April 2016

Outstanding educator to lead the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership Respected multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, which runs seven schools in Birmingham and North Warwickshire, has appointed a leading educational professional as its next chief executive. National leader of education, Richard Gill, joint headteacher of the outstanding Arthur Terry School, led a strong field of applicants from across the country, following an extensive interview process. He will take up his post on September 1. This is a key appointment for the region and the partnership’s learning community of 4,000 students and more than 800 staff and governors. Richard will oversee the next stage of the ATLP’s development and ensure it continues to deliver quality education to its seven primary and secondary schools, teaching school and five children’s centres across Coleshill, Erdington and Four Oaks. Richard said: “I’m incredibly excited and proud about being given the opportunity to lead such a fantastic collaboration that is the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. I am fortunate to work alongside the most talented and professional headteachers you could meet; professionals who work tirelessly for the young people and families within their care and who are committed to ensuring that all of our young people are given the very best life chances.” The 43-year-old is also the newly elected Teaching Schools Council member for the West Midlands. He also represents Sutton Coldfield on the management board of the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP). Richard will be headlining a conference in Worcestershire next month alongside national schools commissioner, Sir David Carter, and chair of the National College, Roger Pope. He will take over from interim CEO Sally Taylor, who has this month been listed among the Birmingham Post’s most influential figures in education. Richard’s fellow NLE, Neil Warner, who is the strategic secondary lead for the ATLP, will become sole headteacher of the Arthur Terry School. Neil said: “It will be a pleasure and a privilege to continue working alongside Richard in his new role. Myself and my fellow headteachers within the Learning Partnership are looking forward to the next chapter of our development in continuing to ensure educational excellence for all”. Richard has played a key role during the growth of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership in recent years, working very closely with former CEO Sir Chris Stone. He is passionate about the communities that the ATLP serves and works very closely with key agencies across the areas it covers – something that he is looking to grow further. Tim Sewell, chair of the ATLP Trust Board, said: “Richard has made a significant contribution to the development of our partnership over the past six years and he stands out as a dynamic leader who will move us forward. He is an authentic and experienced educator with a strong moral purpose, who respects the communities we serve and who values the ethos of teamwork across all our academies. “This is an exciting time for the ATLP as we continue to build on our success and embrace new opportunities to ensure that every child from birth to 18 receives the very best education possible.” Richard joined the Arthur Terry School in 2010 as deputy headteacher, before being appointed headteacher, in a joint role with Neil Warner, in the same year. Under Richard and Neil’s leadership Arthur Terry has improved year on year in overall school performance. The outstanding academy is consistently the highest performing non-selective secondary school in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham and is placed in the Top 100 non-selective schools, according to DfE performance tables. It boasts the largest school-based sixth form in the West Midlands and maintains an enviable reputation both locally, nationally, and globally – having been praised as “world class” by former education secretary Michael Gove. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Payments to School As a result of us successfully taking online payments via Parentpay for several years now for items such as dinner money, trips etc. we are aiming to become completely cashless from September 2016. More than 90% of our parents are currently using Parentpay and we would appreciate your support in helping us to achieve our aim by September. If you need your login details for Parentpay please contact our finance department by email: finance@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk or via the main school telephone number and we will be happy to help. We will continue to accept cheque payments for the foreseeable future but no cash payments will be accepted from 1st September 2016. Students will be able to continue to top up their lunch accounts with cash at the machines in school but as we do not take cash we are unable to provide change for this purpose. Thank you for your continued support. EXAMINATIONS We share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/ In additional to seasonal information you and your son/daughter will find documents from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) which includes all of the regulations pertaining to examinations. SUMMER 2016 EXAMINATION SERIES External written exam series dates 2015/2016 Monday 16 May to Wednesday 29 June 2016 Assemblies Year 10 – Friday 15 April Year 11 – Monday 18 April Year 12 – Monday 25 April Year 13 – Tuesday 26 April Exam Preparation Please CLICK HERE for the exam preparation page on the school website, this includes hints and tips, stress management techniques and an Exam Information Booklet amongst other things which will help you and your child through the examination season. A hard copy of the Exam Information Booklet will be provided to Year 11 students at their assembly on Monday 18 April. Timetables Students sitting external exams this summer have received their personalised exam timetable. Please ensure personal details (legal name, date of birth) and the list of exam entries are checked, any student with a query should go to the exams office as soon as possible. Any change to personal details notified to us AFTER the certificates have been prepared by the exam boards will result in you being charged for replacements. PLEASE NOTE – students with a clash of exams that exceed 3 hours in the same session have been asked to collect their exam timetable from the exams office, this is because there may be a change to their timetable. Any students with a clash of exams that total 3 hours or less will sit their exams in the same session. Exam Results Days in the hall GCE AS/A Level – Thursday 18 August 2016 – 8.30 am – 10.30 am GCSE – Thursday 25 August 2016 – 8.30 am – 10.30 am ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dates for your Diary Year 9 Parents Evening Tuesday 19th April – CORE Year 9 Parents Evening Thursday 21st April – OPTIONS D of E Bronze Practice Expedition Sat 23rd April – Sunday 24th April MAY DAY HOLIDAY Monday 2nd May (1 day) Greenpower (Rockingham) Wednesday 4th May South Africa Training Weekend Friday 6th May -Sunday 8th May D of E Information Evening (Year 9) Monday 9th May Year 12 13 Last day in lessons Thursday 12th May Year 6 Parents Information Evening Monday 16th May SCHOOL CLOSES – HALF TERM Friday 27th May SCHOOL RE-OPENS Monday 6th June Hoodies and Cardigans We would like to remind all parents that students in Years 7 to 10 should not wear hoodies or cardigans at any time in school. Students are allowed to wear the official school jumper under their blazers if they choose to do so but this cannot be substituted for a hoody or cardigan of their choice. Students must also wear their school tie and appropriate trousers or a skirt; trousers must not be tight fitting, black denim is not permitted and skirts should be of an appropriate length. We would also like to remind you that the official school skirt will be compulsory for all female students in Year 7 to 11 next year. Year 11 students must wear their grey sweatshirts. Sixth Form students must wear their lanyards and ID badges at all times and should be dressed smartly; blue jeans, ripped jeans, baseball caps and tracksuit bottoms are not allowed at any time. As always, we will be monitoring uniform as students enter the school site in the morning. From Monday 18th April, if any student is found to be not dressed in line with the above reminder of school attire then students may be told to remove items such as hoodies or cardigans and items may be confiscated. As ever, we very much appreciate your support in the matter. Kind regards Heads of School Mr Gannon, Mr Hanlon, Mrs Oliver, Mrs Hurn ———————————————————————————————————————————————– Roll Up, Roll Up! We are delighted to announce that the annual Hereford Charity Day will be taking place on Thursday 21st April at break-time. There will be a plethora of stands from the different Hereford tutor groups with a wide range of activities to get involved in and lovely things to purchase. This special event will take place in the atrium and all proceeds will go to charity which this year is the Teenage Cancer Trust which is such a worthy cause. So, please do encourage students to dig deep and bring their pennies to help us raise money for such a great charity! Many thanks in advance for your support Miss Webster, Mrs Ridley and Mr Gannon and all of the Hereford tutors ————————————————————————————————————————————————– Train to Teach! As a Teaching School we are looking to train and recruit the very best teachers. Our alliance of schools covers Birmingham, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, offering diverse teaching experiences in both rural and urban settings. This academic year we have over 50 associate teachers learning in over 15 placement schools. Our Associate Teachers are currently on their final placements and many have secured employment across the Teaching School Alliance and beyond. They are learning how to become outstanding practitioners in their subject areas as well as understanding other holistic issues present in schools today. In the final weeks of April the Associate Teachers have been planning lessons on how to live sustainably and the debate surrounding the British EU Referendum for students in Year 7 at The Arthur Terry School as part of the students’ citizenship studies. We are now recruiting for highly motivated graduates, either straight out of university or those looking for a career change, who are committed to inspiring and challenging young people. We are looking for people with excellent subject knowledge, but also the ability to deliver this in an exciting and engaging way. Shortage subjects including mathematics, sciences and geography come with tax-free bursaries of up to £30,000 during training. If you are interested in training to teach please do get in touch with Jo-Ann Murphy jo@atnts.com Student Focus – Arthur Terry 6th Form Ice Hockey Star. Modest. Unassuming. Quietly spoken – Corey-Amar Thompson Howe joined our sixth form eighteen months ago, and nobody would have guessed that he was already established in the England youth squad for ice hockey, and indeed had been an England representative in the respective age groups for several years. Perhaps at some points in his A-level PE lessons Corey may have let it slip, but once again we have to thank the UCAS application system for bringing out such crucial details: students have to compose quite a substantial “personal statement” in which their “other lives” might be revealed. As a six year –old, Corey’s role model was his big cousin, seven years older and playing regular youth ice-hockey in Solihull. Corey wanted-needed – to ice skate, and dutifully Mum took him to lessons. Progress was good. Corey enrolled with Telford Ice Hockey Club and was soon playing competitively – the “serious business” starting at age eleven. Representing his club at Under 12, 14 and 16, Corey travelled round the country, typically to places like Whitley Bay (near Newcastle), Hull , Sheffield , Nottingham, Bradford, Manchester, with derby matches against local rivals like Solihull and Coventry. Corey is in the outfield group of five (all except the goalie). He is the centre forward, the one in the middle of three attacking players and has regularly been top goal scorer for his club team, and team captain. And obviously, so impressive that he was put forward for District and then England trials. At this stage the best teams from the north and south of England play against each other in the National Finals weekend in Sheffield. Fitness is a key element to surviving and indeed impressing in weekends of such intense competition. Corey has been used to the Sunday at six a.m. training routines, and similar stints in the evenings midweek. Off-season fitness training is equally rigorous, and of course there are extra training sessions for the District and England squads. Corey expects to be able to continue his training regime when he is at university. England is not in the top division of ice hockey nations, unlike the very cold winter countries like some in north and east Europe, and of course Canada and the USA. But it’s great for Corey to be able to go particularly to North America to play for England against some of the top teams. And who knows, his may well be a name for us to look out for when England are in the early stages of future Winter Olympics. We wish him the very best of luck! Roger Townsend Year 10 Work Experience – 2016 Work experience will run for 1 week this year, commencing on Monday 11th July and finishing on Friday 15th July 2016. We are now well underway with clearing all of the placements that have already been submitted. Please contact Jane Humphreys on jhumphreys@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk or 0121 323 2221 ext 2227 urgently if you have not yet found a placement. Work experience is compulsory and forms part of the Year 10 curriculum with all students expected to complete 1 week. If you have found a placement and have not yet submitted the details please ask reception for a form or again contact Jane Humphreys on the email above for the link .

Thank you Student leaders – April 2016 As student leaders, we have been very busy with a variety of different events and activities over the last few weeks, many of which will run up until the end of April. The first event which has been on our books is one organised by the Sixth Form Committee. It is the annual Sixth Form Charity Evening, which will be held on Thursday the 28th of April at 7pm in the School Hall. Tickets are £3 and refreshments will be on offer during the interval. The charity evening consists of a range of acts, with past years having seen everything from singers to street dancers. It is a great night, and we would love to see you all there! The Sixth Form Committee have also got end-of-year events, namely the prom and Year 13 dress-up day, coming up. Prom tickets are now available to order at a cost of £19. The Year 13 prom is being held at Orange Studios in Birmingham on Friday the 1st of July. We have hired a photo booth to make the night one to remember! The Year 13 dress-up day is taking place on Friday the 13th of May at school, and Year 13s will be able to enjoy a brunch barbeque as a celebration of their ending school. Also, on Friday the 29th of April, the Sixth Form Committee will be going into Year 12 assembly with the aim of recruiting Year 12 students to the committee to continue on all of our hard work, as currently we only have one Year 12 student on the committee. This will give the newly-recruited students a chance to make the changes they want to see in the school, an opportunity which they would potentially miss out on without the help of the committee. The Teaching Learning Committee met with the Sri Lankan Education Minister and the owner of several Sri Lankan schools on Monday the 18th of April. They met to discuss the British education system in order to advise our Sri Lankan visitors on next steps for their own education system, as they highly commend the English education system and would like to follow in its footsteps. A very exciting opportunity for our student leaders! The Student Development Committee have developed a tutor activity which they will be sending out in the next couple of weeks. Following their assemblies on stereotyping and tolerance prior to half term, they have created an activity to be completed in tutor time as a whole group, based loosely on the concept of BBC’s The Apprentice. It is a very clever and insightful activity, and we hope to see all tutor groups taking part in it. See you next month! Lola Sherwin Media manager for student leaders —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— English revision sessions for year 11 Tuesday morning revision session, from 8am-8.30am: Higher (in the hall) and foundation (English corridor). Date SESSION 1 (FOUNDATION) Session 2 (FOUNDATION) Session 3 (Higher – in hall) 26th April L Simonis Writing (all tiers) J Lomas Writing (all tiers) E Barker Writing (all tiers) 3rd May L.Simonis Writing ( all tiers) J.Lomas Writing ( all tiers) E.Barker Writing (all tiers) 10th May E.Woffinden Q3 A.Wadey Q4 J.Gavin Question 3 17th May C.Stewart Q3 Q4 J.Wilson Q4 Friday week 2 HIGHER paper master classes with Mr Warner in the hall. Friday 29th April – Writing Section (writing with flair) Friday 13th May – Question 2 Friday 27th May – Question 4 Sutton Charitable Trust – ‘Uniform Grant’ Details (including application form criteria) are now on the school website; copies are also available from reception. Completed applications should be returned to school for the attention of Mrs Cook, closing date for applications is 22nd April 2016. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- ‘Head Lice’ We would be grateful if all parents would read the link below (which has been copied from the NHS Choices website) and gives important information out about head lice and how to treat head lice, including information on wet combing, lotions, sprays cautions. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Head-lice/pages/Treatment.aspx SPORTS NEWS U 16 Champions Cup Winners Match Report: U16 Champions Cup – Played at Bodymoor Heath (AVFC Training Ground) Mon 14th March 2016 Arthur Terry 4 – 0 King Edwards Aston Scorers Hutchinson 3 (1 pen) , Mooring The Arthur Terry boys put on a very dominant football display in the first half, controlling the game from the outset. Midfield maestro Reece Hutchinson scored the opening goal with a brilliantly struck free kick from 30 yards, which proved to be just too powerful for the keeper to stop. Hutchinson then provided the assist for Arthur Terry’s second, as Robert Mooring was well positioned to head home a well delivered corner kick. The superb form of Hutchinson continued as he netted a further two goals before the break. A coolly converted penalty from Reece got his second/Arthur Terry’s third and shortly after this a close range tap in went into the net to seal his hat-trick and give Arthur Terry an unassailable 4-0 lead. As windy conditions picked up, the second half proved to be much more of a contest. After looking buried in the first half, King Edwards showed great determination and resilience and managed to shut out Arthur Terry’s attack completely throughout the second period. Arthur Terry continued to threaten the opposition goal and went close to extending the lead on several occasions, but were just not unable to add to the first half tally. The early dominance and quality in attack from Arthur Terry’s Y11’s ultimately proved to be the decisive factor in the outcome of this game – gaining them a well-deserved victory and second trophy for the season! …a fairy tale ending to the season and the perfect way to end 5 great years together – Congratulations boys!! Proud Team Manager – Mr Byrne Y7 Netball Superstars crowned Birmingham County Champs!! Congratulations to our amazing Year 7 Netball team who were firing on all cylinders yesterday afternoon at the Birmingham County Netball Championships. The team went undefeated throughout the whole tournament, scoring an unbelievable 71 goals whilst conceding only 7 in the 9 games that they played – Absolutely amazing stats!!! The squad included the following players: Thea Criddle, Chloe Davey, Emily Archer (who scored all the team’s goals between them); Leah Fox, Georgia Hughes (captain), Georgia Holdcroft, Alice Garrad, Bethany Ostrick, Katie Guest, Maddie Hughes and Nieve Bevan. …Definitely some future sports stars in the making here! Duke Of Edinburgh Awards Nationally over 100,000 people receive a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award every year and at Arthur Terry School we are very proud to have 100 students complete either the bronze, silver or gold Award in the last twelve months. It really does take a commitment from students to pass these awards. An Annual Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday 2nd March for all students, parents and carers to celebrate the students’ achievements and reflect upon the experience. Richard Gill, Headteacher, presented students with their awards and delivered a keynote speech on the importance of learning beyond the classroom for the holistic development of young people. Mr Gill highlighted the support of a large team of staff who freely give up their time to support the students in gaining these awards. This year our licenced centre saw the completion of eleven Gold Awards which is testament to the dedication of our students at the highest level. ‘The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a popular and integral part of our extracurricular provision. We are extremely proud of all of our recipients who have shown dedication and commitment in achieving their bronze, silver or gold awards. I was particularly delighted to welcome back a number of ex-students who came to receive their gold awards and look forward to sharing their special day at Buckingham Palace in May.’ Richard Gill, Headteacher Paul Withey, lead teacher for the scheme at Arthur Terry said, “this year has been the best yet for DofE at Arthur Terry. We have more completed awards than ever and more staff involved with formal qualifications in leading expeditions and outdoor first aid. The DofE award is reaching its Diamond Jubilee and the diamond challenge is a special opportunity for adults and young people to push themselves outside of their comfort zone. We are joining a range of schools that run the Award independently at Buckingham Palace in May to celebrate 60 years of D of E – it’s very exciting to see the Duke himself at this unique event”. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ YMCA Lone Parent Employability Programme This is a programme aimed at getting loans parents back into work. To download the application form, please click the link below. LEAP Poster ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Year 12 Parliament Trip On Tuesday 22nd March 2016, our year 12 GP students travelled down to the Palace of Westminster to tour our great parliament and to scrutinize our constituency MP, Andrew Mitchell on issues regarding a perceived democratic deficit and means to revitalise our democracy. After touring the House of Lords voting lobbies, debating chamber as well as the Queen’s robing room we made our way to central lobby to witness the theatrics of John Bercow’s, speakers procession. Next up was viewing Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt field opposition questions on the state of the NHS mental health services. Mr Hunt’s combative rebuttal, ‘Labour may write speeches about funding the NHS, but the Conservatives write the cheques!” was a wonderful example of our adversarial debating system in action! After bumping into influential Conservative backbencher, David Davis and Tory party grandee, Ken Clarke, we moved up to committee room number 10 to challenge Sutton Coldfield’s MP, Andrew Mitchell before finally hearing from petitions committee member, Oliver Dowden, MP, CBE, on the exciting prospect of e-petitions and digital democracy to create a more consultative parliament. The Arthur Terry students were fabulous all day, not even moaning about having to stand all the way down to London (thanks London Midland trains!) and big thanks to Miss Sedgwick and Mr Warner who accompanied the students alongside myself on this fabulous Westminster experience. Mr Zarifeh Government Politics Subject Leader