Press Release: Completion of the Deal to Save the Shrubbery School 

The Shrubbery School are delighted to announce, with the help & assistance of Andrew Mitchell MP, that Exchange of legal contracts has taken place to save the school. The  current owner, Mr Eric Allen and his fellow Directors are over the moon that the 90yrs of  The Shrubbery School will continue for many years to come.

With immediate effect, the current Directors have resigned and the school will now be led  by Craig Johnson, who is Governor of King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys  and founded a Residential Home for young adults with severe learning disabilities and  autism. Craig will be the Managing Director of the Shrubbery School Ltd with immediate  effect.

The new owners wanted to reassure Students, Parents and Staff that with all the upheaval of the last few weeks that they are fully committed to continuing the Shrubbery as a school.  As such, they have entered into a voluntary covenant to prevent any re-development of the  School Site. We are also delighted that the school will continue to be lead by the award  winning Amanda Lees (link to award), who looks forward to this new and exciting chapter in  The Shrubbery’s history.

We know it has been very difficult for the parents with the uncertainty surrounding the  future education of your children, it is imperative to note that the new investors wanted  everyone to know: “NOTHING changes.” A meet the new owner’s day will be arranged over  the coming days where we will discuss our vision and thoughts for the Shrubbery School, as  well as lots of additional communication to all stakeholders.

The Directors of The Shrubbery School Ltd

End of Term Message from Mrs Lees

Congratulations to us all for getting to the end of another half term during a pandemic.

Here we are at the end of another half term, it continues to be a very trying time for us all in many respects. I am indebted to the staff at The Shrubbery for keeping everything going; from cleaning regimes, teaching online and ensuring that children at home and keyworkers continue to have the provision in school. I know we all have our fingers crossed for the moment that we are told that we can throw our doors open to every child. I continue to be proud of our children who are continuing to show resilience and manage their learning through these difficult times. A big shout out to you all. Thank you to parents, grandparents and carers for helping and supporting our children. We are all experts on Zoom and Google Classroom.

Thank you to the many parents who have sent messages of thanks into school either by email, text, telephone or face to face on the drive, with regards to our remote learning provision. We have been really impressed with the engagement of the children and this is testament to the support that you are giving them as well as the professionalism and expertise of our staff to ensure that quality learning continues to take place. Teachers have said how much they have learned during this time of remote learning – you are never too old to learn a new skill! Don’t forget to share with us anything new that you can now do that you couldn’t do before lockdown.

As you have been aware, we have had staff suffering from Covid. We now have a regular lateral testing program for staff to test themselves twice a week or in the event they feel unwell. This will enable us to continue to monitor our staff’s health and keep the virus out of school as best we can.

We hoped that you enjoyed taking part in Birdwatch and saw some wonderful birds in and around your garden. My favourite sighting was of a Harris hawk in the field when I fed the horses last weekend. A very special moment. Nature is a wonderful phenomenon

The 9th February was Safer Internet Day. As we are spending more and more time on our devices we need to protect ourselves. The theme for this year is: An Internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world. The children have taken part in assembly stories and activities to enable themselves to keep safe whilst having fun and learning.