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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

Latest News

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@TileCross - 27 Jan
Teacher of Food Technology, Tile Cross Academy, Birmingham https://t.co/GzxM1jIGlB
@TileCross - 24 Jan
An important letter for parents/carers regarding Wednesday 1st February 2023 https://t.co/I85z7645wh
@TileCross - 18 Jan
It’s our Year 9 Parents and Options Evening. There’s still time to see the Options presentation at 5pm!
@TileCross - 5 Jan
Teacher of Food Technology, Tile Cross Academy, Birmingham https://t.co/iSLBDZADKw
@TileCross - 3 Jan
Happy New Year! We can't wait to welcome all our students back on Wednesday 4th January 2023
@TileCross - 16 Dec
Well Done Kaitlyn for winning the 5 days of Christmas 100% Attendance raffle! The winning prize was an amazing Hamper and an enormous chocolate bar https://t.co/QkySPDbkah
@TileCross - 16 Dec
Here is our December Newsletter containing important news for the New Year and exciting reports about our fantastic students https://t.co/uMjurk3TiO
@TileCross - 16 Dec
We're ready for the last day of term and a celebration event for our Top VIP awarded students. It's a movie morning with treats and snacks served by the Head's of Year https://t.co/AS92NKHU9T
@TileCross - 15 Dec
The Christmas Concert was a great success with lovely readings from our pupils. It was streamed Live on YouTube and the link below lets you watch the recording https://t.co/nGaiwOz55P https://t.co/bVL3W0Emvy
@TileCross - 12 Dec
Today we’d like to give a shoutout to Ayub, who is in year 7 at , for this cool trainer design created in art class! We’ve been told it’s inspired by Iron Man, and we think it’s great 😊 Thank you Team Unity for sharing with us; we love seeing students’ creativity! ✨ https://t.co/sWCN0xIaZ3
@TileCross - 12 Dec
Hegartymaths Champions! Please click the link to see if you made the leader board and won a prize! https://t.co/vN1uqD0XvS This term we have: answered over 76,000 questions correctly; spent over 1,500 hours on hegartymaths; completed over 6,800 unique skills correctly!!
@TileCross - 12 Dec
Reminder from West Midlands Police https://t.co/hzsl8GhBY7
@TileCross - 12 Dec
Important news on the last day of school in our End of Term letter https://t.co/RvXZ6M7Ov3
@TileCross - 9 Dec
We're celebrating Christmas Jumper Day at TCA and raising money for charity! https://t.co/C6vSgsiB0V
@TileCross - 7 Dec
Important letter to all families of TCA students Letter: https://t.co/GEa32GfJjd Factsheet: https://t.co/4p213lTczi
@TileCross - 7 Dec
Excited and happy faces for TCA students on Mock Exam Results Day Remember perseverance is key! It is a marathon and not a sprint! https://t.co/lQ4uVvbx1q
@TileCross - 6 Dec
Here is the link to our November Newsletter https://t.co/E2qnQxm3mf read for all our good news on becoming a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School, fun school trips and fantastic sports reports! https://t.co/aED90VQcRC
@TileCross - 6 Dec
Our students have excellent trips with Watch the amazing video by UKSA showcasing the Sea.Change Foundation Trip Experience we enjoyed this year https://t.co/2k59SNYyka
@TileCross - 6 Dec
Have you read some of the amazing things our students and school have achieved? Keep up to date with our Newsletters! https://t.co/hpHijoqW0K https://t.co/tmOCDuvXV2
@TileCross - 13 May
Fab session with a student this morning . We have been focusing on sentence building through Shape coding this term and today he built some excellent sentences independently! https://t.co/wHaoeZUNcT