About Us

Headteacher's Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Calthorpe Academy, a 2-19 special needs school in the centre of Birmingham. The Senior Leadership team and I are determined to provide the best possible education to our learners regardless of their needs, background, beliefs or age to enable them to develop the ‘skills they need for the life they want’.

We strongly believe that all our learners have the right to be safe, engaged and happy to enable them to learn effectively. Our strength is our diversity, creativity and unconditional care for our leaners who are at the centre of everything we do.

Calthorpe Academy is proud to be part of Thrive Education Partnership. Our previous Headteacher, Richard Chapman is now the CEO and has designed a succession planning programme aimed at retaining and developing our outstanding team of leaders to grow Thrive leadership capacity.

Continuous external reviews are an essential part of our academy ethos, as well as a good quality assurance model used by our Board of Trustees to assess the effectiveness of the academy. The academy’s external monitoring visits take place regularly using our School Improvement Partner or other specialists such as NSPCC for our safeguarding audit. Calthorpe has been central to the creation of the BSSCT (Birmingham Special School Cooperative Trust) which has allowed the Academy to work in partnership with 8 local SEN schools on CPD and peer to peer reviews.

Calthorpe Academy has received the prestigious IQM Centre of Excellence award, for its continued work around Inclusion. In addition, the Academy has achieved the Music Mark award for its commitment to providing high-quality music education. The Academy continues to keep its Quality Mark for English and Mathematics, in addition to the Primary Science Quality Mark (Gold Award).

I am very proud to be part of this fantastic school and to serve the Calthorpe community as a leader and aspire to only provide the best for our amazing learners.

Best wishes,


Mounir Meghalsi


Calthorpe Academy Aims and Values


  • To challenge and inspire students to gain the highest standards in a vibrant, well- resourced and personalised learning environment.
  • To encourage and inspire students to develop lively enquiring minds, enjoy learning and develop independent creative ideas to achieve their highest aspirations.
  • To provide an educational environment that uses new technology as a mechanism to support learning, aid communication and raise standards.
  • To ensure that self-evaluation is an ingrained aspect of practice for all staff and students.
  • To encourage and prepare students and staff to become active & healthy citizens of the Academy and the wider community.
  • To work in a collaborative partnership with local, national and international organisations (such as business, industry and educational institutions), to share our resources and expertise and to learn from them.
  • Our commitment to ensuring the SEND Legislation is truly in action: placing parents, families, children and young people at the heart of their decision-making.


  • We believe that all members of the Academy have a responsibility to act in a moral and respectful manner towards themselves, others and their environment, showing care, consideration, co-operation and respect for all.
  • We believe that all members of the Academy have the right to be safe, supported, valued and cared for at all times.
  • We believe that all members of the Academy should be encouraged to develop their skills, expand their knowledge, embrace challenge and reach their full potential.
  • We believe in encouraging students and staff to take pride in their achievements and to celebrate their success.
  • We support partnerships between students, parents and school to achieve high-quality discipline and learning.
  • We value all our staff and students, recognising that they deserve the highest respect and quality of resources in promoting the achievement of aspirational targets.
  • We believe in being fair, honest and compassionate in all our work as a school.

Important Information

For details on the Birmingham Local Offer for click here.

Our SEN Information Report is available here.

General Enquiries

For enquiries please call 0121 773 4637 and our reception team will be happy to help.

Alternatively, email enquiry@calthorpe.thrive.ac – this email is manned by Ms J Reynolds, any correspondence will be forwarded to the most appropriate person.

Any paper copies of information can be requested at the above email address.


Our SENCo is Mrs N Benjamin and can be reached via email at n.benjamin@calthorpe.thrive.ac or by calling 0121 773 4637.

Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children

Our Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children is Mrs T Ward and can be reached via email at t.ward@calthorpe.thrive.ac or by calling 0121 773 4637.

School Day

  • 09.00 – 10.00 Lesson One
  • 10.00 – 10.45 Lesson Two
  • 10.45 – 11.00 Break
  • 11.00 – 12.00 Lesson Three
  • 12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
  • 13.00 – 13.45 Lesson Four
  • 13.45 – 14.30 Lesson Five
  • 14.30 – 15.20 Lesson Six

Holidays and Training days are listed on our attendance page.

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