Sutherland Business and Enterprise College
Sutherland Business and Enterprise College in Telford is a small but growing secondary school, with just over 600 pupils. The school is in a challenging area, with OFSTED describing it as ‘having a higher than average proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals, attainment on entry below average, and the proportion of pupils with learning difficulties above the national average’. The OFSTED Report described Sutherland as ‘satisfactory and improving, and with a determination to eliminate weak teaching and provide professional development for school’.
In 2007, the school successfully applied to become a Specialist Business and Enterprise College, with Midcounties Co-operative Society as its main sponsor. It is now an active participant in the network of co-operative Business and Enterprise Colleges. Head Teacher Steve Wall is currently encouraging a cluster of at least eight schools, possibly more, to become involved in a co-operative trust, adding: “I am confident that the trust will enable us to embed the co-operative values driven approach that we have adopted. We see the trust as providing a method to improve on the way we work and improve the quality of life for our school, our community and its residents.”