Frequently asked questions by students

What subjects will we study at Arena Academy?

You will study lots of subjects in Year 7 at Arena Academy such as Maths, English, Science, Geography, History, RE, French, Art, Music, Drama, Design and Technology, PE and ICT. You will have different teachers, have different books and be in different classrooms for every subject!

What sports can I play?

You can take part lots of different sports in your PE lessons such as football, basketball, athletics, gymnastics, cricket, netball, dodgeball, softball, badminton, rounders and swimming. You can also sign up to play competitions in football, basketball, netball, cricket, athletics, badminton, table tennis and handball!

What uniform will I be wearing?

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

What food can I buy in the canteen?

There is a wide variety of hot food served in the canteen at lunchtimes, such as fish, chicken, burgers, wraps, pasta, curry, jacket potatoes, chips, rice and sausage rolls. We also serve sandwiches, fruit, cake, cookies and drinks. Of course, you can always bring a packed lunch. We also serve breakfast from 8am every morning.

What is there to do at break and lunchtimes?

You can sit in the canteen and eat your lunch, or spend time in Arena Central or on the school playground. There are lots of activities you can take part in at break and lunchtimes too! You can take part in sports clubs, play basketball on the playground and football on the astroturf with your friends. You can also take part in lunchtime activities in the Art, DT and ICT departments.

How much homework will I be given?

We do not do homework at Arena Academy, instead you are expected to complete preparation for each lesson. You will have a list of preparation tasks in your planner, for each subject over the course of a term. Your subject teachers will set you a preparation task and tell you when the deadline is – it is important that you write this down so you don’t forget!

What do I need to bring to school with me?

It is important that you bring a sturdy bag to school with you, to carry all of your books and equipment. Every day, you should bring a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener and your student planner. You will also need to pack your school books, any preparation and specific equipment for your lessons, such as PE kit.

How can I get myself organised for school?

There are a lot of things that you need to remember when you start secondary school, so it is very important that you get yourself organised! You will be given a student planner where you will write lots of important information including your lesson timetable. You need to bring your student planner to school with you every day!

You should sort your uniform and pack your school bag every evening, so that you are not in a rush in the mornings. It is a good idea to check your timetable every evening too, so that you know you have definitely packed everything you need for the next day. On different days of the week, you might need to pack a reading book, schoolbooks, preparation, PE kit or ingredients for cookery lessons!

It is also very important that you give yourself enough time to complete your preparation, it can be stressful if you leave it to the last minute!

If you are walking, cycling or taking the bus to school in September, you might want to practice your journey to Arena Academy with a family member during the summer holidays, so that you know how to get to school and who you will be travelling with.

What school trips will we go on?

Students at Arena Academy have lots of opportunities to go on school trips! If travel is safe, in Year 7 you will be able to attend a trip to PGL Boreatton Park, an outdoor adventure centre. We run rewards trips every term for students with exceptional behaviour and an end of term trip where you pick the destination! You could also visit Normandy, Rome, New York or go skiing in Serre Chevalier, France.

Can I bring my mobile phone to school?

You can bring your mobile phone to school, but it must be switched off in your school bag during lesson times. It is your responsibility to look after your mobile phone. If you are using your mobile phone incorrectly (such as using it in lessons or making a recording of another student) then your mobile phone will be confiscated. You are not allowed to use headphones during the school day and should not bring a tablet or any other expensive device into school.

I don’t know anybody else going to Arena Academy in September and I’m feeling nervous.

Starting secondary school can be very daunting, especially if you don’t know anybody going to your new school. But please don’t worry! There are lots of other people feeling the same as you and will want to make friends. Be friendly and say hello to everybody you meet, get involved in as many activities as possible and you will find that you have made lots of new friends by the end of the first week!

Who can I speak to if I have a question or if I’m worried about something?

There are lots of people you can speak to if you have a question or need to talk. Your Form Tutor is somebody who you will see every morning – they will be there to help you with anything that you might need. You can also speak to your Head of Year, Mrs Chance and Mrs Sinclair in the Student Support team, or any teacher that you want to talk to! You will find that the older students are also very friendly and will be happy to help you!

What should I do if I lose my bag, coat or planner?

If you have lost your bag, coat or planner, you should retrace your footsteps to see if you have left it in a classroom or an area of the school. Ask around – one of your friends might have picked it up by accident. If you still can’t find the item, see if it has been left at the school reception. It is important that you write your name on all of your belongings so they can be returned to you.

What happens if I get a detention?

We do not want any Year 7 students to get a detention! If you are given a detention, your parents will receive a message to let them know when the detention is taking place. Detentions are either 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours long and take place in the canteen every day after school.

Will the teachers shout at me if I get lost?

During your first few weeks at Arena Academy, you might get lost trying to find your new classrooms. Teachers will not shout at you if you get lost, but they will encourage you to be prepared! If you are not sure where a classroom is, you can ask a teacher or an older student and they will be happy to help you! Here are the maps of our school building! Include plans of the school.

Will I get in trouble if I’m late to school?

It is very important that you are on time to school every day, which is before 8.27am. If you arrive late to school, you will be given an after-school detention on the following school day! Make sure that you get yourself prepared the night before, set an alarm and leave your house with enough time to travel to school. Arena Academy is open from 7.30am!

Further Questions

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered, you can ask our Head Students. Sach, Faith, Shonte and Reuben are here to help! Email your question to headstudents@arena-birmingham.academy and check back here for the answer!