Solihull School's Public Benefit
At Solihull School we attach great importance to providing financial assistance to individuals of ability who cannot afford the fees, as well as the school’s relationship and involvement with the local community. Our wider charitable obligations are well recognised. Beside financial benefits, our facilities are used throughout the year for public benefit by outside organisations, local maintained schools and the local community. The school values and promotes the ethos of service, and staff and pupils alike are active members of the local community.
Some of the activities that contribute to the public benefit are shown below.
Grant Making Policy
In 2018 the value of bursaries and scholarships made out of unrestricted funds totalled £991,198 (2017: £981,480). A further £23,159 was made out of restricted funds (2017: £12,000). Such financial assistance helps the school maintain its ethos, academic performance and achievements. Our policy, in line with that of other independent schools, is to make scholarship awards on a wide variety of abilities including, academic, art, sport, music, theatre arts and design technology. Bursaries are advertised and are made to applicants on the basis of their financial circumstances. Such awards are means tested and reviewed annually.
In 2018, bursaries awarded totalled £708,011 (2017: £711,560) and were given to 101 pupils (2017: 109 pupils), which equates to 59 full fees or 5.8% of net fee income.
Assistance to the Local Education Authority (LEA) and Local Maintained Schools
- As part of our outreach programme, the school arranges and hosts a variety of activities involving local maintained primary schools, including gifted and talented sessions on a variety of academic topics as well as providing sports coaching and tournaments.
- The school extends its Oxbridge preparation procedures to a range of local maintained schools. Potential candidates participate in interview practice sessions and specific application preparation seminars.
- Our Music department visits local maintained primary schools to give vocal coaching via Solihull Sings and puts on concerts for these schools in our performing arts centre.
- Our Art department regularly hosts staff, pupils and displays exhibits from many local maintained primary schools and in 2018, hosted the Springfield Special School Christmas and Remembrance art workshops. They also provided advice and exemplar materials for maintained sector school A Level photography students.
- Our Classics department visits local maintained primary schools promoting the study of Latin, led the Birmingham Classics Association as well as playing an active role in the Association for Latin Teachers. The Head of the Department in involved in setting up Latin as a primary language at the Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy Company.
- Our Science department has hosted CLEAPPS Health and Safety training for many local school science technicians.
- Out English department runs and judges a borough wide poetry competition for primary schools whilst the English Society events are also attended by local maintained sector school pupils.
- Our Languages department host local maintained primary schools on the European Day of Languages, promoting the use and study of a range of European and international languages.
- Our Sports department host a range of training events for individual clubs and schools.
- Our Debating society hosts events for local secondary schools, both independent and maintained, involving training, judging and attendance at our Big Debate event.
- Our Community Service enrichment programme provides students to help with reading and literacy in local primary schools.
- Greswold Primary School, Solihull and Sharman’s Cross Junior School, Solihull use our performing arts centre for their summer drama productions.
- Pupils from Reynalds Cross School, Solihull, which caters for pupils with severe to profound multiple learning difficulties, have visited the school and used our sporting and music facilities. In addition, our pupils visit them to assist in Physical Education lessons and other projects, whilst our grounds team have also helped run the gardening club at Reynalds Cross. This is part of an ongoing partnership with the school.
- Donations are made to St Alphege Infant and Junior Schools, Solihull, and Sharman’s Cross Junior School, Solihull to assist in the provision of facilities for education.
- Equipment and text books no longer required by the school are donated to local schools and organisations.
University & Academic Links
- The schools hosts PGCE students from various universities.
- The school is a member of the King Edward’s Consortium for teacher training, providing low cost training for unqualified teachers considering a career in the profession.
- Members of our teaching staff are members of national and regional educational and examination committees.
- The school has hosted Birmingham and South Warwickshire Patoss (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties) training events.
- The school has hosted events for organisations such as the Cambridge Schools Classics Project and the Design and Technology Association.
- Our Psychology department is working with the University of Birmingham on research into risk taking and adolescent brain development.
The Local Community
- The Solihull Youth Musicians Support Association, the Midlands Early Music Forum, Solihull Choral Society and the Solihull Symphony Orchestra are amongst organisations that use our performing arts centre and music school as their rehearsal and performance venue.
- Our performing arts centre, Chapel and other facilities are made available to local societies including charities at generous concessional rates.
- Our extensive car parking facilities are made available to local churches, charities and societies when requested.
- The school as a whole is involved in a wide range of local and more widespread charity fundraising not only to benefit the community but to develop social responsibility of those engaged in such work. Over £40,000 was raised for international, national and local charities through the year. The school also sends text books, laboratory and other equipment to various countries in Asia, Africa and South America. Staff and pupils volunteer abroad every year, supporting educational and other development projects.
- We help the Solihull Care NHS Trust with their scheme to support adults with learning difficulties into employment opportunities.
- We have a full programme of community service particularly working with the elderly, the local Marie Curie Hospice and other organisations such as Solihull Life Opportunities, Air Ambulance charity shops and local PHAB clubs.
- We are the venue for many Solihull sporting activities. Borough, district and county squads train and play fixtures on our pitches and in our sports hall whilst the swimming pool is used by local swimming clubs. Many of these activities are helped by our staff who fulfil a wide range of roles within regional sport.
- The School Chaplain is involved with many church and charity activities around Birmingham, including work in hospices, food banks and urban priority charities.
- With the charity, Remembering Srebrenica, the school co-hosted the British premiere of Condemned to Remember, a film exploring the Bosnian genocide of 1995. The event was open to local schools and also the local community. This was repeated again in 2019 with the European Schools’ premiere of No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story in partnership with the Anne Frank Trust UK.
- We have provided art and photographic exhibitions to local offices and community centre and provide judging and exhibition space to local societies.
- The local police force uses our facilities for dog training.
- Donations are made to the Parish Church of St Alphege, Solihull and the Salter Street and Shirley Team Ministry, Shirley for the advancement of religion.