Executive Headteacher Message

Welcome to Perry Beeches – Team PB.

My name is Liam Nolan and I have the real honour and privilege of being the Chief Executive Officer of ‘Perry Beeches Academy Trust’.

We are currently a family of three secondary schools; Perry Beeches The Academy, in Great Barr, Birmingham, Perry Beeches II The Free School, in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham and the new Perry Beeches III, The Free School on Bathrow on the Attwood Estate.

PB I, in Great Barr, has over 900 11-16 year old students and PB II, in the Jewellery Quarter, currently has 115 Year 7 students, 115 Year 8 students and over 90 Year 12 and Year 13 – it will grow year on year and will be over 700 students strong when full. Perry Beeches III not only shares Post 16 but also has a Year 7 of 110 and it too will grow year on year.

All our PB schools are non-selective, mixed comprehensive schools with broad, balanced, dynamic curriculums.  The three schools serve their local communities with an admissions policy that means those nearest to the building have first choice in applying, and getting, a place at a PB school.

We have worked tremendously hard as a school community over the last six years to really turn around the reputation to become the No.1 school in the UK.  We don’t always get it right, but we work in an honest, upfront, professional and respectful environment where we welcome challenge as much as we welcome praise.

Lots of our critics enjoy their visits to the PB schools and make great statements.  In March 2013 we had our last full OFSTED inspection, the team commented:

“The Academy has become a beacon of outstanding practice.  Leadership is strong throughout the academy”

“Students make outstanding progress.  By the end of Year 11, their attainment is high”.

“Teaching is inspirational”.

“Students feel very safe and their behaviour is exemplary”.

“The academy is outstandingly successful in developing students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness”.

“The academy has a calm and purposeful atmosphere.  The attendance and punctuality of students are both high”.

In October 2012, the Secretary of State for Education, The Right Honourable Michael Gove, MP, said “The two best schools in Birmingham are Perry Beeches I and Perry Beeches II”, enormous praise indeed having previously called us “World Class” and compared us to Oxford and Cambridge universities.  And on opening Perry Beeches III in September 2013, The Prime Minister, The Right Honourable David Cameron, MP, said “Perry Beeches is the most improved school in Britain ever” and “Perry Beeches the Academy is probably one of the best schools in the country”.

Our three local schools are ably run on a day to day basis by a highly qualified team of practitioners who are all learners themselves – over 70 of our current staff have passed or are studying the MA in Education; others are completing full Honours Degrees, Foundation Degrees or a whole host of professional qualifications.  We are all learners at PB.

Each school has its own Headteacher.  Mr Stuart Turnbull, is the Head of PB I, The Academy, Mrs Jackie Powell, the Head of PB II The Free School and Mr Darren Foreman, the Head of PB III The Free School.

Look ….. I could write and talk to you about PB I, PB II and PB III, plus our future vision, forever!  Better still, look to our websites or make appointments to visit our schools and meet our stunning staff, parents, carers, community and most of all, PB’s YOUNG PEOPLE.

Thank you for opening our website pages.

Mr Liam Nolan, MA, NLE

Executive Headteacher