DEC 2021-13

Exams Advance Information

On Monday 7th February, the exam boards released their Advance Information, which is intended to help you prioritise your revision. The pupil guide written by the JCQ, who speak on behalf of all of the exam boards, is available here and we recommend everybody reads it carefully:

A key point in the guide is this: “Your revision plans should take account of everything you have been taught.” 

Why should you need to “take account of everything” even if everything is not listed in the Advance Information?

When we learn new things, we build on top of things we have learned previously. Even if we are not asked exam questions about those things we learned first, we might still need that knowledge to understand what we learned later.

For instance, if the Advance Information specifies that there will be questions on Units 2 and 3 but not Unit 1, you might still need to have a good understanding of the material from Unit 1 to be able to answer questions on Units 2 and 3.

Your teachers will explain to you how this works in each of your subjects.

Here is the Advance Information for all of the subjects we teach.

GCSEs - Click HERE

A Levels - Click HERE


National School's Football Week

Next week is National School's football Week here at DEC. This will mean all other clubs in PE, except from planned GCSE moderation will be cancelled, just for this week. Sign-up sheets can be found on the wall outside the PE office. 


KS3 Book Swap

Key Stage 3 enjoyed a Book Swap earlier this week on February 1st. It was brilliant to see so many of our pupils talking excitedly about books and recommending books they had read to others. Enjoy your new books and we look forward to the next one! Watch this space for the Key Stage 4 Book Swap which will also be taking place soon.'


Anti Bullying Ambassadors

Last term was another busy term for the anti- bullying team.

Our year 7’s have now had the opportunity to apply to become an anti-bullying ambassador and they will be announced shortly. A massive well done to all those who have applied.

Anti-bullying week also saw lots of different activities that the pupils were involved in around preventing bullying and what bullying is. This was in the form of PSHE lessons, assemblies and a one kind word challenge. We also allowed pupils to wear odd socks to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness and identities.

Anti-bullying week also gave pupils the opportunity to take part in a poetry competition. This competition saw lots of entries from our pupils and some of the poems were fantastic!

The Diana Award

We will continue to work on our Diana award badges this term. You can click on the link below for some guidance on how you can get involved and come up with ideas from home. We encourage all pupils to have a go!


If you are concerned about bullying in school, please make us aware of the problems so that we can deal with it effectively. Pupils can report any issues to their Form Tutor, Head of House, Ms Faulkner, via the Enquiry email or any member of staff – we are all here to listen!


German Market Trip

Bratwurst and Knoblauchbrot?

On Tuesday 7th December 2021, two full minibuses of students from year 8 set off together with Ms Thompson, Mr Scarth, Mrs Roberts and Mr Chin to explore the German Christmas Market in Birmingham City Centre. Once at the market we split up into groups to complete a trail around the market. The task was to find out what the German signs on the stalls all over the market meant in English, ‘Do you know what Bratkartoffeln, Zwiebeln or Kastanien are?’ So, pupils hunted down to find out by using our knowledge of German and English but also by speaking to the stall holders themselves. Whilst on their hunt around the Christmas Market students tried many different types of food that were on offer- the Bratwurst were a firm favourite! Birmingham’s German Market is also called Frankfurt Christmas Market because it was originally brought to the city from

Frankfurt/Main in 1997 as this is Birmingham’s twin city in Germany. It is the largest Christmas Market outside of Germany and Austria counting around 5.5 Million visitors every year.

Frohe Weihnachten = Merry Christmas!


Advent Calendar of Kindness

When we were looking at how we could celebrate the festivities this year, we asked our pupils, what is it that they wanted to do? We had lot of suggestions from Christmas assemblies to form group parties, non-uniform days to Christmas jumper day. Whilst we have been able to make some of these ideas happen, one idea which really stood out was from a pupil in 7EX1, Grace had the lovely idea of creating an advent calendar of kindness, with a thoughtful act to be completed each day. We were really pleased to be able to bring this suggestion to life and our advent calendar of kindness has not only been shared with the whole school, but across the Matrix Academy Trust too! This means that all our schools in Walsall, Birmingham and Nuneaton can show their kindness to each other throughout December!

Pupils are invited to pass compliments to one another, hold the door open for each other, make a drink from somebody at home and donate to a local food bank throughout the month. There are also activities to complete on the days when school has finished, so it does not stop on 16th December!

Well done Grace for such a kind and thoughtful idea, and well done to all our pupils for taking part on this wonderful gesture.

Want to take part in our advent calendar of kindness?

Please use this image as a guide for the gestures to be completed each day. Have fun!

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Sixth Form Open Evening

Our Sixth Form Open Evening is always busy. Therefore, to keep the flow of people moving and minimise large gatherings we are splitting the evening into two.

There will be an entry time at 5:00pm and then a second one at 5:45pm. There will be a talk from the Sixth Form Team at the start of each of these sessions.

Tickets MUST be booked in advance or you will not be permitted entry. A ticket must be booked for every person attending, including any students. As tickets are limited, please support us by booking only the number of tickets you need and keeping your party as small as possible.

Even with these measures in place, we strongly encourage all visitors to wear face coverings during Open Evening.


Anti-Bullying Week

Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated In England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and takes place from 15 to 19 November 2021 and it has the theme One Kind Word. The week will begin with Odd Socks Day which is supported by CBBC and CBeebies star Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks.

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. This is one of the reasons, that ‘One Kind Word’ has been chosen as the theme of Anti-Bullying Week taking place from 15 to 19 of November 2021.

What's happening at Dame Elizabeth?

  • Poetry competition with Amazon prizes (information will be given out during form time literacy see Ms Homer for more details)
  • Odd sock day – Monday 15th November
  • Assemblies
  • PSHE
  • Poster competition
  • ABA Messages

Turing Scheme 2022

Matrix Academy Trust can proudly announce that we have been successful in two bids for the new Turing Scheme. We will therefore be able to offer experiences across all five Matrix secondary schools for 100 pupils to go abroad to experience life in Spain or Germany in 2022. The Turing Scheme replaces the Erasmus project, which, for many years, has supported pupils to travel, learn and study internationally.

We will shortly be opening applications for 10 Year 8 pupils to apply to go on the Turing Germany project and a further 10 Year 9 pupils to apply to go on the Turing Spain project. Our projects are planned to take place in Fulda near Frankfurt in Germany and the Costa Del Sol in Spain.

For the successful applicants this will be a life-changing opportunity: the chance to travel internationally, working alongside other pupils from the Matrix Academy Trust schools and meeting German or Spanish pupils. Pupils taking part will also take part in pre-mobility work between schools to learn about the host countries culture, language, food, schools and ways of life.


Open Evening

Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting two Open Mornings. The Open Mornings will take place on Monday 27/9/21 and Wednesday 29/9/21. All Open Mornings will have two sessions, the first beginning at 9.15am and the second beginning at 10.15am. Space for these events is limited, and tickets MUST be booked in advance. Book Here.

Open Evening – Thursday 16th September 5.00pm-8.00pm

Our Open Evening is always extremely busy. Therefore, to keep the flow of people moving and minimise large gatherings we are having staggered entry times this year.

These will at 15 minute intervals with arrivals from 4.45-7.15pm

Tickets MUST be booked in advance or you will not be permitted entry. A ticket must be booked for every person attending, including any children. As tickets are limited, please support us by booking only the number of tickets you need and keeping your party as small as possible. Ideally, parties will consist of just one parent/carer and their Year 6 child.

Tickets are available below. Even with these measures in place, we strongly encourage all visitors to wear face coverings during Open Evening.

When you select your arrival window, please note that the Head Teacher’s presentation begins promptly 15 minutes after the first arrival, so if you book the 4.45pm slot you will be ready for the Head Teacher’s speech starting at 5.00pm.

Your child can benefit from unlimited bus travel with a Term Plus Pass. National Express are offering £10 off your first direct debit.
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