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Zoo Lab (KS3)

Learning about how animals are adapted to the rainforests, this links to GCSE Geography.

Zoo Lab Zoo Lab


Year 11 Field Trips (KS4)

Part of the GCSE course. Last year we went to the River Cole and Birmingham city centre

Outdoor Learning (KS3 & KS4)

Within every scheme of work we incorporate mini field trips around the school site, to prepare for GCSE.

 Aspire for Equality

A small group of Year 9 girls (Save Our City) went to speak at the Aspire for Equality Leadership conference in London. The girls took part in the Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Competition last year and although they didn’t make it to the national finals, their passion, and enthusiasm for protecting the world around them caught the attention of the Solutions for the Planet CEO, Jen Baughan. Jen suggested that the girls apply to speak at the conference and from over 700 applications, Save our City was shortlisted.

On the day of the conference, the girls addressed a room of over 200 leaders from business, politics and the charity sector. Their presentation focused on the power of young people in the fight against climate change and urged those listening to find ways to support and empower the young people in their own lives to work for change. Unsurprisingly, they received a roaring applause and standing ovation, and many of the audience came to congratulate them personally on a fantastic speech.

The girls spoke with such confidence, passion, and maturity – we are so proud of all that they have achieved – and they continue to practice what they preach through their work with the Eco-Committee and by mentoring the current Year 8s who are taking part in Solutions for the Planet this year.

Well done Save Our City!

Solutions for the Planet (KS3)

SolutioS4TPns for the planet is a social enterprise that brings together schools, businesses and communities to develop sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Hodge Hill has taken part in their ‘Big Ideas’ competition for a number of years; it is a national competition in which pupils work in teams to develop a big idea which could help solve a sustainability problem that exists in the world today. There are a number of competition rounds, with regional finals held at local universities like Aston University and the national final held at the Houses of Parliament in London.

The project helps pupils to develop their STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), oracy and presentation skills, team work and problem solving abilities along with a deeper understanding of some of the world’s biggest problems.

 Click Here for the Solutions for the Planet – Big Ideas Competition 2021

Eco Committee

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Eco-Committee as we’ve been focusing on improving our three priority areas of biodiversity, energy and global citizenship around the school.

Our Year 7 pupils have been researching the best tree species to plant in urban areas. This is in preparation for the tree planting later this term whilst the whole Eco-Committee has been discussing plans for our first fundraising event.
Currently, we are working towards our Silver EcoSchools award which requires us to audit our school curriculum to assess which subjects teach or engage with environmental issues as well as improving how we communicate our ideas and updates with the rest of the school. 

Trip to the Dorset Coast (KS4)



24 Year 10 Geography students and 8 members of staff spent the weekend in Swanage on the Dorset coast.

Saturday was spent visiting Durdle Door, where some pupils were brave enough to paddle in the sea before walking along the coastal path to Lulworth Cove. After exploring the rock pools and eating a lot of ice cream, we had dinner in Swanage before returning to our accommodation. The trip was rounded off on Sunday with a visit to the Old Harry Rocks, where we also saw a number of different coastal management strategies in action.

It was wonderful to see the pupils developing new friendships and having fun – they were a real credit to the school throughout the whole trip!

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Barber Institute (KS4)

 Barber Institute


Holocaust Memorial Day (KS3 & KS4)

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place annually on the 27th January, a select group of Year 9 Hodge Hill students took part in listening and becoming a witness to one of a few final survivors of the Holocaust. The webcast was streamed live to hundreds of schools, organisations and individuals across the world to mark the remembrance of six million Jewish Europeans murdered, as well as four million murdered individuals during the years 1933 to 1945.

Susan Pollock was taken to Auschwitz in 1944 after Hungary was taken over, she lost 50 members of her family during the holocaust before the camp was liberated in 1945. She went on to marry another survivor of the Holocaust, and her brother also managed to survive the camp.

Before hearing Susan’s story the pupils were given the chance to discuss what they thought a survivor would be like and what questions they would have for her. All students were fantastic listening to Susan’s story and engaging in their reflections as becoming witnesses. The group were incredibly respectful and engaged, a real credit to their year group.


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RE enrichment consists of visitors coming into school to broaden students understanding of what it means to be a believer across KS3 & KS4.

Visitors into school have included:

  • Birmingham City Mission
  • The GSUS live Bus
  • A representative from the Jewish Faith
  • Someone from Islamic relief

Jesus Christ Superstar

Staff from Birmingham City Mission came in to deliver all Year 7 RE lessons as part of a scheme of work called Jesus Christ Superstar. They taught students about Christian beliefs about the death and resurrection of Jesus using videos and texts from the Bible. Students said it was really interesting to learn about how these events affect the lives of Christians and that the information will be really useful to them for their final assessment in the Jesus Christ Superstar topic.