Castle Bromwich Junior School

Our School

Welcome to the CBJS website. We hope you enjoy exploring it. Our aim is to provide information about the school, showcase children's work and to develop links and activities for learning at home and at school. The website reflects our commitment to our children’s education, their personal development and to a rich and vibrant curriculum.

We aim to create a school where all individuals, both children and staff feel valued. We are always looking for opportunities to celebrate success. The website has become another window through which we can share the school’s achievements. 

Our values are central to the life of the school and were developed in consultation with everybody in the school community. Respect, honesty, caring, politeness, trust and determination are examples of these values and together they help to give all our children a sense of stability and belonging. Last year we completed a consultation to make these values simpler and easier to remember and now we follow 3 ideas; aspiration -  that at all times we do our very best [ASPIRE], we accept one another [ACCEPT] and we adapt to new situations, to new people and to new challenges [ADAPT]. They are our AAAs.

The school has an excellent reputation for achievement in sport, drama, music and the arts. Regular concerts and productions give the children opportunities to shine and parents and friends of the school the opportunity to enjoy these performances. Sports teams do well in local competitions. We have Active Mark for the school's commitment to high quality PE and sport. We have also achieved Artsmark Gold as recognition for our work in the arts across the curriculum. 

Parents are important partners with the staff of the school in developing and supporting children’s learning and we are always looking to further develop this partnership. We are committed to establishing and maintaining an effective and purposeful working relationship between school and home. To reflect that commitment, the school is working towards achieving the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA). The contribution of our parent consultation group and our exciting and innovative work on listening to our pupil voice has taken the school to a new level. The important views of parents and children have helped us to achieve recognition as a healthy school and surveys involving parents and children give us information to further help us support children with issues that they find difficult. In September 2011 we replaced our old PTA with a new 'Friends of CBJS Association' with a different approach to planning events and supporting the school. A small group meet regularly but what works really well is where friends of the school help out when most needed. Inspire workshops, parents' evenings and workshops about the curriculum keep parents informed and knowledgeable about the school. We are very keen to support community activities and to provide opportunities for parents and the community to be more involved in the school.

We have an excellent staff team of both teaching and support staff. The first point of contact is often the school office. Visitors and parents are assured of a warm welcome from a friendly and knowledgeable team. All our teachers are well qualified with continuing professional development to keep them up-to-date with the needs of the children. They go out of their way to support the children’s academic and personal development and will spend time talking to parents about any concerns. Teachers are supported by effective and committed teams of assistants and supervisors and more recently a team of new play leaders to support lunchtime play, in school and out on the playground. Our site manager and site team work very hard to ensure the school is safe and clean at all times.

We have a superb building and outdoor play area for children which have all been updated and modernised in recent times. We have excellent ICT facilities including the regular use of laptops in all teaching areas. In the last 2 years a new pond has been built on the field, a new facility has been developed in the school courtyard for playtime and class use and a new cloakroom for Year 5 children has been built opposite their classrooms. The remainder of that area that used to be an environmental area has been turned into a vegetable plot allotment involving children supported by a local allotment association. Last summer we opened a wonderful new play area for our new Year 3 children; an area just for them
Our governors know the school well, give generously of their time and are involved in helping and guiding the vision for the school’s future. They are involved in important issues linked to finance, premises, the school curriculum, staffing issues and school improvement. It is ultimately the govenors' responsibility to ensure that the school is safe for all the children and it provides the best education possible for every child.

Most of all the children help to make our school a special place. The majority come from our linked infant school where they make an excellent start to their formal education. We build on that through the junior school years and when they leave us to go to secondary school they are ready to face the future with confidence. Every year we send all children off to their new schools full of enthusiasm about school and their learning journeys. We have a very good transition programme on entry to the school in Year 3 and we have an exciting leaving programme that gives all our Year 6 children the perfect send off with lovely memories of their time with us.

By browsing the website in the archive of events you will be able to find more information about the day to day life of the school and all our children's achievements and special events.

Hurst Lane North, Birmingham, West Midlands, B36 0HD