Small Heath School, Birmingham

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Small Heath School, Birmingham

Coordinates: 52°27′53″N 1°51′28″W / 52.4647°N 1.8577°W / 52.4647; -1.8577

Small Heath School is a secondary school on Waverley Road in Small Heath, Birmingham, England. This very large school serves an inner city area of Birmingham. It is a popular choice with parents, with more than two applications for every place available. Almost all students walk to school from the immediate community. The proportion known to be eligible for free school meals is very high, as is the proportion who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The great majority of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities have behavioural or moderate learning difficulties. There are many more boys than there are girls at the school. The large majority of students are of Pakistani heritage, with others coming from a range of different ethnic backgrounds such as Bangladeshi,Pathan,Somalian and Arabian decent.

The Schools organisation plays a role in making it a brilliant school. Different departments, sub departments and national/international links play a pivotal role in working together to function the schools stability and make sure it excels in specific categories that are targeted.

The school has been a specialist technology college since 1994, and has been recognised as a High Performing Specialist School. It was awarded Raising Attainment and Pupil Progress mentor status in 2008, which recognises the school's work in raising students' achievement. It holds many other awards including those for its work internationally, with business and industry, and in supporting other schools and school leaders in England. Small Heath School also sponsors a school in Pakistan for which it supplies to, to educate children.


Small Heath school has two buildings located on different roads in which students, including study (the other is situated on Muntz Street). The Upper School is on Muntz Street and the Lower School is on Waverley Road.

In Lower School the majority of students are year 7 to 9. Year 10 spend a small amount of their time in this building and year 11 are permanently based in Upper School along with the Sixth formers. Small Heath School is prolific for improving in its inspection reports conducted by Ofsted, the school started as a inadequate school but has steadily worked its way up to being an outstanding school and has maintained that status for 3 years.

In Lower School students mainly study foreign languages, RE, English, Maths, History, Geography, Tutorial and ICT. Eventually these subjects are moved to Upper School building so by the time students reach year 11 they are permanently taught in Upper School.Certain years/groups travel during lunch time between the two buildings depending on their subjects. Small heath school has been classed as 'outstanding' by Ofsted 3 years running; 2002, 2006 and 2010. Peter Slough is currently the Principal at small heath school.


It was built as a Birmingham board school in 1892 by architects Martin & Chamberlain and is a Grade II* listed building.

It became the co-educational Waverley Grammar School.

Academic performance

It gets GCSE results slightly above average. However at A level, its results are particularly low.

In recent years however, many alumni have gone on to study at prestigious institutions such as Aston University, Birmingham University and Wolverhampton University.


Waverley Grammar School

  • Haleem Aslam (ManDark)- Attended King Edwads VI Camp Hill Boys, currently becoming a tycoon in the choosa(Chicken) business
  • Bill Davis, Managing Director of British Leyland in the early 1970s
  • Frederick Roland Emett, cartoonist
  • Prof Albert Jones, Professor of Chemistry from 1969-87 at the University of Birmingham
  • Barry Pain CBE, Chief Constable from 1974-82 of Kent Police
  • Laurence Picken
  • James Randle, former Chief Engineer of Jaguar Cars from 1980–91, who designed the Jaguar XJ220 and the XJ40
  • Di Trevis, theatre director
  • Sir Arthur Vick OBE, Vice-Chancellor from 1966-76 of Queen's University Belfast, and Director from 1960-4 of the Atomic Energy Research Establishment


Pevsner Architectural Guides - Birmingham, Andy Foster, 2005, ISBN 0-300-10731-5

  • Victorian Architecture in Britain - Blue Guide, Julian Orbach, 1987, ISBN 0-393-30070-6
  • Images of England - details from listed building text - school
  • Images of England - details from listed building text - attached Master's house


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