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The Nethersole

CofE Academy and Nursery

Inspire, Enjoy and Achieve, in the love of Jesus Christ


Welcome to the Nethersole Church of England Academy.


Thank you for taking an interest in our school. The Nethersole Church of England Academy is a one and a half form entry school educating children from 2 – 11 situated in Polesworth, Warwickshire . Surrounded by countryside, in a stunning location, our school is steeped in history and is one of the oldest schools in England. Our rich heritage goes back to the foundation of the school by the Nethersole family in 1638. We continue to have close links to Polesworth Abbey and our Christian ethos is central to our school.


Father Philip leads collective worship at our school every week and we regularly visit the abbey for special services, in addition to monthly worship. Our Christian values are an important part of our daily lives these are: community, thankfulness, friendship, forgiveness, wisdom, hope and reverence.

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I am delighted to be the headteacher of The Nethersole Academy from September 2017. I joined the academy in 2013 and I have been a part of the leadership team from September 2015. When I first visited our school, I was struck by the history and setting; then I met our children and I knew I would love to be an important person in their lives helping to shape their day to day experiences and learning. I have really enjoyed teaching at our school and it is a great honour to now be leading the school as your headteacher.


Prior to working in Warwickshire, I gained many years teaching and leadership experience working in Birmingham. I have a love for lifelong learning and I am passionate about teaching. I am fortunate to have taught in and led all year groups from foundation stage to year 6, which has given me a good overview of education in all years. I am committed to continuing our school’s journey of improvement and ensuring that our Christian ethos remains at the heart of what we do.


The Nethersole Church of England Academy became a member of the Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust (BDMAT) on 1st September 2017. BDMAT is a multi-academy trust comprising of Church of England schools affiliated to the Birmingham Diocese. In addition to working with other primary schools in Birmingham as part of our MAT, we also work with other local schools, which is a great benefit to us.


We pride ourselves in our welcoming atmosphere and Christian distinctiveness. Our dedicated staff work hard to provide a high quality learning experience for all our children.

In March 2015 the academy was inspected by Ofsted and we were judged to be 'good' in all areas. Inspectors commented that:


"Children get a good start in the early years classes."


"Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can do in English and mathematics."


"Pupils behave well in and out of lessons"


If you are interested in enrolling your child at our school, please arrange to make a visit to the school.


Denise Gardner


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