School Context

Plantsbrook is a large secondary academy based in Sutton Coldfield. There are over 1,500 on roll, with a large high-achieving Sixth Form. Plantsbrook is a mixed gender, non-secular intake, with 15% of student on roll eligible for the pupil premium and 10% currently receiving a free school meal, which are both slightly below the national average. English is the first language for 98% of students, with a small number of students who do not speak English fluently. Plantsbrook is an inclusive school, 18% of students are classified as having Special Education Needs, 2.2% of students have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or education, health and care (EHC) plan. Plantsbrook has a high level of stability and pupils staying in education or employment at KS4 and KS5 are both above the national average.

Students who join Plantsbrook Sixth Form are completing a two year course culminating in A Level examinations. In addition, we offer a number of BTEC qualifications. Upon application, our students chose three subjects at A Level and/or BTEC that they complete by the end of Year 13 . As part of an enrichment programme, we included Cambridge Pre-U, Global Perspectives short course as an option for students in 2019-20 in order to develop their cultural capital and to gain the skills required for A Level Study with the option of taking this to full course in the second year.

The closure of schools nationally during the Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the learning taking place. The school continued to set lessons in accordance with the timetable and these were provided in a variety of ways such as online lessons, narrated PowerPoints, regular online marking and feedback discussions with students. Year 12 students returned to school in September 2020.

Plantsbrook Learning Trust Registered Company Number: 07655702

Upper Holland Road – Sutton Coldfield – B72 1RB