Dates for your diary
|Thursday 11th April||School finishes at 3.05 pm for Easter Break|
|Friday 12th April||Staff Training Day|
|Monday 29th April||School re-opens after Easter Break at normal time 8.45 am|
|Monday 6th May||Bank Holiday – School Closed|
|Thursday 9th May||Sixth Form Charity Evening|
|Monday 13th May||Summer Exam Series Starts|
|Tuesday 14th May||PTA Meeting 7.30 pm|
|Friday 17th May – Sun 19th May||Condover Hall Netball Trip|
|Monday 20th May||Praise Week|
|Thursday 23rd May||Year 12 Praise Evening|
|Friday 24th May||School closes at 3.05 for half term|
|Monday 3rd June||School re-opens at normal time 8.45 am|
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We share lots of information on the exams section of the school website:
TRIAL EXAM DATES 2018-2019
Please note trial/progress exam dates may be subject to change.
Year 10 Trial Exams
W/C Monday (English and Maths – TBC)
Year 12 Progress Exams
Wednesday 26th – Friday 5th July 2019
All trial timetables will be made available on the exams section of the school website closer to the time. Trial dates are subject to change. Please click here: TRIAL EXAMS
SUMMER EXAMS 2019
GCSE AND GCE EXTERNAL EXAM DATES
Monday 13th May – Wednesday 26th June 2019
Summer Exam Timetable 2019
The master summer exam timetable is available by clicking on this link Summer 2019 – Exam Dates
Personalised timetables have now been handed out. 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 will need to speak to the exams officer as 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.
All examinations must be taken at the time and date allocated.
EXAM RULES AND REGULATIONS
All external and trial exams are conducted according to the procedures set out by the Examination Boards and the Joint Council for Qualification (JCQ). A copy of the JCQ guidelines can be found here: JCQ Exam Notices
Please ensure your child is familiar with the regulations in particular the following document: Information for candidates – written exams
The following devices are banned in the exam hall:
- Mobile phones
- Smart watches and Stopwatches/Countdown watches
- Any other technological devices or web enabled sources of information.
- Revision Material/Notes
Other items not permitted in the exam room include food, fizzy and coloured drinks. Students are also, not expected to leave the exam room to use the toilet during individual exams. If necessary, water can be brought in a clear, unlabelled bottle, which should be kept under the exam desk.
All students sitting examinations will be required to wear their school uniform. Sixth formers will also need to wear smart business dress and have their school ID badge on at all times.
It is important that the regulations outlined by the exam boards and JCQ are adhered as failure to do so can result in disqualification from the examination and the overall qualification. Therefore, we would ask for your support to ensure your child is fully prepared for their external and trial examinations.
EXAM CONTINGENCY DAY
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have announced a contingency day for the summer exams series 2019. The date that has been set aside as the ‘contingency day’ is WEDNESDAY 26TH JUNE 2019.
The contingency day for ALL external examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examination during the June 2019 examination series”
Therefore, in the event of a major disruption, JCQ and/or the relevant Awarding Bodies may decide to postpone an exam to another date in the June 2019 exam series. This means that any students sitting external examinations in June 2019 must be available up until Wednesday 26th June to sit any exams that had to be postponed.
EXAM EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST
Ensure your child arrives fully equipped for their exams. Equipment needs to be in a see through plastic bag or transparent pencil case.
Black ink or ball point pens (no gel pens or blue ink are permitted)
ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED DEPENDANT ON EXAM
Calculator (lids must be removed)
Pair of compasses
Highlighter pen (to highlight text in the question paper only – cannot be used in answer books)
EXAM RESULTS DAY
GCE AS/A Level – Thursday 15 August 2019 – 08:30 am – 10:30 am
GCSE – Thursday 22 August 2019 – 08:30 am – 10:30 am
Students unable to collect results can provide a SAE ENVELOPE to Exams by 3:00pm on Thursday 18th July, please ensure correct postage is used or can nominate someone to collect on their behalf.
Email consent must be send from the students email address to email@example.com before results day. Please note due to GDPR written consent will not be accepted.
When results are released some students may want to make an enquiry about results or request an examination script back. Please note there is a fee for a post results service.
The following services are available:
- Service 1: Clerical Check (RoR1)
- Service 2P: Priority Review of Marking (RoR2P) A Level students ONLY
- Service 2: Review of Marking (RoR2)
- Access to Scripts
Further information on each service, fees and deadlines will be published in July on the school website.
CERTIFICATES: SUMMER 2018
Summer 2018 certificates are now available for collection. Current students can collect their certificates from Miss Mir (Exams Officer) at the end of the school day.
Once you have received your certificates, please check your personal details and the grades. If your grade has changed through a review of marking this may not be corrected on your certificates.
Please note if your personal details (legal name, DOB) is incorrect you will be charged the exam board fee for a replacement certificate.
Please email Miss Mir at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a suitable time to collect your certificates.
Group-call – Xpressions
Dear parent / carer
We know how important parental engagement is to help students reach their full potential. As you are aware we are keen to keep parents & carers fully updated with important information and would therefore like to introduce to you the new Xpressions App.
The Xpressions App has been specifically designed for the school to communicate whole school events, and other important information e.g. trips, reports etc.
Within the Xpressions app, you will be able to:
- Instantly send and receive free messages to The Arthur Terry School in over 100 languages;
- Flag messages received to easily retrieve later;
- Easily filter messages by category.
The app is completely free to download and can be used on your iOS or Android mobile phone, tablet or even desktop. To download the app now, please click on one of the following links:
CLICK HERE to access Xpressions via PC/Mac
When asked, please use the email address and the mobile number you have registered with the school to log in.
A more detailed guide on how to log in and use Xpressions can be found by CLICKING HERE
We have been having some issues whereby emails won’t go through via Groupcall. They have said that this may be due to your firewall or SPAM, therefore Groupcall have suggested the following:-
“Please ask parents to put these 3 email addresses into the email address book, it will help with emails getting through.
2nd is the school/groupcall email email@example.com”
Your email will then recognise the email addresses and assist them in getting through.
Easyfundraising Feel-good Shopping
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could collect a free donation for our school?
There are over 3,000 shops and site on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, eBay, John Lewis, insurance comparison sites, Dominos, Trainline, Booking.com and Sainsbury’s – and it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!
It’s really simple, all you have to do is:
Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/arthurterry/ and sign up for free.
Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.
After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to us for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and it’s a free and easy way to raise funds .
This isn’t just for personal purchases, if you make business purchases many suppliers are affiliated with easyfundraising so be sure to check.
To make it even easier there is an app to download to your mobile devices.
Please share this with your friends and family and let’s get fundraising..
Thank you so much in anticipation of your support.
Arthur Terry Site Access
Q. Can we drop children off on school site?
A., There is a drop zone on site, however access is limited and the school site gets very busy with staff arriving for work. If your child is unable to walk or cycle to school there is the option to drop your child on Clarence Road and for them to walk through the path between Clarence Road and school site.
Q. How do we get on site?
A. Via Beaton Road, school operates a one-way system once on site and you will exit the site onto Kittoe Road. If you drive along Kittoe Road you must observe the NO ENTRY signs at the top of the turning circle and NOT enter site.
Q. Can we park at the front of school?
A. No, the front of school is for permit holders, and delivery/emergency vehicles only. At the end of the school day, the front of school is coned off for the safety of students, staff and visitors, DO NOT move the cones.
Q. Is disabled parking available?
A. Yes, there are marked bays for blue badge holders.
Q. Can we park on the top carpark?
A. If you have an appointment during the school day you can park in any designated area on site, excluding the front of school, however if you are picking children up at the end of the school day access to the top carpark is not permitted. DO NOT drive into the top car park from Kittoe Road, this is signed NO ENTRY
Q. Can we park on residential roads?
A. You must observe any parking restrictions and the Highway Code when parking on public roads. Be mindful of the possibility of emergency vehicular access being required. As ever, we request that visitors are sympathetic to our residential neighbours and do not block their driveways.
Q. What are the local roads speed limit?
A. 20 MPH
Q. Is there a speed limit on site?
A. Yes, 10 MPH
We are aware that parking on site can prove difficult and would like to take this opportunity to remind you to please park in designated areas only.
Please ensure the drop off/pick up area remains clear.
Parking in the area in front of reception is for permit holders, visitors and emergency vehicles only.
6th formers must confirm their vehicle details to the 6th form team and park at the foot of the all-weather pitch.
The safety of our children and visitors to school is of the utmost importance to us and we are eager to reduce any possible difficulties.
Many thanks for your ongoing support.
THINK BEFORE YOU PARK. YOU COULD ENDANGER A CHILD’S LIFE
Staged@ Arthur Terry are looking for new members for a fresh term of Performing Arts fun.
Our Mad Hatters class (ages 4-8) is at 9.15am-10am and Artful Dodgers class (ages 9 upwards) is at 10.45am – 12.15pm.
Both classes are at Arthur Terry on a Saturday morning. Come along on May 4th for a free taster session.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Duke of Edinburgh
Spring Term News and Events
During the week Monday 11th – Friday 15th March, House Activities Co-ordinators Messrs Peel and Glazebrook, in conjunction with Assistant Headteacher Mr Carrick, organised a programme of charity events, to time with the annual Comic Relief fundraiser and in support of Stonewall, a charity that promotes equality for people of all sexual orientations.
The week’s events kicked off on the Tuesday with an incredibly popular joke wall, the best jokes from which, will be shared at next half-term’s activities coordinator’s assembly.
Wednesday offered tutor groups and individual students, the chance to get creative and design their very own Red nose.
Thursday lunchtime proved a very popular event, with students paying a pound to tear a wax strip off the legs of their favourite male teachers! The brave staff prepared to subject themselves to such discomfort were Messers Peel, Tromans, Hughes, Bradley, Johal, Blunt & Bradshaw.
Finally on Friday, Red Nose day itself, students were encouraged to wear something red in exchange for a one pound donation whilst also dressing up willing tutors in amusing fancy dress attire, again in exchange for a small donation.
In all, the charity week events raised a staggering £1,550 – congratulations everybody!
On Thursday 28th March 2019, all of year 12 enjoyed a careers and employment enrichment afternoon. Organised in conjunction with Dan Miller, award winning entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Young Professionals UK, more than two hundred year 12 sixth formers enjoyed a carousel of five employability workshops delivered by:
- Verity William, Early Careers Manager at Travis Perkins.
- Hannah Chapman & Ella Cape-Davenhill, Colleague Strategy & Experience Managers with Lloyds Banking Group.
- Chris Brewerton, Senior Business Development and Relationship Manager at Sutton Coldfield’s Chambers of Commerce.
- Nigel Waldron, Managing Director of Power Minerals.
- Dan Miller, CEO of Young Professionals UK.
The students now look forward to a further careers and employability event on the morning of Thursday 13th June, with confirmed exhibitors including GCHQ, law firm, Eversheds Sutherland, PDMA Consulting Engineers & leading accountancy firms EY and PwC, alongside ten university and further education providers.
On the evening of Friday 29th March 2019, seventeen Arthur Terry sixth formers, and staff, took part in the annual Sutton Coldfield YMCA Sleepeasy event. Amy Kitteridge, Arpit Datta, Matt Cotter, Charlotte Hirons, Marcus Harrington, Megan Houghton, Ella Bowkett, Maddie Sladden, Vincent Mesrine, Ethan Mullis & Hannah Lea plus staff; Messrs Whitehouse, Coleman, Brierley & Zarifeh, Miss Rawlins & Miss Khirodhur slept on the floor of the Gracechurch shopping centre to raise awareness of the national homeless crisis. The motto of the event is, ‘sleep rough, so others don’t have to’.
If you are able to, please do consider making a donation at the following link:
Further Arthur Terry students kicked off the evening’s events entertaining the participants with their musical talent. The students who voluntarily performed were Jack Dallas, Harriett Perry, Isobel Tranter, Kiera Davies and Hannah Poulson. Huge thanks to Mr Loffman and Miss Deekes for once again coordinating the student performers.
The evening was a tremendous success with bangra dancing, drum workshops, free pizza and Nandos alongside hot drinks and soup to keep the participants’ spirits up.
Though under cover of the Gracechurch shopping centre, young and old were able to experience something of the hardship of sleeping on cold, unforgiving concrete.
Thanks also to Mrs Wilson and the Duke of Edinburgh team for generously loaning the participants’ sleeping bags and roll mats.
Congratulations to everyone who endured a sleepless night for such a vital cause. See you again next year!
After School Cookery Club
15 Year 8 bakers, aprons on, sleeves rolled up, ready to bake. This is the ‘Cookery Club’ in E.14 from 23.1.2019 to 13.3.2019. Every Wednesday we learned a new skill, lead by Mrs. Hemmings. The group of star bakers began with Leek and Potato Soup as well as learning how to shape delicious bread rolls into domes, knots, swirls and pretzels. The next week, Meatballs with a rich Tomato Ragu Sauce accompanied by Pasta. We actually made the pasta ourselves using a pasta machine, some even tested it using the traditional Italian method (throwing the pasta against a clean wall!). In week three we made gooey chocolate Brownies while learning how to professionally present food and experimented with these skills while plating a chocolate tea cake as part of a national challenge.
The following Wednesday the bakers prepared a Chicken Curry investigating new spices such as garam masala and tikka masala and the use of ground almonds in the sauce. We also prepared Garlic and Coriander Naan Bread cooked under the grill to serve with the curry. In the penultimate week wee created a beautiful Chicken Pie, practising our pastry decorating skills. Coincidentally we baked our pies in ‘National Pie Week’, so a picture was sent to ‘Sunday Brunch’ from the ‘Arthur Terry Cookery Club’ but unfortunately we were not included in their programme! We produced the sweet treat Millionaires Shortbread learning how to make shortbread, toffee and decorate the chocolate with a feather effect – absolutely delicious!!
The group really enjoyed the experience and it has inspired many of us to get creative at home; many members have made these meals again. Lucky parents!
Annabel Garbutt and Eleni Miklasz
Schools team up with Ex-Blues star to ‘Help The Needy’
Warm-hearted students, staff and families from across all Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) schools have been digging deep to raise more than £1,100 in support of Birmingham-based housing charity, the Geoff Horsfield Foundation.
A total of 10 schools across Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire, also received an ‘unprecedented’ number of donations of warm clothing and bedding from their communities.
They will pass the items and funds on to former Birmingham City footballer, Geoff Horsfield, whose foundation provides quality, safe and secure housing accommodation and other services for vulnerable adults who have fallen through the current support network.
Horsfield founded the charity as a ‘debt of gratitude’ to the local community.
He said: “We’re really touched by the amount of donations schools have generously given. The community spirit is alive in our schools and it’s heartening to see such a mass of support for others. I must give huge thanks for their combined efforts – this will really make a difference.
“Our foundation’s aim is to provide vulnerable adults and to make a sustainable impact on homelessness, vulnerability and its echo effect on the local community.
“Winter is a hard time and if we can provide safe, warm and secure homes for people who are at risk of falling through the system, then it’s a start to tackling this growing issue.”
ATLP’s Brookvale, Curdworth, Hill West, Mere Green, Scotch Orchard, William MacGreggor, Two Gates, Slade, Arthur Terry and Coleshill schools all took part in the fundraising initiative.
Lisa Dodd, headteacher of Curdworth Primary School, said: “We’re absolutely blown away by our community and their big hearts. They have all dug deep to support his worthy cause and we’re so grateful for their warmth and generosity.
“This is an issue that affects us all. We’re raising our young people to be responsible and caring citizens, to look out for one another and to work together to support those in need.
“The work that Geoff and his volunteers are doing is life-changing and this is the least we can all do to play our part in this worthwhile initiative.”
Pictured: Horsfield with youngsters from William MacGreggor school
On Tuesday 9th April 2019, thirty Arthur Terry students across all year groups enjoyed a day’s climbing adventure at ‘Rock Up’ Birmingham in Broadway Plaza.
The students who took part were Fraser Cook, Emily Peasland, Joseph Williams, Lucy Thewlis, Myla Brookes, Jake Rainsbury, Ella Plimmer, Joseph O’Brien Rimmer, Zachariah Scrivens, Max Moorman, Freddie Audley, Gabrielle Godsell, Daniel Ogundare, Martha MacPhail, Joshua Lang, Benjamin Godsell, Leah Doyle, Freya Liddington, Cameron Kaul, Madeline Hughes, Joshua Price, Leah Larkou, Matthew Cotter, Aimee Durkin, William Tuppen, Peter Shackleford, Emily Symes, James Nuttall, Lexi Edwards & Milli Balu.
All of the lucky participants were chosen by lot, from the larger cohort of students who had attended more than 15 extra-curricular enrichment sessions across the Autumn Term.
Congratulations to the lucky winners and may this be an encouragement to all students to maintain high levels of enrichment participation, as we will continue to run regular reward trips to those students who make the most of the opportunities available to them. As always, students and parents can explore what is on offer by clicking on ‘Students’on school’s homepage and then ‘Weekly Enrichment Timetable’.
Many thanks to Mr Carrick and Miss Miller in helping to staff the event.