World, Commonwealth, European and Olympic medalist and sprinter Anyika Onuora visited Jewellery Quarter Academy on the 8th July 2019. 

Anyika is a sprinter specialising in the 400m individual and relay events and has won 3 bronze, 1 silver and 1 gold medal. Anyika delivered inspiring back-to-back workshops to both Year 7 and Year 8 students, splitting the workshop into two sections.

Firstly, Anyika passed on her inspiring journey through athletics and how perseverance and passion prevailed along the way. From losing family members to facing major illnesses and injuries to changing specialities midway through her career, Anyika emphatically encouraged the students to chase their dreams and that by staying motivated, determined, inspired and focused, they can achieve whatever they want in the future.

Following her talk, students had the opportunity to take part in an interactive training session led by Anyika, which was used to highlight the intensive training competitive athletes undertake on a daily basis. From warm-up exercises to mindset preparation to starting line etiquette and posture, Anyika taught the students how to be event-ready.

Anyika shares her inspiring story with Headteacher Mr Williams and CORE Education Trust CEO Adrian Packer CBE.

Jewellery Quarter Academy are honoured to have welcomed an Olympian into their school and are incredibly proud of their proactive and engaged students.

Please find below a link to a letter from the CORE Education Trust CEO Mr Adrian Packer CBE


Headteacher letter to parents

The Jewellery Quarter Academy Choir will be representing the school at the Jewellery Quarter Christmas Lights switch-on event on Friday 16th November at The Golden Square on Warstone Lane.

The event, organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID), will begin at 4:30pm with the Jewellery Quarter Academy Choir singing carols. Following this, a live entertainment stage hosted by Free Radio Birmingham will feature performances from a LED Ballerina dance troupe and the Bombshell Belles.

Record-breaking artist Willard Wigan MBE will be this year’s special guest, who’ll be switching on the bespoke jewellery-themed lights and Christmas tree. Willard is known for being the creator of the world’s smallest handmade sculptures of all-time. A recreation of the Coronation Crown was commissioned for Queen Elizabeth II, which is set on the head of a pin.

A firework display from the top of The Big Peg building will bring the switch-on festivities to a close, allowing visitors to enjoy mulled wine, other Christmassy beverages, and tasty treats from local street food vendors Bournville Waffle Company and Canoodle Catering. The event is a great showcase of the local independent businesses and community that populates the Jewellery Quarter, of which Jewellery Quarter Academy sits at the heart of.

We can’t wait to watch the Jewellery Quarter Academy Choir take the spotlight.

Birmingham has been awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This is a very large event for our city and we are proud to have a member of staff, Bryoni performing in the Opening Ceremony.
As part of the wider celebration of the event being handed over to our city, Bryoni recently performed as part of the dance group ‘Street Steps’. We are all very excited to take advantage of the opportunities the 2022 Commonwealth Games will provide for our students and staff

The third Guided Choices’ Evening for Parents and Carers was held on Thursday 19th April.
Forms due back to Reception Friday 20th April.
Choices will be confirmed after the May Half Term.

Week commencing 23rd March saw our Year 10 students swap the classroom and school uniform to experience the world of work.  There was a wide variety of placements including 4 students who were accepted by one of the top Barrister Chambers in London a fantastic opportunity!!! Closer to home we had students working in places from Tesco, to working with reptiles, gaining experience of accountancy and being part of the voluntary sector.  A number of students have returned to school with offers of weekend and holiday placements. The feedback from the employers has been really positive with students representing  Jewellery Quarter Academy to the best of their ability. We are grateful to all employers and thank them for their continued support for our students.

The JQA 2018 Sport Relief challenge saw the return of staff vs students distance challenge! Over the course of Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd March students had to cycle, row, run and cross-trainer as great a distance as possible. Staff were then tasked with the challenge of beating the collective distance of all the students in the school! At 3.30pm on Thursday a target of 450km had been set by the students. The staff were determined to not be outdone by the students and in just over 3 hours staff had reached a total of 480km and therefore beating the students’ total. Great collaboration by both staff and students over the last few days for a worthy cause.

A hip hop group called Vital Signs came to JQA on the 13th of March.  They delivered some very powerful messages through a series of assemblies and a lunchtime concert. Their theme was ‘choices and consequences’.  They shared their own personal experiences around the poor choices they had made in their early lives and the consequences of these.  They then talked about how they had changed their lives for the better.  These messages were supported by music they had written themselves. Our students enjoyed the experienced, joined in with the music and fully engaged with discussions around the key messages. Thank you to Nick and Vital Signs for giving your time to support our students and reinforcing important key messages about life choices and good citizenship.

On Thursday 15th March eight of our Year 10 students spent a day at the BBC in the Mailbox. The students took part in numerous BBC journalism workshops and had a guided tour. They contributed to a live news feeds on the BBC website and then had the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see what is required to produce a BBC news programme. Our students were coached in journalism techniques and then had the opportunity to carry out their own interviews. This day was a unique opportunity and an amazing experience for our students, they told us afterwards it was an experience they would never forget.

Thank you BBC (Mailbox).

On Friday 9th March we held our first careers day. Students attended information sessions about Apprenticeships run by BMET College and Traineeships. They learnt about the types of skills that employers would be looking for and completed a self-evaluation tool to see which skills they were strong in and which ones they needed to develop. The day culminated in a “Careers Fair” where a number of external providers including South and City College, University of Birmingham and Orion Training and Development attended and were available to talk to individuals. There were activities for the students to complete and a variety of literature available for them to take and look at. There was positive feedback about our students and the questions they were asking! Thank you to them and well done to all!!!