May 2013

EXAMINATION INFORMATION EXAM STAFF. Mrs Phillips and Mrs Gardner. You’ll find us in B2.11. TIMETABLES have been issued, if you haven’t received one please come and see us in the Exams office. CHECK your entries carefully; if there are exams on there for subjects you have changed you must let me know. If there are exams NOT appearing that you are expecting again come and see me. CLASH EXAMS. If you have more than one exam scheduled for the same time you may have to sit them in separate sessions and will have received a letter regarding this, please ensure you return the reply slip. BEWARE of putting your exam dates into your phone etc. Always rely on a good old fashioned paper copy. In the past students have missed their exam because they’d entered the date or time incorrectly. EQUIPMENT. Arrive prepared, all equipment should be in a clear pencil case. You must use a black pen/ballpoint pen not a blue pen and definitely not a gel pen. If you have a maths exam bring a calculator. MOBILE PHONES and other data devices. Wherever possible do not bring mobile phones in. If you must then ensure the battery is removed due to alarms and either hand it into the invigilators or you store it in your bag. You must not have any storage device on you at the exam desk, this includes headsets. School accept no responsibility for your phone. PROMPT ARRIVAL. We aim to start morning sessions at 9:00 am and afternoon sessions at 1:00 pm so please arrive around 10-15 minutes before the start time in order to get you in and seated. The quicker we start the quicker you finish. GCSE candidates are required to line up on the playground outside the Sports centre in house group order UNLESS you have an exam in an alternative room, any candidate with access arrangements such as a reader/scribe/word processor will be required to report to the TAs office after receiving their registration mark in the morning and shortly before the end of lunch in the afternoon. DRESS CODE. Uniform is required to be worn for all exams, 6th form appropriate dress is expected. No scarves/denim/trainers are allowed. GRAFFITI. If you finish your exam please check through the paper then sit silently until the time is up and you are dismissed from the exam room. You MUST NOT graffiti on the exam paper as the exam board may refuse to mark it and you MUST NOT graffiti on the exam desk, we have paid to have desks cleaned and graffiti will be monitored and any costs incurred in the future will be recovered from the student. EXAM PASSPORTS. 6th form you must bring your exam ID to all exams, if you don’t have it we have to wait until a member of staff can identify you which will delay the start of the exam for everyone in the room. If you lose your exam passport please go to reprographics to request a new one. QUERIES. If you have any questions please come and see us in B2.11 FINALLY. Good luck in your exams. YEAR 11 STUDY LEAVE Please be aware that Year 11s will be starting their study leave on Thursday 23rd May at 12:30 pm, unless they have an English Literature exam in the afternoon that day. In which case their study leave will begin after the exam that afternoon instead. SHARE YOUR VIEWS THROUGH PARENT VIEW Parents and carers can give their views of our school at any time of the school year and at the time of a school inspection using an on-line questionnaire called Parent View. When our school is notified of its next Ofsted inspection, parents will be invited to give their views about the school to inspectors using the Parent View on-line facility as this has replaced Ofsted’s paper questionnaire. Please make sure we have your most up-to-date contact details. Please register with an email address and a password at Once your login has been activated, it only takes a few minutes to complete answers to 12 short questions about aspects such as bullying, the quality of teaching, level of homework, etc. Your views are important in helping inspectors make a decision about our school, and to help us know what is going well and what could be improved. If you do not have a computer or an email address or if you would like help to use Parent View, please come into school and ask at reception. YEAR 11 PROM AND YEARBOOK PROM Tickets for Year 11 students are available to purchase for £24.00 for the Prom being held at Drayton Manor in the Tower Suite on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 at 7:00-11:00pm. The cost of the ticket will include entry to the prom, food and entertainment. This years theme is James Bond chosen by the Prom Committee, it’s members being Year 11 students. The deadline to purchase a ticket is Friday 10th May 2013. Please be aware that when considering hiring a limousine for your child to travel to and from the prom they are required to be licensed in order to operate lawfully. We would urge you to make the following checks when enquiring about hiring a limousine and also when it arrives: * If they are licensed and with whom, * Ask them for their license number, * Ask for the registration number of the vehicle that will be supplied, * When the vehicle arrives to collect passengers ensure the vehicle is displaying the required license signage (private hire or PSV) * If it is a private hire vehicle, ensure the driver is wearing his identification badge. You can check the validity of the information provided with the relevant licensing authority. If a company is not licensed we would recommend that you do not use them. YEARBOOK The Yearbook is now available to order for Year 11 students for £13.60. The deadline for payment is Thursday 23rd May 2013. This years book will be a new hardback compact B5 size instead of A4. This includes students profiles, messages from staff, photo collage pages, an awards page and much more. WORK EXPERIENCE 2013 This year the dates for Work Experience are Monday 1st July 2013 – Friday 12th July 2013 inclusive. Nearly all of our students have now found a placement, if you still need help finding a place please contact me urgently on 0121 323 2221 or email Once a placement has been found we would ask that you complete the attached form which can be accessed by clicking here or ask at reception for a paper copy. For more information on work experience in general please click here Many thanks, Mrs J Humphreys PTA AND FRIENDS OF ARTHUR TERRY QUIZ NIGHT RESCHEDULED WINTER CONCERT The Winter Concert is now taking place at Arthur Terry on Friday 17th May at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased for £1.00 at ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL ADVANCE PROJECT FINAL PERFORMANCE On Sunday 24th March the students, their parents and Arthur Terry staff travelled to London to perform their final piece at The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden. When they arrived they completed their dress and technical rehearsals before getting into costume and ready to perform. It was really exciting watching the work produced by the other colleges taking part and without being biased, our students really were exceptional. Their final piece was performed with elegance, grace and professionalism. I am so proud of each and every student that I had the privilege of working with on this project. They were a credit to themselves, the school and the community. Natasha Beech Subject Leader of Dance PE EXTRA-CURRICULAR TIMETABLE Four Oaks Cluster Choir Described as ‘stunning’ by Choir of the year judges, this choir takes pupils from Years 5-8 and will be looking for new members come September. The choir reached the Category Finals of Choir of the Year last October, reached the National Festival of Music for Youth three times and this year has a debut performance at the International Eisteddfod (Llangollen). The choir has a busy calendar of concerts through the year and meets on Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5.30pm at Four Oaks Primary School. Anyone interested please visit the website, where you can contact Richard Jeffries and Liz Birch. Or call 07736 318 340/07716 305033 for a chat. There is also a Training Choir, which takes pupils from Year 2 upwards and meets
at Arthur Terry school on Fridays from 5.15-6.15pm. The children then have the opportunity to move into the main choir from Year 5. Details are for this are also on the website! Contact Richard Jeffries on 07736318340 or Helen Willetts on 07981 957061 Sutton Coldfield Youth Voices This is a teenage choir for pupils aged 13-18, and meets at Four Oaks Primary School every Monday from 4.30-6:00pm. We currently have 30 members from lots of local schools, but are looking to recruit new members from September. If you love to sing, get in touch – we have a busy schedule of performances and competitions through the year and offer opportunities to develop the solo voice too. Visit our website or contact Richard Jeffries and Liz Birch on 07736 318 340 or 07716 305033 Four Oaks Cluster Orchestra This is a great way to develop your musicianship! We meet every Friday at Arthur Terry School from 4:00pm-5.15pm and this is open to any age as long as you’ve been playing an orchestral instrument for at least a year. We work to a variety of concerts through the year, including the Lichfield Cathedral Carol Service. Contact Richard Jeffries on 07736 318 340 for more details.