An award winning academy

School Games Silver Level Mark Award

June 2022

Education Business Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that Heartlands Academy has achieved the School Games Silver Level Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognises school’s engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Our physical activity and school sport achievements this year include:

  • Huge numbers participating in our extra-curricular PE programme.
  • A larger, more varied extra-curricular PE programme.
  • New school-club links created allowing more students to play sport competitively outside of the academy.
  • Success in inter-school competitions.
  • Greater sporting opportunities and trips for our students.

We are extremely proud of our students for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our events possible. We are committed to using the School Games to try and engage those young people who haven’t previously been active or represented our school and to try and ensure that all our students have a positive experience and want to try out new activities beyond school too in our community. We believe in the power of physical activity and school sport as an academy and give opportunities to those young people that need it most either as a participant, leader, official or volunteer.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas linked to the five School Games outcomes and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our academy has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to every member of staff at Heartlands Academy who has given their time up to provide our students with these opportunities.

We look forward to applying once again in 2023!

Education Business Awards Shortlist

July 2021

Education Business Awards 2021

Heartlands Academy has been shortlisted for the Education Business Awards 2021 for Outstanding Progress.

On shortlisting, the Education Business Awards said of Heartlands Academy: “Despite being situated in the 16th most deprived ward in the entire country, Heartlands Academy achieved a progress 8 score of 1.46 in the 2018-19 academic year and is ranked the number one sponsored academy in the country for progress – sixth overall in the national league tables. It was named secondary school of the year and overall school of the year the 2020 Tes Schools Awards and continues to offer pupils a first-class education.”

TES Awards 2020

November 2020

Tes Schools Awards 2020

Heartlands Academy named secondary and overall school of the year at the 2020 Tes Schools Awards.

The Tes Awards are recognised as amongst the most prestigious schools awards in the world, celebrating the most outstanding individuals and institutions across the country.

Awards judges were impressed by the academy’s ability to overcome social, cultural and economic barriers to achieve fantastic results, which have seen the academy place in the top 0.1% of secondary schools in the country.

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School Games 2019/20

June 2020

Heartlands Academy has been recognised for our ongoing commitment and achievement in the School Games Programme during the Autumn and Spring Terms

Success in SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards

April 2020

Heartlands Academy has been awarded SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards for exceptional student attainment, closing the gap, and exceptional student progress

Exceptional student attainment certificate

Closing the gap certificate

Exceptional student progress certificate

EEF Research Partner School

June 2019

EEF Research Partner School certificate

Enabling Enterprise Network School 2017-2018

January 2018

Enabling Enterprise Logo

Safe Silver Award

October 2017

SAFE Silver Award Logo

Silver Award 2017-2018, for keeping Birmingham at the heart of water safety.

Aston Villa Girls U13’s Champions!

October 2016

Aston Villa Girls U13's Champions!

Another successful day for the Year 9 girls football team. Both teams (Year 9 girls – A team and Year 7 girls – B team) played exceptionally well and worked extremely hard throughout the tournament. Teams played 5 matches each against schools from the West Midlands. This was the first ever fixture played by the Year 7 girls and they loved it, even though they did not make it into the final stages of the tournament they were watching on the sideline cheering the A Team on to win. After 5 matched the A Team finished second which meant they would face Barr Beacon in the final. After what felt like the longest 15 minutes of the day, the A-team won 1-0 – Toni scoring the goal and ALSO making an amazing tackle right in the final seconds keeping out we thought would have been a definite goal. The A Team will now go on the represent Aston Villa in a further tournament against other schools representing other clubs.

SSAT Educational Outcomes Award 2015
(for Exceptional Student Progress)

April 2016

SSAT Educational Outcomes Award 2015

Heartlands Academy has been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2015 performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that the school is in the top 10% nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at a primary school and their key stage 4 results.

The school’s SSAT Educational Outcomes award will be presented at a regional celebration event held to draw attention to the work of high achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
“It’s my great pleasure to commend Heartlands Academy on their excellent 2015 performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at the SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration evening. I have the privilege of visiting a lot of schools and I am always impressed by the creativity of teachers in engaging and inspiring their students.
“I hope that SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award will highlight the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Heartlands Academy. Recognising and sharing successes like this is at the heart of SSAT’s mission, so I’m delighted to congratulate Heartlands Academy on their achievement.”

Computing at School, master teacher

February 2016

SSAT Educational Outcomes Award 2015

Our head of Computing, Mr Farooq was awarded Master Teacher status, from Computing at School in conjunction with Birmingham City University.

Enabling Enterprise School

Enabling Enterprise Logo

Awarded for 2015-2016 for ensuring that all our students develop the skills, experiences and aspirations for success.

Aimhigher Awards

July 2015

Aimhigher Awards

Year 13 student Javid was awarded second place in the Aimhigher West Midlands Post 16 Learner of the Year Award.

National Teaching School Designation

May 2015

National Teaching School Logo

Reporting with the BBC

March 2015

BBC School Report Logo

Awarded to Heartlands Academy for making our own news programmme as part of BBC School Report News Day on 19th March 2015.

National Citizen Service

Academic Year 2014-2015

Awarded in recognition of the contribution that Heartlands Academy and students have made to the local community.

RoSPA School Safe, Grade A

August 2014

RoSPA School Safe Award

RoSPA SchoolSafe is a programme that checks and validates a schools’ performance in areas that are fundamental for successful health and safety risk management.

The RoSPA SchoolSafe programme evaluates the essential building blocks which schools and academies need to have in place to ensure that risks to safety and health are managed systematically and effectively.

The key outcome for the school is a concise and balanced view of the delivery of a ‘whole school approach’ to safety. The SchoolSafe report identifies a set of priorities to develop a sensible school health and safety plan that will assure a safe, healthy and rewarding learning environment for everyone.

Deloitte business in the classroom 2014 winning team

Deloitte Logo

Awarded to our Year 10 team for their project competing against other local schools playing the role of financial consultants providing advice on income generation and cost reduction.

SSAT Educational Outcomes Award 2014
(for exceptional student progress)

July 2014

The Mathematics department at Heartlands Academy was the winner of the SSAT Educational Outcome Awards 2014. We were very pleased to be in the top 20% of schools nationally. Dr McQuillan was asked to give a presentation on the 26th June 2014 to the National SSAT conference. This presentation was very well received and the organiser of the conference commented “we appreciate the contribution from Dr McQuillan which has helped make our conference successful.”

Teaching Leaders

February 2014

Teaching Leaders Logo

Stonewall School Champion

Awarded for our commitment to championing diversity and celebrating difference, making our academy a safe place for all our students, staff and visitors and working to eradicate all forms of bullying, particularly homophobic bullying.

SSAT Leading Edge Partnership Programme

June 2013

Deloitte Logo

Deloitte, business in the classroom 2013 winning team

Deloitte Logo

Awarded to our Year 10 team for their project competing against other local schools playing the role of financial consultants providing advice on income generation and cost reduction.

PwC Employability Day winners 2013

PwC Logo

Cultural Diversity Quality Standard

October 2012

Cultural Diversity Quality Standard Logo

Deloitte, business in the classroom 2012 winning team

Deloitte Logo

Awarded to our Year 10 team for their project competing against other local schools playing the role of financial consultants providing advice on income generation and cost reduction.

Education Business Awards 2012
Academy Partnership Award

A prestigious national award recognising the academy’s work with local businesses in and around Birmingham.

Youth Sports Trust Gold Partner 2011-2012

August 2011

Youth Sports Trust Gold Partner Logo

SSAT Outstanding Progress Award


SSAT Outstanding Progress Award 2011

International School Intermediate Award

October 2010

International School Intermediate Award

Healthy Schools

September 2009

Healthy Schools Logo

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