New University school and sixth form gets go-ahead

The University is delighted that its plans to establish a University School and Sixth Form have been approved by the Department for Education. It will provide an excellent academic education for Birmingham's young people and to serve as a centre of teacher education in the region.

The University of Birmingham School and Sixth Form will be a comprehensive co-educational 11-16 school plus a sixth form, taking 150 per year into Year 7 and up to 200 per year into the Sixth Form. It will be located near the University of Birmingham's Edgbaston campus. It will have strong links with the University and reflect its values, including a commitment to academic excellence and to raising aspirations and widening participation in higher education. As such, the emphasis will be on preparing pupils for entrance to selective universities. Our goal is to accept the first intakes into Years 7 and 12 (sixth form) for September 2014.  

The School and Sixth Form will have particularly strong ties to the University's School of Education, which has been a leading provider of teacher education for many decades, and which was recently rated “outstanding” in all areas by OfSTED. The University of Birmingham has been invited to make the University School one of the Government's flagship partners in teacher education and it will become one of the first "University Training Schools" in the country. Learn more on the University website.