INSPECTORS gave Solihull School top grades in a newly published report.
The independent school was deemed ‘excellent’ for its pupils’ academic achievements and pupils’ personal development.
From next academic year, single-sex girls St Martin’s School will merge with Solihull School, for both to become co-educational on two campuses.
Plans to combine the two schools were legally completed on January 6.
In the report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate, led by Michael Phipps, the visitors found “pupils in all year groups are mature and thoughtful young people, who understand themselves well… and they show a well-developed understanding of the non-material aspects of life”, including training as Anne Frank ambassadors to tackle hatred, and spending time in chapel for reflection.
They also described its pupils academic acheivements as “outstanding”, adding “pupils study skills are excellent – they think for themselves, organise their own learning and apply their excellent computer and numeracy skills across different subjects.”
The inspectors also praised extra-curricular activities with pupils enjoying painting, debating club and table-top game Warhammer.
They recognised the help on offer for students with dyslexia and dyspraxia, with their rapid progress in maths also noted.
Headmaster David EJJ Lloyd said: “I am understandably delighted with our latest ISI report. It was a fantastic end to a busy year, and is a very positive start to 2020 at Solihull.
“The inspectors were incredibly complimentary about our pupils and the confidence and skill with which they communicated their passion for learning and their community spirit.
“I am very grateful to all colleagues, pupils and parents for contributing to this marvellous outcome and thankful to the whole school community for their hard work, commitment and loyalty.”
“I am really looking forward to further successes and achievements this academic year and progressing plans in advance of the opening of the new 3-18 co-educational day school in September 2020 as a result of our merger with Saint Martin’s.”