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Calthorpe Academy

About us

Calthorpe Academy is a large SEN School in Birmingham which caters for 370 pupils aged from 2-19 years old. We provide an education setting for children with severe, profound, complex needs and autism. Pupils from across the authority are referred to the Academy through the Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Service (SENAR).

Curriculum - Mission Statement

Keeping consistent with our Mission Statement, we aspire for our pupils to learn “the skills for life they want” in line with their Educational, Health & Care Plans, dreams and aspirations. We feel everybody has the right to reach their potential. Our curriculum is continuously evolving as the needs of our pupils change and each pupil is able to move across curriculum strands as and when appropriate to do so.

“Leaders have put a great deal of thought into designing a curriculum that meets the needs of Calthorpe’s Pupils” Ofsted June 2017


We believe teaching children how to learn and play is fundamental during EYFS and Primary. The curriculum contains different subject areas but is encouraged to be taught in a way that is interactive, play-based, academically progressive and exciting.

Children in EYFS have access to a large and extensive free-flow play area with an attached outdoor learning area, our Primary playground is nationally regarded as one of the best SEN outdoor play areas and majority of the play equipment is wheelchair accessible.

“The new playground for the younger pupils is a great success. It contains a wealth of specially designed equipment to enable pupils” Ofsted June 2017


Our Secondary department aims to provide our pupils with a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum personalised to meet individual needs. We want all our pupils to reach their full potential, build on previous learning and leave the secondary department fully prepared for the next stage in their journey through School and beyond. Learners have access to a wide range of facilities and resources that include: external swimming baths, fitness Suite, a wide range of enterprise and enrichment experiences and an extensive outdoor area.

Autistic Spectrum

A fundamental aspect of our curriculum is that learners feel safe and valued and are actively engaged in enjoyable learning processes underpinned by the learners’ special interests. Pupils are taught how to develop their emotional regulation skills, independent living skills, social awareness as well as their creativity and capacity to make choices to enable them to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.

“Teachers are using a wider range of strategies, which are carefully selected to meet pupils’ needs. This carefully tailored approach is proving effective in enabling pupils to make accelerated progress” Ofsted June 2017

Post 16

We provide a broad and balanced vocational and life skills curriculum, ensuring that previous learning is consolidated and built upon in a way that is functional, vocational and promotes further independence for every learner. Learning is supported by accreditation when appropriate.

Our brand new £1.4 million purpose built facility provides exceptional facilities that enable all learners within post 16 the opportunity to access opportunities and environments that may have otherwise been out of reach. Facilities include: Beauty box Hair Salon and Nail bar, professional catering facilities, Business zone ICT suite, Creativity Zone Art and design studio, Urban Roots, Horticulture area and The workshop – car valeting and site maintenance skills.

“The new post-16 building has been opened, providing good quality facilities that support an age-appropriate curriculum” Ofsted 2017


All our class rooms are well resourced with computers and interactive white boards. Our children and young people have access to a fully inclusive state of the art library. We have IPads for pupils use and are used as part of the pupil’s curriculum.

“The classroom is a very positive environment that really promotes learning” Ofsted 2017

We have exceptional fitness facilities which include a large hydrotherapy pool, sports hall, gym and Spa. All are available for staff before and after school. Students have full curricular access to this outstanding provision which is also open in the evening, weekends and during periods of school closure to the wider community.

Calthorpe Academy is an exceptional provision with fantastic pupils and staff that are totally dedicated to providing an outstanding delivery to our students.

If you want to be a part of a caring, supportive and vibrant environment, we would be pleased to hear from you.

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