How can my parent contact AUEA?

We pride ourselves in making our self accessible to parents. This is why we share our staff information on our website including emails so you can contact direct. Due to teaching commitments please allow 24hrs for a response. Our Principal welcomes the opportunity to speak and meet with parents and can be reached by his PA Helen Walklett on principalpa@auea.co.uk or 021 380 0573. Our main reception is open extended hours from 8am to 5pm and our emergency out of hours number is 07521199522.

Will I need to wear business dress on the first day?

Yes. Our high expectations are from day one. AUEA staff will be checking business dress rigorously on Day 1 and supporting students to ensure you meet our expectations.

Which coloured blouse(s) or Tie do I need?

You will need to order the blouse(s) or Tie from Uniform Direct at the same time as the rest of the uniform. On your enrolment pack letter it will state which college and colour, you should order. If you are not sure please enquire.

Students in Year 12 and Year 13 have a different Aston University Sixth form tie.

Do I need to carry cash?

We discourage students from carrying larger amounts of cash. For dining we provide an electronic card  system which means that students will be able to use the card to pay at the restaurant tills. The card can  be topped up with credit, either by online payments, direct debit, cash machines in school or cheque (please note cheques will take 5 working days to process before credit is given).

Can I get support for my meals?

Yes, through the government’s free school meal system.

In England, children are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of  the following benefits:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker's’ Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

  • Children in receipt of Income Support and Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right  are also entitled to free school meals.

Birmingham Local Authority has a Benefit Service team that can provide help and advice on matters relating to free meals. You can contact the team on 0121 303 4003

Application Forms will also be available on our Parent Information Evenings and from AUEA main reception.

How can I get a bus / rail / metro pass?

Transport pass forms are available at enrolment sessions, or from the Academy reception. Year 12’s benefit from child travel rates while studying at AUEA.