January 2016

EXAMINATIONS Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: In addition 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. EXAM ASSEMBLIES Exam assemblies will take place as follows: YEAR 13 – Monday 4 January YEAR 12 – Monday 11 January 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 18 to Friday 22 January 2016 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 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. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Work Experience 2016 The dates for work experience this year will be Monday 11th July until Friday 15th July (1 week). All students in Year 10 are asked to find one week of work experience of their choice, please ensure that the placement they choose has Employer Liability Insurance (e.g. no sole traders). If you have not yet submitted your work experience but have found a placement please complete the details on the link sent home via email. If you would like this link to be sent again please email jhumphreys@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk If you are struggling to find a placement students can ask at reception to see Mrs Humphreys, alternatively please call 0121 323 2221 (ext 2227). ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Year 11 – Have you organised what to do next? Any year 11 students who have not applied to return to Sixth Form in September must have a plan for next year, it is important to get your plans in place as soon as possible. There are options, like studying at a college or a training provider or getting a job with training or apprenticeships. What is important is to get the course or training to suit your skills and aspirations. If you require information on college open events or help with applications please make an appointment with Mrs Clayton, Arthur Terrys Careers Adviser who can be found in D1.17 or contact on sclayton@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Praise Throughout last term we continued to reward our students for their hard work within lessons and during extra-curricular activities. Over 400 students achieved a reward ranging from praise postcards home to enjoying an extra non-uniform day in the last week of term. Over 150 students also reached the benchmark to be entered into the end of term raffle and the lucky winners were: 1st prize (£50 vouchers) – Sophie Lewis YA1 2nd prize (£30 vouchers) – Sarah Stamps-Butt GA7 3rd prize (£10 voucher) – Mariya Ali GB9 4th prize (£10 voucher) – Sophia Owen YA1 Praise points for this term have now restarted and we hope our students continue to push themselves to gain as many as possible! ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Student leaders – January 2016 Firstly, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy New Year on behalf of the whole Junior Leadership Group- I hope this year is filled with a lot of happiness for all! I also hope that everybody had a wonderful festive period and returned to school in high spirits. Moving on to our latest news. In the final week leading up to the Christmas holidays, I visited a number of tutor groups to see who would be interested in joining our new Events Committee. This was a successful endeavour, as I managed to get roughly 15 people to sign up by doing the rounds of the tutor groups, as well as an additional few names from Hereford. The student development committee have been looking at tolerance, this is a major focus for our students this year, who have already developed a questionnaire for students and are working on assemblies too. Finally, I’d like to remind people about the Teaching Learning Committee’s marking and assessment questionnaire. It would be massively helpful to them if you could all take 5 minutes to fill out the questionnaire. They would really appreciate your feedback! The deadline to complete the questionnaire is the 28th of January, and we would love to have as many responses as possible from students. To fill out the questionnaire, just follow this link – CLICK HERE Remember, you can follow student leaders on twitter @ATS_leaders Thank you for reading, and once again- I hope everyone has a brilliant 2016! Lola Sherwin, media manager for JLG. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Headteachers chosen for key national school support role Arthur Terry headteachers Richard Gill and Neil Warner have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances. The pair are two of 70 headteachers nationally to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round. NLEs along with staff in their school – designated a National Support School – use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools. NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to federation or academy status. The type of support provided is flexible and can often involve NLEs becoming executive headteacher. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools. Richard and Neil said: “This designation is testament to all staff within the Arthur Terry School who for many years have willingly given of their time to support students and staff from neighbouring schools to ensure all young people are given the very best opportunities regardless of postcode. “We are delighted to have our work recognised nationally and will continue to support our community in ensuring that Arthur Terry remains at the very highest level nationally while doing what is asked of us within the current self-improving system for the benefit of all.” Many NLEs/NSSs report improved exam results at the schools they support, as well as their own. Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s great that headteachers like Richard and Neil are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils achieve. We now have well over 1,000 National Leaders of Education and their efforts are at the heart of a self-improving, school-led education system. “School-to-school support is having a growing impact with benefits for both the schools being supported and those providing the support.”