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Welcome from the Executive Principal

Kate's HeadThe WMG Academy for Young Engineers, Solihull, is the second academy within the WMG Academy Trust. It  works closely with its sister academy in Coventry (opened in 2014) and together they will bring benefits to all learners within the WMG Trust.

As the Executive Principal for the WMG Academy Trust, and on behalf of the Trust, I am delighted to be leading both academies. Stewart Tait, Associate Principal  for Solihull,  leads on the day to day operation of the academy and, together, we will work closely to ensure that the academy provides an outstanding education for its students.

From the very start we have had a clear mission and vision for the WMG Academy, developed in partnership with leading employers, WMG and the University of Warwick; to be “business-like and business-led”.

We have created an environment where young people, with a passion for creating, doing and designing can acquire technical and business skills.  With a technical specialism of engineering, the academy has developed a strong focus on all STEM (science, engineering, technology and maths) subjects and through these, we foster the skills, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that will create sought after employees of the future.

I hope by browsing this website you will see how our vision is translated into reality and look forward to welcoming you to our growing community. Please feel free to contact myself or Stewart if you would like more information or to visit the  WMG Academy.  We host a number of information evenings throughout the year for prospective parents and students.

Kate Tague, Executive Principal


Welcome from the Associate Principal

Tait Head 07 I feel immensely privileged to have been appointed as Associate Principal of Solihull’s first engineering specialist University Technical College, sponsored by employers and the University of Warwick.

Our aim is to achieve outstanding outcomes for young people through a relentless focus on high quality teaching and learning, delivered by expert practitioners, as well as providing a broad and balanced curriculum for all. Flexible pathways at Post 16 signpost to university courses or quality apprenticeships, whilst Key Stage 4 allows option subjects and a modern foreign language to access the much sought after EBAC qualification.

Our “business-like, business-led” vision drives everything we do. Working with a range of local, national and international companies, our students complete the engineering projects, set by these companies, which form the basis of their assessment and curriculum. Through these projects we bring to life the core subjects of Mathematics, Science and English, to support student’s achievement and attainment.

Alongside an innovative approach to teaching and state of the art facilities, I hold in extremely high regard the traditional values of creating a learning community where the environment is calm, supportive and encourages curiosity in young people.

The WMG Academy Solihull aims to bring out the best in young people and give them the leadership opportunities to develop themselves and others whilst securing the knowledge, technical skills and business behaviour we know employers value.

Stewart Tait, Associate Principal, Solihull


Assistant Principal, Farhat Parveen

FarhatFarhat completed her BSc and PGCE at the University of Birmingham and has helped share to the lives of young people for the past 7 years.  She is very passionate about inspiring the young minds of future scientists, and always implements the most recent and cutting edge teaching into her lessons.  In her previous post, she was unanimously nominated as ‘Teacher of the Year’ by members of staff and students alike, which is a testament of her hard work and dedication to her role as an educator.

Previously, Farhat has mentored trainee teachers from University of Birmingham and made connections with other schools through the Titan Partnership. Outside of work, Farhat has set up and runs a non-profit organisation that supports 6-18 year old students from challenging backgrounds to access learning. This scheme helps to promote the value of education and builds cohesion within the community.