St Paul’s Church in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter is the headquarters of the Birmingham School of Bell Ringing. An additional three towers form the school. Equipped with computer simulators and a purpose built school room, St Paul’s is the first port of call for new ringers at the start of their ringing careers. In addition, The School is committed to the training of new ringing teachers and operates a mentoring system for teachers completing the Integrated Teacher Training Scheme. The School is endorsed by the Association of Ringing Teachers.
Training takes place simultaneously on Saturday mornings from 10.15 – 12.15 at four locations in the Diocese of Birmingham. Students follow the Learning the Ropes Scheme and are taught to handle at St Paul’s.
On completion of each level students progress to the next location.
During Level 2, students are matched to local towers that need new ringers for service ringing and practice nights, but maintain their linkswith the school for their training needs. All tutors are ITTS trained.
This centralised training greatly improves the speed at which people learn and become useful additions to local bands.
A greater consistency of teaching is achieved and gives anyone wishing to learn to ring a comprehensive introduction to the art of changeringing.