Enjoy your summer break!
It has been a wonderful year here at Arthur Terry with so many highs. Our students have risen to the challenge on so many occasions and contributed to school life in a plethora of different ways. Highlights include a myriad of sporting successes, charity events, Duke Of Edinburgh visits, an array of school trips to name just a few. We are so proud of our students and we look forward to another amazing year next year in 2017/2018.
We hope that you have a fantastic and well-deserved summer break. However, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students that the summer holidays can be a time where accidents can occur. Please do stress the importance of staying safe to your child especially when it comes to any activities involving water.
We wish you a lovely summer holiday.
Heads of School
Dates for your Diary
|Monday 17th July|
|Tuesday 18th July||Sports Day|
|Wednesday 19th July||Praise Event – Highest Praise Points|
|Thursday 20th July|
|Friday 21st July||School closes at 12 midday|
|SUMMER HOLIDAY – 6 WEEKS|
End of term Information – Friday 21st July 2017
Students will arrive in school as normal and will then be dismissed at 12.00 pm. A packed lunch will be available for our free school meal students, please contact reception and notify us if this is required so arrangements can be made.
Along with staff, students are invited to take part in a non-uniform day with a £1 donation which will go towards The Penny Foundation which is providing relief for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Start of Term Information
Monday 4th September – Teacher Training day – (NO STUDENTS)
Tuesday 5th September – Year 7 -8.45 start (whole day)
Year 12 New joiners – 9.45 am (assembly and enrolment)
Wednesday 6th September Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 – start at 8.45 (whole day)
Year 12 (returning students only) 9.45 am (assembly and enrolment)
Thursday 7th September – Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 – Normal time 8.45 am
Year 13 – 1.30 pm (assembly & enrolment)
Friday 8th September – ALL YEARS IN NORMAL LESSONS
Student Support Services
Student Support Services offers a range of support to our young people, including:
- Social and emotional support
- Academic support
- Behaviour support
Students can access this support either through speaking to their tutor, coming up to A2, asking at reception or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Support Services Parent Drop in
If you would like to discuss any of the above, Student Support Services offers a drop in for parents every Tuesday 3.34 – 4.45pm. Please ask at reception.
Dinner Money Accounts
Please can we remind all parents to ensure that their child’s account is not overdrawn prior to breaking up for the summer. Your balance is available to view via Parent-Pay.
Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/
Exam Results Day
|GCE AS/A Level||Thursday 17 August 2017||08:30 am – 10:30 am|
|GCSE||Thursday 24 August 2017||08:30 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 12pm on Friday 21 July. Please ensure correct postage is used. For further information please click here Results Day 2017
GCSE Grade – Changes
GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English Literature, English Language and Mathematics will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017.
The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. Arts, Humanities, Languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019.
During this transition, students will receive a mixture of letter and number grades. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands.
In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*.
For more information and to see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, please New GCSE Grading Factsheet
Year 13 Results Day – Preparation
Advice and support for students applying to universities will be available on A-Level results. For more information, please click on the following link from Mr. Townsend Year 13 – Results Day Information
Please do not hesitate to contact the 6th Form team should you require any more information.
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
KS3 Maths Challenge
Back in April 123 students from years 7 and 8 took part in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Junior Maths Challenge. The pupils enjoyed some excellent results; 37 Bronze and 12 Silver awards were achieved, with Ben Briggs of year 8 and Suleman Ahmed of year 7 both achieving Gold awards. Special congratulations also go to Suleman Ahmed who not only achieved the award for Best In School but scored highly enough to qualify for the Junior Maths Kangaroo, where he achieved a Certificate of Merit placing him in the top 25% of entrants nationally. Big congratulations to all involved!
Year 13 Leavers assembly 2017!
Friday 12th May 2017, Year 13’s final day in school and it went off with a bang!
The assembly hall was thumping out tunes from 1998 – the tender year of the senior students’ birth – and other number one tracks, through all the key moments in their school careers.
Mr Bowater led the fancy dress assembly – with the costumes reaching new heights this year – and was ably supported by Head boy Tim Clark and Head girl Hebe Lockyer who presented the end of year 13 awards.
Circle Of Support
A former Arthur Terry student who received “exceptional support” for his learning difficulties has returned to the academy as a trainee teaching assistant, working with children with special educational needs.
History has come full circle for Sean McKeown. Six years ago as a struggling schoolboy, he benefitted from the support of Arthur Terry’s “inspirational” staff. Today, he is back in those same classrooms supporting children with additional needs.
“I’m a firm believer in giving back,” says Sean, now 22. “If it wasn’t for the exceptional support I received at Arthur Terry then I would not be who I am today.”
That person is a caring, confident and ambitious trainee who is committed to giving other young people with learning difficulties the best life chances.
Sean attended the outstanding Four Oaks secondary school between 2006 and 2011. During that time he was strongly influenced by his dedicated teachers and teaching assistants, many of whom he now works alongside.
Sean says: “I remember being in the school hall at the start of year 7 and thinking how big it all seemed. By the end of year 11 I had won several awards, made lots of friends and achieved my GCSEs – I had such a great time at school.”
He credits both his academic and personal achievements to the school’s inclusive learning environment.
He says: “Although I was part of Arthur Terry’s in-class support system, I was never perceived as being different. The students and staff made me feel part of a strong school community – and that supportive environment gave me the confidence to be myself.”
At the age of two Sean was diagnosed with dyspraxia – a condition that affects fine and/or gross motor coordination, and sometimes speech, in children and adults.
In Sean’s case he struggled with issues surrounding organisation and orientation and found he had to work extra hard to stay on top of his school work. Strong family support, coupled with the school’s robust learning support policy, meant that a carefully tailored programme of support was available throughout his entire time at Arthur Terry.
Sean said: “The school was brilliant in building structures to help – my year 11 teaching assistant, Lou Grew, who I now work alongside, was instrumental in supporting me, especially with science, and I will never forget that.”
He was also taught by experienced SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) Sharon Vaughan, who Sean now shadows as part of his training.
Sharon says: “Sean’s determination and his sense of humour will always stay with me. I am incredibly proud of what he has achieved so far.”
Sean is on level three of his TA qualification with University College Birmingham (UCB). The course, in supporting teaching and learning in schools, requires 300 hours of placement at Arthur Terry and includes numerous modules based around supporting students, such as managing challenging behaviour and supporting learning activities.
Sean says: “It’s a great course – the college and school have been fantastic in supporting me. I need to give special thanks to course leader Jane Smith, lecturer Christina Hughes and my assessor, Maria Mitchell.”
He hopes to use the qualification to secure a position as a teaching assistant, a role which he is keen to promote to future male TAs.
“Traditionally, the job is seen as more of a female role, but I’d like to see more males choosing it as a career option,” says Sean.
As part of his college placement, Sean spends two days a week with Sharon, providing in-class support to SEN children. He was delighted to return to his former school.
“It’s like coming home,” he says. “The atmosphere is so friendly and welcoming – just like a family. It’s really nice to know people as people and not just teachers. I’m learning so much from Sharon. She’s highly experienced and fantastic with the students. “The children are amazing. I love working with them and want to make a difference. I understand because I’ve been there, just a few years ago, so I know what they are going through and how best to support them. It’s important for them to know they can talk to me and that they are not alone. I appreciated that help and now I want to support others in the same way.”
Arthur Terry headteacher, Neil Warner, says: “Sean is a remarkable young man and a shining example of what can be achieved with the right support and attitude. He has always been a popular member of our school community and we are delighted to welcome him back – he is a real asset to the team. “We are incredibly fortunate to benefit from the expertise and experience of Sharon and her team who cater to the needs of individuals, so that they can reach their full learning potential in a nurturing and supportive place.”
When he’s not studying or training, Sean is still giving back to his community. The Four Oaks resident also works at Sutton Park’s Donkey Sanctuary’s Assisted Therapy Centre. As a child, Sean would visit the sanctuary to spend time bonding with the animals and to participate in physical strength and balance therapy. Now he is helping others to do the same.
He says: “It’s important for me to give something back – to repay people for all the help and support I was given. They say never work with children or animals – but I love working with both! “It’s about re-investing – if you give people time they will achieve more and hopefully give that back.”
July is our attendance focus month.
Our school aim is to support our students to make sure that they are in school all of the time. This year we expecting our whole school attendance to be up on last year which means that more students have attended, accessed and enjoyed all that school has to offer.
As we head towards the end of the academic year we have been asking students to keep the momentum going and to encourage high attendance we have introduced a competition across the houses. Each week we are rewarding the tutor group with the highest attendance and then on the last day of term a prize for the overall winner in July.
In addition to this we have also organised celebration days for the students who have either:
- 100% attendance
- Most improved attendance since Easter
- Other students who have been identified for effort.
We are delighted to publish the following names
When faced with difficulties students have shown their resilience and are a true Arthur Terry learner and with our support have been able to cope better with what are sometimes challenging and difficult days. We are proud of the relationships we have with our parents and the mutual support in place to help our young people achieve great attendance.
Our attendance focus weeks will take place next year on
- 18th September 17
- 15th January 18
- 23 April 18
when there will be the same opportunity to compete and gain rewards. We know that outstanding attendance equals the best chance of success and ensuring that we give our students as many options as possible when they reach sixteen. Its been a fantastic year and we would like to send our best wishes for the summer and look forward to meeting everyone again in September.
A special mention must go to Charlie Capnerhurst Barker for his outstanding attendance. As Charlie approaches the end of Y11 we are proud to announce that Charlie has been at school every day for the whole of his school career. We are delighted to share this fantastic achievement with you and wish Charlie the very best of luck as he completes his exams. We are certain that his continued efforts throughout school and in life will pay off on results day.
When asked how Charlie was feeling about his achievement he said “he was very proud of himself”. He said he come to school every day because life is important, and he wants to get the most out of life. His attitude to school he said had taught him “perseverance”. He said if you miss school “you miss out”.
Charlie talked about life at Arthur Terry. He said he had enjoyed school, he had made some great friends commenting on the value of friendship.
The last two years have seen him prepare for his GCSEs and he highlighted Business with Mr Daniel and Maths with Mr Johal as something he especially looked forward too. When asked what he will miss most, he said, he had made so many friends and that going from “a big family” of people moving on to post 16 choice will be hard, but he said he is ready to start “earning whilst he’s learning”.
Deputy Headteacher, Sam Kibble said “We are incredibly proud of Charlie and his fantastic achievement of attending school every day for five years. This demonstrates Charlie’s resilience and determination to succeed at school and we look forward to celebrating his exam results in the summer”.
From all the staff and students at Arthur Terry well done on your fantastic achievement, we wish you well in all your future endeavours.
Greenpower Ford Dunton
The Greenpower Educational Trust is a charity set up to inspire future engineers by building, testing and racing single seat electric race cars on circuits all across the UK.
Students from Arthur Terry School continue to lead the way in developing electric cars of the future, as they competed in the latest round of the Greenpower Formula 24 racing championship on the Ford Dunton test track in Essex. Despite a technical problem during the first race, the team, led by 2017 Team Principle, Chloe Caine, powered ahead of the pack during race two and finished in second place overall.
The team have also taken part in the Midlands Heat of the championship at Rockingham on 7th July.
The team, as the only UK Greenpower Centre of Excellence, are preparing to welcome 17 students from Greenpower China to the school to take part in a rocket car STEM activity.
Physics teacher, and Greenpower lead at Arthur Terry, said “We have worked tirelessly throughout the closed season to develop new systems and aerodynamic bodywork. The hard work has paid off and we have now have a very competitive 2017 season car.
We are hugely indebted to our local sponsors, Honeybourne Facilities Group Ltd and the Rotary Club of Sutton Coldfield Vesey, plus the global automotive company Altran, who continue to so generously support us in the project”.
Cluster Days 2017!
On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June, Arthur Terry hosted our annual Cluster Days to welcome nearly 700, year 5 and 6 students from our partner primary schools, to begin to prepare them for ‘big school’ next September or the year after! Participant schools included Mere Green, Hill West, Four Oaks, Coppice, Moor Hall, Whitehouse Common and Little Sutton.
The theme of the two days was ‘well-being and what makes us happy’ ! Ros Geillis designed a terrific classroom based session that was both interactive and really got the youngsters thinking about what makes them feel good, Donna Horspool arranged a dynamic trampette to music session in the hall, dodge ball took place on the tennis courts, the field hosted fun, fete-style games including tug of war and bouncy-hopper races, ‘Relax Kids’, a local enterprise delivered a restorative relaxation & breathing session in the gym, ‘Cherish’ a Sutton Coldfield based charity explored issues surrounding self-esteem and self-confidence, ‘Explore Learning’, another local organisation examined school-based stress, resilience & stress management strategies whilst Anna Graham designed creative and personalised well-being art installations – what a programme!
A huge thanks to all Arthur Terry colleagues & sixth form volunteers, visiting contributors, partner primary school students and staff alike who helped Mrs Bailey co-ordinate such a wonderful event.
Arthur Terry Mock General Election 2017!
On 8th June the Arthur Terry School Community returned to the ballot booths for the third time in as many years to cast their votes in our 2017 mock General Election. Students came out in year group cohorts (starting with year 7, followed by year 9, then year 8 and finally year 10) following a week of preparatory assemblies. Sixth formers and staff were able to vote at break, lunch or any convenient time. Incredibly, just like the real exit poll announced a few moments ago, no single party claimed a decisive victory, with our most likely AT government outcome constituting a progressive alliance between the largest overall party winner, the Green Party and the Labour party.
A huge thanks to Mr Gaudin who helped organise the event and assemblies and congratulations and thanks to the amazing school events committee, organised by Mrs Humphreys, who worked so hard to run the polling station throughout the day.
The students who manned the event were: Hannah Balem, Emilie Jephson, Annie Tse, Harriet Lampitt, Rebecca Woodfield, Carys Burnham, Emilia Burnham, Eve Beck and Charlie Martin.
Enrichment Day 2017!
On Thursday 15th June a multiplicity of employers, universities and apprenticeship providers descended upon Arthur Terry to deliver a series of workshops to our year 12 sixth form students. Delegates were able to choose four optional workshop presentations to suit their individual needs ranging from investment banking at Deutsche Bank to degree apprenticeship programmes with Boots and BMW, Civil engineering and bridge construction with Mouchel to working for Network rail or training as a lawyer. In addition there were more generic sessions on student finance, student life and of course personal statements and completing UCAS applications! A HUGE thanks goes to Mrs Anne Gambles who organised the event, ably supported by Vivienne Aspinall, Roger Townsend and Tricia Davies and the rest of the sixth form team. What with students visiting the UCAS conference at the NEC on Tuesday followed by yesterday’s enrichment day, all the students need now to do is to begin to narrow their next steps choices!
Rights Respecting School Award, call to solidarity!
The Rights Respecting School Award Steering group completed their first whole-school action last Friday 30th June. Committee members collated blue, red and white post it notes from year 7 students right through to the sixth form, displaying messages of empathy, support, defiance and encouragement to all people affected by the recent terror atrocities.
Following a series of assemblies exploring how we may best respond to unpredictable extremists acts, Arthur Terry students, young and old, plus staff members, shared personal messages of solidarity, quoted famous peacemakers and posted messages of commitment to fighting against all forms of prejudice and promoted solidarity over hatred.
This is the first of many events and actions set to take place in the coming academic year as we seek to achieve UNICEF, Rights Respecting School Awards status! Students should look out for a forthcoming homelessness awareness event in the first half-term after the summer break, watch this space!
Speakers for Schools’ Peter Rosengard!
On Thursday 22nd June, Peter Rosengard, who is widely considered to be one of the world’s most successful Life Insurance salesmen, in addition to being the co-founder of the London Comedy Store, visited Arthur Terry year 12’s to deliver an inspirational, motivational talk as part of the Speaker for Schools Programme.
As founder of the Charity SINCE 9/11 (www.since911.com), Peter not only shared about about his business successes but also about 9/11 – the events, causes, consequences and it’s importance in a world challenged by terrorism.
The students commented that Peter’s dry comedic sense of humour ensured the presentation was engaging throughout but was also underpinned by a core message that each of us has just one life to live and with that in mind, we ought seek to get every ounce of potential out of each of our respective journey’s!
We Need Your VOICE!
Are you a keen singer? Would you like to take your singing a step further and have some high profile performance opportunities?
SC Choirs of Sutton Coldfield, which boasts four choirs altogether, includes two award-winning ensembles that cater for the 11-18 age range: Cluster Choir (aged 9-13) and Youth Voices (13-18). From September both will be meeting on Wednesdays at the Arthur Terry School and we need YOU! We perform a wide range of music, from classical and pop, to musical theatre and folk. Our lively rehearsals incorporate a focus on 3 or 4-part singing and develop good vocal technique. There is no audition, and we usually perform twice each term and compete at least once a year. Sometimes we combine with Cluster Choir to form a combined ‘Cluster Voices’ choir!
During the 2017-18 season we will be auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent and performing a ‘flashmob’.
SC Choirs prides itself in being a family of active choirs, inspiring a love of music through singing. We promote a sense of self-worth, self-esteem, accomplishment and pride through our outstanding choral programme and regular social activities. Come and join us!
If you’d like to sign up, please visit our website and ‘contact us’.
Artistic Director, SC Choirs
Our Youth Voices choir is for young people aged 13-18 years.