19-25 Grand Opening

On the 21st November 2014 Cllr Penny Holbrook officially opened our fantastic new building which is a dedicated centre for students aged 16-25 years.

The Hive has been developed to provide our Sixth Form and our 19-25 LIVE students with the very best education and training within the impressive half million centre which features four superb teaching rooms and specialist facilities.

Cllr Holbrook was very impressed with The Hive and the study programmes that we offer our students to support them into employment and promote their independence and confidence.  She was thrilled to be invited to do the official opening and wished all our students the very best of luck for the future.

Other visitors included Alex Lofthouse from University College Birmingham, Chris Atkinson, Assistant Director for Children with Complex Needs and Emma Leaman, Head of Education, Skills and Infrastructure.

The Hive has formed many partnerships with prestigious companies who offer our students work placement opportunities and representatives from some of these companies attended the opening such as Aston Villa Football Club, HSBC, Witton Lodge Community, CP Midlands, Priestly Smith School and Witton Lodge Community.

The students and staff were very excited about the opening and made sure that all our visitors received a very warm welcome to their new premises.

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Live 1 Students go to Free Radio

On Monday 17th November Live 1 students had the opportunity to visit Free Radio, in Birmingham. Once there, they had a tour of the station and they were able to ask questions, to understand how a commercial Radio station generates money and keep ahead of listener ratings.  They also had the opportunity to go live on air with Dan Morrissey , meet Jo and Sparky and the famous ‘Hamster’

The trip was organised to enable the students to see how a radio station is managed. Over the next few months the students will have the opportunity to run their own radio station at school.

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ICT Mark Re-Awarded

Following an extensive external assessment Wilson Stuart School has been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark once again. The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of technology in both administration and across the curriculum. Parents can be confident that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.

We use the ICT Mark as a benchmark and a guide in helping us plan and implement IT strategies, technologies and initiatives. We are very proud to have achieved the mark as it reflects our dedication to ensuring we provide the best possible IT provision for our pupils and staff.

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Celebrating Black History Month At Wilson Stuart School

On Friday 17th October students and staff at Wilson Stuart Special School in Perry Common celebrated Black History Month by spending an afternoon learning about five famous figures.

Secondary, Sixth Form and 19-25 students were divided into five groups and learnt about either, Louis Armstrong, Maya Angelou, Ruby Bridges, Mary Seacole or Herman Boone.  All students then came together in a special assembly to share their new found knowledge.

The afternoon was really valuable and included the Makaton signing of some of Maya Angleou’s inspirational quotes as well as Sixth Form student Conor singing “It’s a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong!

TA Maxine Edwards who provided all the resources for the celebration along with fellow TAs Ben Virgo and Paula Cash, teacher Amy Rhodes and Head of Sixth Form, Liz Dean were delighted with the enthusiasm shown by Wilson Stuart students to learn about the varied achievements of Black people from different historical periods.  Once again Wilson Stuart students have shown not only their thirst for knowledge but also their deep seated belief in valuing all races and cultures.