Welcome to our School

A message from Helen Porter, Headteacher

Coronavirus

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                   

This is an incredibly challenging and anxious time.                                                                           

Priestley Smith is following all government guidance carefully and trying to ensure that we support our students and families in the best way we can.   

While most of our students are now staying at home with their families, we are trying to ensure that they can all continue their learning by providing work packs through the post, by email or by home delivery. We are also delivering some online learning, where appropriate to each child’s age and access skills. Your child’s form staff will now have been in touch with you to check that your child has received their work and also to see if they can access on-line learning platforms such as Google classroom. Please remember to check emails, the school website and the school’s Facebook page for further information and updates.

Your child’s form staff will be in regular weekly contact to keep checking work and make sure that your child is not having difficulties.

In addition to this, we will also carry out weekly telephone calls to you to check that you and your family are safe and well and to ensure that you do not have any difficulties that we could help to resolve. If we miss you when we call, we would ask please that you phone and leave us a message so that we know all is well.

Children who are eligible for free school meals should be receiving digital vouchers from the government later this week which you can take to a supermarket of your choice.  The school will email these to you as soon as we receive them.

The school remains open and you can contact us at any time, including during the Easter break, on 07470 825058 rather than the usual school number. Please contact us if you have any difficulties or need help or support during this time.

We will remain in regular contact through telephone and text messaging during the Easter break and will keep you informed about what is happening after Easter.

If you are a keyworker and will need a school place for your child after Easter, please email me on h.porter@priestley.bham.sch.uk so that we can prepare for this.

I hope you and your family all stay safe and well.

Best wishes,

Helen Porter

Important Numbers

If you are in self-isolation and in need of urgent assistance, these key numbers will be able to support you.

• School – 07470 825058 (please use this number rather than the usual school number)

• Special School Nursing Service – 0121 466 4270 or 0121 465 262

• Police – 999 – 101

• NHS – 111

• Social Services – 0121 303 1888 • Social Services (Emergency out of hours) – 0121 675 4806

Follow this link to find other information which may be of use to you.

 

Where Are We?

Priestley Smith School is located on the site of Perry Beeches mainstream schools in Great Barr, Birmingham. The campus includes Perry Beeches Nursery, Infant, Junior and Secondary schools. Our buildings are purpose-built for visually impaired students and are very well resourced to meet their needs, providing the specialist equipment they require to access the curriculum.

Priestley Smith School is a city-wide provision. Students attend our school from all areas of Birmingham and also from surrounding Local Authorities, including Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Have a look at our contact us page for more information on our location. P

 

Our Ofsted Report

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‘In March 2012 and January 2015 and 2019 OFSTED inspected our school. We were delighted by the outcome of these inspections, which concluded that “Priestley Smith is an outstanding school”.

Here are some extracts from the latest report:

“Pupils achieve extremely well because staff have expert knowledge in their subjects. They know how to promote the learning of pupils who have visual impairment extremely well. The most able achieve as well, and sometimes better, in their GCSEs and A levels as all other pupils nationally.”

“Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They thrive from early years to sixth form in an environment that nurtures their confidence and teaches them to value and respect everyone’s different talents and backgrounds. This means that their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding”.

“Teaching is outstanding because staff are so skilled at promoting each pupil’s learning. Staff have a detailed understanding of the pupils they teach and of how to promote the learning of pupils who have a visual impairment. They also convey a love of their subjects that inspires pupils to learn.”

“Attitudes to learning are exceptional. Pupils say this is because they ‘want to learn’ and ‘do things for ourselves’. They also say they know their teachers value and respect them… Pupils take great pride in their work and achievements.”

“Outstanding skills programmes ensure pupils are extremely well prepared for their next steps in education as well as for life in modern Britain. These include courses in personal and social understanding, mobility and independent living. Pupils hugely value the independence they gain from them.”

“An exceptional headteacher, ably supported by a strong leadership team, has created an ethos in which all are determined that every child matters and will succeed. Leaders and managers at all levels, including governors, have the highest expectations of themselves and of pupils.”

“Excellent technological support ensures pupils have ready access to the specialist equipment that they need to learn. Pupils become highly skilled in using it.”

“All pupils feel extremely safe in the school. Leaders are meticulous in carrying out all the checks they should to ensure this.”

“The governance of the school is outstanding. The governing body is hugely committed to the work of the school and very involved in monitoring  its work and evaluating its outcomes.”

Read the full report below: 

Ofsted Report 2015 

Ofsted Report 2019

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