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  • Selly Oak Trust School
    Oak Tree Lane
    Selly Oak
    B29 6HZ
  • Head: Chris Field
  • T 01214 720876
  • F 01214 152674
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 9 to 18 with moderate to severe learning difficulties, autism, speech and language difficulties and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Birmingham
  • Pupils: 392, two-thirds boys; all day
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 7th June 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 20th November 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘They make you feel safe, sort through your emotions like anger, and give you lots of chances.  It’s more important how we feel than English or maths,’ says senior boy. School’s expertise lies not just in reaching out to pupils but surpassing academic expectations across the ability range and more, if all goes according to plan, on the way. We were the latest in a very long list to drool over the horticulture department whose...

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What the school says...

Selly Oak School is an extremely effective secondary special school offering a proper and complete education for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties. We are an inclusive educational community where a child is valued, extended and developed.

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design at an English Comprehensive School (BTEC Certificate Level 1)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Mr Chris Field, BA PGDip NPQH (forties). Previously deputy head at Braidwood Trust School for the Deaf (amongst other things, he has a level two British sign language qualification) and, before that, assistant head at St Thomas Moore School, a mainstream comprehensive. Could have stayed ‘forever’ he says, had special schools not called more. Married with grown up children (two budding medics amongst them), he is also a proud grandfather.

Appointment preceded by hands off interregnum with school in hands of several acting heads, who ‘held it gently without much in the way of activity,’ says member of staff, and he was initially greeted with caution. Not for long, however.

‘I didn’t like him very much at first but changed my mind,’ says pupil,...

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