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House System

Our House system promotes a sense of belonging and mutual support for all children. Siblings are often placed in the same House to support the family feel of the academy. It is one very important way that we foster the good, respectful relationships which underpin the life of our academy. Students in all years are placed into forms within one of our four Houses. Tile Cross Academy is proud of the heritage of the schools that have existed on our site. We keep our connection with that history through the names of our Houses: Central, Martineau, Kenrick and International.

Being in a House system helps new students to settle in and also provides leadership opportunities and a range of other experiences. Sports competitions and enrichment events are just some of the ways that this is reflected in our Academy life together.

Central House

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Central House

 

House History

The famous Central Grammar School for Boys was founded in 1897 on Suffolk Street and relocated to Gressel Lane in September 1957. It was a three-form entry school with around 550 boys.

During the second World War half of the school was evacuated and shared with The West Monmouth High School for Boys at Pontypool under the Headship of Leslie Bradley, who had been appointed Headmaster in 1934. They returned in 1942 and reunited with the other half to a location in Bordesley Green.

In 1972 Central Grammar School for Boys merged with Byng Kenrick Girls’ Grammar School to form Byng Kenrick Central School.

International House

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International House

 

House History

Our house is named for one of the more recent schools on our Academy’s site. The International School was created in 2002 on the site of Byng Kenrick Central School and Sir Wilfred Martineau School. The name was decided upon for a number of reasons including the International make up of the students along with the location being near Birmingham International Airport and the school being under the flightpath. In 2017, The International School joined the Washwood Heath MAT and changed its name to Tile Cross Academy.

Kenrick House

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Kenrick House

 

House History

Our house is named for one of the first schools on our Academy’s current site – Byng Kenrick Girls’ Grammar School. This school was named in honour of Alderman Wilfred Byng Kenrick – English industrialist, politician and educationalist, who also served as Lord Mayor of Birmingham from 1928-29. Byng Kenrick Girls’ Grammar School was officially opened by Wilfred Byng Kenrick on March 14th 1959 and finally merged with Central Grammar School for Boys in 1972 forming Byng Kenrick Central School.

Martineau House

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Martineau House

 

House History

Our house is named for one of the first schools on our Academy’s current site – Sir Wilfrid Martineau School which opened in 1959. This school was named in honour of Sir Wilfrid Martineau, a prominent politician who served as Lord Mayor of Birmingham from 1940-41. Sir Wilfrid was a member of the Martineau family who were very prominent in Birmingham with 5 of them taking up the Mayor/Lord Mayor post.  In September 2002, Sir Wilfrid Martineau School merged with Byng Kenrick Central School to become The International School.

Latest News & Tweets

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@TileCross - 4 Mar
Happy World Book Day from everyone at Log on and see all the wonderful activities we have lined up for you. How many book titles are mentioned in this song? https://t.co/3atdQ1TXbu Authors are wishing you a Happy World Book Day! https://t.co/pNU34CnaZ4 https://t.co/MQPaB0vub2
@TileCross - 24 Jan
Due to adverse weather conditions the school site is closed to ALL PUPILS on Monday 25 Jan. ALL PUPILS stay at home and continue with remote learning.
@TileCross - 24 Jan
TIle Cross Academy is closed tomorrow due to the weather. There will be no staff or children on site. Remote learning will remain in place. We hope to open on Tuesday.
@TileCross - 18 Dec
The December version of our e-newsletter is now available to read online🎄 We’ve got lots of great stories featuring , , , , , , , & much more in this bumper edition! 🎅👇 https://t.co/QYXkoA2r2o https://t.co/aqoH4miHL2
@TileCross - 15 Oct
Some more good news amongst all the gloom. The school are one of three finalists in the Diversity category! https://t.co/XSFdwEZGrO
@TileCross - 10 Oct
We are delighted to announce we won ‘Schoo of the Year’, sponsored by , at (). Congratulations to all the finalists, your work to advance are inspirational. Full winners list here: https://t.co/wwZzDJo1Tz
@TileCross - 8 Oct
Huge congratulations to Academy - the 2020 School of the Year . Fantastic news! https://t.co/o6icuDBKsM
@TileCross - 16 Jul
We are running a post Lockdown survey for our families. Please click on the link and help us prepare for September. This link will run until Monday 17th August 2020. TIA https://t.co/cMURMXeH3f
@TileCross - 8 Jul
Our latest PE challenge is here: https://t.co/Lk0jlzJvDG
@TileCross - 9 Jun
YEAR 10 PARENTS: Please take the survey titled "Y10 Lockdown Wellbeing questionnaire - Tile Cross Academy". Your feedback is important! We will also text you the link later today. https://t.co/sdQChozuEP
@TileCross - 2 Jun
Our sister school, Saltley Academy has colleagues competing in the See the link and support if you can! https://t.co/UcbvEJ4bsz
@TileCross - 15 May
We love this link to BBC Bitesize and Spanish! https://t.co/6Tm321xalj
@TileCross - 15 Apr
The latest PE challenge for can be found here: https://t.co/Lk0jlzJvDG
@TileCross - 3 Apr
Our end of term letter to parents and families is here: https://t.co/wHCPhbM7nc
@TileCross - 3 Apr
We have been made aware that there a number of free school meal scams asking families for bank details. nor WWHMAT will ask for your bank details. staysafe
@TileCross - 3 Apr
Kudos to Dawn who is today taking all of Washwood Heath Academy’s goggles, gloves and aprons to University Hospital Birmingham to add to their PPE stock. Hope they prove useful!!
@TileCross - 2 Apr
Another challenge for the children of https://t.co/u898SraKUS
@TileCross - 1 Apr
Our third PE challenge can be found here! https://t.co/Lk0jlzJvDG
@TileCross - 26 Mar
Mr Marano is leading on the Friday challenge for children and colleagues alike! Details here: https://t.co/P8UJKozLTw