Bridging the gaps at Arena Academy

Headteacher Mr Mann speaks to the Birmingham Mail here.

Arena Academy have built a catch-up period into the timetable, where students receive additional tuition and support. They are in the process of summarising any gaps or concerns into individual student reports, which are shared with parents.

“I am so happy to be back in school with my friends. Teachers have definitely been doing everything to support us with work and with all the new changes” Finn, Arena Academy Student.



World Food Day

Friday 16th October was World Food Day and Arena Academy had a special treat in the canteen for their students, Caribbean food!

Food donations were also collected all week for the Great Barr Foodbank. Form groups were in competition to collect the most donations – in total, over 1000 items were generously donated.

City Academy and City of Birmingham Rockets

On Wednesday, City Academy were joined by BBC Midlands Today to celebrate becoming the first specialist basketball academy in the UK, thanks to the launch of an exclusive partnership with the Birmingham Rockets.

“We are proud to say we are partners with the Birmingham Rockets, I know this will present an abundance of opportunities for our current students and prospective students, in terms of wellbeing and fitness, but also the rare chance to follow their dreams from such an early age.”   David Bailey, Headteacher at City Academy


Delivering a CORE Education

Anika, a Year 8 student at City Academy, couldn’t speak English 4 years ago. Anika now speaks 4 languages and is working hard to achieve her dream of becoming an astronaut.

Virtual Open Week

Recently Virtual Open Week events have been hosted by each of our schools, last week was Jewellery Quarter Academy’s turn.

We saw students take over their twitter account, talking to their peers and teachers about what makes ‘JQA’ a great place to learn.

Year 11 Accelerate

Talented Year 11 artists have produced exquisitely detailed, lifelike portraits during their catch-up ‘Accelerate’ lessons.

We hope that many go on to study the Arts at post-16 level.

Combined cadet forces

Rockwood Academy were privileged to virtually welcome Brigadier Stuart Williams OBE for their awards ceremony,  celebrating the Level 2 Award for Young Leaders.

The CCF offer our students life changing experiences, challenges and adventure.

Beacon School Quality Mark plaque

We are incredibly pleased to have Rockwood Academy receive their Beacon School, Quality Mark plaque to proudly display. We place high importance on Holocaust education in our schools, and recognition such as this solidifies the efforts of staff and students.

Rockwood applied and underwent the review process in the Summer. The quality mark recognises Rockwood’s exemplary Holocaust education, and the accreditation process explored the details of every aspect of Rockwood’s genocide curriculum.  It Is recognition of their sharing of best practice, curriculum, investment and CPD in Holocaust Education.  Their work in Echo Eternal was part of the supporting evidence I