Welcome to our School
At University of Birmingham School, standards and expectations are very high as we want our young people and staff to be exceptional. I am honoured to lead our ambitious and distinctive learning community.
Distinctive – in that we purposefully and explicitly prioritise the development of students’ character and academic accomplishments in equal measure – so that they flourish as happy, socially aware, skilled citizens equipped to find and take their places on the world stage.
We speak of good character as making the right choice at the right time for the right reason – and our core purpose of developing character is planned and active. Opportunities and learning which allow our students to discover and further shape their personal qualities, attributes and virtues receive explicit time in each school week through a taught programme and wide ranging enrichment.
We are a school for all – for youngsters of all abilities, aptitudes and backgrounds – with an admissions process which by design seeks to welcome students and families from across the city. Accordingly our school is intentionally diverse and representative of Birmingham.
We aim to personalise learning and provision so that each individual excels to a personal best – facilitating life chances and successful pathways beyond school education – surpassing any preconceived expectations.
We benefit very considerably from the proactive involvement of the University of Birmingham – a world class University within an aspirant and thriving city – whereby learning partnerships, expertise and opportunities routinely enhance our students’ development and education.
As a University Training School we work closely with the University School of Education collaborating in areas such as initial teacher education, educational research, evidence informed practice and CPD – recognising that our staff flourish as life-long learners, and when we are inquisitive and outward facing.
We are committed to working with parents and carers to ensure that all are active participants in their child’s learning and development. We recognise and greatly value these partnerships, including those in the wider community – we truly achieve more together than in isolation.
We are driven to provide a great, rounded education for our young people – a compelling and pioneering educational offer for Birmingham, nationally and internationally. I very much hope that you are interested in discovering more about our school.
Colin Townsend, Principal, University of Birmingham School
Character is about making the right choice at the right time for the right reason; sometimes the children say it’s what you do when no one is looking.