Shirestone Academy, Birmingham

IP is celebrating its highly visual contribution to a primary school in Birmingham. Shirestone Academy in Tile Cross Birmingham has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ across all areas of the school in its recent Ofsted report. The report praised the school’s commitment to proactive partnerships which enhance a broad education and learning opportunities for its pupils.
The report stated
“A number of very successful partnerships have been established to widen the horizons and interests of pupils. These include a technology project with the Jaguar car company, a singing initiative with Birmingham and Solihull music services, a music link with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and an association with a photographic company.”

What the teachers said
Head teacher Clare Lucas at Shirestone Academy said
“We are absolutely delighted with the Ofsted report. It is testament to the ongoing dedicated hard work of the teachers, parents and the pupils as well as our partners in the community.
“We invited Imaging Partnership into the school to deliver a series of photography workshops last year. These were aimed at Years’ 5 and 6 and included learning about how to use a camera and create photographs that could enhance school work.
“We recognised that the pupils responded really positively to using photography in their work. We asked the team at Imaging Partnership to design a further series of workshops that were tailored to curriculum subjects. For example Ancient Greece, the Anglo Saxons and Vikings, healthy eating and teeth, solids, liquids and gases, habitats, flora within Forest School, corporate branding, chocolate packaging and light painting.”
Michael Jones from the Imaging Partnership worked alongside the Shirestone Academy leadership team to develop the photography sessions. Michael said:
“It continues to be a pleasure working with the enthusiastic team at Shirestone. Their open mindedness to the fit between curriculum subjects and photography enables our proposals to be adopted across all of the year groups. The keenness of the pupils is clearly evident in the results they achieve.”