Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

What does the Key Stage 3 curriculum look like at Arena Academy?

  • The KS3 curriculum intends to promote an enjoyment/love of lifelong learning.

  • The KS3 curriculum intends to develop students’ hooks so that they are capable of conceptual understanding.

  • The KS3 curriculum intends to promote depth of understanding over superficial recall.

  • The KS3 curriculum intends to develop the ‘whole child’.

  • The KS3 curriculum intends to promote students’ employability/readiness for the world of work.

Year 7 students will study Maths, English, Science, Geography, History, RE, French, Art, Music, Drama, Design and Technology, PE and ICT.

How will children of all abilities and needs be supported and challenged during their time at Arena Academy?

At Arena Academy, we support and challenge children of all abilities and needs to ensure that they achieve their potential. Targeted intervention will be provided at any stage when needs exist to ensure that our students excel and become the best version of the person they want to be. Staff members in the High Attainers, SEND, Student Support and Inclusion Teams work hard to provide a personalised learning experience that caters to students of every ability and need, to ensure that they thrive throughout their time at Arena Academy.

How much contact will parents and carers receive about their child’s progress?

Arena Academy is committed to working alongside parents and carers to offer students the best possible school experience. Regular home-school communication is vital to support Year 7 students through this transition. Parents and carers can expect:

  • To receive three school reports – one each term.

  • A Year 7 Settling In Evening, where parents and carers are invited to meet with their child’s Form Tutor

  • Letters sent home and posted on our school website

  • Regular staff contact – text messages, phone calls or meetings

  • Regular updates from Arena Academy on our school website, Twitter and Instagram

  • Year 7 Parents’ Evening

How many students are in a class?

The average class will have 30 students, however class sizes can vary dependent upon the ability and needs of the students. In core subjects such as Maths, English and Science, lower sets can have between 10 and 20 students, to ensure that all students receive personalised learning support to achieve their potential.

Who can my child speak to if they need support?

Your child’s Form Tutor will play a vital role in supporting them through the Year 6 – 7 transition and throughout their time at Arena Academy. Students will be encouraged to speak to their Form Tutor in the first instance, if they have any questions or need support. Our team of teachers and support staff are friendly and approachable, we always encourage students to speak to somebody if they have a query or need help. Mrs Chance and Mrs Sinclair are part of our Student Welfare Team and are available if students have any concerns or just need somebody to talk to.

Who can I speak to if I have any questions or need to share information about my child?

Please find the details of key staff members if you have any questions or would like to share information about your child:

Mrs C Kilroy – Deputy Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
ckilroy@arena-birmingham.academy

Mr N Jones – Deputy Head Teacher for Quality of Education
njones@arena-birmingham.academy

Miss C Hassell – Assistant Head Teacher for School Improvement
chassell@arena-birmingham.academy

Miss K Guest – Director of Personal Development (KS3)
kguest@arena-birmingham.academy

Mr J Parker – Director of Inclusion
jparker@arena-birmingham.academy

Mrs K Whitehouse – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
kwhitehouse@arena-birmingham.academy

Mrs J Chance Student – Welfare Team
jchance@arena-birmingham.academy

Mrs E Sinclair Student – Welfare Team
esinclair@arena-birmingham.academy

Mrs K Bhamra – Attendance Officer
kbhamra@arena-birmingham.academy

Miss L Davey – Medical Team
ldavey@arena-birmingham.academy

Miss C Hall High- Attainers Coordinator
chall@arena-birmingham.academy

What are the arrangements for dropping off and collecting my child from school?

If you plan to drop off and collect your child from school, we ask that you do so by the school gates or further down the Beeches Road. Please do not walk up to the student entrance of our school. We have a small staff car park at the front of the school that gets very busy in the mornings and after school.

Can my child cycle to school?

Yes! There are bike racks by the student entrance of Arena Academy, available for students of any age to use. We recommend that students use a bike chain to secure their bike throughout the school day.

Will my child have a locker? Where can they leave their bags and coats?

Students do not have access to a locker and will need to carry their school bag and other belongings around the school building. Students may be able to leave their coat and PE kit in their Form Tutor’s classroom during the school day, however this is at the Form Tutor’s discretion. Our staff members teach in a variety of classrooms, so cannot always ‘look after’ students’ belongings during the school day, therefore we recommend that students keep their belongings on them at all times.

What can I do if my child has lost a coat or bag?

If you child has lost a coat, bag or any other item they should go to our school reception or the medical room, where the lost property is kept. They should also tell their Form Tutor or teacher that they have lost that item. We recommend writing your child’s name on all uniform, PE kit and coats so that these items can be easily returned if lost. Our staff members are very busy during the school day and unfortunately may not have time to help you or your child look for a lost item.

How will my child know where to go in the school building?

Your child will be given a two-week lesson timetable which will state the subject, the teacher and the classroom for each of their lessons. We operate a one-way system in Arena Central, which is the main area of our school and where most of our corridors are accessible from. Students will quickly learn where each of their classrooms are but they can always ask somebody if they are lost. Teachers and older students are always happy to help direct a Year 7 student to their classroom!

Are there extra-curricular clubs that my child can attend?

Your child can attend a wide range of extra-curricular clubs during lunchtimes and after school. The PE department run a variety of sports clubs such as football, basketball, netball, fitness, dodgeball, cricket, athletics, badminton, table tennis and handball. Students can also attend lunchtime clubs in our Art, DT and ICT department and an after-school games club in the library. We encourage students to get involved in as many areas of school life as possible, as we aim to develop the ‘whole child’.

What are the lunchtime arrangements?

Year 7 and 8 students will spend their lunchtimes together, Years 9, 10 and 11 will have their lunchtime at a separate time. Year 7 students will have their lunchtimes from 1.25pm – 2pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays and 12.50pm – 1.25pm on Thursday and Fridays. Students can bring a packed lunch or buy food from the school canteen. They can spend their social times in Arena Central, the school playground or the canteen.

How much money will my child need for school lunches? How do we pay for school lunches?

Students can buy a meal and a drink for £2.30. Some students bring extra money to buy breakfast or a snack at break time. Arena Academy operate a cashless canteen. Parents can upload money on to their child’s Parent Pay account online or students can add money to their account using the two machines found in Arena Central. Students then use their fingerprint or a 4-digit pin number to pay for their food in the canteen.

What type of food is available to buy from the school canteen?

There is a wide range of food available to buy from the school canteen before school and at social times. Breakfast is served from 8am and students can enjoy toast, waffles, sandwiches and other breakfast items. At breaktime, students can buy sandwiches, fruit, cakes, cookies and drinks. At lunchtime, there is a variety of hot and cold food available. Students are able to buy chicken, fish, burgers, wraps, pasta, curry, jacket potatoes, chips, rice and sausage rolls. The meat served in our school canteen is not halal, however are vegetarian options are available. we cater for students with specific dietary requirements and encourage students to speak to the catering team about these.

Is my child eligible for Free School Meals?

You are entitled to Free School Meals for your children if you receive one of the following;

  • Income Support

  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you aren’t also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for 4 weeks only after you stop qualifying for Working Tax

  • Credit

  • Universal Credit

There is more information regarding Free School Meals here.

Where can I buy Arena Academy school uniform

For further information regarding school uniform, please follow this link.

Can my child wear black pumps without a logo?

Arena Academy students are required to wear smart shoes to school – trainers, pumps or boots are not allowed. We advise parents not to spend money on shoes that could be classed as trainers, pumps or boots, as they will need to buy a new, suitable pair of shoes in September.

If you have any further questions please email Miss Guest, Director of Personal Development and Welfare for Key Stage 3, at kguest@arena-birmingham.academy who will be happy to help!