Our school was officially opened in September 2004. When the school opened, it consisted of two blocks (A and B), with shared play and hall areas with a local school, a small dining room and a kitchen. There were nine teaching staff, including the Headteacher, Dr Sa’eed P. Alam. At that time, the school was in the Birmingham area of Small Heath.
The school was expanded in 2006 with a further new premise acquired to facilitate the increase in student numbers. This was the beginnings of the growth path we would take for the years to come.
In 2010, the school moved to our new location on Moseley Road, Birmingham. This represented by far our biggest transformation. The new premises contained large airy classrooms with copious amounts of daylight flooding in through the giant windows and skylights. Coupled with a renewed sense of ambition to educate, we witnessed immediate improvements in our students’ educational progress, as well as to their physical and mental energy.
By this time the school was growing rapidly and a further new block was added in 2012 housing the girls section. Also in this year, Mr Hameed Alam was appointed as the new Headteacher and in the same year, the school became a fully independent school which was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
The school underwent a plethora of changes – the introduction of IGCSEs, the National Curriculum, and the Duke of Edinburgh awards to mention a few. The period also coincided with the upgrade of many of the school’s facilities such as the new playground, science lab, canteen, IT lab and other facilities at Redstone.
Now in 2018, our ambitions continue to grow, and our pupils’ ambitions grow with us. Mr Saadat Rasool has stepped in as the new headteacher and we are placing a renewed emphasis on student participation – listening to, and guiding them to a better education. Furthermore, we are looking to bring in a new generation of educators by offering apprenticeships and certification programs so the future generation may benefit.
Our ethos is much more than a statement of aims, as it pervades all aspects of life and work at school and is reflected in everything we say and do. It is a very powerful message and completely underpins our provision of education at the school as well as the personal, spiritual, moral and social development of our children.
We believe that our children need to be inspired with a sense of virtue. Our children need to know and believe that sincerity for the sake of Allah, honesty, respect, responsibility and courage are vital in laying the foundations for our future. At Redstone, we value the rich cultural diversity of the community and work hard to ensure that students’ learning experiences reflect this positively, enabling students to recognise, challenge and deal with inequalities in society, and by their attitudes show respect for others
Our students need to acquire the knowledge, skills, patience, and attitudes necessary to become happy, healthy, well adjusted, productive adults and responsible citizens; to help students become enthusiastic, lifelong learners who are able to manage change; and to help students to perpetuate and have a positive impact on their families, their communities, their country, and their world.
Our curriculum reflects the very strong aspirations of parents and management to ensure that we produce well balanced young individuals with a sense of good who are proficient learners. We believe that our students should be reaching the highest standards of education in their year groups and leave Redstone at the end of their tenure with the highest grades.
It is equally important to ensure that we have an open and frank dialogue with teachers, students and parents. Each member of the school community should feel valued and able to offer mutual support and advice in furthering the objectives of the school. This can only be achieved if we are able to communicate in an open way.