World Book Day – 6th March 2019

World Book day 2019 is fast approaching, we shall be celebrating this day in school on Wednesday 6th March.

As in previous years, we are inviting all staff to attend work on that day dressed as their favourite book character. Staff will have their photograph taken and form part of a “Guess Who My Teacher is […]

‘The Milestone’ – Year 11 Parent and Student Newsletter – January – February edition

The second edition of The Milestone marks the countdown to the first summer exams – with only 102 days to go.

To ensure your child gets the best possible results, this edition contains lots of helpful tips and information to help your child, both at home and in school.

Make sure you find out about GCSEPod and encourage […]

Creative writing from our wonderful students

At Great Barr Academy we actively encourage our pupils to be creative in their writing and produce work that fires their imagination.

English is at the core of education and is embedded in all aspects of life.  As a result, we strive to support students in becoming excellent communicators, both verbally and in written form, and […]

GCSE Pod – Help Your Results Soar

Here at Great Barr Academy we strongly encourage our pupils to use GCSE Pod to help improve results.

GCSEPod is proven to engage students, consolidate subject knowledge and accelerate progress.   Whilst there has been a massive increase in usage over the past half term, we would ask that all parents encourage their child to use this […]

Keeping Children Safe in a Digital World

‘Digital Resilience’ has been designed to foster children and young people’s own resilience in order to help them cope and flourish in a digital world.

It follows research undertaken by ParentZone that highlights fact that building digital resilience is a more effective way to ensure children stay safe online and benefit from the opportunities […]

Certificate Presentation Evening

It was wonderful to welcome back our students to our Certificate Presentation Evening and see them rewarded for all their hard work.

Certificate Evening is the pinnacle of our year and everyone looks forward to welcoming pupils to this event.  It is wonderful to see hard work rewarded and those pupils who have gone […]

Leading the way with EAL provision

The Birmingham Post recently published an article regarding the complexities faced in education now, as more pupils now across the UK have English as an additional language.

Nicholas Bailey of the Birmingham Post explains, ‘ The scale of the issue is vast.  There are currently more than 1.5 million learners in the UK with English as […]

Rewarding our KS3 Pupils

On Tuesday 18th December some of our most hardworking KS3 students attended a pantomime in Great Hall.  This was to recognise the effort they have made with their studies and to reward them for completing all of their home learning this term.

The completion of home learning plays a crucial part in our students education, the outcomes they get and […]

Certificate Evening – with a very special guest!

This year’s Certificate Evening will be held on Tuesday 17th December.  We look forward to welcoming back our wonderful students and celebrating their success with them.

Certificate Evening is always a very special evening in our calendar of events and this year is no exception.  This year we welcome a very special guest presenter – Phil […]

The Winter Dance Showcase

This year’s Winter Dance Showcase was held on 4th December in Great Hall.  It was an action packed event which was enjoyed by students, parents and staff.  The students worked so hard, practising in their own time, to perfect their routines.

Click here for more information and photographs from the event.


Our Maths Department are passionate about developing the numeracy skills of our pupils and have produced a new newsletter to promote this and give them the opportunity to win some Vivos.  ‘Mathican’ will be produced monthly and is aimed to be a fun way of promoting the importance of numeracy.

Please encourage your child to complete […]

Children in Need

On Friday 16th November our 6th Form held a charity event to raise money for Children in Need.

Various events were held in the Sixth Form Centre with money raised for this very worthy cause.

Click here to read about our fundraising activities and view photographs of the event  →Children in Need

Launching ‘The Milestone’ – Year 11 Parent and Student Newsletter

With the Year 11 mock exams now completed the countdown to the first summer exam has commenced.  ‘The Milestone’ is a new newsletter for parents and students which aims to guide you through this significant stage in your child’s education.

It contains news items, key dates, details about what’s happening in class, ideas about how you […]

Year 11 Study Zone

The Year 11 Study and Revision Zone is open at break and lunchtime for pupils.   We encourage pupils to take advantage of this facility and use the time for serious study or revision.  Computers are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis  – so please come along and maximise your learning in a warm dry and […]

Winter Dance Show

On Tuesday 4th December our Performing Arts Department will be showcasing the talents of our pupils, in our Winter Dance Showcase.  It is a dance event featuring pupils from across all years to celebrate their achievements.

Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased via  ParentPay.

The event will be held in Great Hall and starts at 6 […]

Shaw Education Trust Graduation Ceremony for Key Stage 3 pupils

On Monday 12th November some of our pupils visited Keele University for the Shaw Education Trust Graduation Ceremony for Key Stage 3 pupils.

Click here to read about the Graduation Ceremony and view photographs of the event →SET Graduation Ceremony

Remembrance Ceremony

On Friday 9th November staff and pupils took time to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Click here to read about our Remembrance Ceremony and view photographs of the event  →Remembrance Ceremony

MacMillan Coffee Morning

This year’s MacMillan Coffee morning was hugely successful with £570 raised for this very worthy cause.

Click the link to read more → MacMillians

Thank you to everyone who supported this event but especially our wonderful Year 10 Pupils who organised it.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A group of year 10 pupils are hosting a Macmillan Coffee on Friday 28th September.  This event has been organised by year 10 pupils who are studying for the Princes Trust award and they are selling cakes and coffee as well as running a raffle.

Spotlight on Attendance – Update

From our Spotlight on Attendance campaign in March 2017 the following results were:

  • A Year 8 student was issued with a fixed penalty notice. This was not paid and parent(s) were taken to court where the cost went up from £120 to £300 plus.
  • Year 9 students parent(s) are being taken to court in November
  • Year 10 students […]

Darker Nights Letter

Please find below a copy of our joint Police letter to parents regarding the Darker nights.

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Spotlight on Attendance

Please find below a copy of our letter to parents regarding the Spotlight on Attendance

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Attendance Information for Parents

Please find below a copy of our letter to parents regarding Absence and Attendance.

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Pupils earn praise from business leaders

Our students have earned positive praise from Birmingham’s business leaders in the Community-Apprentice Pitching Challenge.

We have one team entering the Community-Apprentice competition this year which is running in 15 schools across the city. Loosely based on the TV show The Apprentice, young people, working in teams, compete to develop, and crucially […]

Attendance Bulletin

The Academy has appointed a new member of staff from 10th January 2017, Miss Martin our Attendance Co-ordinator. She will be working with families/students to improve school attendance and begin legal proceedings when necessary for non-attendance.

It is a parent’s/carer’s legal duty to send their child(ren) into school.

Attendance at Great Barr Academy must be at least […]