Setting up a Knowledge-rich school in inner city Birmingham

Midland Knowledge Hub

In the third blog in preparation for our conference, ‘What does a Knowledge-rich school look like?’  Chris Martin, the Head of School at St Thomas Aquinas in Birmingham outlines what he and his team have learnt from other excellent schools who have been on this journey. For the last year he has been laying the foundations of discipline and routines in order to enable the teaching of an ambitiously Knowledge-rich and stretching curriculum feasible…….


Last summer I was appointed Head of School in a larger than average secondary school.

It is a ‘proper’ inner city school – no playing fields on site (our children have to get a coach at the start of their PE lessons!), a very leaky roof on our main corridor in the school (on one occasion this year I turned the corner and a corridor was under an inch of water and the bell was…

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