The Grove

Welcome to Grove Centre. We opened in Balsall Heath in September 2018. We offer a safe and engaging secondary school environment for our young people to thrive and achieve. We believe that children have the right to the best education in a nurturing and motivational environment. We cater solely for Key Stage 4 pupils and our curriculum is aimed at those who have the ability and motivation to succeed at GCSE. Our staff team has a wealth of knowledge and skills and all our pupils take English, Maths and either Combined Science (current Y10) or Biology (current Y11) GCSEs. There is also a range of option subjects including RE, PE, English Literature, Health and Social Care and ICT. Pupils have a careers interview and support for the next stages of their education. We have high expectations for all and believe in offering our pupils the best chance to achieve success now and post 16.


Term dates and our Uniform policy are under the ‘Parents/Carers’ menu at the top of the page.

Pupils may bring a PE kit to change into on their PE day (Monday for Purple and Green, Friday for Amber and those from Green who have chosen the sport option).

Main groups (Green, Purple, Amber)

Monday – Friday 8.30-2pm (as for other centres within the school).

Our young people will be marked as on time if they arrive by 8.45. 

Our register closes at 9.30 (as for the rest of City of Birmingham School).

Please call us on 0121 303 1276 to inform us of any absences.

Induction Group

Young people attend for two weeks in induction before joining either:

  • main groups here at Grove,
  • another City Of Birmingham School centre,
  • Alternative Provision or College elsewhere in the city.


9.30 - 12.30


9.30 - 12.30


11.30 - 1.50


10.00 - 1.50


9.30 - 12.30


Staff Information

Head of Centre : Amy Hutchinson

Acting Deputy Head of Centre : Sara Khalifa

Family Support Worker : Sue Massey

Contact Details

The Grove Centre,
City of Birmingham School
Lime Grove
B12 8SY
0121 303 1276

We had a non-uniform day on 15 November, in aid of Children In Need.

On 13 December we had a Karting trip to reward some young people with excellent attendance and punctuality.


Mock examinations take place from Monday 24 February

Teacher training day (Grove closed): Monday 20 April (after Easter holidays).

Parents’ & carers’ consultation evening: Thursday 23 April, 4pm-6pm.

May Day/ VE Day Bank Holiday: Friday 8 May