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The weather has turned colder this week. I’d like to remind parents of the uniform policy when it comes to colder weather: the grey v-neck jumper is permitted and this can be purchased from any supermarket – it does not have to be JQA-branded.

We have seen a lot of lost property being handed in to Reception. It is important that families write students’ names on to items of uniform so they can be returned. If your child has lost an item of uniform in school, please email [email protected] and we will attempt to reunite you with it, if it is in our pile in Reception.

We have some temporary parking restrictions either side of the school on Pope St and Camden St this week from 9.30 until 3pm each day. This may affect students being collected at 3.10. I have sent a text reminder to all parents about this.

We held our annual Open Evening last week and it was a huge success with more families than ever coming to look around the school and meet students and staff. Families of children in Year 6 have until October 31st to apply via Birmingham City Council’s website.

This week, our first Student Parliament meeting takes place at The Jointworks as the newly-elected students hold their first meeting together to discuss and shape the development of the school.

We have our ‘Year 7 Settling In’ evening coming up on the calendar. The booking form to make an appointment with your child’s tutor is going to open shortly and we will text all Year 7 parents to let them know when it is live.

There’s lots going on at the Academy this week with Year 9 students continuing their mentoring work with HSBC through the Envision Programme, Connexions in to support Year 11 students with careers advice and some of our gems working with the Hippodrome on the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory production.

Attendance improved last week with Year 7 attendance at 96.8%. It is important that every child attends on time every day in the next two weeks to have a strong end to the first half term.

We have Coffee Morning this Wednesday with drinks and staff available from 9-11am.

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.

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