About St Peter’s

Welcome to St. Peter’s Catholic School. Serving Solihull’s Catholic community, we are a popular, oversubscribed school with a history going back over a hundred years. Olton Court Convent School (founded in 1903) merged with Bishop Glancey High school in 1974 to form the present school. The Sixth Form was added in 1994 enabling us to care for students from age 11 to 19. The school is supported by the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull and the Birmingham Archdiocese. The school site is bordered by parkland in the largely residential South west of Solihull. Not far away are the excellent amenities of Solihull, the city of Birmingham and the attractive rural landscape of Warwickshire’s Green Belt.

A good education is the best possible preparation for adult life and at St. Peter’s we aim to ensure that every student thrives and flourishes. Our distinctiveness rests on the Catholic character and ethos of our school and this lies at the heart of everything we do. We endeavour to educate pupils in a Catholic atmosphere so that they are enabled to value life-long learning and the Gospel message can be related to everyday life and work.

 

Mission Statement

At St. Peter’s we are ambassadors for justice and peace throughout our school community and beyond. We believe that all our students are treated equally with respect. Forgiveness is at the centre of our school because we are a community that teaches faith and love. We all endeavour, in this Catholic Christian community encompassing other faiths, to work together for the common good so that we can all live, learn and love in peace and harmony. We strive to be valuable members of our local and global community. We want our students to leave St. Peter’s with a good education, valuable life skills and a grounding in Gospel values in order to give them the ability to carry on this mission in their adult life.


 

The School

St. Peter’s has an excellent academic record and all pupils who come here make very good progress. We welcome children of all abilities, whether highly gifted and talented or with special needs. Following National Curriculum directions, the school provides a broad, balanced curriculum with Religious Education at the core of all learning. We are proud of our close links with partner primary schools which enable us to place each child in the most appropriate teaching groups for their ability and needs. The groupings are constantly reviewed and each child's progress is closely monitored. After five years, a high proportion of St. Peter's pupils achieve very good grades in ten or more subjects. This is the result of their being placed carefully on appropriate courses and being entered for exams at a time to maximise their potential. A smaller, personally tailored programme of GCSEs is made available to pupils with special needs. The vast majority of our pupils continue into further education and our Sixth Form students regularly achieve entry to the most prestigious of universities, including Oxbridge.

St. Peter’s is proud to be a Specialist Science College. Through our specialism in Science and Mathematics we have improved standards, progress and outcomes in all curriculum areas. Innovative practices in teaching and learning developed in the specialist areas are now embedded across the school. Specialism gives our students a wide range of enrichment and engagement opportunities linked to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. Our students have regular opportunities to go on trips and visits, listen to outside speakers, take part in work experience or participate in long-term projects leading to nationally recognised accreditation.

Our pastoral care system supports individual pupils and their learning and is essential to academic progress and success. Every child needs a happy, secure environment to learn well. Being personally known and cherished equally helps each one of our students to benefit from all that our school offers. At St. Peter’s, we strongly encourage all pupils to become actively involved in the pastoral life of our school, whether this be through applying to be a peer mediator and mentor; being nominated to be a form captain or a School Council representative or, for our Sixth Formers, taking part in paired tutoring to assist younger pupils with literacy or numeracy. We are immensely proud that a significant number of our pupils apply to become prefects in Year 11 and annual interviews are held to appoint our senior prefects and our Head Boy and Girl. We are passionate about ensuring that every pupil develops spiritually, morally, socially and physically. Therefore, we strongly value the extra-curricular life of our school and encourage all pupils to get involved in a wide range of clubs and activities.

A good education is the best possible preparation for adult life and at St. Peter’s we aim to ensure that every student thrives and flourishes. Our distinctiveness rests on the Catholic character and ethos of our school and this lies at the heart of everything we do. We endeavour to educate pupils in a Catholic atmosphere so that they are enabled to value life-long learning and the Gospel message can be related to everyday life and work.