepare a fantastic performance which has deservedly been acknowledge by the West End cast of Les Mis in London!

They have had two sell-out nights with a standing ovation. The Performing Arts department couldn't be prouder!

Watch the message on our YouTube channel YouTube logo



Congratulations to Darrell!

Friday 03.02.2017

darrelOne of our students on "The Excellence within The Performing Arts Programme" Darrell has recently auditioned and made it through two rounds for a Fruit Shoot Advert.

He attended these auditions in London and The Performing Arts department as extremely proud of all he has achieved.

As an experienced dancer, Darrell is part of Marshon Cadets and has done several exciting projects in the past such as:

  • Performing at Be Inspired in Digbeth, Birmingham
  • B Side Hip Hop Festival at The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham
  • Chace 2 Dance, Blackpool
  • Lady Le Shurr, Birmingham Institute
  • Next Gen at Z Arts, Manchester
  • Black History Month, Birmingham Library

We look forward to hearing more news from Darrell. Keep it Up!


Year 8 Options Evening

Thursday 26.01.2017

year 8 options evening logoAt George Salter Academy, Key Stage 4 courses such as GCSEs start in Year 9. Therefore, every student in Year 8 will have to choose a number of "optional" subjects.

Every Year 8 student has received a booklet containing information about the courses they can choose from.

In addition, there will be an Options Evening for Year 8 students and their parents/carers on Wednesday 1st February, beginning at 6pm. There will be a presentation and opportunities to discuss options with subject representatives in person.

Download the Year 8 options evening information pack [pdf, 123 KB]


Year 9 girls handball victories!

Thursday 19.01.2017

Year 9 handball teamThe year 9 girls handball team versed Q3 Academy and Health Futures on Tuesday night.

Our year 9 team included : Arvani (GK), Grace (defence), Leah (defence), Elizabeth (mid-field), Sophie Haney (mid-field), Basma (shooter) and Jada (shooter).

They started with versing Q3 Academy, ending with a win of 7-3. The team kept their technique going through the match; goal keeper Arvani Gill throwing the ball down to mid-field, who would then pass to the shooters. 5 shots in, shooter, Jada Rennock performed a lucky, yet amazing goal. Jumping above Q3's defenders, she threw the ball into the back of the net. The goal keeper saved the ball from going in by hitting it up into the air, however, failing to catch the ball before it landed, it bounced into the goal.

The second match was against Health futures, ending with another win of 6-3. The match included three amazing 'hat-tricks' performed by Leah. Two shots were received in the top left corner, passed by Sophie, and thrown into the bottom left corner of the goal. The other shot was received from Basma, in the top middle and thrown into the top right of the goal.

Match report by Sophie (Year 9)


Les Miserables ticket sale!

Monday 16.01.2017

les miserables posterBuy your tickets now to see this epic musical on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February @6.30pm, led by 60+ of our students singing with a live orchestra and a professional set and months of rehearsals!

Les Miserables tickets will be on sale for staff and students within the production from Wednesday of this week.

They are priced at £6.00 adults and £4.00 for children/concessions. There is also an opportunity to purchase our very popular Gold Tickets for £12.00 which includes a delicious three course meal inspired by French cuisine and front row tickets. These are available for the Thursday performance only.

The tickets will be for sale outside PA#2 on our portable Box Office opposite the Green Room Theatre at break and lunch time Monday-Friday.

To ensure fairness, tickets can be only be secured with payment.


YOUR child's Academy needs YOU!!!

Friday 06.01.2017

the academy needs you posterHave you got what it takes to be part of our growing parent panel?

What is it that YOU as a parent to a pupil of our Academy, could contribute to overall effectiveness of our school?

Do you have a passion for brainstorming and bringing ideas to life to better the Academy for pupil, staff and parent?

Why not apply to become part of a transformational parent group - multiple brains are better than none!

We would loved to hear from you, please apply!

Please write a paragraph outlining what qualities and skills you will bring to our Parent Panel. Please send your applications to Mrs Good at by Friday January 20th 2017.


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