A message from the Head Teacher Mr Steve Hughes:

Mr Steve Hughes

“I am delighted to welcome you to the Wilson Stuart School website.

At Wilson Stuart, we are determined that all our students make outstanding progress and succeed. We aim to support them all to do their very best, enjoy school and to develop important qualities such as respecting, understanding and helping each other.

We have high expectations for our students and have created an environment in which each individual is supported and challenged to achieve their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom. Accordingly, we expect our students to be ready to learn, to work hard and to take pride in their achievements. Wilson Stuart has developed a range of excellent facilities to support student learning. We also have an exciting and rich curriculum which provides all of our students the opportunity to experience and enjoy a wide range of activities.

We believe that working together pays dividends. We have a very active Parents Association and we offer a great deal of support to enable parents to support the education of their children. We have outstanding relationships with our local community, schools and businesses, their partnerships providing great benefits to our school and students.

We hope you find our web-site interesting and informative. If you would like any further information please contact school by telephone or e-mail.”

Mr Steve Hughes
Head Teacher

Michael Returns!

On Monday 23rd February the 6th Form welcomed back one of their ex students – Michael.

Michael left Wilson Stuart last year to begin work as a trainee chef at Aston Villa Football Club. He worked with 5.4 on their “introduction” skills as well as telling them about his job – complete with photos of the mouth watering dishes he has created. Michael then spent the afternoon with 5.3 an 5.1 explaining how life has changed since leaving school. He told them about the long hours and the high expectations that are involved in becoming a chef and about how he has had to “grow up” and take responsibility for himself. This was especially evident when he answered questions about independent travel and financial budgeting – as well as attending college to pass his English and Maths GCSEs!

Our students gained a lot by listening to Michael’s transition from school to the adult, working world and it stressed again the significance of our 6th Form mantra – “To take charge of our learning is to take charge of our lives”!

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We Speak, you Listen!

On Friday 13th February, Sixth Form students met with Elaine (who works for Advocacy Matters and Children in Need) and Jay (who works for Mencap) as part of their “We Speak, You Listen!” initiative. The group works together to discuss some of the issues faced by young people living with a disability. However, the emphasis of the group is not only on the voicing of concerns but on providing suggestions to those in authority – in order to change, not only perceptions, but social practice.

We were very fortunate in this meeting that we were joined by past Wilson Stuart students, Katy Evans and Zakia Begum. They gave the 6th Form some valuable and inspiring insights into life after school – such as Katy’s eventually successful battle with her University to provide ramp access in order for her to collect her First Class Honours degree on the stage with her contemporaries!

The group has two more meetings planned for this academic year – including one with a representative from Birmingham City Council.

I was delighted with the confident and articulate way our Sixth Formers expressed themselves – they were, as ever, a credit to Wilson Stuart.

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Bee Fair!

Children of 3.3 had a fantastic two days exploring the world of art. They worked with a wonderful artist called Nicky who has been commissioned by Birmingham Children’s Hospital to create murals about British values and is to be put on display for one year.

Only 4 schools in the midlands were picked for this project, we are very happy to be part of such a fantastic enterprise! Every child in 3.3 has fond memories of being looked after by Birmingham Children’s Hospital and they were very happy to give something back!

They learned ‘through doing’ about marbling and vegetable painting.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital will launch their exhibition on the 11th March.

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Well Done Tony!

A big congratulations to Tony (a 19-25 student) who has successfully achieved part time employment through his work placement! Well done Tony for your outstanding achievement, we are all very proud of you!

Tony

 

16-25 Jack and the Beanstalk at the Birmingham Hippodrome Trip

On a very cold Thursday morning, 16-25 students headed off to Birmingham Hippodrome to watch Jack and the Beanstalk. The Hippodrome were offering their second “relaxed” performance which is more suited to children and adults with special needs – they gave advance warning of any loud noises, kept the theatre lighter than usual, provided toys and even a sensory room if needed!

The performance was nothing short of spectacular. The acting was superb with “Silly Billy” being a particular favourite and the special effects included a helicopter and an amazing 3D experience. The audience participation was also good with Georgia from Year 12 being chosen to go on stage to sing!

All our students were an absolute credit to Wilson Stuart and we have already booked for next year.

A very special mention must be given to Paula Cash who organised the whole trip. Thanks Paula!

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