MiniSchools

All of the children in Years 7 to 11 are allocated to one of 4 mini-schools for the purposes of school activities and competitions.  The pastoral and academic structures of the school are no longer based on the mini-schools but on a Year Group basis, i.e. each year group now has its own Progress Leader, Pastoral Manager and Secretary (see the Year Groups tab).

Each mini-school is named after a scientist who has significantly contributed to our current mathematical and scientific knowledge.  Students are assigned to a mini-school on entry and remain within it throughout Years 7 to 11.  Each mini-school is lead by a Mini-School Coordinator.

Participating in healthy competition, learning skills other than those taught through the curriculum, developing new hobbies and interests, getting involved in teams and contributing towards our community; these are all important aspects of life at Great Barr Academy and it is through the mini-schools that these needs are met.  The mini-schools promote an ethos of belonging, of celebrating success and pushing ourselves to achieve in activities outside the classroom.  Pupils are encouraged to take part in the mini-school championships and to represent their respective mini-school over the year.  A range of events take place throughout the year including both academic, creative and sporting events.  The championship culminates in Sports Day, held each year in July at Alexander Sports Stadium.

Click the link to download a copy of the School Championship Calendar →  Events Calendar 2018-2019

 

MSL-BrunelBrunel School – named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, an English mechanical and civil engineer who is considered “one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history”, “one of the 19th century engineering giants”, and “one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, who changed the face of the English landscape with his ground-breaking designs and ingenious constructions”.

“Make tomorrow better by learning from the errors of today”

MSL-DarwinDarwin School – named after Charles Darwin the English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

MSL-FranklinFranklin School – named after Rosalind Franklin, an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA.

“By doing our best we shall come nearer to success”

MSL-JohnsonJohnson School – named after Katherine Johnson, an African American physicist and mathematician who made contributions to the United States’ aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Katherine Johnson was also known as ‘the human computer’.

You must find a mission to pursue with passion to keep you learning in life”

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