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The New Build and Bathroom Renovation at Victoria

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The renovation of the primary department bathrooms is progressing well and should open after february half term. The new build of larger classrooms to replace those that are now too small to meet current building standard recommendations is also progressing well.

Click on the links below to see month by month progress photos since the project began during the Summer holiday 2018.

August 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018

 

December 2018 January 2019

Jean retires after 29 years

Friday, 11 January 2019

At the end of Autumn term, we bid farewell to Jean Clark who has worked at Victoria School for 29 years, most recently as Housekeeper looking after refreshments, stock and laundry. Jean has also been instrumental in providing work experience and helping opportunities for many of our young people.

Jean often introduces herself as “Bluenose”, a diehard supporter of her beloved Birmingham Blues. At her retirement celebration, she was surprised by a visit from 2 of the players. It will certainly make her last day at Victoria memorable!

We thank Jean for everything she has done for Victoria School and wish her all the very best in retirement.

Christmas Holiday

Friday, 21 December 2018

We wish all families a safe, relaxing and happy Christmas holiday. School resumes on Monday 7 January 2019.

Building Extension and Hygiene Area Renovation Update

Friday, 21 December 2018

Our building extension is now well underway. What’s happened so far?
– Works progressing well, foundations are now complete.
– Substructure brick and blockwork are also complete.
– Preparation for floor slab installation complete including ‘pop up’ drainage within the footprint of the main build, installation of damp proof courses and adaptions to steel frame.
– Pre cast concrete slabs have been lifted into position via crane.

When completed, this extension will give us 5 new classrooms and associated hygiene areas, designed to meet the current building code recommendations. The project should be completed by july 2019.

Our Primary Hygiene area is also being renovated and should be completed by the February half-term.
• Additional supports have been put into walls and ceilings to accommodate supports for hoist system.
• 1st fix electrical works are now complete.
• Plasterboard works near completion and plastering works have now commenced.

Unlocking Potential

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Four senior students have been selected to participate in a mentoring scheme called ‘Unlocking Potential’ run by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and AQA; Darina, Matthew, Cameron H, and Cameron J. This is a year-long scheme aimed at unlocking hidden skills and developing new ones, and positively improving students’ mental wellbeing. As part of this, they work with an athlete mentor – ours is Anna Turney; a Paralympian and World Cup downhill skier, who will visit them over the course of the year, as well as meeting us in Manchester and London at group events, and help the students plan and deliver a social action project.

It’s Jeans for Genes Day!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Pupils and staff at Victoria School are really getting into the spirit of Jeans for Genes Day. Look at our fantastic display of decorated jeans. We are raising money to support the Jeans for Genes campaign: Wear Jeans, Save Lives.

Happy Holidays

Friday, 20 July 2018

We wish all of our pupils and their families a very happy Summer Holiday.

School resumes for pupils on Wednesday 5 September 2018.

Birmingham’s Best teacher teacher

Friday, 20 July 2018

We had a surprise visit today from Free Radio who presented an award to Victoria School staff member: Judi Newman, who was nominated as Birmingham’s Best Teacher. Judi Leads on the use of Makaton Sign Language at Victoria. Makaton is a form of signed communication that serves to augment speech, or indeed as an alternative communication mode for those who are non-verbal. Judi always makes learning fun, especially through her Sing and Sign sessions and signing choirs.
As Judi said this morning though, the success of Victoria school pupils is attributed to the whole team of staff and their 100% focus on what is best for our children and young people. We feel blessed to have heras a key part of that team. Congratulations Judi!

Just clowning around

Friday, 18 May 2018

More fun and games for the Royal Wedding Celebrations at Victoria

Royal Wedding at Victoria!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Never let it be said that Victoria School lets the chance for a good party slip by! So today, we celebrated Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding in style. There were drums and a band, a parade of wedding outfits made from recycled materials, a jumping castle, face-painting, a picnic on the grass and some special visitors. We welcomed 3 of our Governors: Clare Mills, Kristin Sanders and Peter Douglas-Osborn. But wait… were there some even more regal guests in attendance??? Did I see Harry, Meghan and the Queen herself?