The University of Birmingham has broken new ground by setting up the first 11-18 University Training School in the country, which aims to unlock talent from across the city, and provide an environment in which all can excel.

The University of Birmingham School opened its doors to its first intake of pupils in September 2015 in its purpose built home on the University’s Selly Oak campus, bringing together pupils from across the city to create an environment which reflects the diversity of Birmingham itself. Its nodal admissions policy ensures children from across the whole city will benefit from the School and its teaching.

Admission to the 11-16 School is decided by distance from either the School site or one of three other nodes across Birmingham, and there are no exams or other barriers to entry. The nodes were chosen after careful consideration was given to those areas which had a lack of school places for local children.

Character education and enrichment

A bespoke programme of character education has been developed especially for the School by academics in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues within the University’s School of Education. Character education – acquiring and strengthening virtues – will equip pupils with the experience and skills to make wise choices for a happy and fulfilled life.

An extended School day means that there is an integrated programme of enrichment activities for all pupils for five hours each week. There will also be plenty of opportunity for pupils to explore clubs and societies which interest them, with the opportunity to visit the University’s main campus and benefit from lectures, laboratory visits and careers guidance.

A School of firsts

The spirit of innovation which has characterised the University of Birmingham for well over 100 years continues through the work done at the University of Birmingham School.

The University was England’s first civic University, founded to be a ‘great school of universal instruction’, and the School has been created to create a new community in Birmingham which allows pupils from any background and prior attainment, their teachers, University academics and students to learn from and with each other.