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.


On Wednesday 30th September, year 11 GCSE Drama students visited the Alexandra theatre to see the excellent ‘SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ (based on the film and Stephen King story) – Starring Ian Kelsey and Patrick Robinson.  Not only were we treated to an incredible piece of theatre, but we also had the amazing opportunity to meet and talked to one of the show’s stars – Ian Kelsey.  Our (huge) thanks to the cast and crew at the Alexandra Theatre, as well as Mr. Kelsey – for his wonderful insight into the show and the profession of acting (and some funny backstage stories about the shows he’s worked on – “Email me!”)  We recommend you visit the production, which continues to perform until Saturday, before continuing on tour.  We wish them the best of luck and thanks!

Steel Band lessons

We have places available for Steel Band. If you are interested in joining – please sign up with Mrs Derrick in music.

Royal Mail’s Young Letter Writer Competition!

This week marks the start of National Letter Writing Week and what better way to celebrate than to enter Royal Mail’s Young Letter Writing Competition!

The aim of the competition is to write a letter to an employer applying for their dream job. We’d like to know why it’s their dream job and why they would be the right person for the job!

If you would like to enter the competition – please see Miss Mulhearn in D16 for more information!

Good Luck!

Year 11 Theatre Trip!

All year 11 students must bring their reply slips for the English department theatre trip to watch Of Mice and Men back in to school as soon as possible!

See Miss Mulhearn in D16 if you need another letter!

Sign up! Sign up!

If you are learning an instrument or wish to start learning an instrument then the contracts and payment need to be in by the end of next week.


African drumming





Bass Guitar

Drum Kit

Steel Band


are all being taught this year.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to further your skills

Letters can be collected from Mrs Derrick

New Term starts

Aston Manor Academy is open for the following year groups on Monday, 7th September:

Year 7 only (registration at 8.45am).

Year 13 enrolment will also take place on Monday, 7th September (from 10am onwards).

Any year 12 students who have not yet enrolled should also attend (from 10am onwards).

Tuesday 8th September will be a normal school day for all pupils (registration at 8.45am)


Year 12 Personal Statement Workshop

The current Year 12 students began the process of applying to universities with a ‘Personal Statement’ workshop on Wednesday. The Life Skills Company visited and they ensure that students are given expert guidance on how to produce an outstanding personal statement. Students really enjoyed the session and completed their first draft by the end of the day.

Mr D.Preston
Assistant Headteacher

Poetopia Winners!

Our latest poetry book has finally arrived and it is full of Aston Manor students’ work!

A huge congratulations to all the winning entries! Keep up the hard work!

The book is displayed in the library. If you want to see your name in lights and get your work published in a book, there is still time to enter our latest competition, Grim Tales!

For more information, see Miss Mulhearn in D16.

– Miss Mulhearn

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