January 2017

Your Heads of School would like to welcome back all of our students and wish everyone who is part of the Arthur Terry community, a very happy New Year. We hope that all of our students can build on the successes of 2016 and have a fantastic and an even more prosperous 2017!

The American author, Melody Beattie, once famously said that “the new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals”. We think that is it vital that our students take the time to reflect on what they want to achieve in the next 12 months and set themselves goals to help them achieve their ambitions, whatever they may be.

Our Year 11 students completed their Trial Examinations just before we broke up for Christmas and on 13th January, attended an assembly where they collected their Trial Examination results. There were many tears of joy but also for some, the realisation that there is still much work to be done in order to achieve their GCSE target grades in the summer. This week, our Year 12 and Year 13 students embark upon their Trial Examinations and the inevitable hard work that comes with all that revision! In the words of Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, “excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” We are so lucky to have such wonderful and hardworking students here at Arthur Terry and we would like to wish our students the best very best of luck in those forthcoming examinations and of course in the summer.


Congratulations !  to the following students who have been recognised for their hard work with ‘Outstanding Work Cards’ from Mrs Kibble and Mr Warner.

Chloe Grainger, Eve Shephard, Ben Busst, Emma Pountney, Katie Tuppen, Ella McNerlin, Rebecca Woodfield, Robbie Tice, Abbie Gibbs, Banita Rae, Jack Lockley, Ellen Quill, Maddie Sladden, Corian McDowell, Annie Tse, Ruby Jude, Thea Criddle, Kit Hibbert, Holly Taylor, Jess Stephens, Mike Bennett, Eve Asson, Dan Ogundare, Emily Austin,Maddie Hughes, Samuel Crowley, Emily Clarke, Lavinia Barnsley, Jaiya Bansal


Friday 27th January                                          –             Sutton Sports Awards Evening

Tuesday 31st January                                       –              Year 10 Parents Evening (Core) 5-7pm

Thursday 2nd February                                    –              Year 10 Parents Evening (Options) 5-7pm

February                                                              –              Year 8 Full Reports

w/c 7th February                                              –              Internet Safety Week

Friday 17th February                                        –              Half Term, School closes at normal time 3.25


Monday 27th February                                    –              Students return to school, 8.45am

Tuesday 28th February                                    –              Year 8 Options: Information and Workshop Evening

Thursday 2nd March                                         –              Year 8 Parents Evening (Core)

Friday 17th March                                             –              Year 11 and Year 13 Leavers Photographs

Thursday 6th April                                                   –       School closes for Easter Holiday

Friday 7th April                                                   –             TRAINING DAY – school closed for students


Monday 24th April                                            –              School opens at normal time 8.45am

ADVANCED NOTICE                                       –             Year 11 Prom  –  Thursday 29th June 


Duke of Edinburgh

Gold Expedition Planning 6th February 2017 3.30pm – 7pm in C3 Maths corridor

Year 12/13

Award Presentation Evening 6th March 2017 6.30pm – 8pm

Year 11-14 – Formal invites will be sent at the end of this month.

Year 10

Bronze Expedition Training 25th March 2017 9am – 3pm in D2 Science corridor



Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website:


 GCE Level trial exams will be taking place between 23rd January – 1st February inclusive, for information, including the trial exam timetable, click on the following link https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/trial-exams/

In order to maintain a strong work ethic amongst students during the trial exams, there will be no study leave. This will provide them will excellent revision opportunities with their subject teachers prior to trial exams.

During these exams students will return to their timetabled lessons when they are not in exams. However, students will be dismissed to go home for all afternoon exams. Please note due to the duration of the exams, some afternoon exams may run after school.

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/12/2016/09/Written-Exams.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.

Sixth formers will also need to wear their school ID badge at all times. Therefore, we would ask for your support to ensure your child is fully prepared for their trial examinations.

RE-SITS – AS/A Level

AS/A Level re-sits will be available in Summer 2017; the re-sit form/fees are available on the school website https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/examination-re-sits-summer-2017-exam-series/

AS legacy units will count towards the overall A2 grade.

AS reformed subjects will not count towards the overall A2 grade.

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 and the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office.  Cash cannot be accepted.

Please note an exam entry will not be made without proof of payment.


Students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade ‘D’ or above at AS in Summer 2016 (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 £23.00 per unit.

Re-sit forms and full payment must be made by Wednesday 1st February 2017.


Please check the exams calendar for dates on practical exams which take place before the summer exams https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/exams-calendar/  Please check regularly as there are more dates to follow.


The timetable for the summer exams is available under the Exams section on the school website https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/exam-timetables/ More information to follow regarding individual timetables.

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-Greenpower 2016 Season Summary

The Arthur Terry Greenpower Formula 24 Team recently celebrated their successful 2016 race season with the annual Greenpower Awards.  The team currently has 38 students from year 7 to Year 13 who continue to design, build, test and race their single-seat electric racing cars at prestigious racing circuits across the UK.

There is a short video on the website, kindly put together by a parent of one of the students, shows some of the many highlights of the year.  2016 also saw Arthur Terry become the pilot school for AQA Certificates in Design, Manufacturing and Systems, with 20 team members gaining a total of 45 vocational qualifications between them.


Birmingham Mail – News Article

We have recently been alerted to a dangerous new school challenge, which has left one school child in Wales with horrendous burn injuries.

Please see the full article in the Birmingham Mail and remind students of the dangers and consequences of such dangerous challenges.  Thank you.



Birmingham University EPQ Masterclasses

 Twenty-four Arthur Terry sixth formers have participated in two EPQ skills masterclasses at Birmingham University’s new library on Wednesday 7th and 14th December. The first workshop focussed on time management, referencing, avoiding plagiarism and structuring an academic piece of writing whilst the second masterclass examined effective note taking, focussed internet search tools such as Google scholar, critical thinking and appraisal of bias across a range of web based sources.

Arthur Terry students from both years 12 and 13 can now look forward to accessing the physical catalogues at this world class facility up to ten times during their EPQ investigations.


“Book in a Jar” Competition

World Book Day will be on the 2nd of March 2017. We are hoping that our pupils will get into the spirit of World Book Day. This year we will be running a competition for children to make a terrarium with the theme of “A Book in a Jar”.

The aim is to create a garden inside any jar, or clear, lidded container, with characters and features that represent a book. For instance; a garden with a rabbit hole and a pocket watch and a smiling cat in a tree would represent “Alice in Wonderland”.

The main features of your terrarium can be gathered in your own garden (stones, moss, soil etc.) and any other features can be made from modelling clay, paper…actually, anything!! We are sure that pupils will be able to come up with amazing ideas. The winning jars will be displayed in school and Prizes and house points will be given.

So get your thinking caps on and join in!