Smith’s Wood Academy is located in the north of Solihull. There are approximately 1100 students on roll. The Academy is in a strong position in that it is the school of choice for the local community and has been so for a number of years.
Solihull is a broadly affluent borough in both the regional and national context, with generally above-average levels of school performance and low crime rates compared with the West Midlands key characteristics. Solihull is also the most polarised borough in the country, challenged by a prosperity gap of which Smith’s Wood, located in the north of the borough, falls within one of the most deprived areas in the country. The community and children that we serve deserve to have the highest standards of educational provision and the best and most committed teachers and support staff in order to secure for them the most positive life chances. Smith’s Wood converted to an academy on the 1st April 2017, working in partnership with the Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust (FMAT) – already this partnership is highly effective in bringing about real and sustainable changes to the school and its community. The newly established leadership team is making important and rapid gains in terms of school improvement. We absolutely need to keep this momentum going and hope that you choose to join us as we move forward. The potential opportunities that will be afforded to our children, staff and the local community will be second to none as this partnership continues to grow and develop. People that know us, are clear that we have an unrivalled commitment to inclusion. We demonstrate, in all that we do, our belief in the importance of providing tailored support for young people and their families – our pastoral care and guidance is a real strength of our school. “At Smith’s Wood we do things the Smith’s Wood Way. We are a unique school whose ethos is very much built upon traditional values.”