We work in partnership with parents, other schools and colleges, the Probation Service, West Midlands Police and many other stakeholder services and agencies at all times encouraging our students to be successful. Our expectations of success, performance, standards of behaviour and contribution to Academy life are high - we are very proud of our Academy.

We offer some of the best alternative educational opportunities in the West Midlands and with dedicated and gifted teaching and learning staff and mentors, we offer unyielding commitment to your success through the most important years of your life.

Our Vision

“To provide the best chance to disadvantaged children and young people of Birmingham in order for them to compete in this competitive world”

Use of the term ‘compete’ refers to having the opportunity of being on an equal playing field with others who are less disadvantaged; improved access and outcomes being the result. Whilst we work with young people aged 9 upwards, our core group is secondary school age and beyond.

Our Mission

“To improve and develop the lives and opportunities of children and young people in Birmingham through a careful and imaginative mixture of activities”

We offer a range of support services and academic qualifications including; education, training, mentoring, employment and social participation following a youth work approach, tailored to meet individual needs.Underpinning the whole ethos of City United, are its Values, the principles of which focus on professionalism, innovation and fun.

Quality Assurance

To ensure the quality of CUL Academy service is adequate we have conducted an audit to find out the views of staff, parents and carers and also students. Below you will find a summary of the data collected. Download the links below for an overview of our Quality Assurance Data.

Equal Opportunities

Special Educational Needs

Pupil progress is constantly monitored and assessed and careful records are kept. Occasionally we may find that a pupil does not make the progress we expect. If this were the case, parents would be consulted and appropriate steps to support the child taken. An Individual Education Plan may be made with individual targets, review dates and ideas to help parents to support their child at home.

Recruitment and Selection

CUL Academy is committed to equal opportunities in employment. We will therefore ensure that we do not discriminate against any employee and job applicants on the ground of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion and culture and that we do not attach conditions or requirements to vacant posts unless justified.

Service Provision

CUL Academy will ensure that our commitment to equality of opportunity in service provision matches that of staff recruitment and retention. We recognise that our clients come from a variety of cultural groups and thus have different needs. Our aim is to meet the global needs of our service users whilst ensuring no service user is treated less favourably on the grounds of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion and culture.

Our premises have been audited by Birmingham Disability Resource Centre to ensure it is suitable for disabled service users and staff.

Referral Process

  • Representatives of their local authority, the education services, Social Services or Health Authority formally refer young people to CUL Academy.
  • Initial contact is made to the school through the Head or a Senior Manager/Teacher of the school. A meeting of all parties concerned is convened to agree a plan of action for the commencement of the school placement.
  • Local authority staff, social workers, parents and prospective pupils are welcome to visit the school prior to any formal referral being made, during the referral process and subsequent placement.
  • All visits are made by prior arrangement with the Head Teacher and parents/stakeholders are provided with details of our Child Protection Policy on request.

Governance

CUL Academy takes social responsibility very seriously and aims to promote good practice and strong governance at management level complying with current legislation in a transparent and ethical manner. A child protection policy and safeguarding policy are in place and are reviewed regularly. CUL Academy is guided by and adheres to set policies and procedures that are produced in accordance with DFE guidelines. All of our board have previous experience managing premises, working for community development projects, independent schools and the local authority. Combined we feel we have the skills needed to run such a project.

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