We are a popular and oversubscribed 11–16 mainstream school with the additional expertise and facilities to include two focused SEND provisions, for young people on the autistic spectrum, and for those who are deaf and hearing impaired (ARC and Deaf Academy). Our small and bespoke sixth form (WOA6) caters for students in Years 12 and 13 who have EHCPs. I believe education is the key to opportunity. As Principal, I have the very highest expectations of, and for, all and I am uncompromising in my view that the students must be at the very heart of all we do.

My vision – Believe, Achieve, Succeed – is more than just a phrase. It is a systematic approach to raising aspirations and standards which is underpinned by my unwavering commitment to improving the life chances of young people in Sandwell. I thank our local community for their steadfast support since I took up my post and sincerely look forward to further engaging with parents, local schools, employers and community groups to continue to provide our students with the support, skills and experience they need in order to have a successful future.

At WOA, we believe that every child has the potential to achieve and we expect nothing but the best for each and every one of our students. Through our curriculum, we aim to provide an excellent education for all our students; an inclusive education which raises aspirations and brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in education and later life. Our curriculum is progressive and designed to provide children with the core knowledge they need for success along their learning journey.

We have a team of dedicated, specialist curriculum and student welfare staff who work together to ensure that the needs of each individual child can be met. We work closely with our local community – families, schools, businesses and community groups – with whom we share a common priority, that our students are front, back and centre of every decision we make at WOA.

Finally, we have an open-door policy within the school, with a calendar of events which will provide you with an opportunity to see for yourselves what makes WOA so special. We actively encourage our families and our local community to come in to school and to meet with me and the team.

We believe that we all have an important part to play in raising standards. Come in, meet the team and join us on our journey!

Leigh Moore