Key School Information
We are required by the Schools Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations of 2012 and 2016 to publish a range of key school information and make this available to the public. Much of this information has been available on our school website for a number of years, however this page has been designed to collate this information for quick and easy reference.
St Michael’s Church of England School is a Christian school for the whole community. By admitting children on the basis of the proximity of their home to the school, St Michael’s Academy is fully inclusive and welcomes children and families of all faiths and none.
We aim to serve local children, parents and the community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. Our Collective Worship follows Christian practices and we identify Christian perspectives where appropriate in the curriculum. If a parent wishes to exercise their legal right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship we will of course respect that decision but would note that our ethos is central to all that happens at school.
We advise any parent who has a concern in this area to discuss the matter with the Headteacher.
We aim to:
- Create a caring and supportive environment where children are encouraged to persevere and to learn from their mistakes
- Inspire each and every pupil with a love of learning
- provide an excellent grounding in reading, writing and maths so that all children are able to apply their skills across the curriculum and in everyday life
- provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is responsive to individual needs, based on, but not limited by, the National Curriculum
- promote a distinctively Christian ethos
- root the school in the local community.
Our central concern is the education of the whole child. This stems from the Christian belief that all people are made in God’s image so all are equally worthy of care and all have a valuable contribution to make to the school and wider community.
Our vision is for an education of the highest quality, achieving good academic outcomes for pupils and producing well-rounded individuals who combine a care for others with a love for learning and an appreciation of the importance of spiritual and physical well-being.
We base our policies and procedures on our core values of:
Faith, Hard work, Respect and Forgiveness.
Our Values and Ethos
Alongside the national curriculum we provide a rich and varied learning program which prepares children very well for life in secondary school and later life. We teach the children about life skills, equality and diversity and give many opportunities for lifetime memories including a range of off-site visits and longer residential experiences. We instill a set of core values; faith, respect, hard work and forgiveness and a motivation to learn that is remembered long after the children have left.
Admission Arrangements: Reception
We are a one form entry Church of England Academy. Our intake each September is 30 pupils and for new reception places, you will need to apply directly with the local authority. Please click here for more information.
We follow LA guidelines, regarding priority needs, siblings and distance from school. The Governors has also designated 3 places for practising Christian children.
See below for the school's admissions policy.
This policy will be reviewed by the Head Teacher, senior leadership team and whole staff to be presented to the Governors in the event of any changes.
- Children currently (or previously) 'looked after' by the local authority (e.g. children in foster care or adopted)
- Children with a statement of Special Needs or an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) where St Michael’s Academy is the named school
- Children who will have siblings already at St Michael’s when they start
- Distance from the school (measured in a straight line).
Admission Arrangements: In-Year
For 'In-Year' admissions, please contact us directly to enquire about the 'Application for a Change of School (In Year)' form and details of our waiting lists. The same oversubscription criteria (as above) will be applied to in-year admissions if the year group you are applying to is full.
The In-Year Admission form is available to download from the bottom of this page. We also have paper copies available in school.
Online links for further Performance Information
Special Education Needs
Please see the documents in the attachments section below; St Michael’s Statutory SEN Information and SEN Information Report.
Behaviour and Achievements Policy, Charging and Remissions Policy, Complaints Policy
Please visit our School Policies page to download the most up to date version of these policies.
We have a page dedicated to Pupil Premium. Please click here.
Sports Premium Funding
We have a page dedicated to Sports Premium. Please click here
Please visit our Governors page by clicking here.
Curriculum provision, content and approach, by academic term and by subject
We have adopted the ‘Cornerstones curriculum’ It is an exciting and engaging approach to the National Curriculum.
In PSHE, we use ‘SEAL’ and ‘Dorothy’.
In Computing, we have ‘Junior Jam’ in to teach the children skills and knowledge using iPads.
Please also visit your child's class page from the links at the top of the page for extra information, news and ways for you to support learning at home.
Phonics Scheme in KS1
We use a programme called Letters and Sounds in Reception-Year 2 and continue, if needed into KS2
Religious Education at St Michael’s
We seek to promote shared values based on Christian teaching throughout the school life so that children come to make behavioural choices based on Christian values. We ensure the worship and prayer life in Church of England schools is deeply engaging and provides children the opportunity to be closer to God. We ensure Religious Education and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are very strong features of the school as they help children understand the faith of others and the importance of listening and reflection as key parts of the faith journey
At our school we experience faith through:
- Having a daily act of collective worship. During this time we read stories. Sometimes these stories are from the bible and sometimes they are from other faiths or they are simply stories that help us explore a value or a moral.
- We sing songs and hymns many of which are parents / carers sang when they were little and some of which are new or written more recently.
- We also have the opportunity for reflection and quiet thought.
Religious education at St Michael’s follows the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for RE and is designed to promote pupil’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
By teaching the children about Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism and holding a daily act of ‘collective worship’ we aim to cover the ’24 moral dispositions’:
Being imaginative and explorative
Caring for others, animals and the environment
Sharing and being generous
Being regardful of suffering
Being merciful and forgiving
Being fair and just
Living by rules
Being accountable and living with integrity
Being temperate, exercising self-discipline and cultivating serene contentment
Being modest and listening to others
Cultivating inclusion, identity and belonging
Creating unity and harmony
Participating and willing to lead
Being loyal and steadfast
Being hopeful and visionary
Being courageous and confident
Being curious and valuing knowledge
Being open, honest and truthful
Being reflective and self-critical
Being silent and attentive to and cultivating a sense for the sacred and transcendence
The learning in RE is supported by many other aspects of life at St Michael’s and is further developed within PSHE and Dorothy.com lessons, our Behaviour Policy and Rules and values and our commitment to the teaching of equality and diversity.
Preparation for Life in Modern Britain
The government’s ‘PREVENT’ strategy sets out how public bodies manage the risks of radicalisation and extremism.
“Schools can play an important role in helping young people to become more resilient to the messages of violent extremists, and in tackling the sorts of grievances extremists seek to exploit.”
At St Michael’s we create an environment where all young people learn:
- To understand others (Behaviour Policy/RE/assemblies)
- To value and appreciate diversity (Behaviour Policy/Dorothy/RE/assemblies)
- To develop skills to debate and analyse (Dorothy/RE/Literacy/Topic)
- To learn about and explore the values shared by different faiths and cultures (RE/school ethos)
- The historical context and issues around citizenship, identity and current affairs (PSHE lessons/Dorothy/History/Geography)
- To explore controversial issues facilitated by teachers (PSHE/Circle time)to broaden their horizons by fostering good links with different community groups and external organisations (PSS, Young Peoples’ Parliament, Police, Childline, local places of worship)
If we have concerns that a pupil may be being exposed to extremist material or influences, we offer support through mentoring and by ensuring that the school is involved in the local partnership structures working on preventing violent extremism.
Any concerns relating to matters of radicalisation or extremism are reported to the DSL for Child Protection and usual Child Protection protocols are followed.
Parent View (Ofsted)
We use the official 'Parent View' questions in our Annual Parent Questionnaire to gain the views of parents and carers each year.