Headteachers’ Message December 2016

As we approach the end of term, and indeed another year closes, it is easy to forget the myriad of events and experiences that have happened that show how special Arthur Terry is. We started our academic year with record breaking GCSE results, placing us yet again top in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield for our attainment with almost 90% of our students gaining an A* – C in English and Maths and an excellent progress score. As you know, qualifications are changing and progress will be a very important measure going forward. We have always focused on ensuring we add value to all of our students, irrespective of their starting points. Our children only have one chance and we are determined to ensure that we do all we can to help them achieve their potential. This term has also seen a number of important events for our school. Our open evenings for those considering Arthur Terry for their secondary school and Sixth Form were, yet again, heavily attended. We regularly give out over 500 prospectuses on the night, reflecting that number of first choice applications we have for our 240 places. We take these evenings very seriously; we can never be complacent and feel an immense privilege and honour that parents decide to place their trust in us to ensure their children are developed, nurtured, supported and cared for. Our Winter Concert, Key Stage 3 shows, Greenpower awards, Fun Run Presentation Evenings, charity events all demonstrate how talented our students are and also how resourceful, caring and considerate they are in raising money for those less fortunate than themselves. Our praise events in the last week of term were extremely well attended. We all know that children thrive on praise and it is so wonderful for myself and Mrs. Kibble to have received so many students in our office to celebrate their good work, achievements and thoughtfulness. Our Year 11 and 13 students are working hard on their examinations. I would like to take the opportunity to say how impressed I have been with their work ethic, attendance at intervention revision sessions and a real enthusiasm to do their very best. We will see in January the results of their trial exams and then we can target their revision and offer far more personalised intervention to help them achieve their potential. Our school could not be the school it is without the people who work so hard for it. Thank you to our students who are such great ambassadors, our talented support and teaching staff who go the extra mile every day, our governors who give so much of their time to act as critical friends of the school and our Learning Partnership colleagues who offer support and friendship. Last but not least, thank you to you as parents and carers for your unfailing support and genuine collaboration to ensure we all work together to achieve the very best for our young people. On behalf of the whole school community, I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful holiday. None of us know what 2017 will bring, but one thing we can be sure of at Arthur a Terry – it will be packed full of excellent experiences for our youngsters. With sincere best wishes Neil Warner Headteacher