Letter to Students & Parents

On Wednesday 14 December 2016, the following letter was sent to students and parents:

Dear Students and Parents,

I am writing to inform you about an important development.  You may be aware that, for some time now, The Sixth Form College Solihull and Ninestiles Academy Trust have been holding lengthy discussions with the view to merge in a new pioneering partnership.  In October last year, the Government also recommended the College and Trust join together following a review of further education in Birmingham and Solihull.

Yesterday, at separate meetings, the Boards of both the College and the Trust voted to continue with the merger process and to move forward to the next stage.  They will now jointly submit a formal application to the Department for Education, requesting the College both converts to Academy status and also joins the Trust. This is subject to due process and consultation.  The merger, if approved by the Department for Education, is expected to take place on 1 August 2017.

The Trust already successfully runs seven schools across Birmingham and Solihull: Ninestiles An Academy; Erdington Hall Primary School; Lyndon Secondary School; Pegasus Primary School; The Oaklands Primary School; Yarnfield Primary School; and Cockshut Hill School.

The Trust has a long and proud history of providing school-to-school support, both locally and across the country.  In 2012, Ninestiles An Academy was designated as a National Support School, while the Trust has also developed The Ninestiles Teaching Alliance – a teaching school which has developed a strong alliance of more than 30 schools.  I believe it has the expertise which would help strengthen and build on the College’s already successful foundations.

I am also passionate in my belief that this planned merger will bring together the existing and complementary strengths of the College and the Trust to create an exemplary and sustainable all-through system for students aged from three to 19.  By working together, we would also be able to create an organisation with strong community, education and business links which would allow our students to prosper, flourish and achieve their aspirations.

I believe that if the College became part of a strong Trust we would be able to secure and enhance the outstanding educational opportunities we provide to young people from schools all across Birmingham and Solihull.

We will continue to share with you the latest news and developments as we work towards cementing this new partnership.

I thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Paul Ashdown