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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a small selection of frequently asked questions. It’s by no means an exhaustive list.  If you have a question that has not been answered then please get in touch (contact details at the foot of the page) and we’ll be happy to answer your question.

Can I speak to someone about the WMG Academy?

You can always contact us by email or phone at the numbers below – alternatively we will be running a series of events including ‘Meet the Principal’ drop-in sessions where you can come and speak to our Principal, Stewart Tait, face-to-face. Dates for the sessions, held at the North Solihull Sports Centre, can be found at http://solihull.wmgacademy.org.uk/principals-surgeries/.

What engineering qualifications will my child get?

The WMG Academy’s education group is involved in the recent qualifications review with the Royal Academy for Engineering and the examining body OCR. Year 10 Learners will be able study the Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering (principles, manufacture, design and/or systems control) and (at Y12) Principal Learning in Engineering as the smaller qualification and the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma as the larger qualification.  All qualifications used will be recognised by employers and by universities.

Do the students undertake coursework and/or exams?

Yes. They will undertake whatever coursework and/or exams required by the qualifications they are taking.

What are the maximum class sizes?

Academy lessons will not always be run as per ‘regular’ school lessons with one teacher and a ‘class’. Some of our curriculum is designed so that students will work on commissions in teams of 2 or 3 upwards dependent upon, and appropriate to, the activity they are undertaking. Alongside traditional group sizes and classrooms, other sessions will be run in larger groups in double sized learning bases.

On what basis will students be accepted into the school, will it be purely on academic performance? If so, how will this be measured?

As a state-funded school there will be, and can be no selection. Our Admissions Policy outlines procedures for the allocation of places in the event of over-subscription (this is done by ballot). Potential learners must, however, have an interest in engineering as the school curriculum will have a clear bias towards creating, doing and designing and a strong interest in mathematics and science will be key.

Will the staff be qualified teachers?

The majority of teaching staff will be qualified teachers. Some teaching staff will be qualified engineers. As in all schools, we will also employ Learning Support Assistants. All staff will be involved in an induction training programme and then in high quality continuous professional development. We believe this mix of qualified teachers and some engineers will give the learners the best possible education and employability skills.

Will my child be guaranteed a job/apprenticeship with one of the Academy’s partner companies?

We do not guarantee a job/apprenticeship with one of our partner companies, however, by the time learners leave the WMG Academy they will have engaged with a network of employers and have a range of superior employability skills and be on a professional pathway which should enable them to easily take the next steps into higher education, apprenticeship or employment.