Maths Team Challenge Regional Finals

It’s been a really exciting term in the Mathematics faculty!

On Friday 29th March 2019, four of DEC’s most outstanding Mathematicians took part the UKMT Maths Team Challenge Regional Finals at Aston University Engineering Academy.

The Dame Elizabeth Cadbury team comprised of Havana King and Arash Jamshidi in year 9, and Jevan Nkimo and Raul Iosif in year 8.  The competition consisted of three rounds – the group round, cross-number and the shuttle round.   The success of this team depended on them working well as a team, as well as applying their Mathematical skills to range of different problems.

Earlier on in the year, on Thursday 7th February, 50 of DEC’s most promising Mathematicians comprising of year 9 and 10 students also competed in the UKMT Intermediate Mathematical challenge, an individual challenge this time.  The challenge involves answering 25 complex problems in one hour and is sat in school under national exam conditions.

This year’s results represent a magnificent achievement with many DEC pupils being awarded certificates. 

It’s not all about the glamour of competition though. Behind the scenes, our team of Numeracy ambassadors have been supporting the progress of our year 7 pupils by running a breakfast club from 8:00-8:40 every Tuesday morning before school. Within this club the Numeracy Ambassadors help the students with their Maths homework and offer them guidance and tuition with any areas they have found challenging within lesson.

We very much look forward to seeing more of our Numeracy ambassadors out and about during Friday morning form time numeracy sessions, presenting “spot prizes” and assisting with the excellent numeracy work that is taking place in form time.

Coming up for the Summer term, our Numeracy ambassadors have some development opportunities to look forward to including a training session run by our Lead Practitioners as well as a special reward to say thank you for all their hard work.


New Wisepay App

You can now access your Wisepay account from any mobile device for quicker and easier payments. Users can now checkout faster with our flexible payment options. Payment cards can be stored securely for repeat purchases, providing you with a One Click seamless transaction on the go.

When prompted, our unique code is 44365117


Trip to Madrid

As part of our aim to promote language and culture in our school, the Modern Languages Department is organising a trip to Madrid for Years 7-9 and we would like to know how many pupils would be interested in reserving a place. 

  • The trip will take place:   14/02/2020 (Fri) – 17/02/2020 (Mon)
  • Duration:   4 days / 3 nights
  • Price per paying person:  Initially £500 based on 30 passengers on a half board basis.
  • Transport:   Flight – From Birmingham to Madrid (up to date UK passport will be required)

The trip will include:

  • 2 x Airport Transfer in Madrid
  • 3 Hour Guided Walking Tour of Madrid
  • Self Guided Visit to Bernabeu Stadium
  • Guided Visit to Las Ventas Bullring
  • Visit to Prado Museum

An initial £120 deposit will be required by 21st of May 2019 to be paid through Wisepay. If you wish for your son/daughter to attend the trip please fill the slip below and return to Mrs Lopez in Room 3 by 21st of May, allocations to the trip will be on a first come first serve basis.

Should you require any more details do not hesitate to contact the school Mrs López on


Parents Only Theatre Performance

Could your child be at risk of exploitation, gangs or County Lines drug dealing?

Free theatre performance at Dame Elizabeth – 4pm on Thursday 11th April in the school hall.

Dear Parents/Carers

As part of our continued commitment to keeping our pupils safe, on Thursday 11th April at 4pm we will be hosting a theatre performance by renowned company Alter Ego Creative Solutions on the very important topic affecting our young people: Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines. This performance will last an hour and will be for Parents/carers only. There will be an opportunity at the end for a brief questions session regarding the performance and the topic. The performance will be held in the school hall. There will be a safe space in the school canteen for children over 5 years old to be supervised by school staff whilst you watch the performance. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Some of our pupils during the week beginning 8th April will see the performance in school but we are very excited the company have agreed to put on a FREE parents only performance. This topic is applicable to all our young people, we hope you come with an open mind and enjoy the performance. Tickets are limited to 2 parents/carers per family and will be allocated on a first come first served basis by completing the booking form below.  We have a maximum number of 240 tickets available for this production.

“Child Criminal Exploitation & County Lines gangs pose a significant threat to vulnerable adults and children upon whom they rely to conduct and/or facilitate this criminality”. –National Crime Agency, County Lines Gang Violence, Exploitation & Drug Supply briefing – 2018

In 2017 Alter Ego Creative Solutions were commissioned by the Police to develop an Applied Theatre play to raise awareness around Child Criminal Exploitation – specifically the strand of the County Lines drug trafficking model that sees vulnerable adults and young people living in regional areas of the UK targeted by organised groups and gangs (that have travelled from more urban city locations) to groom, trick, trap and manipulate them into trafficking drugs and sometimes weapons.

If you would like to attend please email with the following information:

  • Number of tickets required (parents/carers only – maximum of 2 tickets).
  • Number of children (over 5 years old) requiring supervision during the performance.
  • Pupil Name.
  • Form Group.

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair is coming into school from April 3 – April 10th. Pupils will have the opportunity to visit the Scholastic Book Fair with their English groups during lessons. The book fair will feature brand new releases but also some classic novels that everyone knows and loves. If you would like your child to purchase a book from the fair please send them with a small amount of pocket money. The prices range from £2.99 up to £9.99.


Bullying Intervention Group Award

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School has a group of Anti-bullying Ambassadors.  This group are all trained students and they form a pivotal role in the anti-bullying work undertaken by the school.  They visit forms and speak to students, they hold regular meetings and have formed an excellent anti-bullying plan.  The school takes bullying seriously, and has a range of strategies to ensure the safety, happiness and well being of their students. 

Parents are consulted and the staff are trained to deal with friendship and bullying issues.  This school deserves this acknowledgement once again for their hard work, and have now achieved the BIG Award for their second year.  Well done to Ms Faulkner, all students and staff.

Val McFarlane, Director

Bullying Intervention Group.


Parental Safeguarding Incident

8th March 2019

Last night one of our female students was walking home alone from school along Popes Lane in Bournville, when 3 males of school age (unknown to her) approached her from behind, physically assaulted her and stole her mobile phone.

As always, please remind your child to be extra vigilant on their journey to and from school and to keep all valuables out of sight also, to not have earphones in so that they are aware of what is going on around them.


Year 7 Appeals

For parents of potential year 7 pupils who have been refused a place for September 2019 and wish to appeal the decision, please contact school for further details and an appeals pack.  Please note the deadline for the return of appeal is Friday 29th March 2019.

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Exams Preparation – A Parental Guide

Preparing for Exams
A Guide for Parents & Carers

This guide covers:

- How what they eat and drink affects exam performance. 

- The best ways to manage stress.

- Getting them to get enough good quality sleep.

- How to manage digitial distractions (phones, video games) and how to do it for them if they aren't willing. 

- How to tell if they're really revising - or just procrastinating. 



World Book Week

World Book Week is fast approaching! Students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite literary character. If they wish, on March 7th this year. There are lots of things to get involved with over this week including a theatre visit for Years 9,10 and 11 and over 200 brand new books for all Year groups to come down and check out in the library.

We will also have the DEC Book Fair visiting from April 3rd to April 10th. This is another fantastic opportunity to celebrate reading. On the build up to this event students are handed book vouchers to enable them to get some really great deals on newly released books.

We have a brief overview of how pupils can use the 'read aloud' function on Microsoft Word, which may help with their remote learning. Please follow the link:

We love this 'Student's Guide to Learning from Home' booklet. It includes some tips and ideas for getting the most out of your remote learning day.

Contact Info

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West Midlands B30 1UL

Contact Number: 0121 464 4040

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