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All academies have a sponsor or sponsors. King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy is sponsored by the Schools of King Edward VI Foundation. The King Edward VI Foundation dates back to 1552 when a school was established in Birmingham with the permission of King Edward VI. The Foundation now includes seven schools: two independent fee paying schools and five state funded grammar schools, all in Birmingham. The Sponsor has a national reputation for academic excellence, particularly in the sciences. It serves the city of Birmingham and the surrounding areas with excellent schools offering students a wide ranging and exciting education. The Sponsor is keen to expand its work across the city and region, and is always looking for exciting new ways of doing this. Sheldon Heath Community Arts College closed at midnight on 31 August 2010, with King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy opening on 1st September 2010. The site formed part of a large area acquired by Birmingham City Council in 1948. From before the 1880s most of the site was agricultural land crossed by several field boundaries. Small ponds were present on the north and south east boundaries. Another larger pond or area of flooding in a field is shown on the 1940s photograph spanning the north boundary. The site was prepared for development in the 1950s with the ponds infilled, the school opening in 1955. The surrounding area was developed for residential purposes in the 1940s and 1950s.

Travel Information

Latitude: 52.468646. Longitude: -1.778825.

 By Air

We are situated 2 miles from Birmingham International Airport. Parking is available at the airport in various locations. The airport is served by various bus and coach services connecting the airport to Birmingham City Centre, Nuneaton, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Atherstone, Coventry, Solihull Rail Station and Erdington.

 By Car

We are located in East Birmingham close to the M6 and M42 (junction 6) motorways and approximately 7 miles from Birmingham City Centre.The A45 Coventry Road is the closet major road to us.

North West
Using the M6 take exit 4A onto the M42 towards M40/Solihull. Travel along the M42 exiting at junction 6 onto the A45 (Birmingham). Travel along the A45, passing Birmingham International Airport on your right. Turn right at the major traffic light junction onto Sheaf Lane. Continue onto Church Road. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Sheldon Heath Road. The Academy is on your right hand side, just after Kenmure Road and before the zebra crossing. The student entrance is on Kenmure Road.

North East
Using the M42 take exit 6 onto the A45 (Birmingham). Follow the same instructions as North West at this point.

Using the M40 take exit 3A onto the M42 towards M6/Solihull. Exit the M42 at junction 6 onto the A45 (Birmingham). Follow the same instructions as North West at this point.

South West
Using the M5 take exit 4A onto the M42 towards M40. Exit M42 at junction 6 onto the A45 (Birmingham). Follow the same instructions as North West at this point.

South East
Using the M1 take exit 19 onto the M6. Get off the M6 at junction 4 to M42/Solihull. Travel along the M42 exiting at junction 6. Follow the same instructions as North West at this point.

 By Rail

The nearest railway station to us is Lea Hall Train Station (1.3 miles). The other two closest stations are Marston Green and Birmingham Internal Rail (2.5 miles). The nearest major railway station is Birmingham New Street (6.5 miles). The school is about a 15-20 minute drive from Birmingham New Street. The nearest coach station is Birmingham International Station. Bus numbers 17, 59S, 70, 71, 72 stop outside the school. The Transport Direct website keeps an up to date list of transportation methods. Click the link below to go to the site and type in our postcode.

 By Bus

There are bus stops along Sheldon Heath Road with services running frequently. These are numbers 17, 59S, 70, 71, 72. You can get more information on timings and routes from the National Express website.