Minerva Learning Trust


The outcomes of our pupils are an important priority for us at Handsworth Grange; we aim to develop well-rounded and society-ready individuals through holistic provision and assessment resulting in, not only high academic achievement but also students who are socially and emotionally prepared for their futures. 

Academic outcomes for pupils have been consistently strong for the past four years. Since 2015 we have been in the top three schools in the city for pupil progress and our combined English and maths results continue to improve. Our Progress 8 score of +0.39 for 2018 put us in the top 20% of all schools in the country. A position we held for 3 years. Our 2019 result of +0.33 was also significantly positive. 

The DfE performance tables provide a more detailed break down of our most recent academic achievements. Find out more on the www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk website.

Our methods for assessing pupils’ progress are highly robust which results in effective and targeted tracking of pupil performance from Year 7 to Year 11. Consequently, pupils make progress that is well above that of their peers at local and national levels. 

Our published performance information for 2017, 2018 and 2019 shows that pupil progress in maths and English is significantly above average and pupils make particularly strong progress in work-related and alternative qualifications, a variety of which are offered through the KS4 options process. Our current performance data shows that pupils in all year groups consistently make outstanding progress. Pupils’ writing is well developed across the curriculum, reflecting the school’s focus on literacy; our whole school VCR (Vocabulary, Comprehension and Reading) strategy is designed to develop and enhance vital literacy skills to ensure that pupils are better equipped for their end of Key Stage 4 assessments. 

In addition to academic outcomes, our pupils are well prepared for the next stage in their education, employment or training. We are exceptionally proud of our destination data showing which students have moved onto further education, employment or training which is testament to our aspirational Careers Education programme.