“Staff provide pupils with exceptional pastoral support”- OFSTED, 2021
“All staff go to great lengths to keep pupils as safe as possible”- OFSTED, 2021
“Leaders have worked extremely well together, using their various strengths, to drive significant improvements across the school”- OFSTED, 2021
“The highly effective provision for pupils with SEND enables them to engage positively and successfully in their learning”- OFSTED, 2021
“Reading is a high priority and pupils receive intensive support to improve their reading skills”- OFSTED, 2021
“Teachers adapt and personalise the school’s curriculum skilfully in response to pupils’ needs”- OFSTED, 2021
“Personal development is supported extremely well by the life-skills and well-being curricula”- OFSTED, 2021
“A good school”- OFSTED, 2021
“All staff are committed to the ‘Edge Pledge'”- OFSTED, 2021
“Leaders have taken very effective action to improve pupils’ overall attendance”- OFSTED, 2021
“Leaders provide pupils with learning experiences that extend outside the classroom”- OFSTED, 2021
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Welcome to the website of The Edge Academy- I hope it provides you with a flavour of academy life and all of the information you require.

I was immensely proud to be appointed Principal of The Edge in 2018 and am thoroughly enjoying my third year in role- I live locally, was born and bred in Northfield and have a great affinity for the academy having initially joined it as Vice Principal before becoming Principal. Prior to joining The Edge, I started my career as a French teacher, became a Head of Year and went on to work on senior leadership teams for ten years in three secondary schools in Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands.

The Edge Academy aims to be a welcoming, stable and friendly place for our students. We aim to provide the best possible environment for students to learn and develop with an understanding of the world around them. Together, we strive to bring the best out of our students, ensuring that they maximise their potential and are prepared as fully as possible for reintegration to mainstream education or for progress to further learning and life – be that post-16 study, employment or training. Full details of our “Safe, Ready, Respectful” curriculum can be accessed on the “curriculum” tab of our website or directly by following the link here (curriculum).

Our aim is to offer what our students need to help them make the most of their potential. This requires a highly flexible approach, specialised skills and lots of experience in working with young people with additional needs. Our challenge and motivation is to be the best Alternative Provision in Birmingham.

Whilst mainstream schools are incredible forces for good in society, helping to socialise, educate and engage the next generation, the journey through mainstream education, for some youngsters, is not a smooth one. For some students, success in the education system means we have to offer something different. At the Edge Academy, we challenge students to take responsibility for being SAFE, modify their behaviour, improve attitudes to school life and make academic progress across the range and breadth of curriculum opportunities available. In addition to classroom-based learning, students are provided with enrichment opportunities throughout the academic year.

We respect that all of our young people are individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and life-experiences. We passionately believe that by assisting them to overcome their personal barriers, they should be entitled and READY to access the full-range of opportunities available in society.

One of our core values is to place children and families first. At The Edge, our families get to know the teams who support their child well and are actively supported to work in partnership with professionals. Right from the start, we make sure that we are RESPECTFUL to spend time listening to our young people and their families to find out as much as we can, as together we develop the start of their Edge learning journey. We continually develop and adapt our support for each family, so that whilst caring for their children, we also acknowledge our responsibility to listen to and understand the needs and priorities of parents and carers.

The Edge Pledge

We WILL support students to be:

  • SAFEto make positives choices to keep themselves and others safe.
  • READYto succeed in the world beyond school.
  • RESPECTFULto treat and value others as equal individuals.

We WILL ensure our students are successful by:

  1. Understanding their individual social, emotional and behavioural needs, focusing on their happiness and safety by nurturing their self-esteem.
  2. Teaching the importance of respecting and valuing other people and their environment.
  3. Seizing opportunities within and beyond the national curriculum to support learning and enhance development.

We WILL bring the best out of our students by:

  1. Helping them fulfil academic potential by re-engaging them in learning.
  2. Enabling each of them to understand and adopt a healthy, active and environmentally friendly lifestyle.
  3. Listening and responding flexibly so each individual can achieve their potential.

It is a privilege for me to lead a dedicated team of staff and we are keen to develop our links with parents/carers and the wider community. Please feel free to contact me directly via e-mail at andrew.wakefield@theedgeacademy.co.uk if I can be of assistance in any way, we aim to communicate regularly with the community through our website, letters and our social media platforms at www.twitter.com/edgenorthfield , www.facebook.com/edgeacademynorthfield, https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-edge-academy-northfield/ , https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCecMYPWTNC-DYEbioHbBFvA and www.instagram.com/theedgeacademynorthfield . We have excellent links with our family of local schools in South Birmingham but now also work with a variety of schools across the Midlands (including North Birmingham, Sandwell, Worcestershire and Coventry) and would be delighted to hear from schools, businesses and any other institutions who wish to play a part in supporting our students!

Finally, please rest assured that we will continue to do everything possible to keep supporting our community through the Coronavirus pandemic. We have remained open since the start of the outbreak, were delighted to see all of our students attending school during the initial period of “lockdown” and we will once again be posting regular updates regarding the crisis in 2020/21 on the news section of our website.

Andrew Wakefield NPQH, PGCE, BA (Hons)