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CTC Kingshurst Academy has enjoyed a record-breaking year in which it not only achieved outstanding examination results, but received praise from Ofsted, which officially recognised it as a "good" school with 85 per cent of lessons found to be good or better.

"This summer's recordbreaking results have ensured that CTC students have the best possible start in life," said Principal Ann Jones.

"Equally, we recognise that allied to excellent examination results, the personal development of our students is essential if they are to succeed in a competitive global market. In this way, we can ensure that our students have the confi-dence; interpersonal skills and life experience that will help them develop into well-rounded individuals who will play a positive role in society.

"We are an outward looking school and are determined to play a positive role in our community and improve the life chances of all by continuing to innovate, raise aspiration and Many reasons to celebrate promote social mobility."

CTC Kingshurst's students enjoyed some outstanding examination results in 2013. Here are some of the reasons why the school is celebrating:- ? 64 per cent of CTC Year 11 students achieved 5 A*-C grades in English and mathematics ? 100 per cent of CTC Post 16 students secured their qualifi- cation in July 2013 with exceptional results, including:-IB Diploma average point score: 30 (equivalent to A-level grades of A*AA) BTEC Extended Diploma average grade: Distinction, Distinction, Merit Destinations: 66 per cent off to University and 34 per cent off to apprenticeships, employment or further training CTC Kingshurst Academy Cooks Lane, Kingshurst Birmingham, B37 6NU Phone: 0121 329 8300 Website: www.kingshurst.ac.uk IN the summer, England under 18 and 19 soccer head coach, Noel Blake, officially launched CTC Kingshurst Academy's Football Academy. The Academy, the first of its kind in North Solihull, will enable boys and girls to undertake the BTEC Extended Sports Science Diploma, complete a range of FA qualifications and participate in the British Colleges' League.

According to Noel: "What the CTC is launching will make a massive contribution to player development and support the FA National Game Strategy by helping meet the needs of Charter Standard clubs and the Central Warwickshire Youth League.

"I am impressed by the vision and the proposed development of the outside facilities to include an 11 v 11 3G, changing pavilion and improved grass pitches, which will greatly enhance opportunities for football in this area. Having been educated in the area, I am well aware of the football needs in the community and the proposed football academy will go a long way to increasing different footballing opportunities. Equally, local coaches, from all backgrounds, need a local venue to undertake courses and the Academy could be an accessible venue in the evening and at weekends."

According to Principal, Ann Jones: "CTC Kingshurst Football Academy will help meet the needs of students aged 16-18 at the CTC and in the surrounding community. We have had students having to travel outside North Solihull to meet their needs and this will address the lack of local provision.

"Academy players will support our local Charter Standard football clubs through the Football Futures programme by helping them with coaching and refereeing. We are delighted to have ex-professional footballer Chris Curran and the head of Faculty for Sport and Outdoor Learning at the CTC leading the programme, who will be supported by Aston Villa Academy goalkeeping coach, Richard Steeples, himself a UEFA "A" licence coach.

To find out more about the Football Academy call Chris Curran on 0121 329 8300 or e-mail: chris.curran@kingshurst.ac.uk Bringing the Children's University to Solihull FOR the second year running, Key stage 3 students from CTC Kingshurst Academy attended Aston University for their Children's University graduation. The ceremony recognised their commitment to out-ofhours learning and resulted in 67 students donning cap and gown and being presented with their certificates at the highlyrated university According to the CTC principal, Ann Jones: "The graduation was a fantastic event for our students and their families that has boosted aspiration by placing the prospect of a place in higher education firmly in their minds.

"With the absence of a Children's University in Solihull, we had joined Birmingham's Children's University for two years and appreciated their support. We are now delighted to be launching Solihull Children's University, which will enable 7-14 years-olds in Solihull to benefit in the same way that our students have.

"Carl Chinn is our vice-chancellor and The University of Birmingham will be our partner university with the Great Hall providing an incredible setting for Solihull Children's University graduations."

According to Year 8 student Lyyob Halliday: "I have really enjoyed trying lots of new Children's University activities and I was amazed at how good Aston University was. I am looking forward to getting involved in the model aeroplane club next term as this looks really interesting and a technology course is something that I'd like to consider at university when I'm older."

The Children's University is an international initiative that aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality outof-school-hours activities to children aged 7 to 14, engaging the wider community as learning partners in this process. At the heart of its work is the ambition to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning.

Through stimulating out of hours learning linked to higher education, young people recognise that learning can be "...a satellite navigation system to better places in life".

VOLUNTEERING enables CTC students to develop a strong sense of community spirit and valuable interpersonal skills so that they can excel socially as well as academically.

The festive season affords the CTC the opportunity to use its expertise to support its community.

On December 6, CTC held its 10th Christmas party for senior citizens and 170 local residents attended the Academy to celebrate the festive season.

Guests were treated to a creative arts performance, a threecourse meal, bingo and a raf-fle. The event is organised by students at the CTC who raise funds for the occasion, which helps CTC students learn how to organise an event and promotes altruism amongst them. CTC values community engagement and also performs at community events such as Fordbridge Primary School's Christmas Fete and helps promote festive cheer through its annual Carol Concert.

Kingshurst and Fordbridge Councillor David Jamieson has been influential in promoting community engagement by schools and said "It was wonderful to see and hear Kingshurst CTC's saxophone group 'Saxophonics' playing festive music at the Christmas Fair held at Fordbridge School. They really enhanced the festive atmosphere of the event and gave a lot of pleasure to both young and old.

"It is so pleasing to see students going out into the local community to make a contribution to local events and act as positive role models to younger children too. Well done to all involved."

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Post 16 students at the presentation night celebrate outstanding results

CTC' s successful graduates throw their caps into the air in joy after picking up their diplomas

The CTC Football Academy soccer team before a match at Coleshill Town FC

Noel Blake with Chris Curran and CTC Football Academy students Conor Williams and Liam Garretty

Students perform at a Christmas carol concert
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