NewsBrief Issue 02: 15.09.2023

Issue 02: 15.09.2023

Coming Up This Week…

Balsall Common Fun Run 2023

Get ready for the Lily Mae Foundation Fun Run on 17 September!  Details on the event poster…

Tutor Meet and Greet Evening: Monday 18/Tuesday 19 September 3.45pm-6.45pm

  • Monday 18 or Tuesday 19 September 2023 between 3.45pm and 6.45pm. This is an In-school  See letter.

We Will Rock You: Auditions

Auditions for lead roles on Tuesday 19 after school in H003.  The auditions will go no later than 5:30pm, please arrange transport home.  If you want to be a member of the chorus, sign-up sheets are on the doors of H001, H003 and H030



ParentPay is now working normally. Parents/carers can view transactions and see the account balances. Thank you for your patience over the past two weeks.

Lockers for Years 8 and 9 Students

Lockers for Years 8 and 9 students will be available to purchase through ParentPay on Friday the 22 September.

2023 Open Evening: Wednesday 27 September

For those seeking to join us for Year 7 in September 2024 – an opportunity to come and see our offer for your child and experience the atmosphere and warmth of Heart of England School.  Creating Futures.

Early Closure for Open Evening: Wednesday 27 September

School will close at 12.30 to get ready for Open Day on Wednesday 27 September.  Early buses at 12.35


  • Friday 29 September – INSET Day (Professional Development Day) School Closed to Students 

Visit the calendar page for term dates.

Medical Cards

Students who have previously been given a medical card, they can now collect their new ones from the school office.

Flu Vaccination Forms: Years 7-11

Years 7 to Year 11 have been given flu vaccination forms to return.  The vaccination date is 11 October 2023

Careers Fair 12 October 2023: Years 9 to 13

This year’s Careers Fair will be held on the 12 October from 6pm-8pm in the Main Hall.  Directed to Years 9 to 13 students.

We also need volunteers from any career pathway to help out to speak to individual students about their career/how they got into it/qualifications needed etc. and answer questions.  If you can help, please contact: Ms Williams for more information or complete the Microsoft Form to attend


  • Homework Club every Thursday- in M216- from 3.30-5pm- starting from Thursday 14 September
  • Book Club– M124- every Tuesday lunchtime- starting from 12 September
  • Key Stage 4 Book Club: Want to get good GCSE grades in English and become a more accomplished reader? Advanced book club for years 10 and 11 will run during Tuesday lunch times in M125.  Details from Mr O’Brien or Ms Shannon
  • Poetry and Creative Writing Club: Open to all years in M125 with either Ms Shannon or Mr O’Brien
  • Radio Club: want to be on the school radio? Join Radio Club Tuesday/Thursday M215.  Mr Ritchie
  • Garden Club: Tuesday lunchtimes, meeting initially in M035 starting on September 19
  • School Newspaper Club: every Friday lunch time in M125
  • All Year Netball: Netball resumes this Thursday after school in the sports hall/new changing rooms – all welcome
  • Equalistars: Club for students who identify as LGBT+ and allies – meet in H024 every Tuesday

Term Dates

  • Term Commences: Monday 4 September 2023
    • Friday 29 September – INSET Day (Professional Development Day) – School Closed to Students 
  • Half-Term: Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November 2023
  • Term Ends: Friday 22 December 2023

From the Heart: Well-being Podcast

Our well-being podcast continue with discussions and meditations led by our Well-Being Practitioner Mrs Troughton and are available from SoundCloud.   New for September 2023 – Autumn: breathing and letting go.


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