Welcome To Smestow School part of the University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust.
We welcome all students to Smestow, a vibrant and happy school which rises to meet the challenge of rapidly changing times. Achievement underpins our desire to support all of our students to reach their full potential during their time with us. It represents our determination for students to succeed in all of the different aspects of life at our school, whether it be reaching their full academic potential in the classroom or being the best that they can be beyond it.
Steps to the future
We take our responsibility towards our students very seriously as they grow from children into young adults. This means understanding every individual and providing the guidance that they need to progress through their GCSE and A Levels, ready to embrace either university education, further training or employment aged 18.
The curriculum at Smestow provides students with effective strategies for knowledge acquisition, prepares them for GCSEs and A Levels and delivers exciting opportunities to apply their skills. We also place high emphasis on healthy living and have a comprehensive programme of sports activities that provide extensive opportunities beyond the curriculum making the most of our facilities.
We are able to offer a large range of extracurricular activities, clubs, societies, trips, international expeditions and sport tours. We equip all our students with the knowledge that they can make a difference. Opportunities to explore art, drama, music and sport are woven throughout the school and there is genuinely something for everyone.
Smestow is proud of its community spirit where confidence grows and individuality thrives. Our strong sense of community fosters an environment where achievement is encouraged and celebrated. Those achievements cover the full range of academic disciplines delivered through a broad-based curriculum and representing a range of subjects from art to psychology.
Opportunities within the Community
Achieving academic success is very important for all of our students. However, we also value students’ being able to celebrate developing personal skills and reaching personal goals and successes.
Ensuring all students have the opportunity of carrying out service within their community is an important part of the Smestow School experience and part of the academy’s wider commitment to character development of our students.
We encourage all students to be valued members of the wider community and to contribute through charity fundraising, volunteering etc.
We regularly seek the views of students to help shape all aspects of school life, everything from the curriculum down to food on our lunch time menu. We listen to students and recognise the importance of their voice in establishing a school ethos that everyone feels part of.
We want students to enjoy their time at Smestow. Students find our staff to be approachable and observe the strong positive relationships between staff and students as being key to their progression.
Students at Smestow welcome the opportunity to benefit from a range of activities that reinforce their positive relationship with school and maintain their motivation to succeed. Activities and events such as termly assemblies and annual summer fun days give students a real sense of community and belonging. Whilst access to artistic and sporting opportunities demonstrates to students our commitment to their growth in all aspects and way beyond the core curriculum.
Most importantly, students at Smestow School tell us they enjoy coming to school and feel safe and secure.
Our belief is that a challenging education requires a blend of knowledge and skills, and a mind-set that embraces strong values and diversity. Our students know that their lives are worthwhile and that they can make a difference in today’s world.
We understand that many children will need additional support at some time during their school career. To this end we have an outstanding pastoral support network across school and each student has a dedicated Form Tutor who is the single point of contact for parents. We are committed to working in close partnership with parents to enable students to succeed.
All children are treated equally, with respect and with positive high expectations in order to strive to their full potential.
The SEND provision is set up to reflect the 2015 SEND code of practice, meeting needs with each of the four categories of need; Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Social, Emotional & Mental Health difficulties and Physical and Sensory needs. The school has a well-established resource base to support students with visual impairments.
Sixth Form Life
Smestow School Sixth Form is dedicated to enriching the lives of students by helping them access the best possible opportunities to ensure a successful future. Our core aim is to prepare students for the adult world, both on a personal and academic level.
We offer a range of vocational and academic subjects at Level 3 and have forged strong links with local businesses, universities and apprenticeship providers in order to support students in making informed decisions about their future.
Students are supported daily by the Sixth Form Team to become well-rounded and fully developed individuals. We strive, through guidance and regular opportunities for reflection, to foster an environment of encouragement and aspiration.
Academically, students enjoy the benefits of specialist teachers with small class sizes and facilities in which they can both develop and practice their independent learning skills; the Sixth Form has its own dedicated study area, equipped with computers and laptops to aid students’ consolidation of knowledge outside the classroom.