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Shirley Heath Junior School
Coombe Road, Solihull,B90 3DS Shirley
0121-744 1339

I'm Gail Knight, the Headteacher of Shirley Heath Junior School

I hope you find our web pages both enjoyable and informative

Our Web Site offers prospective parents a glimpse of our school while current parents will hopefully gain further insight into the many opportunities that their children are receiving, whilst checking forthcoming events and dates.

Parents are always welcome in school and the important contribution they make to school life is valued, as we believe truly effective education comes from a partnership between teachers, children and parents.

I hope you enjoy your browse, please contact school if you have anything you would like to discuss.

At Shirley Heath we aim to provide a happy, caring and secure environment in which our pupils can develop both academically and socially.





About As

The School's Vision

We want our pupils to enjoy coming to school.  We aim to excite and engage our children as learners.  We want to foster pupil achievement and self-belief through the provision of a broad and challenging curriculum, developing individual skills, talents and interests so they know how to learn, and respond positively to the opportunities and demands of the rapidly changing world in which we live and work.  We endeavour to promote the mental, emotional and physical health of all pupils, thereby enabling children to make healthy choices and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Our vision is that Shirley Heath becomes a hub of the community – a place where everyone feels welcome, secure and valued.  We wish to provide services and activities that help to meet the needs and aspirations of children, their families and the wider community.

Core Values



The School Aims


      To provide opportunities to develop enjoyment of and a commitment to learning.


      To build on the strengths, interests and experiences of all members of the school community.


      To value all pupils as individuals and cater for their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.


        To provide a broad, enquiry-based curriculum using a wide range of strategies raising pupils’ confidence to acquire, develop and apply knowledge, skills and understanding.


       To promote equal opportunities through developing pupils’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of different beliefs and cultures therefore enabling them to feel confident to challenge discrimination and stereotyping.


      To further develop collaboration between pupils, staff, parents, governors, the community and the LEA to continue to raise standards pertaining to all aspects of school life.

About Our School

We have 12 bright, well-equipped classrooms with interactive whiteboards and multi-media projectors, a fully fitted ICT Suite, a large hall, a well-stocked library and a separate dining hall. We are also fortunate to have attractive grounds, which include a large playing field and two playgrounds. We have created extra seating and quiet play areas so that playtimes can be more varied and enjoyable.

In September 2006 there were 300 pupils on roll. Our pupils are divided into three mixed ability classes in all year groups.  They are taught in ability groups for numeracy.

The School Day:

            8.45am until 12.15pm for Upper School

            8.45am until 12.25pm for Lower School


            1.00pm until 3.00pm for Upper School

            1.10pm until 3.00pm for Lower School

            Morning break: 10.50am - 11.05am

Children are expected to be at school in good time for the bell at 8.45am. Please ensure that they do not arrive before 8.35am, as their supervision cannot be guaranteed before this time.

For security reasons, the gates at Bronte Close and at the end of the gully leading to the Stratford Road, are closed between 9.15am and 2.45pm.

Pupils are not allowed to leave the school premises before 3.00pm except when permission is given by the Headteacher, or if they go home for lunch. Children may not remain on the premises after 3.00pm except when supervised by a teacher or by special permission of the Head.

Parents are requested to telephone or write to the school when permission for leaving school is required.

We operate a school run Before & After School Kids' Club which provides activities and first class care from 7.30am to 8.35am and 3pm to 6pm.  This includes a very popular breakfast club and an afternoon snack.

How do I pay for school meals?

As a new initiative from September 2007, we are encouraging parents to pay for school meals and school trips by making on line payments. Details of this initiative have been sent to all new and existing parents. Parents are informed on a regular basis of costs by letter and via our monthly newsletters. Newsletters can be found via a link on this website.


What are the school rules?

We encourage pupils to be responsible for their own behaviour and actions. We expect them to be orderly and sensible at all times or face sanctions. Should a serious problem of discipline arise, parents will be informed and their co-operation asked for. We pride ourselves in having an orderly and well-behaved school community and ask parents to co-operate fully with us in ensuring high standards of behaviour from all pupils.

School Rules

bullet Follow instructions
bullet Respect people, property and the environment
bullet Listen to the person who is meant to be talking
bullet Work at the agreed noise level
bullet Keep hands, feet and put-downs to yourself

What rewards do the children receive?

It is recognised that to maintain good standards of behaviour great emphasis needs to be placed on rewards. Pupils will achieve more, be better motivated and better behaved when their successes are commended and their potential emphasised.

Individual rewards

·                    Verbal or written praise

·                    Stickers: children are awarded “smiley face” stickers for effort and achievement in either work or behaviour, which are recorded in their books and on a chart. Children work towards a bronze, silver and finally gold award each year, these are presented by the Headteacher in a special assembly at the end of each term and then their names are displayed on the “Congratulations” board in the foyer.

·                   Certificates:

·                    Bronze: Bronze Certificate (25)

·                    Silver: Silver Certificate and specially monogrammed pencil (50)

·                    Gold: Gold Certificate and a bookmark

·                    Platinum: Platinum Certificate and the child’s choice of book

·                    Weekly merit certificates are given out in assembly. One child is chosen from each class and the lunchtime supervisors choose one child.

·                    Pupils sent to other staff/headteacher for praise.

·                    Given jobs of responsibility within class, in Year 6 jobs outside the classroom are to change on a half-termly basis except for the libraries.

·                    100% attendance certificate given at the end of each term.

·                    Teachers often with the help of pupils choose someone who has tried hard to be awarded the “Star of the Day”.

·                    At the end of each term there is a dedicated Upper and Lower School Celebration Assembly during which children are selected to receive the following rewards:

·                    Outstanding Piece of Work

·                    Sports Personality of the Term

·                    Arts Award

·                    Improvement Award

·                    Kind and Helpful Award

·                    Star of the Term

·                    Wonderful member of our Class (nominated by another child in the class)

Class Rewards 

·                    Class points: each class works together to be awarded class points (usually for good behaviour). Classes negotiate whole class rewards after a certain number of points have been awarded.

·                    Table of the day/week. 

Do the children go on school visits?

We feel it is important to enrich the curriculum by inviting artists or speakers into school and organise trips related to the topics being studied.

This has included Dramatic Attic (a theatre group), Quantum Theatre for Science, Hams Hall,  Selly Manor, Black Country Museum, St James' Church and an opportunity to work with an author, a poet and an artist.

Are there activities outside school?

A wide range of activities is organised after school. The nature of these activities depends upon the availability and interests of staff, but in a typical year there will be the following clubs:

Creative Arts, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Rounders, Netball, Badminton, Games, Table Tennis, Short Tennis, Dance, Drama, French, Creativity, Engineering, ICT, Book Club, Maths is Fun Club.

What residential trips are organised?

Year 4 Kingswood - an ICT and Outdoor Activity Centre

Year 6 Maengwynedd, Wales - variety of activities

What if my child has Special Educational Needs?

Some children learn slowly, others are very able. We are well aware of this, and it is our job to provide the right work and support for every child. We have a Special Needs Co-ordinator who is trained and experienced in diagnosing learning difficulties and Learning Support Assistants who help to deliver programmes devised to help the child concerned. You can trust us to involve you and to consult with you if your child is experiencing difficulties.

Do you set homework?

The aim is to raise numeracy and literacy standards by utilising some of the 85% of time spent outside school and for our pupils to develop the skills and attitudes needed for successful, independent life-long learning.
Below is a guide to the amount of homework each year group will be given each week.

Year 3 Reading at least three times a week, 
English or maths task at the weekend
Spelling and multiplication tables - regular practice
Any unfinished work
Occasional topic related work

Year 4 Reading three times a week
Occasional language, topic or science based activity or maths task at the weekend 
Spelling and multiplication tables - regular practice;                                                                                                           Maths - once a week; Any unfinished work

Year 5 Reading three times a week
Tables/spelling - when appropriate
Maths - once a week
Relevant related tasks as appropriate

At the end of each term, Years 3, 4 and 5 will be given a task related to their new topic. 

Year 6 Reading three times a week.
Extended language / Research (topic/science) work each half term
Maths at weekends                                                                               Occasional investigations
Any unfinished work

Parental Involvement 

To enable you to participate in the development of your child's learning we would want you to:

bullet provide a peaceful place in which your child can do his/her homework.
bullet support school by explaining how homework can help your child's learning and make it clear you value homework.
bullet encourage your child and praise them when he/she has completed homework.
bullet hear your child read and make a comment about it in his/her reading record book.
bullet use the homework diary as a source of information but also as a two-way dialogue between you and your child's class teacher. 

What should my child wear for school?

Black or grey trousers (girls are welcome to wear trousers)
Grey skirt or pinafore dress
White shirt, blouse or polo shirt with school logo.
Grey shorts (in summer)
Bright red cardigan or jumper or red sweatshirt with school logo.
Summer dress (red check)
Shoes - black or brown (not boots or trainers)
Socks - white, black or grey

What about PE and games?

Black shorts
Black socks
White tops or T-shirt with school logo
Trainers (outdoor)
Pumps (indoor)
Black leotard (girls)

All uniform is available from Early Years in Shirley.

For safety and security reasons children are asked not to wear jewellery in school.

What else will my child need?

All children are requested to bring to school a pencil, a pen (not biro), an eraser, a ruler (with centimetre markings) and a small pencil sharpener, which should be clearly marked. Please be sure to name all your child's belongings, e.g. clothing, coats, bag, pumps etc. so that property mislaid can be returned to the rightful owners.

How do I register my child?

Initial contact should be made to Solihull Admissions on 0121 704 6000.A copy of our school's Admission Policy and prospectus are available from the school. If you would like to visit the school please telephone the school office.


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