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Projects, Partnerships & Awards

Getting involved in Academy life isn’t just about going to lessons. We work with lots of organisations who provide inspiring opportunities to learn more.

At City Academy, students benefit from a range of established partnerships and projects, such as Lion Heart, Football Beyond Borders, Goldman Sachs and “Premier League Kicks” with the Birmingham City Football Club Community Trust. This is in addition to the wealth of performing arts opportunities available in the form of the COREus choir and CORE Education Trust’s Echo Eternal.

We aim to utilise the extensive wealth of opportunity within the city through visits to businesses, colleges, and universities. We do this to enhance the student experience and ensure that students are fully prepared for life after school whether that be further and higher education, or apprenticeships and work.


COREus is a trust-wide vocal group, bringing together students from all four CORE academies to develop their vocal skills and abilities. Working with professional voice coaches and conductors from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University), the COREus students, from Years 8-10, are taught a range of singing skill and performance techniques, to breathe, warm up and use their body to get the best sound.

COREus is offered to students across the trust, as part of a wider creative education and music engagement programme, delivered in partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Recent projects include recording a charity Christmas single, which raised money for Shelter; a live performance on the concourse of Birmingham New Street Station to mark Holocaust Memorial Day; and taking part in “The Voice of our City” A community event celebrating the diversity and passion of young people from across Birmingham.

Echo Eternal

Echo Eternal is a commemorative arts engagement programme inspired by Holocaust survivor testimony to promote respect and understanding between different communities. Through the project, students will discover more about the remarkable life of Holocaust survivor, Maurice Blik.

Students are passionate about affecting change and we have a group of 20 students involved in a Youth Social Action project. They have pledged to make change in our community and ware working on a project that will impact on environmental issues in our area.

Find out more about Echo Eternal

Pearson Teaching Award

Selected from thousands of nominations, the Echo Eternal Project from CORE Education Trust was named as one of the nation’s most inspirational school partnerships, winning a Pearson National Teaching Gold Award 2020 for Impact Through Partnership for outstanding commitment to changing the lives of young people through the Trust’s work.