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Civic Tour of Solihull School


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The High Sheriff was very happy to accept the Mayor of Solihull Mrs Kate Wild, Headmaster David Lloyd  and Chair of governors Mark Hopton invitation to a Civic Tour of Solihull School.

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On a bright, but windy day that saw the cherry blossom being blown from the trees on the short journey through South Birmingham suburbs to Solihull, the High Sheriff enjoyed the company of many West Midlands and Warwickshire Civic Leaders.

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At Lunch the HeadMaster outlined the school’s policies inc ambition and opportunity, but focussed on Community and described how the School supports pupils from a wide range of backgrounds through a bursary scheme instigated by previous Chair of Governors George Bird.  Mayor Wild echoed David Lloyd’s words from personal experience of the School and the fact that it is central to the community of Solihull and the wider West Midlands from where many pupils travel to attend.

Following lunch a tour of the school was led by ‘benchers’ Tom and Alex when the group saw not only the academic facilities, but were impressed by the range and quality of pupils art adorning the walls.wall portarits

In Design and Technology we were given an insight into 3D Printing – not something many of us experienced at school!

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The Junior School has its own art room where pupils get an early start in creativity that can feed across the curriculum.

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IMG_4552This is part of a long tradition as can be seen from the art room of 1909 which is a part of the School’s impressive archive curated by John Loynton.

John managed to save films from the school’s ‘cine club’ which includes movies of the school’s activities and a visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1962.IMG_4555

John has many school secrets to reveal when you visit the archive.


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During the visit The High Sheriffs of Warwickshire and The West Midlands discussed plans to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the signing of The Magna Carta in Coventry Cathedral on June 23rd – more details soon.

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