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News - Latest News - 2013 - 2014
Media Day 2014

On Friday 11th of July, Year 8 came off timetable to enjoy our now annual Year 8 Media Day. As part of this event, every student in Year 8 participated in one of the following media related workshops:

Television, Radio, Blogging, Newspapers, Advertising or Documentaries. We were once again lucky enough to welcome in four guest contributors, who work in Media, to help us run the event and these were Jim Lee, a Radio Presenter for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra,

Carly Manktelow, a Technical Demonstrator at Birmingham City University, Stan Ilic, a freelance Sports Producer and Jairo Lugo-Ocando the co-ordinator of the MA in Global Journalism and the Erasmus and international officer of the Department of Journalism Studies at Sheffield University.

This proved, yet again, to be an extremely exciting and successful event.


Alumni Open Day 12 July 2014

Another glorious day of sunshine heralded the second of these ventures.

School grounds were in good condition to receive between 150-200 old boys by our estimation. For the most part they were leavers from the last 20 years, but at least two gentlemen (whose names I have forgotten sorry) had been at the school in the 1950s before moving to Kings Heath to finish their career.

The barbecue was again served by Banners and the beer came from the Birds brewery in Bromsgrove. We are grateful to both suppliers for their support and to our new Head Master, Martin Garrod, for funding the day.

This year we had a cricket challenge between Team Khan (Mohsin 2006) and Team Qureshi (Saad 2006) and they managed to strike a quirky balance between fun and competition. Mohsin was the victorious captain as his side won by 20 runs in a 360 run T20 feast. Mo Asaf hit 63 and Harris Hussain took 3/22 to see them home. As they were finishing the class of 2012 arrived to sweat it out on the pitch with an impromptu game of football. Both events boosted the numbers attending and I am very grateful to all boys who helped organise the sports action.

The front of school was the main hub of the day and plenty of old boys were found there swapping stories and touring the school to reminisce. The AFS contributed hot and cold refreshments, cream teas and strawberries – all very civilised.
Our thanks to all of you who came, staff and pupils past and present. Let us have ideas for future years.


Stop Press - National Cipher Challenge

The National Cipher Challenge is a nationwide, online code breaking competition which sees students pit their wits against 'Harry' in a bid to crack codes as quickly and accurately as possible. In the penultimate round, 'The Modest Geniuses' (Sam England, Tom Else and Matt Else) were one of eight teams to be awarded a £25 prize for correctly decrypting the 'A' challenge. The boys have been competing for several years, and thoroughly deserve this prize.
Musical Success


Matija Novovic (Violin), Harry Atkinson (Double Bass), Siddharth Sharma (Voice) and Fazal Shah (Recorder)


We are delighted with the success of four of our talented musicians.


Siddharth Sharma (9S)

Siddharth has been a chorister in Birmingham Cathedral Choir for five years, and rose to become Head Chorister in his final year. In the summer he was presented with choir’s Chorister of the Year Award 2013.


Matija Novovic (11X)

Matija plays violin with the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra, the Academy Chamber Orchestra and school Concert Orchestra. He recently gained a Diploma on the violin with distinction.


Fazal Shah (11X)

Fazal is a member of the Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia, and earlier in the year played a recorder concerto with the Solihull Symphony Orchestra. He recently gained a Diploma on the recorder.


Harry Atkinson (10X)

Harry is a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra, Academy Chamber Orchestra and school Concert Orchestra. After lengthy auditions earlier in the term, he was delighted to find out that he has gained a place in the prestigious National Youth Orchestra.
Music Results
Many congratulations to the large number of boys who were successful in the Associated Board or Trinity ‘grade’ examinations last term.

Name Instrument Grade Class
Henry Campos Guitar 1
Dhyan Naik Guitar 1
George Downing Drums 2
Aakash Masani Flute 2 Merit
Alex Lee Flute 2 Merit
Alfie Green Alto Saxophone 2 Merit
Soumitra Chakravarti Guitar 2 Distinction
Abhijit Pandit Violin 3
Puney Jain Guitar 3
Thomas Mansfield Guitar 3
Joseph Malt Guitar 3 Merit
Daniel Faulkner-Moss Saxophone 3 Merit
Primo Agnello Clarinet 3 Distinction
Stephen Mander Drums 4
Siddharth Sharma Alto Saxophone 4
Albert Chang Violin 4 Merit
Max Johnson Trumpet 4 Distinction
Ravi Bange Clarinet 4 Distinction
Philip Beckett Theory 5
Ishmael Silvestro Violin 5
Sanchudaan Murugesu Violin 5
Wesley Blackhurst Bass Guitar 5 Merit
Fazal Shah Violin 5 Merit
Joseph Meehan Clarinet 5 Distinction
Kushal Varma Piano 6
Azeem Hanjra Timpani 6 Merit
Richard English Double Bass 7 Merit
Edward Lawrence Piano 7 Merit
Andrew Hawkin Oboe 7 Merit
Samuel Way Bassoon 7 Distinction
Azeem Hanjra Piano 8 Merit
Max Cheung Guitar 8 Merit
Kyle Reed Piano 8 Merit



Special mention must be made of two extra outstanding results.

Alex Naylor gained grade 8 in piano with distinction earlier in the year. This summer he added to this grade 8 in both Clarinet and Alto Saxophone, again with distinction.

And Matija Novovic, in Year 11, gained a Diploma in violin with distinction. This is the level above grade 8.

Name Instrument Grade Class
Alex Naylor Alto Saxophone 8 Distinction
Alex Naylor Clarinet 8 Distinction
Matija Novovic Violin Diploma Distinction