January 2015

EXAMINATIONS Remember please see the exams section on the school website for up to date information: 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 13 – Monday 26 to Friday 30 January 2015 Year 12 – Thursday 29 January to Friday 13 February 2015 Please click on the following link for the Trial Exam web page: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/trial-exams/ 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 JCQ Exam Notices Please ensure your child is familiar with the regulations in particular the following document, information for written exams: Information for candidates for written exams 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 or fizzy 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. SUMMER 2015 EXAMINATION SERIES – AS/A Level Re-sits AS/A Level re-sits are available in the Summer 2015 exam series; the re-sit form is available on the school website and the deadline is Monday 2nd February: Re-sit Form Please note that re-sit forms will only be accepted with subject leader signature and full payment. If payment is made by ParentPay the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office. Remember NO FORM = NO ENTRY. A2 General Studies (Year 13) Students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade ‘D’ or above at AS in 2013/2014 (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 per unit. SUMMER 2015 EXAMINATION SERIES – TIMETABLES Personalised exam timetables will be issued in March. CAREERS If any students require any careers advice and guidance or help with taking their next steps post Arthur Terry whether in their research or assistance with applications to college or an apprenticeship. Please make an appointment with Mrs Clayton. You will find her in D1.17 or Mr Bowaters office on the ground floor of the sixth form centre. PRAISE In the last week of term, the top 15 students for each year group that had earned the most praise points for the term enjoyed a morning out at the cinema. Students either chose the new Christmas release ‘Get Santa’ or ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’. Alongside this students enjoyed typical cinema treats to accompany their film. Also, all students who earned 40 or more praise points in the first term were entered into the end of term raffle at Christmas. Congratulations to the following students: 1st prize (£50 vouchers) – Beverley Colin LA1 2nd prize (£30 vouchers) – Chris Whittaker YA5 3rd prize (£10 voucher) – Ali Fraz YB3 4th prize (£10 voucher) – Tom Duvern GA7 The next raffle and praise event will be at Easter and will be based on the points gained during this term so all students have a chance to attend or be entered! THE CHALLENGE This term out Year 11 and 12 students will be given the opportunity to sign up to NCS with The Challenge, a government-funded programme for 15-17 year olds. Working through physical, personal and creative challenges, this once-in-a-lifetime experience empowers young people to build skills and confidence to get ahead in work and life, whilst engaging with their local area. The Challenge, the country’s largest provider of NCS, is delivering over 5,000 places in Birmingham in summer 2015. It is a part-residential programme which begins with 3 parts that take place over 14 days in the summer, with breaks. The first two parts are residential, with all meals, kit and accommodation provided. First, teams develop their leadership and teamwork skills by working with some of the best outdoor instructors in the UK, enabling them to create friendships and build confidence. After a short break, young people return for part two where they stay in university style accommodation and gain new skills in an area they are passionate about. Finally, teams have the unique opportunity to design, pitch and deliver their own social action project. Then they graduate and receive a signed certificate from the Prime Minister that is recognised by UCAS and various employers. SPRING TERM DATES Monday 5 January to Friday 27 March Teacher Training Day Monday 5 January Half Term Break Monday 16 February to Friday 20 February Teacher Training Day Friday 27 March Easter Holidays Monday 30 March to Friday 10 April Work Experience – 1 week: Monday 6th July 2015 – Friday 10th July 2015 Students should by now have found their 1 week of work experience; for students who are still struggling please see Mrs Humphreys during break time (in reception) or in the Guidance and Support centre on a Tuesday or Thursday morning during tutor time (8.50-9.10). Work Experience is mandatory and forms part of the curriculum at Arthur Terry. If you have already found your work experience please submit the details via the secure link previously sent home; if you are unable to access this link we can provide a paper copy which can be collected from reception. Please contact Jane Humphreys on 0121 323 2221 (ext. 2227) or by email on jhumphreys@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk Thank you