February 2016

‘Arthur Terry School named top comprehensive in Birmingham for fourth year running’ The Arthur Terry School has once again been named Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield’s top performing mixed comprehensive school for GCSE results – for the fourth consecutive year. The Department for Education’s official school and college performance tables – which are published annually – show that an impressive 78 per cent of students achieved the “gold standard” grades A*- C in English and Maths GCSES at the Arthur Terry School Joint headteachers, Richard Gill and Neil Warner, said these results reflect the outstanding level of teaching and learning at the school. “This is a fantastic achievement yet again, which demonstrates our consistently high performance year after year. Our results are even more impressive when you consider just how many good comprehensive schools there are in Birmingham. This success is a real testament to the collective hard work, commitment and support of our students, parents, staff and governors.” The Arthur Terry School is a centre of excellence. Graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in both the 11-16 and 16-19 phase. Arthur Terry is one of the first 100 teaching schools in the country and one of only two newly accredited School Based Teacher Training Providers nationally. Dates for your diary Tuesday 2nd Feb- Thursday 4th Feb- Year 10 Parents Evening Friday 5th Feb – Monday 8th Feb – French Trip Wed 10th Feb – Year 8 Options Info Eve for parents 6.30pm Friday 12th Feb – Year 8 Reports Sat 13th Feb – Tues 16th Feb – Iceland Trip Monday 15th – Friday 19th Feb HALF TERM Tues 23rd Feb – Year 8 Options Workshop Evening Wed 24th Feb – Year 8 Parents Evening Thurs 25th Feb – Sixth Form Parliamentary Debating Competition Mon 29th Feb – Year 8 Option Choices due in Wed 2nd March – Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening Thurs 3rd March – Year 13 Parents Evening Royal Sutton Athletics Coach – ‘Thursdays’ – after school The PE department have been very lucky in securing a Royal Sutton athletics coach who will come into Arthur Terry School after school every Thursday. Ideally this will appeal to the over 14’s and would be an ideal opportunity for our GCSE PE athletes who could use this opportunity for their assessments in the build up to their practical exams. For further information please see Miss Hospool in the PE Department. School Show – Dates for you Diary Tickets for the school show are close to release. Please put these dates in your diary and look out for further information regarding ticket sales. Opening night: Thursday 10th March 7.30pm Further Performances: Friday 11th March 7.30pm Saturday 12th March 7.30pm Wednesday 16th March 7.30pm Thursday 17th March 7.30pm Friday 18th March 7.30pm Matinee Performance: Saturday 19th March 1.15pm Last night: Saturday 19th March 7.45pm Sixth Form Parliamentary Debate Arthur Terry are hosting this years’ Sutton Coldfield Schools’ Sixth Form Parliamentary Debating Competition on Thursday 25th February 2016. This is always a wonderful evening with trophies being awarded to the best school and the best individual speaker. All participants will have the opportunity to visit parliament with Andrew Mitchell MP later in the year. Student leaders – February 2016 This month has been a very busy one for the Junior Leadership Group! The week beginning the 18th of January brought with it the blind tests of the Student Development questionnaire on tolerance and stereotyping. The questionnaire was sent out to all B2 tutor groups, and the feedback received from it will be acted on prior to the questionnaire being sent out to the whole school. Furthermore, the Teaching Learning Committee’s marking and assessment questionnaire went out at the beginning of the new term. The questionnaire’s end date is the 28th of January, and we hope to have had as many responses as possible by the closing date, as this will enable us to have a good overview of people’s opinions on the marking and assessment system within school. Our first ever Student Parliament has also been scheduled for February! Here each committee will update the others on what they have been up to since the beginning of the academic year, and it will be a chance for all of the committees to receive suggestions to make their work even more focused and worthwhile. I look forward to updating you all on how it goes! The Sixth Form Committee are currently in the process of developing a list of rooms to be used during sixth form’s free periods for quiet learning. These rooms should be published by the end of February. They are also looking into the best date for prom through a survey, the results of which will determine when the sixth form prom is held. Letters will be sent home to our new Events Committee members, hopefully within the next month. I would advise all students who signed up for the Events Committee to keep an eye on their emails, as this will be the main form of contact between the committee members. Thanks for reading! Lola Sherwin _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 6th Form update Now that the main university application deadline (January 15th) has passed and we have processed a record 251 university applications from Year 13, we now have a bit of breathing space to report on sixth form progress. In September almost 150 of our students started their university courses. This included sixty entrants at what are sometimes referred to as the “high tariff” (e.g. Russell Group) universities- the universities that are usually looking for A-level results of at least ABB : places like Birmingham, Warwick, Nottingham, Sheffield, Loughborough, Bristol, Queen Mary London. Students opted to study a wide range of subjects from Accounting to Theology ! Students who applied for Medicine and Dentistry also were successful through their selection processes of work experience, standard attainment/aptitude tests, interviews – and finally gaining the minimum A-level grades of AAA. Indeed several students gained a mixture of A and A*grades, in four subjects! It is also very pleasing to report at least 90% of our applicants were successful in gaining a place at their First Choice universities. Those students who returned to or joined our sixth form after completing their GCSEs met or exceeded the challenging targets we set them from the beginning and we are extremely pleased that they are now set up for their next exciting stage in their lives. An increasing number of students are also gaining much sought after Apprenticeship places post 6th Form. The application and interview process for Apprenticeship places is fiercely competitive and we are pleased that 10 students were successful in gaining places in Accountancy, Business Management, Catering and Engineering We are now working hard to support our current Year 13 in applying for their “next steps” whether they are applying to University, gaining an Apprenticeship or seeking employment. Year 12 will begin the process of contemplating their futures after Easter with their initial Careers interviews, and Year 11 will also be able to discuss their futures with a member of the sixth form team or Mrs Clayton our Careers Adviser. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a range of courses to suit students’ interests and aptitudes as well as ensuring all students perform to the best of their ability. To summarise as a comprehensive sixth form we : offer a wide choice of some 30 A-level subjects ensure students have the necessary qualifications to be able to successfully progress to university or advanced apprenticeship training provide a level of teaching, guidance and challenge that enables all students to achieve their potential, including at the highest level; Roger Townsend (Post 16 Admissions Tutor) Young Coach Academy Matthew Cotter, (Year 10) has been accepted into this year’s Birmingham Young Coach Academy. This is an exciting opportunity for him to join other young sports leaders / coaches from across the city to take part in training and placements in sports coaching. On Wednesday 27th January Matthew attended the Youth Sport’s Trust ‘Step into sport’ camp which is aimed at bringing young coaches from across the city from able bodied and S.E.N.D backgrounds to work together to learn about being inclusive in their approach to coaching and sports leadership. The above photo is of Matthew (on the left of the picture) with Mel Clarke – ‘Great Britain Paralympian and London 2012 Paralympic Silver medallist’ also pictured is William Moore from Plantsbrook school who is also part of the young leaders. The Young Coach Academy is part of a National initiative led by Youth Sport Trust to try and increase and encourage more young people into coaching and volunteering. There will be over 100 academies across the country training and developing young people to become young coaches. The main aim is to provide each student with a placement opportunity at a community sports club in the local area. The aim is that young people will experience new sports to enhance coaching knowledge and receive mentoring from experienced coaches to support development. The young coaches will undertake ‘coaching philosophy, honesty and ethics’ training as well as practical coaching training and opportunities to practise this during a Gifted and Talented primary schools’ holiday camp as well as through their placement. Well done Matthew and we look forward to following your progress with the Young Coach Academy! ‘Mum in the know Kelly McCall’ Kelly McCall is currently completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Maths Education within the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. Kelly, who is Mum to Louie, eight and Jake, five, first became aware of the option to train as a teacher within her local area after talking to other local Mums who spoke favourably about their child’s education. After attending a train to teach open day at the ICC, Kelly then took part in the School’s Experience programme which enabled her to gain experience within the school. The school were very flexible with times to fit in with Kelly’s job at the time and her childcare commitments. From this she continued to meet with the Maths subject route leader and Teaching Schools team who were able to discuss and support Kelly’s training needs. Prior to teaching, Kelly worked as an employment advisor for nine years. Kelly has now secured a job teaching Maths within Arthur Terry once she gains her qualified teaching status. However, she recognises how she would benefit from the newly launched part time route that enables people to train and gain Qualified Teaching Status through a longer more flexible route. This will enable people who are working to complete the course via a 1 – 3 days a week route over 2/3 years rather than the full time yearlong route. Kelly has recognised how as a Mum she has felt prepared for the course “It’s worked extremely well training through the Arthur Terry partnership. It’s local and school holidays do not affect childcare. I have been supported by placements close to my home so I can pick up children from after school club and by working with teachers who closely support my development.” Kelly identified that “although the workload is intense, you can find time for your family. As a parent you get used to not having much time for yourself and giving time to someone else but we still have a day just for family time.” Kelly feels that the nature of training within a schools based training environment as opposed to a traditional university placement has enabled her to develop her confidence and knowledge in understanding how to support and stretch students, so that they can progress further. After spending each Friday working with other Specialist Maths leaders and having that peer to peer support with her fellow training teachers and subject route leaders, Kelly feels she has benefitted from training via this route. “There is nothing better than planning how to teach and support students in different ways, then actually having that student that you’ve sat with and attempted to explain things to say “Yes Miss, I’ve got it.” Arthur Terry is holding some taster mornings on Wednesday 3rd Friday 26th February between 9:30am – 12:00. This gives those considering training to teach the chance to see their subject being taught and meet with a subject route leader to discuss their individual situation. They are also holding an Open Evening on Thursday 11th February from 6pm till around 8pm where there is the opportunity to attend various teacher training workshops and meet with each subject route leader. After four years of training over 120 good and outstanding teachers from all subject routes, Arthur Terry Learning Partnership are now recruiting for all subject routes at both secondary and primary level. EXAMINATIONS Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school Website. 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. 6th FORM TRIAL EXAMS Year 12 – Monday 1 February to Tuesday 9 February 2016 Please click on the following link for the Trial Exam web page: Trial Exams There will be no study leave during trial exams and students will continue with their timetabled lessons throughout the trial exam series. If there is a clash of exams they will be done one after another within the same session unless students are personally notified otherwise. The exams will be conducted according to the procedures set out by the Examination Boards. This is so students are familiar with the correct procedure in the summer. A copy of the JCQ guidelines can be found on the JCQ Exam Notices page https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/jcq-exam-notices/ Please ensure your child is familiar with the regulations in particular the following document, information for written exams: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/4.6-written-examinations.pdf Equipment should be carried in a clear pencil case. There will be no spare equipment available for students to use. Students must use a black ink or ballpoint pen for all exams (gel pens are not permitted) and under no circumstances should mobile phones be taken to the exam desks. No food, fizzy or coloured drinks are permitted in the exam room, and candidates are not expected to need 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. RE-SITS – AS/A Level – DEADLINE: TUESDAY 2 FEBRUARY2016 AS/A Level re-sits will be available in the Summer 2016 exam series; the re-sit form is available on the school website, https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/2015/09/18/examination-re-sits-summer-2016/ Please note that re-sit forms will only be accepted with subject leader signature and when full payment has been made. ParentPay is the preferred method of payment and the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office. Please note cash cannot be accepted. A2 General Studies (Year 13) Students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade ‘D’ or above at AS in 2014/2015 (Year 12). If students who received ‘E’ or ‘U’ want to enter for A2 they must complete and return a re-sit form for either or both of the units they did last year at AS Level which are £22.50 per unit. Remember NO FORM = NO ENTRY. SUMMER 2016 EXAMINATION SERIES – TIMETABLES Personalised exam timetables will be issued in March ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Arthur Terry Teaching School Calling all KS3 students (year 7,8,9) – Pop Vocal Ensemble every Wednesday!