Blackwater Academy

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68-69 Cecil Street
B19 3SU
12 - 18
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4 1 1 2 3 4
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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The Blackwater Academy is located in Central Birmingham. This is the school’s first inspection. The school offers alternative provision for boys and girls aged 14 to 16 who have histories of severely challenging behaviour. Many have not attended school regularly for some time, or even for years. Pupils’ needs include social, emotional and mental health needs, autistic spectrum disorder or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. A minority have EHC plans. Pupils join the school at different times in the year. The school offers places to pupils from Sandwell and Solihull local authorities. Inspection report: Blackwater Academy, 22–24 May 2018 Page 9 of 12 The school was registered for 60 pupils in September 2016 but had few pupils until November 2017. At this time, a cohort of Year 10 and Year 11 pupils joined the school. At the time of this inspection Year 11 pupils had just left to take their examinations at their previous schools while Year 10 pupils remained in Blackwater Academy. The proprietor, who is also principal of the school, has been absent from the school due to illness since November 2017. In his absence the vice-principal, Nauman Tassawar, has led and managed the school, with the support of an experienced part-time consultant who spends two days a week in the school. The school has no specific religious ethos. The pupils represent a variety of ethnicities. At the time of the inspection there were no pupils who speak English as an additional language. The school aims to offer young people ‘a vision they can look forward to of achievement and high standards in life’. The school uses premises in the next-door building, which is a purpose-built gym with facilities for teaching PE. The school also uses premises at Oaklands Children and Families Youth and Community Centre to provide activities such as music, producing and writing, as well as art and football.

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