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Welcome - Values and Ethos

It is a real honour to lead such a prestigious school; an opportunity which makes me very proud. Teaching is my first career and I am still learning, which is what I love about my work. I have always had a passion for improving opportunities for young people, and by leading Five Ways, I have the privilege of impacting positively on the lives of so many. Working with esteemed colleagues and able young people, enables me to influence decision making and contribute greatly to their personal growth.  


I delight in investing in others and helping them realise their potential, whether that be students or staff. Everyone can grow if they are visible and their voices are heard. This mantra lies at the core of what I believe and value as Headmistress. I have learned first-hand the gift that a teacher can bestow on a young and impressionable mind. It is my imperative to work with colleagues, parents, students, governors and the wider education community to ensure we impart the necessary education, skills and virtues so that they thrive.


C M Jordan


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Our mission is simple and is aligned with that of our Multi-Academy Trust Sponsors, King Edward VI Foundation which is to make Birmingham the best place to be educated in the UK, by ensuring ‘Educational Excellence for Our City.’


 The strategy underpinning these aims centre on three strategic objectives:


·       Learning with us


·       Working for us


·       Partnering with us


At Five Ways our mission mirrors this, we strive to:


·       Develop exceptional people through growing talent, investing in others and caring about every person


·       Commit wholeheartedly to improve social mobility in Birmingham – postcode and poverty should not determine a young person’s education and future opportunities


·       Collaborate, develop and create enriching and life enhancing opportunities for all


This is encapsulated in our School vision statement:

“Within a friendly, caring and stimulating community

Five Ways will educate able young people

from all backgrounds and prepare them for life.”

Our School


Five Ways School was founded in 1883, originally situated in a building at Five Ways – in the heart of Birmingham.  We relocated to greener pastures in 1958, next to Bartley Green Reservoir. The School has always been a selective Grammar School, established by the King Edward Foundation.  Originally we were an all-boys school. Today we are a thriving selective co-educational grammar school.  We are proud of our rich heritage, but embrace new traditions and customs to reflect the world we live in today.


We are a larger than average secondary school with 900 students in lower school and 400 in upper school. We have a clearly defined family ethos, which is modelled by all and promoted by the School Leadership Team and staff body. Underpinning our work is a strong Student Leadership, led by our dedicated School Captains. They lead the student body effectively and are wonderful ambassadors for the school.


Please meet the two teams below and feel free to contact us if you have any queries.

Get in touch if you have any queries, concerns or well wishes.

School Leadership Team

Staff Senior Leadership Team


Strategic Leadership and Professional Management

Senior Deputy Headteacher

School Curriculum and

 Professional Development

Deputy Headteacher

Personal Development and Pastoral Care

Assistant Headteacher

Director of Sixth Form and Senior Outreach

Assistant Headteacher

Director of Key Stage 4, Student Opportunities and Enrichment

Assistant Headteacher

Director of Key Stage 3, Student Conduct and Attendance

Assistant Headteacher

Student Safety and Development, Careers, Wellbeing and DSL (whole school)

Associate Assistant Headteacher

Data Manager, GDPR and School Timetable

Associate Assistant Headteacher

Teaching and Learning, EVC and Primary Outreach

Associate Assistant Headteacher

SENDCO, Head of Inclusion and Student Services

Associate Assistant Headteacher

Professional Mentor: ECT & ITT

Associate Assistant Headteacher

Disadvantaged 11-18 and Student Mentoring

School Business Manager

Finance, Estates and Human Resources

Head of Associate Staff

Student Leadership Structure

School Captain with responsibility for Academic Scholarship

School Captain with responsibility for School Environment and Sustainability

School Captain with responsibility for

House Events

School Captain with responsibility for

School Council

School Captain with responsibility for Public and School Events

School Captain with responsibility for Student Leadership and Prefects

Vice-Captain with responsibility for #Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Vice-Captain with responsibility for Student Care and Support

Vice-Captain with responsibility for

Charity and Fundraising

Vice-Captain with responsibility for

Wider Community

Vice-Captain with responsibility for

School Community

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