Welcome to Shire Oak Academy
Thank you for taking further interest in our academy. Shire Oak is an 11 to 18 comprehensive academy. In September 2003 we received designation as a specialist science college. In April 2011, our school became a converter academy.
We have over 1,450 students on roll. The academy enjoys an enviable reputation in the local area and has been oversubscribed for many years. We pride ourselves on the ‘feel’ of our academy, something on which our visitors quickly remark. Ofsted’s inspectors (our most recent inspection was in November 2014) described our academy’s atmosphere and environment as purposeful, stimulating and harmonious. We believe that our focus on learning and personal success can only be effective in an environment which is ordered, caring, supportive and disciplined. Staff and students work hard together to create such an environment.
As a specialist science college, we have set particularly challenging academic targets for our students in the sciences and mathematics, as well as working to support the teaching of science and mathematics in the local community. We are working in partnership with 10 primary schools to develop maths and science teaching projects.
Examination results in our academy have continued to be impressive. In 10 out of the last twelve years, our students have broken the previous year’s Key Stage 4 performance records!
In our last and aforementioned OFSTED inspection, we were once again judged to be a good school with many outstanding features. We believe that our offer to students and parents is of the highest quality. The inspectors also noted that we care about our students outstandingly well in a safe and secure working environment; we have developed excellent, well-established systems to provide support to our students.
We place great emphasis on the highest standards in terms of commitment to studies, good manners and courtesy, attendance, appearance and behaviour. We embrace the values of being a learning community, one that promotes lifelong learning and places emphasis on respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility.
I trust you will find our prospectus and other information on this website useful as an introduction to our academy. I suggest you take a virtual tour of the academy and get a flavour of the attractive site, well maintained buildings and superb facilities present in our teaching rooms.
However, the best way to get to know us is to come and visit us during a working day. If your child is a prospective entrant to Shire Oak Academy, why not make your own judgements about why we are such a popular choice with parents? Details of our open days and Open Evening are available on this site. We look forward to meeting you.
To provide a safe, secure, caring and supportive environment in which all students may take advantage of the opportunities we provide to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to prepare them for taking up an adult place in 21st Century society as responsible, responsive and enterprising citizens who become effective lifelong learners and make a positive contribution to society.
- To enable our students to develop their intellectual, social, moral and spiritual potential to the full and, in so doing, value their role as healthy and proactive citizens.
- To ensure that all members of the academy’s community are able to contribute to and benefit from the academy’s focus on the national Every Child Matters agenda.
- To ensure that our students develop a moral, spiritual and aesthetic awareness that makes them receptive to the world around them, bringing with it a sense of wonder and openness to the most important ideas in our own and other cultures.
- Our academy recognises the crucial importance of its staff in pursuing the aims above and, as a good employer, undertakes to provide them with appropriate support such as continuing professional training, review and development.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Shire Oak Academy directly.