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.

3rd October 2018

Holocaust Beacon School

Jewellery Quarter Academy is a UCL Beacon School and recognise our commitment to ongoing quality provision for teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

Following our continued engagement with the Echo Eternal project Tom Haward from the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education visited the school to support with our on-going staff continued professional development.

An engaging dialogue continues to develop about how best to innovate teaching and learning about the Holocaust.



How does a school that serves a ward with the highest number of mental health admissions in Birmingham try to actively improve mental health for its students whilst continuing to focus on excellence?

We have taken a rather novel approach to this predicament. We know that so many of our students and parents suffer with a wide variety of mental health issues. We have been fortunate that parents who suffer or work with those who have mental health conditions have spoken to our students in assemblies and given up their time to support but we wanted to go one step further.

Whilst other schools have reduced the amount of time spent on creative subjects like Drama, Art and Design and Technology we have actively increased it along with the number of hours dedicated to PE. In addition, like many Universities, we have a programme of extra-curricular style activities on a Wednesday afternoon. This both broadens the curriculum, our students opportunities and should support in reducing stress which can be a contributing factor in triggering mental health issues including anxiety.

Our children are getting a taster of a wide range of activities, more of which you can see via twitter @COREJQAcademy

Friday 28th September, 2018

We are always looking for Opportunities and Partnerships at JQA as we want our students to experience life first hand.

As part of the national Advertising Unlocked initiative a team of our students visited McCann Birmingham. They are part of the world’s leading ad agency network. Many of our students have aspirations of working in creative industries including in marketing and advertising so this was a first class opportunity for them to visit an award winning company known for its creativity and strategic insight.

We are sure that it has opened our students eyes up to the potential career routes in creative agencies and thank McCann for providing this opportunity.

Wednesday 26th September

Combined Cadet Force – Royal Air Force

We have always prided ourselves on offering #Opportunities that so often seem to be the preserve of Grammar Schools.

We were delighted to be accepted in starting a new CCF contingent at Jewellery Quarter Academy.  This will offer our students a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities.

The aim of our RAF contingent is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. We are sure the leadership skills it will hone will be all important for our students once they leave JQA.

Glen Cadman our School Staff Instructor was joined by existing JQA staff as we launched the application process to join the contingent this week. There is already a ‘buzz’ around school about the life chances this will create.

Tuesday 25th September, 2018


Jewellery Quarter Academy regularly opens its door to visitors but this week saw more than ever visit our school to see if it was the right one for them. It is an anxious time for Parents/Carers and families as they decide which Secondary School is best for them.

We are pleased that so many people visited the school to see if first hand. So many of them left satisfied that they would be sending their son/daughter to the school. Last year dozens of our existing families sent their younger children to our school so it good to see that those who have already experienced life at JQA want the same again!

July 17th, 2018


We are so fortunate to be based in the heart of Birmingham and within walking distance of its great facilities.  Students from Years 7 and 8 were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to perform at the world renown Birmingham Symphony Hall, known for its near perfect acoustics.

The project was championed by Becky Woodcock of the Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Our students worked alongside a commissioned jazz composer and support musicians over a number of weeks. Then following a mass rehearsal with other schools from our community they performed their piece.

July 10th, 2018


The opportunities are endless at Jewellery Quarter Academy and our partnership with the Tennis Foundation has given our students so many life chances this year.

Throughout the year there have been many Tennis related activities including the She Rally where our students met Judy Murray. In addition, our students have had weekly coaching from a Paralympian in how to improve their technique,

However the culmination of the year was the opportunity for our students to go to the Wimbledon Finals.