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  • Art & Design at Holly Hall on the International stage

    Art & Design at Holly Hall on the International stage

    Mr Sharp, Coordinator of Art & Design:  Last Friday I was invited by iJADE (International Journal for Art and Design Education) to present a lecture about Art and Design at Holly Hall Academy. At the 2-day event at Chester University, speakers from as far as Canada, Korea, Australia and the USA came to discuss art […]Read More »
  • Skills Show

    Skills Show

    Mr Sissons, Leader of Humanities:  Last Friday 140 students from Years 10 and 11 visited the NEC for the Skills Show  – the UK’s largest apprenticeship and careers event.  Students said how enjoyable the day was and how useful they found the various stalls, speeches and demonstrations  they visited. Melissa Cooper (Year 11):  “The Skills […]Read More »
  • Holly Hall 50th Anniversary

    Holly Hall 50th Anniversary

    You may be aware that Holly Hall is 50 years old this year.  The Academy, on its current site, is celebrating its Golden Anniversary, having opened in September 1966. To celebrate we are organising a special event in December, to mark the occasion.  If you, or anyone you know, can remember the Academy when it […]Read More »
  • Insight 25th November 2016

    Insight 25th November 2016

    Check out the 25th November 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Black Country Consortium

    Black Country Consortium

    On Tuesday Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal and Year 11 students Elle Gjoka and Jasmine White (pictured) visited the Black Country Consortium at Brierley Hill. The purpose of the visit was to meet with Dr Floyd Millen, Head of Operational Delivery and Angela Tellyn, Regional Lead for the Careers and Enterprise Company.  They wanted to learn […]Read More »
  • Holly Hall’s 50th Anniversary

    Holly Hall’s 50th Anniversary

    You may be aware that Holly Hall is 50 years old this year.  The school, on its current site, is celebrating its Golden Anniversary, having opened in September 1966. To celebrate we are organising a special event in December, to mark the occasion.  If you, or anyone you know, can remember the Academy when it […]Read More »
  • Insight 18th November 2016

    Insight 18th November 2016

    Check out the 18th November 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Focus on Geography

    Focus on Geography

    Mrs Mikkelsen, Head of Geography: The year 11 geographers have been busy this term and have just finished writing up their controlled assessment. This involved 85 students visiting Carding Mill Valley in the Shropshire Hills. They had to look for evidence of good or bad management of the site and collect data ready for analysis […]Read More »
  • Skills Show

    Skills Show

    On Enrichment Day, Friday 18th November, a group of students from Years 10 and 11 will be visiting the NEC to take part in the UK’s largest apprenticeship and careers event – The Skills Show. All students attending have been sent a letter detailing the necessary arrangements for the day. Further details of the fantastic […]Read More »
  • Student Leadership

    Student Leadership

    A report by Rhiannon Edmonds, Head Girl and Dawid Jedryszczak, Head Boy: The Student Leadership teams have been busy working on their plans for the year. COFO are currently working on the Poppy Appeal and have been selling merchandise in the Academy. They are also planning their fundraising for Children in Need. GWACA have been […]Read More »
  • Remembrance

    Remembrance

    Mr Taylor, History Teacher: Friday 11th November marks the 98th Anniversary of the end of World War One and is Remembrance Day. This week, assemblies have been about the importance of remembering those who lost their lives so that we may live, as well as supporting those who have lost loved ones or have relatives […]Read More »
  • Insight 11th November 2016

    Insight 11th November 2016

    Check out the 11th November 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Focus on History

    Focus on History

    Mrs Alam, Head of History:  Irish author, Edmund Burke, once famously said “those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it”. With events in the news and public eye at the moment, Holly Hall students are certainly getting to grips with the background to some key events. October saw the 950th anniversary of […]Read More »
  • Poppy Appeal

    Poppy Appeal

    This year, The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too. For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember them, the Legion wants […]Read More »
  • Year 10 Settling In Evening

    Year 10 Settling In Evening

    Mr Parmar, Senior Assistant Principal:   The transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 can be a testing time for some Year 10 students. Here at Holly Hall Academy, we aim to make the transition process as smooth as possible. A letter has been sent to Year 10 parents and carers inviting them to […]Read More »
  • Insight 4th November 2016

    Insight 4th November 2016

    Check out the 4th November 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • MP Ian Austin Opens our Skills Centre

    MP Ian Austin Opens our Skills Centre

    You may recall an article recently by Student Leader Haania Hussain about our new Skills Centre.  This week, the Centre was opened officially by the Labour MP for Dudley North, Ian Austin. The new state-of-the-art centre will enable students to learn construction trades, hair-dressing and beauty and other skills.  The centre has been developed by […]Read More »
  • Wellbeing Team

    Wellbeing Team

    An article by Kira Vaughan (Leader of the Wellbeing Team):  The Wellbeing Team aim to ensure that every student is provided for equally, whilst also fulfilling the Academy values.  We get involved with issues such as mental health, healthy eating and cancer awareness.  This half term we have raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support with […]Read More »
  • Christmas Comes Early

    Christmas Comes Early

    Mr Sharp, Coordinator of Art & Design:  Christmas is only a few months away and to celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary we are asking you to design this year’s card. The chosen design will be printed professionally and sold at the special 50th anniversary evening in December. If you fancy your chances of winning, then […]Read More »
  • Insight 21st October 2016

    Insight 21st October 2016

    Check out the 21st October 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Dance Workshop

    Dance Workshop

    The following students took part in a professional contemporary dance workshop by the founder and choreographer of Emote Dance Company. The girls learnt contemporary technique and performed a professional work from Emote dance company. Well done girls! Megan Rose Courtney Mallen Chloe Di Franco Kelsey Smith Charlotte SimsRead More »
  • Travel Academy

    Travel Academy

    Report by Miss Haycock and Charlotte Thomas (Year 10):   The members of the student Travel Academy would like to ask for your support.  We are responding to concerns raised by members of the public and our own concerns for the health and safety of our students. There have been some complaints about parking on the […]Read More »
  • Mr Nation’s Calculations

    Mr Nation’s Calculations

    Congratulations to Bradley Maxey (8WES), the winner of Mr Nation’s Calculations.  Bradley worked out the answer was 4.  Bradley explained how he got the answer.  “The number of tins of each item depended on how many vowels there were in the items name. For example, minestrone soup has 6 vowels so there are 6 tins.” […]Read More »
  • Insight 14th October 2016

    Insight 14th October 2016

    Check out the 14th October 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Skills Centre

    Skills Centre

    A report by Haania Hussain (Year 11), Leader of the Media team:  Last week some members of the Media Team visited the Skills Centre to find out what it’s all about.  They spoke to both Mr Hatch and Rob Pritchard who manages the centre.  The aim is to offer courses for students that are not […]Read More »
  • Enrichment Day

    Enrichment Day

    Mr Townley, Leader of Arts & Enrichment:  Time is passing quickly in this new term and Enrichment Day1 is nearly upon us  On Wednesday 12th October there is an action packed day planned for all year groups. Year 7 will be taking part in a STEM carousel focused on World Food Day.  They will take […]Read More »
  • Insight 7th October 2016

    Insight 7th October 2016

    Check out the 7th September 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • European Day of Languages

    European Day of Languages

    European Day of Languages September 2016 “I’d love to speak another language, but…” “I really wish I’d paid more attention in Spanish when I was at school…” “I really regret not carrying on with French…” Why study languages? Miss Thomas, Head of Modern Foreign Languages: We often take the ability to be able to communicate […]Read More »
  • PE Extra Curricular

    PE Extra Curricular

    NETBALL Miss Haycock, Leader of PSHE and Transition: The U15 and U16 netball teams played their first game of the season last Thursday against High Arcal. This is the first fixture that the Year 10 (U15) team have been involved in as they are new additions to the North Dudley league.  The Year 11 (U16) team […]Read More »
  • Holly Hall is 50 Years Old

    Holly Hall is 50 Years Old

    The Holly Hall Academy opened fifty years ago on 28th September 1966. On 8th December, we are celebrating this anniversary with a celebration evening filled with memories and entertainment. If you or anyone you know can remember the Academy being built or actually attended the Academy when it opened, we would love to hear from […]Read More »
  • Insight 30th September 2016

    Insight 30th September 2016

    Check out the 30th September 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Focus On Mathematics

    Focus On Mathematics

    Why study Maths? Mr Hallam, Leader of Mathematics:  From figuring out if you’ve got the correct change at a checkout, to solving a quadratic equation, it is impossible to get through the day without maths in some way.  Our daily lives are full of numbers to handle and problems to solve and studying maths equips […]Read More »
  • Open Evening

    Open Evening

    A report by Year 11 student Haania Hussain, Leader of the Media Team:  On Monday evening and Tuesday morning this week prospective Year 7 students and their families visited the Academy to find our what life is like at Holly Hall. We were pleased to see students from sixteen different primary schools visitin the Academy.  […]Read More »
  • Make your Mark

    Make your Mark

    A report by Maymunah Bashir:  This week the Academy participated in the annual ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot.  This ballot aims to highlight what young people across the country believe is the most pressing issue in society. Last year approximately 970,000 young people from across various schools, colleges and youth organisations took part.  This year we […]Read More »
  • Operation Bale

    Operation Bale

    Miss Haycock, Leader of PSHE & Transition:  On Friday 16th September, Year 7 students took part in a workshop “Operation Bale”. It was run by the Safer Travel Partnership, made up of officers working for West Midlands Police, Centro and National Express. Uniformed officers from the partnership delivered a presentation to students promoting anti-social behaviours […]Read More »
  • Insight 23rd September 2016

    Insight 23rd September 2016

    Check out the 23rd September 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Year 11 Parental Support Evening

    Year 11 Parental Support Evening

    Mr Nation, Assistant Principal:   On Tuesday 12th September selected students and their parents/carers were invited to attend a special information evening at the Academy. The evening set out the importance of students taking control of their learning and fully utilising the revision resources we have on offer. Changes to the new GCSE’s in Maths and […]Read More »
  • Student Leaders

    Student Leaders

    A report by Abigail Boden (Leader of Student Leadership Team, COFO): COFO stands for Creating Opportunities for Others. We aim to raise money and awareness for charities that we strongly believe in. We are the largest student led team with twenty nine active members. This term we will be raising money for Children in Need […]Read More »
  • Open Evening

    Open Evening

    Our annual Open Evening will be taking place on Monday 19th September from 6.15pm to 8.30pm. This will provide an opportunity for prospective students and their families to come and look around the Academy. In order to support preparations for this event the Academy will close to students at 12.40pm on that dayRead More »
  • Insight 16th September 2016

    Insight 16th September 2016

    Check out the 16th September 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Welcome Back

    Welcome Back

    Mr Hatch, Principal: Welcome back after the fantastic summer break. I really hope that you all enjoyed some relaxing holiday time and spent time with your loved ones. The staff have all come back thoroughly refreshed after the break and we also welcome some new staff to our ranks, you will be able to see […]Read More »
  • Open Evening

    Open Evening

    Our annual Open Evening will be taking place on Monday 19th September. This provides an opportunity for prospective students and their families to come and look around the Academy. In order to support preparations for this event the Academy will close to students at 12.40pm on that day  Read More »
  • Insight 9th September 2016

    Insight 9th September 2016

    Check out the 9th September 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Holly Hall Academy Awards

    Holly Hall Academy Awards

    Mrs Malone, Vice Principal:  The Holly Hall Academy Awards evening took place on Wednesday, in recognition of the outstanding achievements of our students in Year 9 and 10. Phil Coldicott, our Local Enterprise Advisor  was a welcome guest helping to present the awards alongside Michael Price, Chair of Governors. During the afternoon our Academy Awards […]Read More »
  • Year 11 Prom

    Year 11 Prom

    Miss Macefield, Intervention Coordinator:  The Year 11 Prom took place at Himley Hall on Thursday 14th July. The students arrived to a 007 Casino Royale themed evening. A hot buffet was enjoyed followed by a disco. Ryan Turner and Divina Matondo  were crowned Prom King and Queen at the end of the evening. Luckily the […]Read More »
  • Travel Academy Update

    Travel Academy Update

    A report by Year 8 Student Leaders Tyler Arrowsmith and Charlotte Thomas:  Following a meeting with MP Ian Austin, Councillor Ahmed and Councillor Bills, we are pleased to report that the markings on the road outside of the Academy have been re-painted to make it safer.  The Travel Academy are really happy with the progress […]Read More »
  • Wolverhampton University Visit

    Wolverhampton University Visit

    Miss Westwood, Mathematics KS3 Coordinator:  On Tuesday 12th July fifteen girls from Year 10 went to Wolverhampton University to take part in their ‘Women in STEM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) day.  During the day they spoke with many women that are leaders in Engineering and who work for companies like BMW and Rolls Royce. […]Read More »
  • Insight 15th July 2016

    Insight 15th July 2016

    Check out the 15th July 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Induction Day

    Induction Day

    Miss Haycock,  Transition Coordinator:  On Monday 4th July, Holly Hall Academy welcomed Year 6 students for their Induction Day. The students experienced a typical day at the Academy.   In Maths they looked at forensic study and pyramids.  In Science, students participated in practical experiments in the laboratory.  At lunchtime, students were given the opportunity to […]Read More »
  • Primary Cooking

    Primary Cooking

    Ms Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology and Catering:  At Holly Hall we aim to work closely with our feeder primary schools to ensure the transition from primary to secondary school goes as smoothly as possible. As part of this process, we invited students from our local primary schools to come in and experience cooking in […]Read More »
  • Enrichment Day 6

    Enrichment Day 6

    Mr Townley, Enrichment Coordinator:  Enrichment Day6 will be taking place on Monday 18th July.  The theme for the day is a challenge day where students will be scoring points for their form group around a carousel of activities.  These will be a mental challenge to test students brain power, a physical challenge based around activities […]Read More »
  • Insight 8th July 2016

    Insight 8th July 2016

    Check out the 8th July 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Strike Action 5th July – School open as normal

    Strike Action 5th July – School open as normal

    The teachers strike on the 5th of July will not effect the opening of the Academy.  Holly Hall Academy will be open as normal on Tuesday 5th of July.Read More »
  • Battle of the Somme Community Event

    Battle of the Somme Community Event

    Miss Rawlings, Intervention Coordinator:  On Tuesday 28th June, the Academy hosted a free community event to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme. This was the largest battle fought on the Western Front during World War 1. Whilst ultimately Britain was victorious, there was an enormous cost in terms of human life.   More […]Read More »
  • Academy Awards Ceremony

    Academy Awards Ceremony

    Mrs Lee,  Director of KS4:  Preparations are now well under way for our annual awards events. The Year 7 and 8 Awards Ceremony will take place at 2.00pm on 13th July and the Year 9 and 10 Awards event will take place during the evening from 7.00pm. If your child has been nominated for an […]Read More »
  • Premier League Reading Stars

    Premier League Reading Stars

    Miss Harrison, Coordinator of English:  Last week eight Year 8 boys attended the Hawthorns, home of West Bromwich Albion football club, to take part in the Premier League Reading Stars author event. The Premier League Reading stars is a group which is run by Miss Harrison and Mr Ward and it supports and encourages students […]Read More »
  • Healthy Eating Week

    Healthy Eating Week

    Ms Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology and Catering:  Last week students took take part in Healthy Eating Week.  They had five challenges to complete and all students who took part have been presented with certificates.  All participants were entered into a prize draw. Sandra Tanska (7MIL) was the lucky winner and was presented with a […]Read More »
  • Have your say – Ingredients

    Have your say – Ingredients

    Last week all year 7 and 8 parents were sent a text with the following link to a short survey, if you haven’t already please follow the link to give us your opinion. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8Z2S972 We would like to provide all students at KS3 with ingredients for food lessons for a small financial contribution (no more than £10 […]Read More »
  • Battle of the Somme Evening – Tuesday 29th June 2016

    Battle of the Somme Evening – Tuesday 29th June 2016

    The ‘Great War’ or ‘World War One’ (1914-18) was arguably the most calamitous experience in British History with nearly 1 million soldiers killed.. Whilst ultimately Britain was victorious there was an enormous cost in human life and war material. There was not one family who was untouched by the depth of this total conflict which […]Read More »
  • Travel Academy meet with MP

    Travel Academy meet with MP

    Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal:  On Friday 17th June we were lucky enough to welcome Cllr Ahmed, Cllr Bills and Ian Austin MP to Holly Hall Academy. We discussed safety and travel together with other issues we identified as a Travel Academy.  Some of the issues were: à The hazard of the grassy mound outside the pedestrian […]Read More »
  • The Big First Aid Lesson

    The Big First Aid Lesson

    Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal:  Some Year 10 students will have the opportunity on Friday afternoon to watch ‘The Big First Aid Lesson Live’. This is an interactive hour-long online programme that is streamed live and covers a whole range of first aid scenarios including chest pains, seizures and insect bites. There will be live demos, incredible real […]Read More »
  • EU Referendum

    EU Referendum

    Mr Clarke, Maths Teacher:  This week, in tutorials students were presented with balanced argument both from the people who wanted to leave the EU membership and from those who wanted to stay. They should now have a better understanding of the issues debated in the referendum and know what the facts are and what is […]Read More »
  • Insight 24th June 2016

    Insight 24th June 2016

    Check out the 24th June 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • UK Junior Maths Challenge

    UK Junior Maths Challenge

    Miss Westwood, Mathematics KS3 Coordinator:  We have now received the results from this year’s  Junior Maths Challenge.  Well done to all students who took part.  Below are the students who were awarded certificates. YEAR 7 BRONZE CERTIFICATES Karter Arrowsmith, Jaymeon Burgher, Vinnie Cattell and Kamil Zugaj BEST IN YEAR:  Karter Arrowsmith YEAR 8 BRONZE CERTIFICATES […]Read More »
  • Mr Townley – Astronomical Talk

    Mr Townley – Astronomical Talk

    When Mr Townley is not teaching students, he can often be found teaching fellow astronomers about solar astronomy and solar physics.  Last weekend was one of these instances, when Mr Townley was invited to speak to over 100 guests at a conference for the Irish Astronomical Association at Trinity College Dublin.  Mr Townley says “I […]Read More »
  • Healthy Eating Week

    Healthy Eating Week

    Miss Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology and Catering: This week Holly Hall has been celebrating Healthy Eating Week.  Free fruit has been given away each day in Scotty G’s to encourage students to eat their ‘five-a-day’ and free drinks have been given away in T6 to encourage students to select more healthy drinks. The drinks […]Read More »
  • Insight 17th June 2016

    Insight 17th June 2016

    Check out the 17th June 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • The Great War 1914-18

    The Great War 1914-18

    The ‘Great War’ or ‘World War One’ (1914-18) was arguably the most calamitous experience in British History with nearly 1 million soldiers killed.. Whilst ultimately Britain was victorious there was an enormous cost in human life and war material. There was not one family who was untouched by the depth of this total conflict which […]Read More »
  • Busy Times Ahead

    Busy Times Ahead

    Mr Hatch, Principal:  Welcome back to what is always the busiest half term. We hope that you had a fantastic break and made best use of the weather. Whatever you did we hope that you really enjoyed it. This week we have been delighted to welcome back Year 11 during this critical phase of the […]Read More »
  • Book Quiz

    Book Quiz

    Miss Harrison, Coordinator of English:   On Monday 6th June, Year 8 students Natasha Hussain, Neelam Khadim, Alliya Rahim and Azaan Sharif (pictured) took part in the quarter finals of the annual Dudley Library Service Secondary Book Quiz which was held at the Wordsley School.  In order to take part, they had to read four different […]Read More »
  • Farewell

    Farewell

    This week we say farewell to Miss Caddick, Director of Student Services.  She has worked at the Academy for 9 years. We wish her success in her new post.Read More »
  • Science Master Class

    Science Master Class

    Mr Jabore, Director of KS3:  Eight lucky Year 10 students have been awarded certificates from Bishop Milner School after completing Science Master Class sessions over the past three months. The students participated in four sessions which included experiments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The final session included the ceremony to award the certificates. The aim […]Read More »
  • Insight 10th June 2016

    Insight 10th June 2016

    Check out the 10th June 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Enterprise Advisor Initiative

    Enterprise Advisor Initiative

    Mrs Turton, Intervention Coordinator:  The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership is working with The Careers and Enterprise Company to roll out a new national initiative – a network of Enterprise Advisors across the Black Country.  Enterprise Advisors are volunteers from around the world who work directly with school and college leaders to bridge the gap […]Read More »
  • Travel Academy Meets MP

    Travel Academy Meets MP

    Tyler Arrowsmith (9WRD), Co-Leader of the Travel Academy:  On Friday 20th May the Holly Hall Travel Academy Team received a visit from our local MP, Ian Austin.  We talked about the changes we would like to make to the Academy to make it safer on and around the roads.  Ian agreed with our ideas for […]Read More »
  • Poetry Winners

    Poetry Winners

    Miss Gibbs, English Teacher:   You may recall, in a previous edition of INsight, that a group of students wrote poems for the Young Writers Poetry Trials competition.  Students competed against many schools nationally including grammar and private schools.  We are very proud to announce that the following students’ work is now being published and being […]Read More »
  • Farewell

    Farewell

    This week we say farewell to Mr Davies, Senior Science Laboratory Technician.  He has worked within the Science Department  for over 7 years and  he will be a huge loss to the team.  We all want to thank him for his hard work and wish him success in his new post.  Read More »
  • Insight 27th May 2016

    Insight 27th May 2016

    Check out the 27th May 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Message from the Principal

    Message from the Principal

    Dear parents, carers and friends of the Academy, I hope that you have been taking advantage of the improvement in the weather recently. I am writing to invite you to attend a new approach in parental consultation which I would like to introduce at Holly Hall called “Parents’ Forum”. I intend to have these events […]Read More »
  • Exam Focus

    Exam Focus

    Mr Parmar, Senior Assistant Principal:  Year 11 have successfully completed their 1st full week of GCSE examinations and deserve a well earned rest – unfortunately, the exams do not stop for anyone and so we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the following – Ensure your child attends the Academy with […]Read More »
  • Pizza Fest

    Pizza Fest

    On Thursday this week, ‘Pizza Feast’ was the theme in Scotty Gs.  Students enjoyed   delicious homemade meat feast and margherita  pizzas and spinach & Ricotta calzone.Read More »
  • Insight 20th May 2016

    Insight 20th May 2016

    Check out the 20th May 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Letter From Ofsted

    Letter From Ofsted

    Please click here to read the letter we received from OfstedRead More »
  • Your Future Your Choice

    Your Future Your Choice

    Mrs Turton, Intervention Coordinator:  Birmingham City University offer a Summer School for Year 10 students who are curious about higher education.   Your Future Your Choice gives students an opportunity to find out what it is like to study at university, and in particular a research-led institution like Birmingham. We are pleased to report that Abigail […]Read More »
  • Cancer Awareness Session

    Cancer Awareness Session

    Mrs Lee, Director of Key Stage 4:   On Wednesday lunchtime Lynn Howells, School Health Advisor and two colleagues ran an information session on testicular and breast cancer.  Leaflets were distributed and the Health Care team gave invaluable advice to our students.   The students who attended were very mature and asked some great questions.  Health awareness […]Read More »
  • Think First Police Programme

    Think First Police Programme

    You may recall that five Holly Hall students took part in the Think First Police Programme during the Easter holidays (featured in INsight 15th April).  Think First is a five day interactive programme for 13 to 17 year olds looking at the consequences of certain behaviours that affect young people and enables them to learn […]Read More »
  • Skydive

    Skydive

    Alisha Jarrett (11STE) is doing a charity tandem skydive on 11th June. Mary Stevens Hospice were very helpful when both her  grandfather and a close family friend passed away,  To say thank you, Alisha is raising money to help the charity.  If you would like to sponsor her, helping raise funds for the fantastic local […]Read More »
  • Insight 13th May 2016

    Insight 13th May 2016

    Check out the 13th May 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Great Birmingham Run

    Great Birmingham Run

    On Sunday 1st May, Miss Thomas took part in the Great Birmingham 10k Run. The race began at Millennium Point, made its way past the Bullring in the city centre (as well as up a couple of hills!) and even included a lap of the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. She achieved her optimistic goal of running it in under an hour, crossing the finish line in […]Read More »
  • Holly Hall Reads

    Holly Hall Reads

    Miss Harrison, Coordinator of English:   Revise anyhow, anywhere!  This week ‘Holly Hall Reads’ features our first ever students: Joseph Erskine, Elliott Jackson, Tyriq Allison and Joseph Morgan all in Year 11. Reading is important for so many reasons.  It is really important to read a good book for pleasure and enjoyment as all of our […]Read More »
  • Start of GCSE Examinations

    Start of GCSE Examinations

    Mr Parmar, Senior Assistant Principal:   Students have already been actively involved in their external GCSE examinations as part of the practical elements – Drama presentation, Science ISAs,  Language oral assessments, PE moderation day and the Art and Design timed assessments. These all form a crucial part of the final grades that will be awarded to […]Read More »
  • Mr Nation’s Calculations

    Mr Nation’s Calculations

    Mr Nation, Director of Core:  Thank you to everyone who entered Mr Nation’s competition.  The correct answer was 17 million people voted ‘yes’ and 8.5 million voted ‘no’. Well done to Zahra Hussain (11DAS) whose name was drawn from all of the correct entries received.  She is pictured with her W H Smith gift voucher. […]Read More »
  • Insight 6th May 2016

    Insight 6th May 2016

    Check out the 6th May 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Enrichment Day 5

    Enrichment Day 5

    Mr Townley, Leader of Arts & Design:  Enrichment Day5 took place on Wednesday 27th April. Year 8 students visited RAF Cosford to look at how airplanes have changed through history.  Here’s what some students said about their day. Neelam Khadim (8HAR):  “The trip was amazing.  We saw planes that were used in the war and […]Read More »
  • Celebrating Shakespeare

    Celebrating Shakespeare

    Miss Harrison, Coordinator of English:  In assemblies this week, we have been celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Assemblies have been focussed around how Shakespeare has influenced the society in which we live.  Did you know that many current pop artists are influenced by Shakespeare.  The Artic Monkeys song ‘I bet that […]Read More »
  • Cookery Reminder

    Cookery Reminder

    Mrs Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology:  Could students please remember to bring in their cooking ingredients for week commencing 2nd May 2016. Year 8 – Bread Year 9 – Jam tarts  Read More »
  • Insight 29th March 2016

    Insight 29th March 2016

    Check out the 29th April 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • NOTIFICATION OF INTENTION TO PROCESS PUPILS’ BIOMETRIC INFORMATION

    NOTIFICATION OF INTENTION TO PROCESS PUPILS’ BIOMETRIC INFORMATION

    Mr Parmar would like to inform all parents and carers that the Academy wishes to use information about your child as part of an automated (i.e. electronically-operated) recognition system. – This is for the purposes of paying for food in  Scotty G’s, borrowing from the library, accessing Academy printers, monitoring attendance and gaining access to […]Read More »
  • Visit to Oxford

    Visit to Oxford

    Mr Elliott, Year 10 Intervention Coordinator:  On Tuesday 19th April ten Year 10 students enjoyed a fantastic taster day at Oxford University.   The university is the second oldest surviving university in the world. Interestingly, Hitler was intending to use Oxford as his capital if he conquered England, which is why it was not bombed during […]Read More »
  • Health Awareness

    Health Awareness

    An article by Deputy Head Girl, Paige Moran (11DHE):  This week, assemblies were based on raising awareness of health issues and the services provided. The Academy Nurse, Lynne Howells talked about her role and how she can help students with concerns such as weight loss, healthy diets and asthma. If you wish to speak to […]Read More »