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What a start back our students have made! It was brilliant to see students set high standards for themselves in the first week. As you will know, we have moved to Class Charts to track student performance. I encourage all parents to download the Class Charts app. Last week, over 3000 positives we set for our students on Class Charts! An excellent start to the new term and we have been particularly impressed with Year 11. I am looking forward to rewarding the 4 students who have the highest amount of positives in the school with Hot Chocolate on Friday.

Our new staff have settled in brilliantly and students have been very complimentary about their new teachers. Every week, I aim to bring you a profile of one of our new staff so you can get to know our newest members of Team JQA.

Mr Adigun has joined the Maths team at JQA and comes witha wealth of experience. He has a Postgraduate Degree in Mathematcis from Liverpool Hope University and a track record of helping students achieve and make progress. Mr Adigun is a Year 9 form tutor and enjoys playing table tennis.

It’s Heritage Week across Birmingham and this gives our gems the opportunity to connect to the history and heritage of Birmingham and the Jewellery Quarter. So far, we have seen students engaged in poetry workshops at the Pen Museum and also visiting local historic sites, such as St Paul’s Church. There is lots more to come this week – stay tuned to our socials for pictures! Assemblies all week are lead by Dr Wall, one of our governors who works within the JQ, and can help students understand the importance of this area to the city’s history.

I’d like to remind all parents about homework: students should be accessing their suite of apps such as MathsWatch and Reading Plus as well as GCSE Pod if they are in Year 10 and 11 – a little bit every night is really important and adds up. You can find out all about our approaches and expectations to homework here.

Finally, we are expecting to see parents of Year 11 students on Thursday night for our annual Year 11 Information Evening. It starts at 6pm and we look forward to seeing lots of parents and students there. A letter with full details is here.

As always, you can call the Academy on 0121 729 7220, leaving a message if the line is busy and we will get back to you. Our line is very busy in the daytime so I encourage parents to use the voicemail facility by pressing option 2. If you would like urgent support, you can always reach Miss Chudasama (our Designated Safeguarding Lead) on option 4.

We welcome you warmly to our weekly Coffee Morning on Wednesday between 9 and 11am.

You can always contact me directly at: [email protected]