Students at The Earls experience a rich combination of both the traditional and the modern in their everyday lives with us. From the stained glass windows of a library packed with enticing reads for young people to the new Music Suite with its thirty Mac computers hosting a variety of digital applications, we offer our students a stimulating learning climate.
Some of our excellent facilities include:
- Two purpose built dance and drama studios
- A traditional school hall with stage and tiered audience seating
- Sporting: two gymnasiums, an astro turf, an all-weather cricket pitch and pavilion, tennis/netball/basketball courts and a fully equipped fitness room.
- Fully equipped ICT rooms and access to laptops in all subject areas.
Our curriculum secures results well beyond the national average for all our students and ensures they have the skills and aptitudes they need to be successful in their lifelong learning. We aim for excellence and Ofsted rated our curriculum ‘outstanding’ because “it’s highly motivating” and “meets students’ needs well”. We believe that if our students are to become responsible and effective participators in the global workforce of the future, they will need high quality thinking and interpersonal skills as well as a broad knowledge and understanding across a range of disciplines. In lessons at The Earls, students don’t just reflect on what they’ve learnt but on how they’ve learnt so that they can transfer their skills into new settings.
At Key Stage 3 our students learn all the National Curriculum subjects and all participate in a range of memorable experiences from singing in a Eurovision Song Contest in Year 7 to exploring the geographical features of Dovedale in the Peak District and writing songs for a competition in Year 8. Thinking creatively and performing confidently are essential skills for wellbeing and our students take part enthusiastically in Drama, Dance and Music.
At Key Stage 4 we offer a wide variety of option choices incorporating the traditional GCSE subjects as well as modern vocational BTEC ones. Many of our students choose a humanities subject, an arts and a modern foreign language. The options system is very open so that all students can design a balanced, personalised curriculum. As we work in partnership with Halesowen College, we provide some courses which require very specialised teaching, resources and rooms.
Subjects currently on offer are:
Animal Care, Art, Business, Catering, Childcare, Creative Media Production, Critical Thinking AS, Dance GCSE and Dance AS, Design and Technology- Electronics, Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles, Drama, English Language, English Literature GCSE and IGCSE, Environmental Science, Film Studies and Media Studies, French, Geography, German, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, History, ICT, Maths, Music, Performing Arts (Production) Religious Studies and Ethics, Physical Education, Sport, Science, Spanish, Triple Science- Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
At Key Stage 5 our innovative collegiate partnership allows students to take courses at Halesowen College but remain with The Earls High School for their personal tutoring, private study and enrichment programmes. This offers students great opportunities to continue within our care, developing their skills into adulthood. Many of our collegiate students remain fully committed to life at The Earls supporting younger students in lessons, mentoring them, developing administrative skills and assisting in the running of clubs, making them attractive candidates for employment and university places.
Our extra-curricular clubs are designed to support students’ practical skill development, social skills and general happiness at school. Many of our students attend at least one club with some attending five or six a week!
A wide variety is on offer, more than can be listed here. Some highlights: an orchestra so large that it fills the school hall; daily chess club; trampolining; film club which works through specific genres and themes; a range of sporting teams; drama clubs preparing for our accomplished school performances; dance groups from ballet to street dance; a variety of choirs as well as students who have free access to rehearsal rooms for a myriad of rock groups!