KS3 Postcard Competition

Design a progress postcard.

The winning postcard will be used by all departments, to raise standards at KS3.

Open to pupils in Y7,8 and 9

Deadline 27th November 2015

Prizes for the best entries

Entries to Mrs Liburd, Mr Braich or your HOY

Many thanks

Mrs Liburd

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Following schools national ‘anti-bullying’ week, Aston Manor Academy’s film-making club successfully picked up the Birmingham City Council award for their anti-cyber bullying video on Friday 20th November. The event was attended by a number of our year seven students, who participated in an anti-bullying workshop, before receiving the award.


A huge congratulations to our year 11 students for making this film and to members of staff  who appeared in the final short film – which can be viewed on our school youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KR4CHpqOyQ


Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge

In 2016 the Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating their Diamond (60th) Anniversary. Therefore for one year only the Duke of Edinburgh
are launching the “DofE Diamond Challenge”.

What is the Diamond Challenge?
This initiative invites anybody of any age to take part in the challenge to raise money for disadvantaged young people in the area.

How do you raise money?
To raise money you must set yourself a personal challenge to complete within the year that fits into one of the 3 categories :
adventure, skill or personal challenge.

Who is getting involved?

Staff at AMA are signing up to the initiative and completing their own personal challenges in order to raise the money for the Charity, which will spend the money on disadvantaged young people in the area.

Staying Safe Online @ AMA

Shortly before we broke up for half term we were lucky enough to have a performance from a special guest who came to deliver a special message about how to stay safe online. Along with performances of some of his latest tracks, ‘I AM’ spoke to students about the importance of online safety and suggested some of the simple strategies students could use in order to make sure that they are safe.

Steel Pans

The Steel Band performed today at the Hilton Metropole for the National Association of School Business Management’s annual conference. They gave a 10 minute recital to a large and very receptive audience. The pupils enjoyed the chance to showcase their hard work this term and to experience performing at such a high profile event. They received many compliments afterwards about the standard of their playing and their professional manner. Well done to all the students who took part.

Well Done D’Wayne!

Congratulations to D’Wayne Campbell, year 9 who came second in a cooking competition in Harborne on 19th November 2015.

The competition was launched by Busy Bees and judged by the executive chef of Simpsons restaurant. They were extremely impressed by D’Waynes technique, skills and the product that he produced. He showed professionalism and was able to work very well under pressure!


Who’s on ITV news? It’s Aston Manor Academy!  Our Year 9 and Year 11 students visited the ITV Central news studios, Birmingham, as part of the ‘Creative Diversity Network’ workshop, experiencing how the news is made and everything that goes behind the scenes. They met the presenters of the news show and had the opportunity to present the news and the weather. The students had an absolutely fantastic day and were fantastic throughout the day! Watch this space – we may have some new ‘Aston Manor Academy’ presenters on ITV news very soon!


-Mr Gogna

National Poetry Day – Light Spreads Across Aston Manor Academy!

While students were busy writing their own light inspired poems and others were in the library creating some light inspired artwork, others were with Mr Dowe in the science creating their own light!

Mr Dowe taught year 8 students about prisms, the spectrum and they even got the chance to make their own sparklers!

Well done to all students involved!

– Miss Mulhearn

The Importance of Being Earnest!

Mrs Jones and Miss Mulhearn took their AS Level English Literature group to the cinema last week to watch the new west end production of The Importance of Being Earnest, which was being broadcast live into cinemas around the country!

‘Laugh-out-loud funny… all-out joy’ – The Times

Staff and students both got a lot from the performance, as it brought the characters and the comedy to life!
– Miss Mulhearn

6th form


AMA celebrate National Poetry Day.  The theme this year is ‘light’.  Pupils wrote their own poetry on light and they attended art workshops in the library where they created light based designs with artist Louise Thompson.

Year 7 3D Star

Year 8 Glow in the dark star

Year 9 Light stencils on canvas

Birmingham Conservatoire BCU Percussion Workshop

The percussion department from the Birmingham Conservatoire visited Aston Manor today to lead a 2 hour workshop with year 9. To achieve their Arts Award Bronze the students must show they have acquired new musical skill. The workshop was a wonderful opportunity to learn how to play tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Some of the students favourite instruments were the vibrophone and marimba. We would like to thank the Conservatoire students and staff who made the workshop so enjoyable.