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Head Teacher’s welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to City of Birmingham School (COBS) and thank you for your interest in working with us. COBS is a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), serving young people who have been permanently excluded from mainstream schools.

Over the last year we have grown significantly as a school and now have 600 places commissioned by Birmingham City Council.

Staff at COBS care deeply about children and we have the highest ambitions and aspirations for our pupils every minute of every day; we make no apologies for pursuing an ambitious academic curriculum for our young people.

We are based around the city with 6 secondary campuses, 1 primary campus and 1 centralised management office. We are blessed with a talented and committed staff team across all of our campuses and this enables us to offer a broad curriculum, focussed on a variety of rich experiences that pupils may well not have had access to in their mainstream settings and which complement our ambitious academic programme.

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COBS has been on a significant improvement journey over the last five or so years and this continues apace as we strive to give our pupils the very best education each and every day.

Working for COBS can be challenging, pupils come with a range of needs and this can manifest as significantly challenging behaviour, however, it is also the most rewarding experience. COBS is a school where we really make a difference to the lives of our pupils and seeing them thrive and move forward in their education and lives is deeply satisfying. This is where our school motto ‘Moving forwards together’ comes from.

We want to provide a space where all staff can grow and achieve their ambitions and a number of our middle and senior leaders have been promoted internally. 17 years ago, I joined the school as an agency PE teacher and benefitted from the range of TLR positions available as well as significant and tailored development opportunities that continue to this very day.

As a growing school, we have vacancies across our school and are building teams that bring the best of alternative provision, specialist and mainstream expertise together and we welcome interest from all sectors across education.

We can offer you:

  • A forward-thinking school, striving for continual improvement and innovation

  • A welcoming and friendly school with a positive ethos

  • A place to build positive relationships to support and care for children and help meet their needs

  • A supportive, enthusiastic, dedicated and highly motivated staff and governors

  • Opportunities to be part of delivering an exciting development of systems and approaches

  • The opportunity for continuing professional development, including significant focus on SEND, leadership and much more

  • A school where a balanced approach to work and family life is a requirement modelled by senior leaders and expected of all staff

What we are looking for:

  • Dedicated professionals who are committed to making a difference

  • Staff who are eager to develop their own expertise

  • Professionals who can work on their own initiative and bring new ideas to the school

If our values and ethos match your own, I would encourage you to visit or have an informal conversation with myself or one of the team. I look forward to meeting you.

Steve Howell

Head Teacher

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Head of Campus DSL

I have been working as Head of Grove Campus for nearly 2 years now. I have been teaching since 1988 and was thinking of retiring from my role as Director of Mathematics when I saw and applied for this job. I can honestly say I absolutely love my job and it has reignited a flame inside me. It's not easy and there is rarely a moment to sit quietly and reflect within the working day however it is incredibly rewarding. The driving force is our young people who have many and varied challenges within their lives and the desire to want the best for them. Our pupils are loyal and recognise that we care and keep them safe. Many initially will not want to attend but through mutual respect and having high aspirations they soon become settled and happy. I have a strong, caring team around me within the campus, leadership and across COBS which makes things achievable. Not thinking of retiring anymore!

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My journey at COBS has been varied and rewarding. Although at times challenging, the support from leadership is unwavering. I work in an environment dedicated to allowing each staff member to thrive. Leadership recognise that education is an ever-evolving field and the professional development opportunities and ongoing training initiatives that the school offers are exceptional. Even in the most challenging of times, the well-being of the staff and students is paramount. I am never afraid of approaching colleagues for help and support or to bounce new ideas around. I honestly feel like I have a 'work family' who I can trust. I feel immensely fortunate to be part of a school that places such emphasis on creating a supportive environment with fantastic development opportunities. These factors are evident in the enthusiasm of the staff and the engagement of the students. I look forward to continuing this journey of learning and development with COBS alongside my dedicated colleagues.

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Deputy Head of Campus

Working for City of Birmingham School has been an amazing journey for me. I initially started on agency as a PE Teacher and eventually got myself a permanent role. During my five years here I have been given ample opportunities to develop and progress. I have been involved in the leading of the PE department and completed a leadership coaching programme that enabled me to hone my skills as a middle leader and eventually secure my role as Deputy Head of Campus. Working at COBS is a challenge for sure, but if you want to make a real impact and work with some of the hardest to reach young people in Birmingham, then this is the place to be. The Senior Management Team have supported me with high quality mentoring and coaching throughout my time here which has given me great direction and a progressive career pathway. I feel valued and supported at COBS and I am here for the long run and hope to see others join our cause.

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I have been lucky enough to work at City of Birmingham School for the last three years as a Humanities teacher. I started as agency staff before moving into a permanent position. The induction programme allowed me to get to know key people across the school and gave me all the key information and support needed to succeed in my role. The school ensures an excellent level of safeguarding training as part of the induction and throughout the academic year. This alongside the fantastic SEND training I have received from both internal and external professionals allows me to effectively support all the young people. I have particularly found it helpful that the SEND team meet with us regularly and support with any specific needs we might have.

Although we work in various campuses across the city we still do feel like one school. I get to regularly meet with the different teams I work with and if needed they are always available to be contacted and support. I have had the opportunity to take part in a number of subject specific CPD courses run by lead organisations from those specific areas. It has also been great to work with other people from different campuses on our whole school inset days. We have had some great nights out as a whole staff too, which has given us a chance to meet up with everyone in a less formal setting.

Everyone at COB’s has made me feel welcome, hence why I was very happy when a permanent position became available. Although some days are difficult and challenging, for me I remember why I came into education in the first place and I can genuinely see the difference I make each day.

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Ayla Young

School Business Manager

I started working for COBS in April 2009 as a Centre Assistant and throughout the years I moved up the career ladder in various admin support roles within the school such as Area Administrator, Data Manager and finally School Business Manager role. COBS has given me plenty of opportunities to develop myself through various training opportunities including Leadership courses, support and network within a strong and supportive Admin Team and encouragement by the Leadership Team to go for my next steps over the years. Working for COBS has always been a very rewarding experience for me and always made me proud to make a difference to young people. I have always felt valued and appreciated by the Senior Leadership Team and I have recently been given the opportunity to gain an SBM qualification. Staff at COBS are so amazing and supportive. I have genuinely made friends for life over the years who I still work with.

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City Of Birmingham School Recruitment Team

City Of Birmingham School Recruitment Team

T: 07761446571


Applications for all City of Birmingham School jobs must be made by completing the Academy application form. If you want to express an initial interest in roles, this may be done by CV and covering letter to

All appointments are made subject to receipt of a completed application form, satisfactory references and Enhanced DBS disclosure. City of Birmingham School are committed to safeguarding children's safety. All successful applicants will be subject to the DfE approved Hays vetting procedure.

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Our Campuses

Stratford Park

Address: 14 Court Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham. B11 4LX

Contact Telephone: 0121 464 7338

Firsbrook Campus

Address: 50 Firsby Road, Quinton, Birmingham. B32 2QT

Contact Telephone: 0121 464 6230

Kings Campus

Address: Door B - Jaffray Building, Fentham Road, Erdington, Birmingham. B23 6AE

Contact Telephone: 0121 464 7623

Link Campus

Address: Jenkins Street, Small Heath, Birmingham. B10 0QH

Contact Telephone: 0121 464 3510

Millpool Campus

Address: 2 Millpool Gardens, Kings Heath,Birmingham. B14 5EU

Contact Telephone: 0121 464 3023

Grove Campus

Address: Lime Grove, Balsall Heath, Birmingham. B12 8SY

Contact Telephone: 0121 303 1276

Oxted Hall Campus

Address: Jaffray East Building (Door E),Fentham Road, Erdington, Birmingham. B23 6AE

Contact Telephone: 0121 464 7907

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