We have worked hard to refine our remote learning offer, based on our experience of the first lockdown and the past term. Your child’s education will be as close to in-person learning as possible and students will follow their normal timetable.  

We will continue to connect with the school community and deliver the curriculum at home through Microsoft Teams and Sharepoint, where resources will be available on an ongoing basis.  

Students learning from home must complete the assessment task at the end of the lesson and submit. Student progress will be measured based on submissions. We expect students to spend between 7 – 8 hours learning each day, including breaks, lunch and homework. 

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely: 

  • live teaching (online lessons) 
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers) 
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) 
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home 
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences 
  • assessments in the form of quizzes, available at the end of each scheduled session. 

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. To find out how we can support you and for more information around home learning guides, please see the online support and equipment section of our website – in this section you also find information about equipment and devices. 

If your child does not have digital or online access, teachers will be in touch daily to ensure thorough assessment of progress can take place. 

Blended Learning & Student Timetables

We have made some changes and improvements to how our students can access their remote learning. Live Lessons, Guided Lessons which students will access independently and be supported by pre-prepared materials, and Assessments.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

A full guide to accessing and using Teams for parents can be found here: 

Access to the Internet/Equipment  

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact the school by emailing [email protected]  

We will contact you to advise you of the availability of devices, including laptops, tablets and devices such as dongles that enable an internet connection. We are also able to support a request for additional data allowances currently being provided by some mobile communication providers.

In the short term, if your child has issues accessing learning online, we can arrange for printed packs. Requests for printed packs should be made via, [email protected], you must state the name and form of your child and a contact number so we can get in touch.

If your child does not have digital or online access, teachers will be in touch daily to ensure thorough assessment of progress can take place. 

Questions & Troubleshooting 

If your child experiences difficulties with logging into Microsoft Teams or you have any general questions about online learning, please contact us by:    

  • calling the school on 0121 729 7100 between 8:00am and 4:00pm    
  • emailing us at [email protected] 

We understand the stress and anxiety that students and parents will be experiencing. Tutors will continue to keep a close eye on students’ resilience and wellbeing. We have excellent pastoral care in place for any student who requires it. Should you have any concerns about your child’s welfare, please do not hesitate to contact their tutor to discuss any additional support we can provide.

You can email the Student Welfare team:

[email protected]

Mr O’Brien (DSL) & Miss Hyde (DDSL)​
Mrs Patel, Mr Robinson & Miss Lewis (DDSL)

Your email will only go to the staff in this team.

The emails are checked between 9:00am and 3:30pm weekdays during Term Time.

You can also speak to the team on 0121 729 7160 during normal school hours.

Parents and Carers Supporting Home Learning

We know as parents and carers it can be difficult to know how best to support your child. Here are some quick tips for supporting your child outside of the virtual school day:   

  • ensure they are online for tutor time at 8.30 each morning 
  • know your child’s timetable and ensure they stick to it 
  • ask them about assignments set and what they still have left to complete 
  • encourage them to use the screen breaks and plan their day to get lunch at the designated time 
  • make some time for practical activities, such as arts and crafts, exercise in the afternoon  

Remember, you are not alone, many parents are facing the same challenges. Gov.UK provides some detailed guidance on the website and you will find more information in the pamphlets below.  

Outside of the school community, there are several support services available to students and parents:  

YoungMinds provide help and advice on mental health for both children and their parents. 

Every Mind Matters provides expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. 

For foodbanks visit Find Foodbanks Brum

Kooth is an online chat and resources website providing direct help for 10 – 25yr olds.  

For both our mental health and physical wellbeing it is important we keep moving over the coming months.  

We invite students and parents to take part in CORE Educations Trust’s daily 25-minute fun fitness films. Suitable for all ages and abilities, the films offer a wonderful way to stay active. You can access the films via our YouTube channel:

What’s more, we’re delighted to be able to offer students and parents access to Les Mills BORN TO MOVE programme. These Netflix-style fun-filled screen-based classes incorporate a range of movement patterns – including strength, stretching, martial arts, core, dance, yoga and mindfulness – designed to support physical literacy, confidence and self-esteem. 

To access the Les Mills platform visit:

If you are not shielding or self-isolating, taking the time to go outside for your daily exercise is also great idea. There are several resources online which provide ideas around exercising outdoors, whether it is a high intensity work out in the garden or a walk around the block. 

Whilst the majority of our students will be learning remotely, we are providing school provision to vulnerable and key worker families.  

Students who are on site will be accessing their live learning timetables using devices and headphones, supervised by pastoral staff.

Full information around vulnerable children and who is classed as a key worker can be found on the Government website:

If your circumstances have changed and you qualify as a key worker, please contact the school:  

Alongside your lessons online lessons, there are several external websites that can help to extend and enrich student learning. Please see below for available resources.

Echo Eternal Horizons Festival

7th January – 27th January 2021

Be the light in the darkness

Throughout January, Echo Eternal present Horizons 21, a festival that partners schools and community groups with survivors of the Holocaust, who share their personal testimonies to engage pupils and communities directly with living history. Using live performance, exhibition and film, the participants then create ‘echoes’ – creative pieces that pay tribute to these survivor testimonies.

Tune in and see some of the work that City Academy have produced on the festival website:

It’s important that we continue to communicate. We have number of ways for students and parents to stay connected. 

Students and families should call the school on 0121 729 7100 between 8:00am and 4:00pm if they require support or email [email protected]  

Here you will find the most recent and up to date home communications. 

REF: PCO/RemoteLearning

January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

I am pleased to inform you that we have made some changes and improvements to the way in which our students can access their remote learning. In response to feedback from parents and students we are moving towards a blended learning approach with three main components of: Live Lessons, Guided Lessons which students will access independently and be supported by pre-prepared materials, and Assessments.

There are several reasons for this change and naturally the more we conduct online learning the more we are refining our approach to what works best. The main reasons for this change are;

  • To enable students to have less screen time, or to be able to better distribute this screen time.
  • To enable teachers to gather more data about student progress, and therefore be able to better support them.
  • To ensure that where issues arise we can act immediately to support parents and carers in addressing them.
  • To improve student wellbeing by adding a daily fitness session.

On the school website you can see all of the information about these changes including more information about the different types of lessons, the timings of the school day and year group specific timetables. I have provided a summary timetable below which simply outlines the times of the day which will come into effect from Monday 18th January for all year groups.

You will also find on the website a series of videos showing how students can access learning and what is required of them for each lesson which I would encourage you to watch with your child so you are both informed and aware of any changes.

All of this will be discussed with your child though their Form group each day on Teams and explained to them by their form tutor, so it is imperative that they attend this session each day at 8.45. It is as vital as ever that students continue to follow their timetable and access all of their learning so we can minimise the disruption to their learning and continue education whilst working remotely. Our staff are working incredibly hard to deliver online learning and we appreciate the support we have from parents in ensuring students are engaging with this.

If your child has been experiencing any problems with accessing remote learning or Microsoft Teams, please contact the school immediately so that we can resolve this. Similarly, if your child does not have a device or internet to access our online learning provision then please contact us. Please contact us by emailing [email protected], or by calling reception on 0121 729 7100.

Yours Sincerely

Mr P. Coleby
Assistant Headteacher

For Student Timetables and an Overview of Blended Learning click the button below.

Home Learning & Support can also be accessed from the Home Page