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City of Birmingham School is Birmingham City Council’s Pupil Referral Unit. The school has 7 specialised teaching campuses across the City offering personalised educational programmes to pupils from 5 to 16. Our campuses are spread across the city and broadly serve children from their local areas.
Two of our campuses, Ashbourne and Marywod are specifically for primary aged pupils. Three campuses, Link, Firsbrook and Millpool are for KS3 and KS4 pupils. Grove campus is our provision for KS3 pupils and Kings campus is for KS4.
Our curriculum is broadly based on the national curriculum, with a range of experiences that our pupils may not have had the chance to undertake before. These include a weekly outdoor education programme, chess, camping trips and much more.
We offer high quality outreach support for schools and settings on a traded basis and work with the Birmingham Family of Schools as well as schools and settings beyond Birmingham.
The Local Authority commissions places for around 460 pupils who may be:
When they join the school, most pupils are disaffected and disengaged from school and assessments indicate a wide range of ability, from P levels through to potential GCSE candidates. Pupils reflect the make-up of a large multi-cultural City.
Around 75% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. Attendance levels on referral are generally below average for Birmingham but those with previously poor attendance usually improve during their time in the school. Pupils spend varying amounts of time with us ranging from four weeks to over two years.
We have a strong and supportive Management Committee (the equivalent of a school governing body), chaired by Barry Bowles.