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Our News

News 2017

Care home Community Performance

Sunday 20.12.2017

pictures from the care home comminity performanceOn 14th December, we all went to perform our pieces to a local senior home.

During the day out there we performed many different Christmas songs for the residents which was extremely enjoyable as it bought all of the seniors together to join in and sing along!

ven though it was very hot, it didn't stop the seniors having a little boogie to our songs and having a laugh! Sadly the day ended too quickly and we had to go however me and Kim with Rose and Janet and learned many new things about their generation or life in general!

Overall I think that the experience was very enjoyable and I can’t wait to do it again!

Written by Holly Fieldhouse—Year 10

 


Chicane Dance Company success!

Sunday 20.12.2017

dance exchange logoOur Chicane Dance Company has been selected to participate in Youth dance England's regional platform at the DanceXchange in the Birmingham Hippodrome on Sunday 25th of February.

Only 7 youth dance companies were selected from the region to represent youth dance in the West Midlands Youth Dance England is the leading organisation for promoting the importance of dance nationally among young people.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to have exposure in such a prestige platform - we are very excited!!!!

 


Excellent Instrumental Exam Results!

Sunday 20.12.2017

music exam graphicThe Music Department are celebrating with the following students as they receive their exam results.

Students have worked very hard with their instrumental teachers and travelled to external exam centers to take their grades.
· Elliscia Massop - Grade 2 Piano
· Joey Li - Grade 2 Keyboard
· Siana Gardner – Grade 6 Flute
And a HUGE well done to Tyriq Baker for securing his Grade 8 Clarinet and university offers from specialist music colleges!

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

Well done!!

 


Worcester Cathedral trip

Friday 15.12.2017

worcester cathedralThe Year 12 and 13 historians had an excellent trip to Worcester Cathedral to learn about, and physically see the impact of the Reformation.

Built between 1084 and 1504, Worcester Cathedral represents every style of English architecture from Norman to Perpendicular Gothic.

We discussed the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism and saw the damage done to graves and the decoration of the church as a result of religious change.

 

 


GSA’s Young Promoters Crowdfunding

Friday 15.12.2017

link to crowdfunding websiteGSA’s Young Promoters are crowdfunding in support of their project for Black Country Touring (BCT).

The money raised from this will kick start the fees for being involved in the project.

Your support is crucial to the project as the young promoters will be using the money to set up a number of other enterprise projects to cover the remaining costs of the fees. The project is a great opportunity, developing the students skills within event management, marketing, communication and enterprise.

To support our students, please go to our Crowdfunding webpage.

GSA are one of several schools taking part in the project which will conclude with an arts festival in spring 2018. For every £1 that is pledged, you will be allocated a raffle ticket in our fantastic prize draw. Our prize for the lucky winner will be 2 open tickets to see the matinee performance of 101 Dalmatian’s at the Birmingham Rep on Friday 12th January @ 2.00pm.

They would make a great gift for family members or friends in the New year.

Thank you for your support and GOOD LUCK!

 


Trip to the BBC Good Food Show

Friday 15.12.2017

bbc good food showOn Friday 1st December, 14 year 9 and 10 pupils enjoyed their day out at the BBC Good Food show at NEC, Birmingham.

The halls were set up with various food and drink stands, with demonstrations, taste testing and plenty of free food samples!

The students thoroughly enjoyed tasting these food samples from the array of multicultural stands. Pupils watched cookery demonstrations by top brands/suppliers, showing the range of equipment, including knife skills.

Pupils then entered the super theatre to watch a live cookery demonstration by Nadia Hussain, who produced a nut roast and a meringue dessert.

 


Trip to the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton

Thursday 14.12.2017

students attending the bct tripSome of our students are part of the Black Country Touring (BCT) Young Promoters project which is currently running.

George Salter Academy are one of several schools involved in the project this year.

During our visit the students met with the Arena Theater's manager and were taken on a short tour of the box office, theatre and backstage area.

 

 

 


Bringing together the young and the "not so" young!

Wednesday 13.12.2017

students meeting vantage point residentsSome Post 16 Students on Tuesday 5th December 2017, went to Vantage point Residential Home, in West Bromwich, to visit some residents to discuss old times and breaking down barriers.

Students had a great afternoon talking to the residents about what life was like for them, when they were their age.

As you can see everyone had a great time.

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Children in Need fundraising success!

Thursday 07.12.2017

children in need fundraisersThe Head Team at George Salter Academy have been hard at work raising money for Children in Need.

This amazing work was a joint effort with the Year 11 Head Team and the Sixth Form Head Team. Together they raised a fantastic £1656!

There were a number of exciting activities that took place to raise this money! This included sponge the teacher, where a few brave members of staff had sponges soaked in freezing cold water thrown at them by students. Some even braver male members of staff even had their legs waxed to raise money!

The students also arranged a non-uniform day, during which students were encouraged to wear either yellow to support Children in Need or blue to support anti bullying week.

Further activities were also arranged by the head teams which students got involved in such as guess the sweets in the jar and guess the name of the teddy. They also arranged a ‘penny wars’ competition between forms where each form had to raise as many 1 and 2 pence pieces as they could. One form managed to raise £32 in pennies alone!

All of these fantastic efforts raised a significant amount of money for children in need, and George Salter Academy are incredibly proud of our Head Teams, and all of the students who contributed to this fantastic effort!

 


GSA Triple Gold Award winners

Tuesday 05.12.2017

three awardsAt the recent Ormiston Academies Trust Awards, GSA scooped up three Gold awards.

Firstly, GSA got the award for the best Sixth Form results in terms of value added across the 34 OAT schools. Secondly, GSA won the award for Enrichment – Sport. The Academy has an extensive enrichment programme for students and a large number of students participate. Thirdly, GSA has done a huge amount of work on Safeguarding and is now classed as an exemplar for others to learn from. The Award was for Pupils contribution to Safeguarding.

We are very pleased with the recognition that we have received for all the hard work that goes on day in day out.

 


Variety Night

Friday 01.12.2017

variety night posterOn Wednesday 13th December our amazing Performing Arts students will be showcasing their talents in our Variety Night.

Come along and see performances from Music, Dance and Drama.

Tickets are now on sale from Mrs. Penn - Adults £3, Concessions £2.

Let us put the "Wonderland" in your Winter!

 

 

 

 


Grand Opening of 3G pitches

Thursday 30.11.2017

grand opening ceremonyThe Deputy Mayor of Sandwell, Cllr. Susan Eaves, officially opened two state-of-the-art all-weather pitches at George Salter Academy yesterday, thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The grant has enabled George Salter Academy to replace their two existing sand-dressed artificial grass pitches – originally installed 12 years ago and in very poor condition – with brand new floodlit all-weather playing surfaces. They join the Academy’s two grass football pitches, converted from playing fields earlier in the year with the support of Sport England.

The new pitches, which will not only benefit the academy’s 1,330 pupils, but will also be used by partner clubs Tantany Lions FC and Greets Green Albion FC. Other community clubs will also have access to the new facility.

vips at the grand openingWest Bromwich Albion FC, through its charity arm The Albion Foundation, has links with the school and will deliver development sessions on the large pitch including Premier League Kicks. Additionally, the Birmingham FA plan to deliver coaching and leadership education, as well as Safeguarding and Emergency Aid courses, at the facility.

George Salter Academy worked alongside the Birmingham FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation.

The Academy’s two original AGPs were already well-used, and the more reliable surface provided by the new all-weather pitches will provide users with better scheduling flexibility. As a result, the partner clubs expect to introduce a total of 14 new teams, supporting the predicted 150% boost in football participation onsite across all ages.

pupils playing football on new 3g pitchThe school worked in partnership with the Birmingham FA to secure a £462,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. George Salter Academy also contributed £100,000 to the project, and were supported in their funding bid by their sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust.

Pank Patel, Principal of George Salter Academy, said: "Everyone at George Salter Academy is absolutely thrilled with the addition of these two state-of-the-art football pitches to our school. They will provide a fantastic opportunity to get more students involved and excited about sport. I’d like to thank the Football Foundation and The Albion Foundation for the support they’ve provided us with this project."

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: "The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides the investment necessary to improve grassroots football facilities. So, I am delighted to see George Salter Academy join thousands of local clubs who have reaped its benefit, in this case through the opening of two artificial grass pitches.

These facilities are more than places to play football at, these facilities are hubs of physical activity, the bedrock of local communities and ‘homes from home’ for so many who also use them as social outlets to learn new skills, gain work experience and other qualifications."

After the opening ceremony, year 8 football teams enjoyed playing an in-house tournament on the new pitches.

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Progress Day – Friday 1st December

Tuesday 27.11.2017

teachers at british libraryThe academy will be closed to all pupils except yr 11 who will be required to attend from 8:40am – 1:30pm.

All other students, along with parents/carers have been invited in for appointments with their form tutor and attendance for this appointment is compulsory.

Students will also complete a bespoke piece of independent PSHE work which will have been explained in advance. Form tutors will be collecting this during form time next week.

Any queries with the above please contact George Salter and ask for the relevant Head of Year.

 

 


Trip to the British Library

Monday 27.11.2017

teachers at british libraryLast Tuesday, 26 lucky year 8 and 9 pupils had the chance to visit Platform 9 3/4 and the fantastic Harry Potter Exhibition at the British Library in London as a reward for all of their hard work in English.

The Library was a treasure trove of information and magic that the pupil's loved exploring.

Even the staff joined in!

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Parents, your academy needs you!

Friday 24.11.2017

parents governors - the school needs youWe are currently recruiting two parent governors to join the new Academy Council in January 2018.

Download the letter from the Principal [pdf, 287 KB]

If you currently have a child who attends GSA; are able to work well with others; have an interest in education and can spare time to attend meetings and training sessions throughout the academic year, then you may be exactly what were are looking for!

Please submit the nomination form [pdf, 219 KB] to the Academy Office by 3pm on Friday 1st December 2017.

 

 


Winter Dance Show 2017

Thursday 23.11.2017

winter dance show posterCome and enjoy an evening packed full of exciting dance pieces from year 7 through to year 13 on Thursday 7th December!

Performances showcase our Chicane Dance Company, Boys into Dance Company, Aptitude year 7 group, and you can also see our amazing KS5 and KS4 examination pieces.

Tickets are on sale from Monday 27th November in the Dance office. Adults £3, Concessions £2.

 

 


Master Class at the Rep Theatre

Thursday 16.11.2017

pupils at the rep theatreYear 12 and 13 Musical Theatre and A-Level Drama students travelled to the Rep Theatre in Birmingham to take part in a performance workshop taught by François Testory who has worked with DV8 Physical Theatre and Ballet Rambert.

François's interdisciplinary and international experience has brought him to explore a diversity of performing styles, including opera, musicals, mime, French "pantomime", physical theatre and techniques going from ballet, to View Points improvisation, passing by Frederick Husler's vocal warm up.

The master class experimented with the vocal and physical possibilities of individual performance, pushing the students out of their comfort zone.

 


GSA Music department in partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire!

Thursday 16.11.2017

music department logoThe Music department are very excited to have successfully secured a partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

The programme will enable students to take part in workshops, trips and performances tailored to the individual needs of our students across all year groups!

Details of the first opportunities to follow soon, please see Mrs Penn for more information!

 

 


Fair Banding Test 2017

Friday 10.11.2017

fair banding test letter linkAny parents of Year 6 students that have applied to GSA should have received a letter inviting them in for testing on Saturday November 18 by Monday November 13.

These letters tell parents the time to arrive and the times of the tests. It is important parents keep to these timings please to avoid missing the tests.

Any parents who have applied but have not received a letter should get in touch with Mrs Aston on 0121 553 4665 ext 262

 

 


Our PSHE Day!

Thursday 09.11.2017

pupils at pshe day activitiesOn Tuesday October 10th our students enjoyed a hugely successful PSHE day (PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education).

Everyone from Year 7 to Year 11 were engaged in a variety of fulfilling activities that extended their thinking and prepared them for the wider world and as part of the activities some of our students have written about their experiences:

Year seven - Liam Mills:

In PSHE day we learnt about many things to help us make the right choices in everyday life. We learnt about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and created a poster on the subject. Also a local police officer came to the school to give a speech on knife crime, joint enterprise, anti-social behaviour and how to avoid conviction by staying out of trouble. After this, posters were completed and we learnt how to be safe on social media.

What I found most interesting was that an hour of exercise is needed every day to stay healthy. This fact made me change for the better. If PSHE day had not taught me this, I would still be lacking exercise. This is why every school should take part in this wonderful, educating day.

Year eight - Tahera Uddin:

We learnt about five different things: sexting; bullying (homophobic); relationship abuse; financial issue and smoking. A company named DECCA (Drug Education, Counselling and Confidential Advice) came to talk about drinking, smoking and much more.

DECCA spoke to us about alcohol, drugs, smoking and Shisha Pens. A cigarette is really bad for you. It could lead to chest pains and you can have a heart attack or heart failure. That is why DECCA has said to us all we should not smoke because it’s harmful and there are many ingredients that can affect the person smoking.

When we learnt about sexting we all learnt that if you send a sexual text, image or a video it can be dangerous if it’s shared with the wrong person because once you send a message you’re not in control as to what happens to the image, video or text. We also learnt that if it’s you who sent that video, text, or image it could affect your future and you won’t even be able to get a job.

What we also learnt about was homophobic bullying. Homophobic bullying is you getting called names or getting teased, getting hit/punched or physically abused or if you get assaulted and harassed. That’s why you need to be careful with what you do and say. Another thing we also learnt about was relationship abuse. Relationship abuse is when you are being abused by your partner. You could be confused, afraid, trapped or angry. You can blame yourself for what’s happening, no matter what others might say. You are never responsible for your partner’s abusive actions. We also learnt that you should leave the person and make sure you report this situation because it should not be happening at all. And you should always be aware!

Finally, at last we learnt about financial issues. Financial issues can include arguing with your partner over money or feeling guilty spending money on non-essentials. You shouldn’t be feeling like that so you should speak to a counselling service or you can contact people who you owe money if you need to pay them. You could just tell the person you are having difficulties and ask for time to work things out.

I enjoyed PHSE. I wouldn’t mind doing it again. In this PHSE lesson, me and my class learnt lots.

Year nine - Joszet Taylor:

On Tuesday the tenth of October our year nine had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in a workshop presented by the University of Wolverhampton. We indeed felt very privileged to have them join us and tell the students a bit more about university life. This gave them the chance to think about future life choices and decisions.

In selected mixed teams they were given the chance to create their own authentic university and share ideas with people they might have never worked with before. Throughout the day they created posters, logos, mind maps, original sketches and live adverts they were able to present in front of the rest of the year group. Together they wrote down notes of what their ideal student’s personality would be and who their university would be aimed at, they also listed in detail what their university would specialise in and what it has to offer.

The groups in turns explained to the rest of the year a bit about their school ethos and showed us a structural plan of the university and what it would look like. All of the teams had amazing ideas and were working fantastically showing the raw talent of George Salter. We were indeed quite proud of how well they got on with this task taking in mind they only had one day to complete it.

The team that really showed excellence and stood out most in particular and were voted the best was the University of Success they were truly successful and had great ideas. They are now going to be competing against other schools for a chance to win as we wish them luck! We hope for many more days like this in the future as our students start to grow from youth to young adults.

Year ten - Ellie-Mai Fletcher:

On Tuesday 10th October we spent the day with our form group and explored an important element of the year 10 PSHE curriculum which was the world of work. We gained an understanding of the importance of application forms when applying for a job and what employers look out for. We then had an opportunity to complete an application form which will be used when every student in year 10 has a mock interview with real employers from a range of industries. These visitors will come to George Salter Academy in April 2018. I am really looking forward to this!

pupils at phse dayAnother aspect of the world of work we looked at was the interview process from both the employer and employee’s viewpoint. We considered what a good and bad interview consists of and we even got to practise an interview scenario with our peers. I found this part of the day really informative and I am now aware of the importance of first impressions and how to conduct myself professionally in an interview setting.

Finally, we had an opportunity to identify what a CV is and look at some useful examples. We even got a chance to create our own CV which I thought was really beneficial as this can be used in the future when I am looking to apply for jobs. Overall, I really enjoyed the PSHE day and gained a lot from it.

Year eleven - Mantville Ivanova:

pupils doing pshe day activitiesSo it was Tuesday 10th October and we had a PSHE day. First, we had period 1-2 in mixed form groups and we played the budget board game. That taught us how to save money and what goes out of a family house hold every month. We didn’t realise how difficult it could be.

Period 3-6 we did some ice breaking/team building, fun activities with a different group of people. We had to make an egg carrier to hold an egg and when you drop it the egg shouldn’t crack. We were only allowed to use newspaper, straws, balloons, smartie boxes and tape. Keaton’s group won because the egg never cracked, even when it was dropped from the highest height. There was a second winner, Mohammed’s group. They did there’s last minute but still won! We would like to do something like this again it was fun and nice to work with different people in year 11.

 


Introducing our new student leadership team for the school!

Tuesday 07.11.2017

student leadership badgesHead boy and head girls and prefects are roles of prominent student responsibility in our school, they also lead the Prefects in their duties.

Head boy/head girls act as a role model to other students, are representatives at open evenings and events at the school, chair the school council and play a key role in organising school prom.

All candidates applied for this position and had an interview. This was selected in a debate in which all 5 candidates answered 5 prepared questions and some questions from teachers and other year 11 students. Year 11 then voted for their head boy and head girl.

Head Boy and Head Girl: Jeenesh Patel, Shaakirah Khan

Deputy Head Boy and Head Girl: Liam Scott, Alicia Tola and Hina Nadim

Prefects also act as a role model to other students, are representatives at open evenings and events at the school and encourage a positive school environment by working with staff to tackle issues such as bullying and poor behaviour.

Prefects applied for their position and then each had an interview and were then selected.

Prefects (year 11): Sammie Jay, Britney Smalling, Ebony Ebanks, Aliyah Ahmed, Aaminah Kauser Rumbi, Karina Jassi, Dagmara Grondzik

Prefects (year 10): Kirandeep Kaur, Manveen Kaur, Hayden Boora, Basma Mohammed, Kyra Holden Arshpreet Kaur, Dilesha Patel, Amice Holden

 


Trip to the Houses of Parliament

Monday 30.10.2017

our students in front of the houses of parliamentOur year 12 Law students were given a fantastic opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court in London.

It is a unique opportunity for students to be able to sit in the seats of the highest judges in the UK at the Supreme Court, and to walk in the corridors of power and see Democracy in action in the Houses of Parliament.

It was a great opportunity for the students and one they will always remember.

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Cakes, cakes and more cakes!

Friday 06.10.2017

Macmillan coffee morning stallLast week Post 16 organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning cake sale in the Sixth Form common room.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.

The Coffee morning is a worldwide fundraising event and this year our Post 16 was part of it.

Cakes ranged from 20p to £1 and we can now announce that we have raised £215 for the cancer charity.

Thank you to all who baked, donated and sponsored the cake sale.

 


BBC Birmingham Tours Trip

Wednesday 27.09.2017

pupils at the BBC studioRecently, a number of pupils from Year 8 went on a tour of the BBC News Studio/Set at the BBC Birmingham and had a look behind the scenes.

The students were shown the inner workings of how BBC Radio Drama is made and they were able making their very own radio play complete with music and sound effects.

They created a short gothic horror tale about some travellers in the countryside during a storm seekeing refuge in a mysterious house.

Click here to listen to their play on our Soundcloud channel Soundcloud icon

 


GSA features in BBC School Report video

Monday 18.09.2017

link to BBC school report video featuring GSABBC School Report is a journalism project for students aged 11 to 18 across the UK where they make the news and upload them to the web that the BBC will link to.

As part of the project the BBC has made a video explaining why and how to get involved in the School Report and GSA is featuring in the majority of branding for the BBC School Report.

Click here to go to the BBC webpage to view the clip!

Can you spot all the scenes in the clip that were filmed at GSA and identify all the staff and students from GSA?

 


Excellent GCSE Result!

Thursday 24.08.2017

GCSE students holding up their exam resultsStudents and staff are celebrating today after receiving excellent GCSE results – with more than half (51%) achieving the Government’s new headline measure in both English and maths, despite this being the first year of the new tougher exams.

Students had particular success in English with 76 % achieving a Grade 4 or better, with a 4 the new grade set by the Government as a pass. This is up on the equivalent proportion last year, when the old Grade C was still in place.

Read the full GCSE press release on our Facebook Facebook icon

 


Superb Examination Results!

Thursday 17.08.2017

Pank PatelGeorge Salter Academy continues to achieve excellent results.

Once again we are absolutely delighted with our A Level results. Students achieved a 98% pass rate with 77% of all entries at A*, A, B or C grades. These are excellent results and reflect the commitment to high achievement at GSA.

Read the full A Level press release on our Facebook Facebook icon

 

 

 


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's 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 Darrell and Tristen's track on our Soundcloud channel Soundcloud icon

 


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!

 


Grease!

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!

View the pictures from the theatre trip on Facebook Facebook icon

 

 


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 karen.field@georgesalter.com 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!

View the pictures from the PGL holiday adventure trip on Facebook Facebook icon

 


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 n.good@georgesalter.com by Friday January 20th 2017.

 


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