Solihull Alternative Provision Multi Academy Trust

Our Trust

Prior to April 2018 it was identified that Solihull needed an additional, alternative solution to mainstream secondary education for a number of students. This is how Solihull Academy began. We have grown considerably since then and were delighted to become a Trust in 2022 when we welcomed our first partner school, Daylesford Academy.

If everything in mainstream schools worked for our students then we wouldn’t be needed, so we are focusing on creating bespoke, proactive and personalised pathways.

What We Do

Our Trust exists to improve the life chances for every student who comes to us and enable a positive destination for them. We provide high quality, ambitious alternative provision across the Solihull borough and the West Midlands ensuing the best outcomes for our learners.

This is done through:

  • Preventing permanent exclusion or providing a positive pathway to recover from it.
  • Using more targeted intervention and teaching so there are Fewer Fixed Term Exclusions (suspensions)
  • Enabling our students to beat their Baseline or Key Stage 2 targets, or both.
  • Ensuring there are no NEETS (young people not in education, employment or training) in our leavers.

What is a Multi-Academy Trust?

A multi-academy trust is an education charity that has responsibility for running and maintaining schools. They cannot be run for financial profit and any surplus must be reinvested in the trust. 

Academies are schools that receive funding straight from central government, instead of a local authority. Academies can decide on their own curriculums, term dates, school hours and much more.

Academy Trusts are governed by a Board of Trustees which must comply with strict charity, education and company laws and regulations. Schools in a Multi-Academy Trust have the ability to share staff, resources, best practice, and knowledge with the aim of working together to achieve the best outcomes for children.