NewsBrief Issue 38: 14.07.2023

Issue 38: 14.07.2023

Coming Up This Week…

Early Finish: 21 July at 12.30

School will finish early on Friday 21 July, the last day of term with buses collecting from 12.30pm.

Timetable for last day:

  • 08.55-09.05:   Registration
  • 09.05-10.05:    Period 1
  • 10.05-11.05:     Period 2
  • 11.05-11.30:     Brunch
  • 11.30-2.30:      Period 3
  • 12.30               Finish

Locker Keys

Students must hand in their locker keys before the end of this coming week.  Any unreturned keys may result in no offer of a locker next academic year.

Writing Competition – Closing This Week

Write a 100 word mini-saga with the title Unsolved.  Big prizes to be won!  See Miss Goodwin (M 124) or Ms Heselden (M 126) for more details.  Closing date: 21 July.


Awards Celebration

Well done to all students who picked up an award on Friday’s ceremony.  Much to celebrate with our students and their achievements.  Subject awards, values awards and special awards were given out to many students.

Finance 101

Years 7, 8 and 9 attended  Finance 101 sessions with a speaker from HSBC who talked to the students about current accounts, credit cards and fraud.

Summer Activities for Free School Meals Students

If your child attends a school in Solihull, from reception to Year 11, they could be taking part in a wide range of funded activities including a funded healthy lunch at various locations across the borough this summer.  See poster for details…

Autumn Term Bus Passes Available to Purchase (180, 181 & 184)

Sales for Autumn Term bus passes for Ridley’s 180,181 and 184 will be available to purchase on ParentPay from the 10 July at 5pm.  If your child is joining Heart of England in September, please contact

Passes will be distributed during the first week of school in September.  Students will be able to travel for the first two weeks without passes or until they have received their pass.

Balsall Common Lions: Helping Families

Student council will be running a collection during the last two weeks of term supporting Balsall Common Lions to help families over the Summer holidays. Student council will collect items from each tutor group during registration:

  • Year 7 – tea/coffee/squash/hot chocolate
  • Year 8 – sweet/savoury snacks
  • Year 9 – toiletries/toilet roll/baby wipes
  • Year 10 – rice/pasta/dried food

Thanks for your support with this, the Lions were blown away by the Easter Eggs we helped them with!

From the Heart: Well-being Podcast

Check out our podcast discussions and meditations led by our Well-Being Practitioner Mrs Troughton is available from SoundCloud.  New episode available on Monday.

Heart of England Poppy Project

Thinking quite ahead to November; you are invited to join in with some creative fun, whilst earning money for the British Legion – Make a poppy!  Please send completed poppies into the school, care of Mrs Ashraf.  If any students want help starting off, they can come to the Wednesday Chess/Crochet club in M 201.


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