Sidney Stringer Academy
Old Vine Street entrance
2 Primrose Hill Street

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Coordinates52°24′43″N 1°30′11″W / 52.4119°N 1.5031°W / 52.4119; -1.5031Coordinates: 52°24′43″N 1°30′11″W / 52.4119°N 1.5031°W / 52.4119; -1.5031
MottoBelieve – Achieve – Succeed – Thrive
Religious affiliation(s)Multi-Religion
Local authorityCoventry City Council
TrustSidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust
SpecialistMathematics and Computing College
Department for Education URN136126 Tables
PrincipalClaire Turpin
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1,320 (approx.)
HousesJaguar, Swanswell, Lanchester, Da Vinci and Phoenix
Colour(s)Green (Jaguar), Purple (Swanswell), Blue (Lanchester), Orange (Da Vinci) and Red (Phoenix).
Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust
Founded14 August 2008
TypeMulti-academy trust
Registration no.06672920
  • 2 Primrose Hill Street, Coventry CV1 5LY.
UID 4521

Sidney Stringer Academy is a coeducational (mixed) academy school for pupils aged 11 – 18 in Hillfields, Coventry, England.[1] It was Sidney Stringer School and Community College from 1972 until 1994, then Sidney Stringer Community Technology College until c. 2004 and Sidney Stringer School to 2010 when it became Sidney Stringer Academy.


Sidney Stringer first opened as a School and Community College in 1972 as the first urban community school in England.[2]

The school was formed from the merger of two secondary modern schoolsFrederick Bird on Swan Lane (subsequently became a primary school) and Broad Heath on Broad Street.[3] It was one of the first Community Colleges in the 1970s and one of the first Technology Colleges in the 1990s.[2]

The school was named after Alderman Sidney Stringer, a former mayor of Coventry who dedicated himself to the rebuilding of the city after the devastation of the Second World War. The Community college is in the Swanswell area close to the city centre, a 5-minute walk from the central bus station.[2]

In 2006, controversial plans to merge Sidney Stringer School with Barr's Hill School to form a city academy were dropped.[4]


On 25 September 2007, a fire destroyed 40% of the old 1972 school buildings.[5] The school, however, was operating as normal, albeit in temporary classrooms, by February 2008. The school was rebuilt at a cost of £28 million and reopened in 2012 with an official opening ceremony on 4 October 2012 conducted by the Duke of York.[6]


Coventry City Council applied for Sidney Stringer to become an Academy, opening in existing buildings in September 2010 and new buildings the following year. The City Council is itself a major sponsor, together with the City (FE) College with Coventry University and Jaguar Cars. It formed part of the city's Swanswell Regeneration Initiative in Hillfields. The formal consultation exercise undertaken in February 2008 revealed the support for the school from the local community, with over 80% of respondents demanding that the name of the school remain the same. The specialisms of the new school would be Mathematics, and Design and Technology.[7]

Amongst changes made on Academy formation was the remodelling of the house system, five houses each with ten vertical tutor groups.[8] There was uniform change from green sweatshirts to black blazers, the introduction of Head boy and girl along with a prefect system (year 10, 11 and 16+ students). The academy also has an academy council for years 7–11. Sidney Stringer Academy had a positive Ofsted on 2013 and has gone on to lead a multi-academy trust, a shared sixth form, a cooperative continual professional development (CPD) centre and Coventry SCITT, the centre that organises in school initial teacher training.[9]


The curriculum is pupil-centred focusing on their needs. Different pathways ensure pupils can deepen their understanding and enjoyment of topics As well as traditional GCSEs and A-Levels, pathways can include functional skills qualifications and work-related learning in conjunction with local colleges and universities. The school uses immersion and cross-curricular integration of topics. At Key Stage three topics are carouselled in four-hour blocks, rather than the traditional one-hour blocks. At key stage four, students have six hours a week to immerse themselves in a subject and then sit the examination at the end of the year rather than doing a course on three hours a week over two or three years.[10]

In Key Stage 4, all students study GCSE English Language, English Literature, GCSE Maths, GCSE Science plus three option subjects over one or three years. In Year 11, there will be an opportunity to study one more option subject, in one year, or catch up. When choosing their option students must study at least one of these five subjects: French, Spanish, History, Geography or Computer Science.[11] To achieve an EBacc pass, they must have level 4 passes in GCSE English (Language or Literature), GCSE Maths, GCSE Science (double or triple award Science or Computer Science), a humanity that is GCSE History or Geography. and GCSE French, Spanish or other GCSE Language. Students take the first one of these exams in year 9, and do an alternative option in year 10 and year 11.[11]

In 2020, students were using the online software Google Classroom, and the school is experimenting with Knowledge Organisers.[10]


The 2013 Ofsted report gave Sidney Stringer Academy a Grade 1 "Outstanding" in all areas.[12]

The academy was praised for the quality of its teaching, describing it to be "consistently good or better and students relish the imaginatively planned, vibrant lessons provided."[12]

The Ofsted report reads: "Behaviour is outstanding. Students from different backgrounds work very well together, have a very positive attitude to learning and feel safe. They are courteous and immensely proud of their academy noting that the academy allows them ‘to be leaders of their learning."[12]

Student support was also highlighted as a strength "The academy looks after the students exceptionally well, particularly those who find learning difficult. Support and challenge are highly personalised."[12]

The report goes on to praise leadership stating that "Outstanding leadership exists at every level. The leadership team has driven forward every aspect of academy life with vision, shared values and remorseless energy. The Governing Body offers an effective challenge because of the clarity of the high-quality information provided by the leadership team."[12]


Vertical tutor groups

The house system of the school serves many purposes inside the school, mostly relating to organisation, competitions and rewards. Each house has a name inspired by a certain event, person and/or sponsors. Each of the 5 houses has ten tutor groups; they have 240 students with 48 students in each year. Pupils are assigned a house on admission. Each House is led by a Head of House and overseen by an Assistant Principal. Also, all Houses have House Assistants.[8]

Vertical tutor groups with students from each year are shown to enhance achievement, and makes the group more like a family, with the older and younger students giving each other support and advice. In addition to peer-mentoring, it allows students to form a friendship in other year groups and bullying is reduced. [13]

Each house has its charity week (some have a selected charity), has its colour, and their motto.[8]


The inspiration of the house name is Frederick W. Lanchester and the house encourages the students to be passionate and driven in their studies as Lanchester. Their house colour is blue. Their mottos are "Discover the blue in you." and "Driving to success." [14]


The house's name comes from the transport company Jaguar Cars, as does the motto, and logo, although the logo is a green silhouette of the actual Jaguar silver logo. The company is the only prominent luxury vehicle manufacturer in Coventry, and amongst few that exist in the UK. Jaguar sponsored Sidney Stringer Academy for their reconstruction after the 2007 fire. Their house colour is green. Their mottos are "Born to perform, unleash a Jaguar. Don't dream it. Drive it." and "Driven by passion." They have two chosen charities: MS Mercia Therapy Centre in Coventry, and Myton Hospice in Coventry.[15]


The house's name has two major inspirations, the Swanswell Lake which is opposite the road from the school, and the Swanswell Initiative multi-million pound funds that were dedicated to improving a designated 160 acres of Coventry, which Sidney Stringer Academy was inside causing them to receive funds to improve the school on a vast scale. Their logo is symbolic of the swans in the Swanswell Lake. Their house colour is purple. Their motto is "Serenity, Strength, Aspiration, Pride." They also have two chosen charities, Teenage Cancer Trust and Wychbold Swan Rescue.[16]

Da Vinci

The inspiration for the house's name comes from Leonardo da Vinci. The students are encouraged to be creative like da Vinci himself. Their logo is a human, who seems either to be doing star jumps or making a snow angel. Their house colour is orange. Their motto is "Our future is bright, your future is bright!" Their chosen charity is Myton Hospice.[17]


The name Phoenix was used by popular demands. This house's symbolism is to rise from the ashes, much like a phoenix in mythology, but mainly this means to tackle difficulty and to succeed, becoming better than before. Phoenix is a reference to the fire which occurred in 2007, causing great damage to the school, but which allowed renovations to occur to the school. Their house colour is red. Their mottos are "In charge of our destiny." and "If we fall, we shall rise again." Their chosen charity is Cancer Research UK. [18]

Charity work

The school holds displays to raise awareness of World Refugee Day[19] and in 2006 participated in the Motiv8 project.[20] 16+ also holds an annual charity week in which they raise as much money as possible for an international charity and a charity more closer to home.

Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust

Sidney Stringer Academy works within their "multi-academy trust" to cooperate concerning funds with other schools.

The Trust consists of:

Swan Teaching School Alliance

It is said on their website that: "The Swan Teaching School Alliance is in its fourth year of provision and Sidney Stringer Academy took over leadership in September 2014. They offer CPD for staff, support via NLEs, LLEs and SLEs, School Direct placements and leadership development."

"As the lead school for the alliance, Sidney Stringer Academy has appointed an Assistant Principal who is responsible for the research and development at school but also for implementing practices across the alliance." [21]

"The Alliance currently consists of twelve schools, primary, secondary and special, all in Coventry. Besides, the alliance is made up of Coventry Local Authority, Newman University, the Royal National Institute of the Blind Pears Centre, Teaching Leaders and Achievement for All 3As, all of whom are strategic partners to the alliance."[21]

Deepika Soni is the Assistant Principal of Sidney Stringer Academy, and also the Director of the Swan Teaching School Alliance, and a science teacher.[21]

North West Federation

Along with Barr's Hill School and Community College and the President Kennedy School and Community College, Sidney Stringer Academy forms the North West Federation of Schools, which are allowed to provide the International General Certificate of Secondary Education English course to pupils at these schools.[22]

See also


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  2. ^ a b c Mencarini, Leigh (8 October 2017). "From Coventry skinheads to Gino the tailor's dapper style - fab archive pics". coventrytelegraph. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  3. ^ "The City of Coventry: Public education | British History Online". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  4. ^ Lynch, Lucy (28 February 2006). "City drops plan to merge two schools". icCoventry. Midland Newspapers Limited.
  5. ^ "Fire at city school is suspicious". BBC News. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  6. ^ Bagot, Martin (5 October 2012). "A School Fit for a Prince". Coventry Telegraph. p. 3.
  7. ^ "Sidney Stringer Academy".
  8. ^ a b c "Houses". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Cov SCITT". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Curriculum". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Year-10-into-11-booklet" (PDF). Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Ofsted Report 2013". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
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  13. ^ "Vertical-Tutoring letter 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Lanchester". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Jaguar". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Swanswell". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Da Vinci". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Phoenix". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Overview of Activities: International Refugee Day 2006". UNITED for Intercultural Action. Archived from the original on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2006.
  20. ^ "Motiv8". Groundwork. June 2006. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007.
  21. ^ a b c "Swan Alliance Teaching School – SwanAlliance". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  22. ^ "The Coventry City Council and the North West Federation of Schools (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) Order 2005". Office of Public Sector Information. 2005.

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