Welcome to the website for Edgecliff High School, an 11-18 community comprehensive school of about 700 students. It is situated in the village of Kinver, in South Staffordshire – a few miles from the larger towns of Stourbridge, Dudley and Bridgnorth. This provides a rural setting that allows convenient access to the West Midlands conurbation.
Edgecliff High School became a specialist Technology College from September 2003 and this is reflected in the excellent ICT facilities and the newly refurbished Design and Technology area. There is a high specification computer for every five students in the School, with three specialist suites of 30 PCs, a dedicated Computer-Aided-Design area and further computers distributed throughout the School. Access to computers for independent study is available in the library and, for sixth formers, in the Sixth Form Centre. The School’s extra funding, as a result of its specialist status, is being used to continue to improve the learning opportunities for students through the creative use of technology. This includes the development of an intranet that will help staff and students to manage work assignments through providing access to tasks and resources from home.
One of the clear strengths of Edgecliff is its culture of care and support and the quality of relationships between students and staff. The ethos is one of mutual respect and cooperation and students develop a greater level of responsibility, e.g. through the prefect system and school council, as they move through the School. Furthermore, there is an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities, through involvement in sports teams, musical performances, outward bounds expeditions and other trips and visits. This includes an annual ‘Activities Week’ when students are involved in a variety of lively, creative pursuits. There is also a house system to add a positive, competitive edge to many of the team activities that take place.
The students at Edgecliff High School perform well in relation to the national profile of results and, notably, last year every student on roll enjoyed a measure of academic success. There is a strong focus on examination performance and students are challenged to achieve more than they thought possible. Parents are informed of progress through regular reports and are invited to share more widely in the life and ongoing development of the School.
Edgecliff High School also offers post-16 education for students who were at the School at age 16 and also for students from other schools. As in the main school, the School’s approach is characterised by its detailed attention to the needs and aspirations of each individual student. Furthermore, although the greater maturity of sixth-formers is recognised in the nature of relationships between staff and students, the involvement of parents continues to be considered central to successful achievement in courses studied. Each year, students go on from Edgecliff to study a wide range of courses at universities all over the country, or else move directly into employment with improved qualifications and prospects.
If you are interested in finding out more about the School, please contact Melanie Howell, my Personal Assistant, to arrange a visit and I shall be pleased to answer any questions you may have and to give you an opportunity to see the School.
Dr. Stuart Jones