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Jim Sullivan and Chris Selvin visited Operation Restoration in Jamaica

Operation Restoration is one of the charities that Thoughts of Others supports.

In October 2017 we had the pleasure of hosting Jim Sullivan Managing Director of Thoughts of Others Ltd, which has been a supporter and partner of our school for the last four years. Thoughts for Others operates several homes across Birmingham as well as Spring Hill High School and Premier Training College in Birmingham. Jim was accompanied by Chris Selvin, deputy head of Spring Hill High School and who is Jamaican born and raised. It was a wonderful day as for the first time Jim had the opportunity to see the school first hand, talk with students past and present and enjoy some entertainment put on by the students. We are grateful for the partnership we have with Thoughts for Others and pray for its continued growth. Thank you Jim and Chris for a wonderful visit.



The Battle Of Erdington

Spring Hill High School vs Queensbury

Spring Hill High School's first ever sports fixture. On Thursday the 12th of October, Spring Hill High School played a very hard match against Queensbury School. There were some outstanding players. Before the match started, there was a little pep talk by our fabulous coaches Michael Dinn and Dean James. Then at approximately 10am the match kicked off.

The game was very hard and very intense. At the start, both teams were scared and did not know where to go, but they came out of their shells thanks to our captain Mr GML who scored 6 amazing goals. He offered the team great support and he motivated the team as a successful captain. Well done GML! You are a trooper! A big well done to LW, who scored 1 amazing goal and to LW who scored a clear penalty. Well done! You made the team proud.

A big well done to Mr GML who was named the man of the match. Unfortunately Spring Hill High School lost the match 10-8, as they appeared tired towards the end. However a big well done to all the players, they really represented the school well. I would also like to say a big well done to our opponents. We challenged you and you rose to the challenge.

Training sessions will commence when school resumes, after half term to improve the players' fitness levels. Well done everyone. You made the school proud

Written by RT(Year 11 Student)



Spring Hill High School Speech and Language Therapist gate-crashed the House of Lords!

Our own Speech and Language Therapist, Claire Johnston, was awarded the Alumni of the year by Birmingham City University for Community Engagement and Leadership. Claire is an active member of ‘Giving Voice’ a national campaign to raise awareness of the impact of speech, language and communication needs, arising from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

In December, Claire became the school's celebrity. As an Alumni to represent the University, and Speech and Language Therapy, she was invited by Lord Grocott to a reception held in the House of Lords.





TOO and SHHS made it to the TOP TABLE

On Thursday 21st April, Jim Sullivan (MD), Sheraine Reid-Ferguson (HT) and Claire Johnston (SLT) had a meeting with Sir Martin Narey who has been commissioned by the government to conduct a national review for Looked After Children's care. Thoughts of Others and Spring Hill High School were invited to the ‘top table’ to present our unique model which has made our exceptionally good practice renowned nationally across a number of different Local Authorities.





The BBC today programme visited our schools and homes

BBC Four news reporter, Siobhann Tighe, visited Spring Hill High School and Thoughts of Others in the run up to the publication of Martin Neary’s report and has created a radio programme about the way in which children’s home are run. She spoke to managing Director Jim Sullivan, teachers and students from the homes about the impact of the school on the lives of the children in the homes.





World Champion

Fighters don’t come much more inspirational than Dean James. A role model in every sense, Dean has overcome adversity in all its forms to rise to the top of professional combat sports. Diagnosed with life-threatening colon cancer at the age of nineteen, Dean not only defied doctors’ advice by participating in combat sport, but astoundingly went on to become the best British Bantamweight and Featherweight in the gruelling art of Muay Thai, winning three world championships at three different weight divisions. He’s had success outside of combat sports too, teaching Physical Education and Art to children and teens in central Birmingham at Spring Hill High School – an independent facility for students with Behavioural Emotional Social Difficulties (BESD), autism and underlying issues of mental health. The Headteacher of Spring Hill High School, Sheraine Reid-Ferguson, commented: “Dean possesses a skill-set that underpins a strength of character, which helps him to match the intensity that is required to work with arguably some of the most challenging and vulnerable children in the country.”





Spring Hill High School strikes GOLD!

Spring Hill High School achieves GOLD Quality award for CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance)!

Spring Hill High School, in Erdington, has this week been recognised for its outstanding careers work. The school became only one of a very, very tiny number of institutions that have been awarded Gold Standard straight away for their first accreditation.

The nationally validated Quality Award from ‘Prospects’, the education, employment and skills company, is awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance of careers guidance and how the school supports students to make decisions about their life after school.

Spring Hill High School is an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ school, continually working to improve the chances and opportunities of all the students. There is a statutory duty to ‘secure independent careers guidance’ for all students from year 8 onwards and the Government also recommends that all schools should be required to work towards a dedicated CEIAG Award which is nationally validated by Quality in Careers Standard. There are more than 1,100 schools and colleges already voluntarily working towards, or holding, a dedicated CEIAG Quality Award which can contribute to Ofsted inspection success.

Sheraine Reid-Ferguson, Headteacher at Spring Hill High School said: “We are thrilled to have achieved the Quality Award in CEIAG. At Spring Hill High School we recognise the important role school plays in helping students develop their knowledge, skills and experience so they can go out into the world and achieve personal success. This award has provided a flexible framework that enabled us to audit our work on careers and ensure our students are receiving advice, practical support and experience so they are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self employment or training.