Be Bold, Be Ambitious, Be Collaborative, Be Kind

Useful information for Parents, Carers and Pupils

Worried about a child

Childrens advice and support service

0121 303 1888

After 5PM and weekends

0121 675 4806

Childline -

0800 1111

Emotional Wellbeing (Children)

Forward Thinking Birmingham

0300 300 0099

Or call Pause on

0207 841 4470

Kooth -

Emotional Wellbeing (Adult)

Birmingham Healthy Minds

0121 301 2525

Text "BHM" to 60777 and request a call back

Mind -

0121 262 3555

Support for families (Housing/Debt)

The Project -

0121 453 0606

Shyelter -

0808 800 4444

Northfield Families -

Monday - Wednesday: 07516918133 Thursday - Friday: 07951346327


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Welcome to King Edward VI Balaam Wood Academy

We hope that our website will give you an insight into our Academy – the way we work and what we offer, but we also hope it reveals something of the vision which drives us to continually improve as an Academy.  At Balaam Wood Academy we have a very clear aim where we want every pupil to leave us prepared for life and work in the 21st century.  That they are able to make the most of every opportunity afforded to them and that they contribute positively to society.

We have high aspirations for, and high expectations of every single one of our pupils. We strive for success for all. We challenge and support every pupil to achieve the best results they possibly can and also to gain the skills they need to become the best possible citizens they can be.

We are committed to providing a safe, caring, happy, challenging and structured learning community where each pupil is nurtured and feels valued and is motivated to reach their full potential.  Every member of our school has a key role to play in creating a highly motivated learning community, enjoying the challenge of raising standards and promoting pride in academic achievement.

We want all of our pupils to develop a ‘can do’ attitude, be confident, adaptable, resilient and independent and develop all important employability skills. Each pupil should be able to reach their learning potential in a healthy, safe environment through an enjoyable, stimulating and challenging curriculum.

Our talented and dedicated team of teachers and support staff work in close partnership with parents / carers, governors and the wider community to offer the best educational opportunities for all pupils.  High quality teaching is a key priority at Balaam Wood Academy and the relationship between staff and pupils underpins inspirational, supportive and effective teaching and learning.


Our Values:

Be Bold, Be Ambitious, Be Collaborative, Be Kind


We are delighted to be joining the King Edward VI Academy Trust.  The mission of the Trust is to make Birmingham the best place to be educated in the UK.  As a family member of the Academy Trust, we will be joining the following schools:

King Edward VI Aston School
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
King Edward VI Five Ways School
King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls
King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy
King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy

Our joining of the Trust will allow for planning opportunities for our staff and pupils to engage in activities that, as a standalone school, we would not have been able to offer. This will include joint approaches and the sharing of expertise around Teaching and Learning, cultural experiences, trips and bespoke support for all of our pupils as is required.

Damian McGarvey


Upcoming Events

Find all the latest events taking place at Balaam Wood School, from partents evening to community days.

Online Safety

Find all the latest information about keeping your children safe online.


Find all the latest policies and procedures available in downloadable PDF format.

Exam Results

Click to see the latest results from Balaam Wood School
Excellent school, both of my children have done and are doing brilliantly.
Ms A Dowling


Very proud of my child and what she has achieved.

Miss C Povey


Thank you, ‘my daughters education’ here is positive and she has a bright future ahead, thank you to this school.
Mrs A Orgill


Get in Touch

At Balaam Wood School, we are always happy to receive communication from our parents, please feel free to get in touch.
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Access to Education are hosting a free ‘making sense of autism’ online training session- follow the link below to register.

AET Early Years Making Sense of Autism July | Access to Education (

You will also find information and free resources for parents of children with other Special Educational Needs, such as dyslexia, physical difficulties and learning needs. Access to Education | Information for Parents (COVID-19) (


Please note there will be no BCFC Kicks session on Friday 28th May 2021.


Aimhigher are hosting another Parent’s and Carer’s live webinar. This webinar will focus on talking about the future, and will take place on Tuesday 25th May at 7pm. To sign up, please use the following link



Upcoming Staff Training Days

Thursday, 24 June 2021 and Friday, 25 June 2021


15 Day Attendance Challenge Commences on Monday May 10th. Pupils attendance must be 100% during this period to be eligible for rewards and prizes on offer.





We have been informed that a child has been followed home yesterday by a middle aged man who took some photographs on his phone. This is just a reminder to be alert and report anything suspicious to the Police and school.

Birmingham Local Offer (SEND)


UniFest 2021 -



Hello Parents and Carers! We have created a series of presentations to provide information relating to the Aimhigher programme and Higher Education / University. The second presentation focuses on the post-16 options available to your child, including A-Levels, BTECs, and Apprenticeships. To access the presentation, please click the following link …




It is national careers this week and I wanted to draw your attention to our schools' careers page. Please watch the 2min loom video explaining how to find the page and some of its key features. I encourage all parents/carers and pupils Yr9-11 to access this resource. Many Thanks Miss Quinn






National apprenticeship week 8th Feb sign up for FREE  USING LINK BELOW Y10+11 PUPILS PARENTS/CARERES

Webinar Details:

  • Monday 8th February, 3pm - 5pm
  • 12 Different Apprentice highlight journeys
  • Open to all year groups in Y10+ Y11
  • Opportunity to ask questions and find out about other young people's career journeys
  • Learn about different types of apprenticeships, some myth busting and a few prizes along the way!
  • Free event for all students, teachers and parents

Registration Link:


Parent/Carer Questionnaire: Remote Learning Reflections


Click the images below to find out more


**UPDATE** Class Charts is now restored

Please note the Class Charts service is currently being restored and we have been informed it should be restored by approximately 9:30.


Hello Parents and Carers! We are creating a series of presentations to provide you information relating to the Aimhigher project, post-16 options, education and University. The first presentation focuses on Aimhigher and the APPA who works in your child’s school. To access the presentation, please click the following link:


We can confirm that the academy will be back open  tomorrow (Tuesday, 26 January 2021) for vulnerable and key worker provision only. All expected pupils should attend at the normal time.


Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

Due to the weather conditions and dangerous roads, school will be closed to all staff and pupils tomorrow, Monday 25th January.

Learning for all pupils will therefore be on-line.  All pupils should continue to follow their timetable in accessing their lessons in the normal way.

Apologies for any inconvenience however the safety of staff and pupils must always be our priority.

Best wishes

Mr McGarvey



Teachers will still be acknowledging hard work and effort through our reward system. Pupils who achieve ‘stickers’ will be sent a unique code to upload onto Carrot Rewards.


Our text/email messaging system is still experiencing issues so we are unable to send or receive messages via these methods currently, for any urgent enquiries, please contact reception via telephone on 012146449901.


Our text/email messaging system is currently down so we are unable to send or receive messages via these methods currently, for any urgent enquiries, please contact reception via telephone on 012146449901.


Balaam Wood kindly requests that should your child still require a device or internet access, please complete our new questionnaire by Friday at 3PM. Home School Learning & Internet Questionnaire - *New* 12/01/2021


School Reception Hours Update

8.30 until 3.30 each day until further notice


Join Aimhigher Plus at our free Transition from Year 11 Webinar for Parents and Carers on Tuesday 19th January (7:00-7:30pm). We'll be talking about how to support your child in choosing the right course and how to help with their college applications. AHWM - Parents and Carers Transition from Year 11 Webinar Survey (


Remote learning Update
Accessing remote learning

**Year 10 teachers are live online during lessons to support pupils with real time responses.**

Whilst your child is away from school we are committed to ensuring that they have access to the full curriculum and are able to complete work that they would normal complete in school.

All pupils , who are working at home must follow their normal timetable while they are away from school. Subjects will be setting work for completion and pupils should aim to mirror their school day as closely as possible to make sure they complete work in a timely manner. Some practical lessons, such as PE, will not be setting remote learning.

In Year 7-10 work can be found on Class Charts and Year 11 will use Teams to access remote learning. Year 10 and 11 BTEC PE classes will use Teams to continue to receive guidance around their coursework and revision.

Year 11 teachers will be live online during their timetabled lessons to support pupils with any questions they may have and to provide real time responses. All pupils will be expected to complete all work set and upload completed work via assignments. We will be closely monitoring who is accessing  and completing the work and staff will be in touch if a pupil is not completing work

All work will be online by 9am the day of the lesson and pupils should aim to complete the work and submit to the teacher the same day.

Further Support

If you or your child have a subject specific problem, please contact your child's teacher via email or through Class Charts or Teams messaging. If your child is emailing school, please use their school email address.

**If you require a Class Charts login please contact reception**

**If you need IT support please contact**

For any other enquires please contact the school reception.

----------January opening of schools - 30th December 2020----------

Following the announcement made by the Government this evening (30.12.20) please be aware that Year 11 pupils will return to school on the 11th January. Years 7 - 10 will return on the 18th January. We will put in place provision for pupils where parents/carers are key workers or pupils who may be in need of additional support.   We will be in touch with individual families as appropriate to discuss the arrangements.

Further details will follow for Year 11 in relation to their mock examinations.  They should continue to prepare for the exams with the expectation that they will commence at some point during the week beginning the 11th January.

We are currently planning the roll-out of in school Covid 19 testing.  We are aware that there may be anxieties around this with pupils and families.  Please note that we will be contacting families as soon as possible with more details.  An overview of the testing process is now available on the website.

Details in relation to remote learning will be shared as soon as possible.  Arrangements will also be made for the provision of free school meals.

If you have any queries please contact us on:

Please keep an eye on the website and our Twitter account for updates.  Please also note that the details above may alter in relation to changes of guidance from the Government / DFE.

Very best wishes




Balaam Wood Academy kindly asks that you complete the critical worker questionnaire by 12:00 noon on Friday 1st January so that we can plan and provide the correct provision required. Critical Worker Questionnaire


You may be aware of an announcement by the Department for Education today to stagger the start of the new term in January for certain year groups. Please be aware that this is also the first time that the Academy had been made aware of this decision and we are working hard to plan our provision.

As such all Year 11 pupils will be expected to physically attend from Tuesday 5th January. They will be following their normal timetable. We will also be making arrangements for the children of key workers and pupils who may need additional support to attend school during this week. All other year groups will be working remotely from home.

I would ask you to bear these arrangements in mind particularly if you may need to make agreements for child care during the week commencing the 4th January. We will continue to update you over the coming days with additional information and arrangements.


There will be no Birmingham City Football Kicks training on Friday 18th December 2020.


Due to the updated DfE guidance, school will now close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Thursday, 17 December 2020 which will be a Non-School Uniform Day.



King Edward VI Balaam Wood Academy hope to be part of a whole school SEND review process, in order to take part in this effectively, the EEF requires information on the pupils and their data from Years 8 & 9. Please see details below (EFF Parent Information Sheet), if you wish for your child not to be included in the data, please request a withdrawal slip from Mr Nolan via email: or phone 01214649901.



Just to confirm that the Academy will close for the Christmas holidays on Friday, 18 December 2020. Details for the final week of term will follow in due course. We would also like to confirm that Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 January 2021 will be Staff Training Days and that all pupils will return on Wednesday, 6 January 2021..


We are holding a Staff Training Day on Friday, 20 November 2020 and therefore, no pupils are expected in school on this date only. Thank you!


Year 11 Careers Survey -


We would like to confirm that all year groups will be returning on Monday, 9 November 2020. We look forward to welcoming back all of our pupils on Monday.





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School phone lines are fully operational again. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.



Start Right is accessible for pupils arriving between 8.15am - 8.20am as pupils will need to be escorted upstairs. If pupils arrive after 8.20 they will be asked to go to the playground with the rest of their year group. Please note that due to the inclusive nature of Start Right sessions, these activities will need to be cross bubble. We appreciate your support during these unusual times.


UPDATE: Face Coverings in School
Since we wrote to you yesterday it has been confirmed that the Department for Education have advised that Birmingham schools will now be moving to Tier 1. This means that face coverings should be worn by staff and students when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. As such we strongly recommend that you ensure your child brings and appropriately wears a mask from Monday morning. For guidance in relation to masks please refer to our Guide to Parents and Carers. Thank you for your support in keeping our school community a safe and healthy place. Below you will find the appropriate section from the DfE guidance:

Where local restrictions apply
In areas where local lockdowns or restrictions are in place, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils (in years 7 and above) in areas outside classrooms when moving around communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain such as corridors. (DfE Guidance for full opening: Schools, 10th September 2020)



Home School Learning & Internet Questionnaire

Dear Parents/Carers, We would be grateful if you could complete the Home School Learning & Internet Questionnaire using the link below by Friday 11th September.

Home School Learning & Internet Questionnaire


Dear Parents and Carers,

We have updated our Parent Guide and it is important that you familiarise yourself with the changes. We have made amendments to the following sections: Uniform, Supporting Your Child and we have added an Appendix 1 on face coverings in school. Please read them carefully and we hope you are all safe and well.


BTEC results have been received and have been emailed out to pupils via their school email address


You may have seen Government guidance announced today on wearing face masks in schools. Thank you for your enquiries. We are currently reviewing this guidance with our pupils, staff and community in mind and will inform all of an update in due course. If you have any worries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


IT results have been received and have been emailed out to pupils via their school email address.


We have been assured by Pearson that the BTEC Sport & Performing Arts results will be issued by 28th August. As soon as we receive them, they will be emailed to students.


Please visit the following link on our website for more information regarding results 2020.


Please see a return to school guide for September 2020 available below for download.


SEND Parent and Carer Survey: Deadline 15 July 2020

A new survey has been launched this month aimed at Birmingham-based parents/carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The short survey, which takes around 10-15 minutes to complete, captures feedback from families about their experience of the Birmingham SEND service, including views on the support provided by the service during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To take the survey please click here:

The survey will close on 15th July 2020.


Please find the link below for the Voluntary 121 Meetings for parents of Pupils in Years 7 8 9 survey. Please complete the survey no later than Tuesday 7th July 2020.

Voluntary 121 Meetings for parents of Pupils in Years 7 8 9 survey


We would like to bring to your attention that the Department for Education have confirmed that schools will not remain open over the summer holidays and there is no expectation that schools open for key worker and vulnerable children over this period. We are alerting you to this as soon as possible so our families can make necessary adjustments as required.


Our Year 6 Transition Page is now live, Year 6 Transition


Northfield Families Flyer


We have been advised that the Free School Meal ordering site (EdenRed) will be unavailable between 8am Saturday 13th June 2020 and 7pm Sunday 14th June 2020 due to maintenance work.


We have been advised that the Free School Meal ordering site (EdenRed) will be unavailable between 10pm on Wednesday 10th June 2020 and 6am Thursday 11th June 2020 due to maintenance work.



We have been advised that the Free School Meal ordering site (EdenRed) will be unavailable between 10:00pm tonight and 7:00am in the morning due to maintenance work.


Please find updates below to the current situation in regard to schools and Covid-19 along with FAQs.


Our school text messaging service is now back up and running. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused with communications.


Our school text messaging service is currently down so we are unable to send or receive texts, we are hoping for this to be restored ASAP. We are still contactable via telephone (voicemail) or email should you need to get in touch with us.


You may be aware that the Government have announced for the potential for Year 10 pupils to return to education in a limited manner from 1 June 2020. The details surrounding this announcement are not clear as yet. I want to assure our parents and carers that we are preparing for many eventualities, with pupils and staff health and safety being at the centre of our thinking. Our aim is to keep you informed of any updates as and when the developments and arrangements become clear. Please be assured and keep in touch. Mr McGarvey.


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Please see updated information from EdenRed regarding issues with redeeming FSM vouchers below:

Some of you may have experienced some slow running of the administrator online ordering website and the eCode redemption website on 27th/28th April due to an identified issue with the system. This also means that many people were experiencing ‘Invalid eCode’ error messages on the eCode redemption website. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and reassure you that our teams have worked hard to deploy a solution which has now rectified the problem.




We are trying to identify what IT students have access to at home to better support home learning during these uncertain times. If parents from Year 7 - 10 could please fill in the questionnaire below if would be greatly appreciated.

Home School Learning & Internet Questionnaire

FSM Update 20/04/2020: We are working as hard as possible to get the latest FSM vouchers out to FSM Families but as per the media coverage, the DfE system is currently struggling due to the overwhelming demand. We will update all our FSM parents as soon as we know more.

GCSE results will be published on the 20th August as normal, we will provide further guidance closer to this time.

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We are aware of issues with the system being used by the DfE to issue vouchers and we are working closely with them to ensure families receive their vouchers as soon as possible. If you need any additional support, please email:

Week 2 Birmingham City Council FSM vouchers have now been sent out via Email/SMS, if you have any issues please email

End of Term Letter available below or from our letters section on the website.

Throughout the Easter Holiday reception will be closed from 9.15am. To contact the school please use the enquiry email ( or in the case of an emergency call:

WB 06.04.20 – 07740865005

WB 13.04.20 – 07368261804

Further guidance has been announced today on how exam grades will be awarded to Year 11 pupils, please see letters below.

Could all FSM Families please complete the survey from the link below to help us identify if any additional FSM provision is required over the Easter period

FSM Additional Easter Provision Questionnaire

We are trying to identify what IT students have access to at home to better support home learning during these uncertain times. If parents from Year 7 - 10 could please fill in the questionnaire below if would be greatly appreciated.

Home School Learning & Internet Questionnaire

School meal Update: We have yet to receive the information we need from Birmingham City Council to send out the electronic vouchers.  The processing of the information for the council is a huge undertaking – so we all need to be patient and supportive.  We will continue to provide packed lunches for collection from school (12.00 – 12.30) until the situation is resolved.

All Free School Meal Families will be receiving an Email/SMS providing a unique digital eVoucher to use with the system that has been put in place by Birmingham City Council for FSM provision. As soon as we have received this information from the council we will get it out to yourselves. Please see the attached document below for guidance on how the system will work.

We are proposing to use a voucher scheme to allow families to purchase for themselves food in relation to free school meals. We are hopeful (but this has not yet been confirmed) that we will be able to launch the voucher scheme from Monday 30th March 2020. The scheme will operate via an electronic voucher being either emailed or sent via SMS to a chosen device. Could you please complete the form by Friday 27th March 2020.

FSM Questionnaire

Until further notice reception hours will be 9:00AM to 12:30PM Monday to Friday.  If you need to speak to a member of staff out of hours please leave a message or email

Supporting home learning - Shared from ‘The Key’ online resource, Home ideas and suggestions on how to support your child while learning at home. All letters relating to the current situation and guidance can also be found under Parents > Letters on the website.

We are only expecting pupils tomorrow from families who were contacted by the school on Friday. Even if you were contacted we would urge you to consider if sending your child to school is your only option.  The best way for us to combat the virus is to ‘socially distance’ from each other as best we can while continuing to safeguard our community.

Provision in school will be similar to that of a pupil working at home. Pupils will be completing the work folders that have already been distributed.  To allow us to follow guidance – pupils will be working in a situation which sees us socially distancing from each other.  Our aim is to keep pupils and staff safe and to support the response of the nation to the current situation.

There are notifications going around social media informing parents they need to share their bank details in order to receive FSM money.
They vary in what they say and how they are worded so the important message to parents is the same as always, do not share bank details with anyone and to make sure any advice you are getting is from a reliable and recognised source.

Our latest letters regarding school closure, Coronavirus updates, information on Key Workers and the latest Dfe Exam Grades Announcement can be found on our letters/newsletter page.This can be found by going to Parents > Letters/Newsletters from the menu across the top.

Please see link below for updated government guidance on key front line workers and complete questionnaire below if meet you the criteria and wish for your child to take up the provision provided from Monday 23rd March 2020.

Government Key Workers

Please complete the questionnaire by the end of the school day.

The government have announced that all schools will be closed from Friday 20th March 2020 to help fight the spread of Coronavirus. However, parents/carers who are frontline key workers (currently identified as: health workers, Police, supermarket delivery drivers and carers for the vulnerable and elderly) have access to provision for their children in the Academy. Therefore, if you fall into this category please can you contact Reception on 0121 464 9901 or via email to inform us that you intend to use this provision as directed by the Government. Please note that we may be asked to prove of your profession.

 Please complete the questionnaire (link below) by Friday, 20 March. If you would like to contact us following this date, please contact:

Parent Questionnaire – if this link doesn’t open, copy and paste the link below into your browser.