July 2015

PRAISE at Arthur Terry Exciting news! The Arthur Terry Praise System is undergoing a revamp ready for September 2015 in order to increase the number of students benefiting from the praise system and ensure the rewards are valued. A new mnemonic has been created and students will now receive praise points for the following achievements: P – Progress R – Responsibility A – Attendance I – Independence S – Success E – Effort As before, a pyramid system will be used so that students can work up the ladder and earn more rewards. The student leaders have worked hard to decide the benchmarks and the corresponding rewards to ensure that the system works well. Students will be able to easily keep track of their points with a wall tracker in the tutor group. Any rewards already gained by half term will be issued then; subsequent ones at the end of term. Praise points then restart each term. Furthermore we will hold an end of year praise event for the 10 students from each year group with the highest number of praise points each term. Official Arthur Terry School Skirt – Reminder The official skirt will be compulsory for all new Year 7 students joining us in September 2015. The official skirt will be compulsory for all Year 7 to Year 11 students by September 2016. There are two styles of black school skirt; one is a pleated skirt and the other is a straight skirt, both embroidered with a small grey school logo on the hem. Clive Mark now have both skirts in stock. Girls will still have the option to wear trousers if they prefer to do so. The cost of the official skirts will range from £13.00 to £17.25 depending on size and the style chosen. Art Department Any students that have taken GCSE, AS or A2 level qualifications can collect their submitted Coursework and Exam work from October half term 2015 (OCR regulations) Many thanks for the commitment from all the students involved. Art Team 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. RESULTS DAYS Exam Results Days 2015 GCE AS/A Level, Thursday 13 August 2015 in the Hall, 8.30 am – 10.30 am GCSE, Thursday 20 August 2015 in the Hall, 8.30 am – 10.30 am Students unable to collect results can nominate someone in writing to collect them (ID required) or provide a SAE ENVELOPE to Exams by Friday 17 July, please ensure correct postage is used. Thank you. POST RESULTS When results are released some students may want to make an enquiry about results or request an examination script back, please note there is a fee for a post results service: Further information and application forms are available on the school website, please click on the following link Post Result Enquiries GOOD LUCK!! Sixth Form News Over the past few weeks Year 12, now called Year13 because they have started work on their A2 syllabus material, have been gearing up for university application next term. This means looking at university websites for course details, visiting universities on their Open Days, starting a first draft of their personal statements, and generally going through the processes that will enable them to make the right decision for the next stage in their lives. This also means, for some, looking at the sort of apprenticeships that will become available for application later on next academic year. For some, actually sixty students, the EPQ, has become a focus for some summer holiday reading and research. The Extended Project Qualification has been around for about four years and is becoming highly valued by universities. This is because it is essentially a research project that is conducted independently by the student, who has thought up a question/title based upon a topic of their own interest, made investigations through reading, research ,surveys and questionnaires, and presented the results of this in a four to five thousand word essay, all with minimal staff support. This is just what you have to do at university ! Whilst no university will require an EPQ as an entry qualification, it does become a boost to an applicant’s credentials and indeed is graded as an additional AS subject. But it’s the stimulus value it has for the student in following through an academic study independently that really counts. Degree successes At the time of writing ( beginning of July) degree results are beginning to filter through from those of our students who left to go to university in 2012. Congratulations to Aarren Mannion who gained a First studying Biomedical Science at Hull University and who has secured funding for a Ph. D. doing Cancer Research at Leeds University. And to Anya Aslam who gained a top Upper Second (2:1) at Aston University studying Pharmacy. Aarren , who came to us from Stockland Green, had ambitions of becoming a medical doctor, and though he didn’t quite achieve this direct from A-levels, he will achieve a doctorate and be doing research involving health care, and this with his class of degree also keeps the door wide open for accelerated training as a medic later should he wish. Please let us know of others. Most universities don’t report back to their feeder schools and so hearing from former students is a rather haphazard business. However, we were delighted this week to have David Smith in to talk to various groups of students about his time in our 6th form and what student life is like at Mansfield College Oxford . Coincidentally, we had recently heard that David had just won an award for best second year student in Geography at Oxford University. Wow! “I want to be a pilot.” Meanwhile Andrew Meikle has given up his chance to go to university, having secured a place to read History at Nottingham. Andrew has now passed all the selection procedures to start training as a pilot with the RAF. Considering that it will cost five million pounds to train Andrew, the selection procedure has to be somewhat rigorous! Andrew joined the Air Cadet branch in Walmley when he was thirteen because he thought it would be a “fun thing to do”. Clearly his aptitude and potential were quickly recognised : he started taking some control of an aircraft in flight whilst still aged only thirteen, and with a bit more experience was doing acrobatics like loops, barrel roles, and stool turns in exactly the same sort of aircraft that he will be training now as an officer. In short, he was in “full control”, and this means having learned to take off and land and having to deal with minor emergencies like flying with the engine cut out ! Air Cadets became increasingly important in Andrew’s life, and he gained further inspiration from extended visits to various RAF stations around Great Britain, and from taking part in commemorative events , for example in Arnhem, Holland, the site of the disastrous air-born landing in September 1944 as an attempt to bring the war to an earlier end. By this time Andrew was, at the minimum age of eighteen, a Cadet Warrant Officer in charge of about seventy cadets, helping with training, leading in activities, and maintaining standards. Andrew’s original plan to go to university first before joining the RAF was foiled by appendicitis during his AS exams, and this meant an extra year in the sixth form after recovery from his operation. However, the successful completion last summer of two full A-levels (General Studies A* and History B) meant that Andrew had the minimum qualifications to apply for Officer and Pilot Training whilst he was in Year 14 completing his A2 courses in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. The ensuing selection processes were indeed rigorous and often lasted a whole day or indeed took place over several days : computer based aptitude tests (only one other applicant out of forty passed with Andrew for pilot suitability); a series of interviews at different stages; medicals; leadership tests; planning tests – in groups and individually; further fitness tests and interviews, with people being eliminated at various points and being recommended for training for different careers within the RAF. Several weeks later, actually coinciding with the end of Andrew’s final A-level exams, the good news came through. Andrew will start his officer training this month, for thirty weeks, and be followed by pilot training. He will be dealing with remotely piloted aircraft, or helicopters, or jets. He will be an Officer Cadet, later commissioned as Flying Officer, then after two years Flight Lieutenant, and eventually Squadron Leader and Wing Commander or Group Captain. At any rate, the next twenty years at least are pretty well accounted for! What an inspiration for our younger students !