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Contacting the Team

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Year 8 team by leaving a message with Reception or by emailing our enquiry address with, for example, ‘FAO Mr Challender’ as the subject.

We aim to respond to phone calls & emails as quickly as possible, & certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching & may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day or the following Academy day.

By telephone:      0121-464 2737 (main school switchboard)
By email:              enquiry@harborneacademy.co.uk

Vision

Ensuring that all students have the opportunities to reach their full potential in a safe and positive learning environment. Also guaranteeing that student’s feel valued and appreciated for their individual attributes and beliefs.

Year 8 is a very important year for students with them choosing their options, so we want to offer the support and advice needed for students to make the best choices for them to develop. It is important that learners are provided with ‘Exceptional Provision for Exceptional Students’.

Mr Challender

Year 8 Inspirational Quotes

  • “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing the best you can today.” – (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)
  • “Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” – (Brian Tracy)
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – (Nelson Mandela)
  • “Without failure there is no achievement.” – (John C. Maxwell)

Attendance & Punctuality

At Harborne Academy we expect students to be present in school every day. They should only be off school if they are very ill. A cough or cold is not a reason to not attend school. We are happy to offer support to overcome barriers to good attendance, please contact Miss Malpass if you have any concerns.      

Attendance figure

Year 8

Whole School

This academic year

(This table will be populated at the end of each half term.)

Last half term

Year 8 Student Voice

Pastoral Student Voice Results (Summer Term 2019)

Question

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

I enjoy coming to school.

40%

60%

0%

0%

I feel safe & happy at school.

80%

20%

0%

0%

I know where to go in school if I need to talk.

73%

27%

0%

0%

Bullying is rare at Harborne Academy & when it does happen, it’s dealt with quickly.

27%

73%

0%

0%

Staff treat all students equally regardless of their sex, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

67%

27%

7%

0%

The school teaches me how to keep healthy.

40%

60%

0%

0%

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Student Council Representatives

The Student Council meets with Senior Leaders of the School on a weekly basis to share suggestions, questions & concerns with them. Students are encouraged to share their ideas with the representatives for their year group.

The representatives to the Student Council are:

Aliyah, Azlan, Ranya & William

 

Events/Important Year 8 Dates for this Year

Date

Event

21/09/2019

Harborne Artsmile

26/09/2019

International Languages Day

27/09/2019

Visiting poet – Matt Windle

10/2019

The Big Draw

10/2019

Live-stream performance – Dracula the Ballet

03/10/2019

National Poetry Day

04/10/2019

Visiting author – Safiya Ahmed

10/10/2019

Theatre visit – Private Peaceful

18/10/2019

Charity Non-Uniform Day

25/10/2019

Theatre visit – Circus 1903

11/2019

Remembrance celebration

15/11/2019

PSHE Day 1 – Health & Wellbeing

w/c 18/11/2019

Student Pastoral Voice Survey

w/c 16/12/2019

100% attendance celebration

19/12/2019

Y8 reports issued

15/01/2020

House Party

Previous Events with Year 8

Event

Description

Year 7 Remembrance Service

Students came together for a special Remembrance Service.

Black Country Museum

All students took a trip back in time to Victorian Britain at the Black Country Museum

Awful Auntie theatre trip

Some students attended a showing of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie at The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham

Christmas Concert

A range of performances from students and staff at Harborne Academy.

100% Christmas Brunch

Students with 100% attendance attended a brunch with their Progress Leader and Attendance Officer with a film of their choice.

Valentine’s Disco

Charity disco

World Book Day

Students were invited to attend school as their favourite book characters.

Science Fair

Students were able to access a range of scientific activities at lunch time

Linda Newbury

Author of ‘Girls for the Vote’ and ‘Tilly’s Promise’ came in to talk about her books.

100% attendance brunch

All students with 100% attended a brunch with their Progress Leader and Attendance Officer with a film of their choice.

RSPCA Debate and Debate Mate contest

Two groups of students headed out to debate hot topics during the school day.

Trench Brothers

Uniformed soldiers came to show students what trench life was like and brought along WW1 artefacts.

PSHE Day

A drop down day where students were off timetable to complete a range of workshops on healthy bodies and healthy minds.

Tom Palmer

Author of numerous historical/sport fiction books.

Belgium Trip

Students went on an overseas trip to Belgium and its war graves

Sports Day

Whole school sports day

Drayton Manor

A year group reward trip at the end of the summer term.

100% Summer Brunch

Students with 100% attendance were taken for lunch on this day.

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