Only three weeks until half term and there are lots of exciting developments in the Academy.

This was our last week of our Citizen Me theme. This saw the students engaging in their first Big Read, writing graduation speeches and thinking about political parties and elections. We now move on to our second theme, Planets which starts with our first Academy trip to the National Space Centre on Monday.

Our School Council has now formed with two representatives from each form. The quality of applications were superb and the students points about service, community and a wish to make a place of happiness created some very tough decisions. The council met for their first meeting and discussed the rewards they would like to see for their house points.

On Wednesday our Theatre school students took a trip to the Birmingham Hippodrome. They went backstage, took part in a number of workshops and enjoyed a performance of Blood Brothers. They were impeccably behaved and we had lots of good comments from both members of the public and staff as to how good they were. Thank you to all for helping to build the Academy’s growing reputation.

Trials were held for students looking to join our boys and girls football squads. This was very competitive and squad lists will be published very shortly. We have already been challenged to our first sporting fixture. This is the girls football squad taking on Shireland Collegiate Academy and I know our students will give a great account of themselves.

Next week there should be a number of developments. We have had news that our charging trolleys have arrived so throughout the week we will be issuing students with their devices, these are kept in school but will be a fantastic learning tool. We are also receiving our GroupCall Training on Tuesday so will thenla be able to give you information about how to sign up to the App. Finally we will be writing to you about chances to help out in the Academy as we look to form a parents association.

Lastly next week we will be having our setting in evening. A chance to sit down with your child’s teacher and see how they have got on in the first few weeks. A letter should be out asking for appointment times.

We hope to see you there.

George Faux