College donates computer equipment to support schools in Africa

Smith’s Wood Sports College has donated 26 computers and 30 laptops to support the work of the IT Schools Africa program.

The donations mean students in Africa will have the opportunity to gain an education in IT.

Since 2004, ‘IT Schools Africa’ has sent over 50,000 computers, trained more than 750 teachers in IT, equipped 1,500 schools with computers and given access to IT to millions of children.

IT Schools Africa’s unique approach aims to transform lives both in the UK and Africa. In the UK we help adults and students develop skills and build confidence through our volunteer programmes.

The organisation reuses equipment and aims to give the computers at least another 5-6 years of life. When the computers do eventually come to the end of their life, partner charities in each country encourage the schools to send the equipment back, so they in turn can send it to a recycling facility in South Africa.

Smith’s Wood Sports College is delighted to support this program as it seeks to inspire and encourage pupils.

National Careers Week

Smith’s Wood Sports College will be promoting National Careers Week with a series of events being held everyday this week.

* Year 7 – ‘Raising Aspirations’ workshops run by Cambridge University

* Year 8 – Birmingham City University – ‘The importance of GCSE’s’

* Year 9 – ‘Getting To Know Yourself’ workshops with Barclays Life Skills

* Year 10 –  CV workshops with Barclays Life Skills

* Year 11 – Apprenticeship seeker workshops with ‘Get in Go far’

All year groups will take part in a Science and Technology workshop presented by ‘The Medic Man’

If you would like any more information email

A Cut Above the Rest


Budding stylist Adam


By James Williams

Hair dressing and styling in the new millennium brought back many blasts from the past including many short and long styles for both men and women. Under modern education requirements, wannabe stylists now have to climb education ladder – attending College and University – in order to be considered for a professional career on the outside world. Adam Winwood, a year-nine pupil representing Elm House, however, has already begun his journey on becoming one of the region’s brightest young stylists at the age of 14.

After styling his cousin’s hair over three years ago, Adam, who is the youngest of three brothers, admitted that it instigated a spark which set his aspirations alight. At the age of 11, Adam was already reaping the praise from his mum and dad and studied various techniques and styles from professional stylists across the world to develop his qualities.

“One day I was playing with my cousin’s hair and I really enjoyed it. My mum said I was really good at it so that’s where it started.”

Now, having three years of experience under his belt, Adam revealed that his Instagram account (, which promotes his work, has a staggering 15.3 thousand followers!

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My Curry Song

Congratulations must go to Nathan Bekteshi following the fantastic piece of homework he recently submitted. 

Nathan has received the Principal Vivo Award, after being nominated by his Food Teacher; Mrs Morris-Walcott, for producing ‘My Curry Song’:

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