A New Year message from the Heads of School
It really has felt like the festive break is almost upon us this year with all our seasonal weather. The last few mild winters have left us unprepared but it has been fantastic how our Site Team have rallied to ensure that we could re-open as soon as possible. Most of our students have wrapped up in warm coats, scarves and hats for their walk to school. We do recommend that students are dropped off away from school so that local roads are not clogged up for local residents. A short walk is a good way to start the day so our students arrive ready for learning. This has been all the more important during the snowy weather when some local roads can become impassable.
2018 brings the opportunity for us to reflect on the year that has passed and decide what we want to achieve in the year ahead. We have been encouraging our students to develop their meta-cognition, as part of our Arthur Terry Learner focus, and, reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. Most of their assessments have built in opportunity to do this reflection so that they are clear on what they need to do to succeed in their next assessment. Our Year 11s have been taking their Trial Exams and in January their results will provide the opportunity to reflect and act on their teachers’ feedback to be successful in the Summer exams. The words of Carl Bard come to mind, ‘Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.’ It is what we do from now on that really matters to help secure that future success.
We wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas break and a Happy New Year.
Dates for your Diary
|Wednesday 20th December||Praise Event (invite only)|
|Thursday 21st December||School show rehearsal (all day)|
|Friday 22nd December||School closes at 12 midday for Xmas Break|
|Monday 8th January||STAFF TRAINING DAY|
|Tuesday 9th January||School re-opens for all students at 8.45 am|
|Tuesday 16th January||PTA Meeting|
|Friday 26th January||School Show Fundraising Evening|
|Saturday 27th January||Silver Expedition D of E (10-2 pm)|
|Friday 2nd February||Prom Fair At Arthur Terry School 5.30 – 8 pm (more details below)|
End of Term Arrangements For December 2017
Will finish school at 12.00pm – Friday 22nd December
Year 11 students will sit their final trial exam on the morning of Friday 22nd December. Please note, as they have an exam, all students will be required to wear full school uniform.
Students will be escorted off site between 11:00-11:30am once the exam is finished.
Year 12 and 13
Will finish school at 12.00pm – Friday 22nd December
Friday 22nd December will be a non-uniform day for all students (with the exception of Year 11 students taking an exam) with a £1 donation going towards supporting student enrichment and praise in school.
Start of Term
ALL years return to school on Tuesday 9th January
Teacher training day on Monday 8th January – SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED
We understand there are times when you may need to drop off/pick up your child/children from school rather than them walk to/from school.
A reminder the school operates a one way system via Beaton Road, through the school site and out through Kittoe Road. Please use the drop off/pick up area and ensure you do not block emergency access to the school. A reminder that the area in front of school reception must remain clear at all times. We’d also like to remind you to be sympathetic to our residential neighbours and their need to access their properties.
CAR PARKING – STAFF, 6TH FORM, VISITORS
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 – it is often filled with cars even though there are still designated spaces on site. 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.
Duke of Edinburgh Update
ALL YEAR 12 Students – Unfortunately, due to insufficient interest we are unable to run a Silver Direct Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group this year. Any queries can be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: The final deadline to enrol on Gold D of E is Friday 15th December – payment, form and programme planner needed. Those enrolled will then receive the first newsletter. Students must be free on 25th January from 3:10-7pm for expedition planning.
We share lots of information on the exams section of the school website:
Key exam dates for your diary:
TRIAL EXAM DATES
Year 10 Trials (Sets 4 to 6)
- Wednesday 10th January – Friday 12th January 2018
Year 11 Trials
- Monday 4th December – Friday 22nd December 2017
- Week Commencing: 19th March 2018
Year 13 Trials
- Tuesday 9th January – Thursday 18 January 2018
Year 12 Trials
- Monday 2nd July – Friday 10th July 2018
All trial timetables will be made available on the exams section of the school website (Click here: TRIAL EXAMS) and will be conducted according to the regulations set out by the Examination Boards so students can familiarise themselves with the correct procedure for their external exams in the summer.
GCSE AND GCE EXTERNAL EXAM DATES
- Monday 14th May – Tuesday 26th June 2018
GCE RESULTS DAY (Year 12/13)
- Thursday 16th August 2018
GCSE RESULTS DAY (Year 10/11)
- Thursday 23rd August 2018
Individual timetables will be handed out to students after the February half term.
Please note all examinations must be taken at the time and date allocated. Trial dates are subject to change.
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 not permitted in the exam hall:
- Mobile phones
- Smart watches and Stopwatches
- Any other technological devices or web enabled sources of information.
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.
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 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)
- Pencil sharpener
ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED DEPENDANT ON EXAM
- Calculator (lids must be removed)
- Coloured pencils
- Pair of compasses
- Set square
- Highlighter pen (to highlight text in the question paper only – cannot be used in answer books)
RE SITS: A-LEVEL
A-Level re-sits will be available in Summer 2018. The re-sit form/fees are available on the school website. (Click here: Re Sits Summer 2018)
Please note that re-sit forms will only be accepted with subject leader signature and when full payment has been made.
Payment should be made using ParentPay (please select the Exam Re-Sit tab) and the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office. Alternatively, you can pay by cheque made payable to ‘The Arthur Terry School’. Cash cannot be accepted.
Please note an exam entry will not be made without proof of payment.
The re-sit form must be completed and returned to the Exams Officer with full payment no later than THURSDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2018
CERTIFICATES: SUMMER 2017
GCSE and AS Certificates are available to collect.
Returnees: Please collect your GCSE or AS Level Certificate from the exams office.
Leavers: Please email email@example.com to arrange an appropriate time and date for collection.
GO 4 Schools
GO 4 Schools is our online system which enables you as parents to access the most up to date information about your child’s education.
On the front of the school website https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/ there is now a GO 4 Schools link.
The new GO 4 Schools information page gives both parents and students helpful information as well as a direct link to GO 4 Schools.
You can view your child’s progress, reports, timetables, attendance & real-time behaviour information. You can access this at any point throughout the year, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
You will no longer receive a paper school report, we will notify you by text when a new school report is available on GO 4 Schools. You can then view your child’s progress reports online, or you can download this as a PDF that you can print at home.
You can support your child’s independent learning with a clear view of homework set, due dates and homework content, as well as real-time assessment information.
Students also have access to GO 4 Schools, they are encouraged to log onto the system to view homework that has been set & check completion dates, as well as reviewing their progress and targets. Students can also view and print their school timetable.
Should you have any queries relating to your child’s progress please contact their tutor.
If you have any difficulties logging onto GO 4 Schools there is a helpful link on the page How To Log On to GO 4 Schools or if you wish to update your email address or reset a password please use The GO 4 Schools Change Request Form
NEW AUTOMATED PHONE SYSTEM
We have now finalised and sped up the process for you to reach the department you require when you phone Arthur Terry’s main number 0121 323 2221. There will be a selection of options, including the attendance line we currently have in place. Please see options below:-
- Press 1, to speak to the Attendance officer
- Press 2, for Admissions
- Press 3, for Sixth Form
- Press 4, to speak to Finance
- Or press 0 to be put through to Reception.
If you are having trouble accessing emails sent via groupcall, please can we ask that you add these 2 email addresses into your email address book.
1st the main school email firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd is the school/groupcall email email@example.com
Last year our Parents’ School Fund raised over £4,000!
Parental contribution help support Extra Curricular Activities including our Praise System & Celebration Events.
We ask everyone connected to The Arthur Terry School to consider making a donation, no matter how big or small the amount.
Contributions received last year:
- Supported our Summer School Programme for new and existing students.
- Provided equipment for students to use during break and lunchtimes on our all weather pitch & table tennis tables.
- Helped reward students at our end of term Celebration Events for attendance & praise.
Make A Difference
By participating in this opportunity you will be making a real difference to students’ learning and enrichment at The Arthur Terry School!
Make a Donation
To make a donation, please download and complete our School Fund Application Form & drop it into reception.
You can contribute on a regluar basis through direct debit.
By completing the gift aid section of the application form you can increase your donation at no additional cost to you if you are a UK Tax Payer.
Alternatively, parents with students already at The Arthur Terry School can make a donation using ParentPay.
PE – Dream team
Since September the PE department have created a DREAM TEAM board where 11 pupils from all years are selected each half term based around the Arthur terry learner. September to October half term the following students were selected for the following reasons.
Ethan Cook: Vice Captain of district Football. Achievement in Cross Country
Mante Nausedaite: Achievement in Cross Country
Isobel Corker: Overall attitude towards P.E and County Netball selection
George Hope: Achievement in cross country and attitude towards P.E and extra curricular
Gracie-Mae Smith: Leadership in Gymnastics
Harriett Lampitt: Outstanding attitude towards GCSE P.E
Demario Rhoden: Attitude and effort within GCSE P.E
Joshan Chavda: Outstanding effort and attitude in core P.E
Nina Latino Kelly: Representing the school and progress in Netball
Harry Brophy: Excellent performances in school Football and effort and attitude in GCSE P.E Louange Kabran: Positive attitude and enthusiasm in core P.E
This half term has been fantastic for sporting success within all year groups and it’s been tough to just select 11 pupils. Congratulations to the following students
Eve Wallace- Leadership skills and commitment, running the Hip hop after school club
Atayah and Amari Gardiner – Great commitment towards extra curricular showing great promise
Jessica Cope- World Champion in OCR
Lois Sercombe- Always thinking tactically within all activities using GCSE PE as her framework
Benjamin Godsell – 100% attendance to athletics, achieving personal bests
Ashton Tyler- advance performances within football and table tennis
Anya Kundra- Breviary and commitment to cheerleading
Grace and Eve Fennel – most improved, selected for west midlands indoor athletics
Samuel Palmer- Great application and focus towards GCSE PE and table tennis
Georgia lane – Commitment and enthusiasm towards core PE lessons
Please come along to see your name up on the display board in the sports centre. Keep up the good work!
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine
168 students and 17 staff attended our 20th successive visit to the Outward Bound centre in Aberdovey, from 1st – 3rd December 2017. The weather was cold, then wet and occasionally the sun shone through to show us the beauty of North Wales. Students were a real credit to the school and were fully engaged with the activities.
The Outward Bound trip is an extension of the school day and students learned about themselves as learners and developed key skills for wider application in their young lives. Planning, listening, teamwork, and other key habits were developed and showcased by the students’ reflections and writing in the Arthur Terry Learner passports.
Students developed teamwork through a range of onsite activities such as the spider’s web, marble run, rope plank walking and canoeing. They also had the opportunity to challenge themselves by attempting activities such as the grot pot, boat jumps and of course the old tradition of jog and dip.
Big thank you to all the staff who supported the Outward Bound trip to Aberdovey and we hope the students did enjoy themselves and will be confident in going on future trips whilst at Arthur Terry.
Well done all.
Prize Giving Assembly
Our Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 students celebrating their achievements in subject areas. Students were recognised for both their academic excellence and special effort and progress during our recent Prize Giving assemblies. Well done everyone you should be very proud of your successes.
Winter Concert – Too Cool For School
The stage was set for a spellbinding evening of musical delight at Arthur Terry School back in November as gifted students performed at the outstanding academy’s annual Winter Concert next week.
This popular free event – which was open to the public took place at 7pm on Wednesday 29 November – and showcased a range of talent from across the school, including musical ensembles and solo performances.
The concert was organised and directed by teacher Rebecca Deekes. She said:
“The show was designed to bring together the rich array of musical talent at Arthur Terry School and all students worked incredibly hard to ensure its success.
“The concert featured some winter themed performances and festive songs, along with some classic pieces. There was something for everyone including parents, students, visitors and members of the community.”
Headteacher Samantha Kibble added: “The school has an outstanding reputation for performing arts. Our students are creative and versatile and know how to put on a spectacular show – We are incredibly proud of their hard work and commitment.
This year’s concert was set against the stunning backdrop of a ‘real’ 12ft Christmas tree, donated by GardenSite.co.uk which sells an amazing selection of Christmas decorations online and who were delighted to help transform Arthur Terry into a winter wonderland for the evening.
David Coton, Gardensite partner, said: “This seasonal concert was a great chance for the whole school and community to come together and share a joyful evening of music.
“I was only glad to be able to support by donating the Christmas tree to a great school and the team at GardenSite and I wish everybody success for the evening.”
School Show 2018
Rehearsals are now underway for our next school production Rock of Ages,! We are really excited to see so many students getting involved, both in the cast and crew and the staff are thoroughly enjoying ‘the school show buzz’ in the Performing Arts Corridor.
Don’t forget, there are lots of other extra curricular opportunities within Performing Arts, so make sure you check the timetable if you want to get involved.
EPQ students visit BCU’s Curzon Library
On consecutive Thursday’s (7th & 14th December 2017) seventy, year 12 EPQ students, travelled across Birmingham during their Thursday afternoon enrichment sessions to visit BCU’s academic Curson library. As well as exploring the facilities the library offers, students took part in a series of workshops entitled, ‘To Google or not to Google’ exploring the strengths and weaknesses of various research tools and ‘Trash or Treasure’ which helped students evaluate the currency of the research that they have completed to date. A huge thanks to BCU’s Sammy Dedicoat, Student Recruitment Manager at BCU for helping arrange these terrific opportunities.
Advance Notice! The Arthur Terry Prom Fair!
We will be holding a Prom Fair on Friday 2nd February here at Arthur Terry School starting at 5.30 pm and running until 8.00pm.
The prom fair will be a fabulous opportunity for our students to browse the many stalls who will be attending (including Prom Dresses, Suit Hire/Purchase, Nails, Hair, Beauty, Accessories etc.) and will be a great place to get all you need sorted for Prom in one go!
Many of the companies will be offering exclusive discounts on the evening, there will also be a show stopping fashion show to showcased the dresses and suits.
We have also had some fantastic raffle prizes already donated, which include:-
- £100 voucher from Slaters Menswear
- A pair of designer prom shoes (in the winners size) from Vanilla Dresses
- Vouchers for Blackroot Bistro
- A meal for 2 with prosecco (or non-alcoholic alternative) for Gusto
- Cake & Coffee at Aromatic
- £20 vouchers Café Ceramica
- And much more…
Tickets will be just £2 per person to attend, further details on how to purchase tickets will follow in January! Watch this space…..