SOLIHULL School is opening its doors to an even larger number of pupils after being described as one of the most outstanding schools in the Midlands.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has found the Warwick Road school, which has maintained a full complement of 1,000 students despite the recession, to be excellent in almost every area in its inspection report.
So great has been the demand for places that the 450-year old school will be increasing the number of forms joining the junior school from two to three for the first time from September 2011.
Last inspected in 2005 when it went fully co-educational, Solihull School was adjudged to be “outstandingly successful in educating pupils in accordance with its aims”.
The report found that public examination performance was “consistently above average for maintained selective schools”, while “creativity” was “strongly encouraged, resulting in art work of superb quality and exceptional standards being achieved in music and drama”, and pupils were found to “enjoy all aspects of their work and achieve very high levels of success in sporting and academic competitions”.
Personal development was seen as excellent with the school’s “wide curriculum and wealth of extra-curricular activities” resulting in “well-balanced individuals with a good sense of their own and others’ worth”. Pupils were also found to be “fiercely proud of their school and highly appreciative of the numerous opportunities open to them”.
Headmaster David Lloyd said: “We are all delighted with this report which shows just how successful we are in providing pupils with a rich educational experience and it has bolstered already strong demand for places from the junior School to the sixth Form. We aim to provide pupils with inspiring academic, intellectual and extra curricular lives and a suitable preparation to becoming responsible caring adults.”
As well as going fully co-educational in the past six years, Solihull School has made a major investment in facilities including a new music school, sports pavilion, performing arts centre, food technology suite, new departmental classrooms and pupils’ social areas and the refurbishment and extension of the junior school.