Dates for your Diary!
|Wednesday 28th March||School finishes at normal time (3.05 pm) for Easter Break|
|Thursday 29th March||Training Day School Closed to Students|
|Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April||Easter Holiday|
|Monday 16th April||School re-opens at normal time 8.45 am|
|Wednesday 18th April||Year 9 Vaccination Programme (DTP & Men ACWY) B Block|
|Thursday 26th April||Sixth Form Charity Concert – more details to follow.|
|Tuesday 1st May||Year 9 Parents Evening (Core)|
|Thursday 3rd May||Year 9 Parents Evening (Options)|
|Monday 7th May||May Day Bank Holiday – School Closed|
|Tuesday 8th May||School re-opens at normal time|
|Thursday 10th May||Year 13 last day in timetabled lessons|
|Friday 11th May||Year 13 Leavers Assembly|
|Monday 14th May||Summer Exam Season starts|
|Friday 25th May||School closes at 3.05 pm for Spring Bank Holiday|
|Monday 4th June||School re-opens at normal time 8.45 am|
Message for Parents/carers
The end of term has come around very quickly and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this year.
Our Year 11 and Year 13 students are working extremely hard to achieve the best results they can. For our Year 11 students they are taking subjects that have both new specifications and grading systems. This has been a challenge but the staff have worked tirelessly, giving up time to ensure the students are as prepared as they can be.
We have supported a wide range of charities this year, from Sport Relief, British Heart Foundation, Stand up to Racism and ‘KIDS’. I am really proud of the amount that we have raised which currently totals £6028.86, this is a tremendous amount and I look forward to supporting more events in the summer term.
Our school fund donations have significantly increased this year and we have used the funds to further support our Visiting Speakers, Enrichment and Praise events. These have proved to be very successful and we are looking to build upon this during the summer term. Information on how we spend school fund is available on the website and how you can contribute.
Last week our school show ‘Rock of Ages’ opened with sell out performances. I can honestly say that it was a first class production and it is much more than a ‘school show’. It never ceases to amaze me the incredible talent that our students demonstrate daily, whether this is in the Arts, PE and other creative subjects.
There have been many opportunities for students to take part in visits and trips. We have been to France, Spain and even travelled as far as Dorset. We recently hosted a Degree Apprenticeship Day at Arthur Terry where over 50 Sixth Form students took part and worked with the country’s top employers to explore degree level apprenticeships and other school leaver routes. We are excited to be working with CTM and we will be exploring other opportunities for students across the school to get involved in.
We are delighted to say that following the introduction of the revamped Praise and Behaviour Policy in September 2017, over 90 000 Praise Points have been issued so far this year; the average student has now earned over 50 Praise Points which is absolutely fantastic.
We are so proud that so many of our students have earned Tutor Praise Cards home for 10 Praise Points, Bronze Postcards home for 20 points, Silver Postcards with early lunch passes for 30 points, Gold postcards home with a raffle entry for 50 points and a letter home from our Deputy Headteachers along with a further raffle entry for 75 points.
We have also recently held multiple Headteacher’s lunches for students who have earned a whopping 85 Praise Points. In fact, the Praise system has been so successful that we have had to introduce a second Praise Pyramid as so many students are on track to reach or have already reached the top of the current Praise Pyramid with 100 Praise Points or more where they are invited to the special end of Year event. Go4Schools shows us that the most common reason for students gaining Praise Points is for progress in lessons; we believe that this demonstrates how effective the Arthur Terry Learner is as so many of our students are demonstrating these core values of being prepared for lessons, having an active approach to learning, being resilient when facing a challenge and the ability to reflect on their own learning through meta-cognition. We are incredibly proud of our students’ successes.
Wishing you all a wonderful break.
Home to School Communication
As a school, we pride ourselves on the outstanding relationships we have with our parents/carers. To ensure we are always striving to maintain this, we have reviewed our current procedures for how you contact us. In order for us to ensure that all parental enquiries are directed to the appropriate person, we will be introducing a new system where you will be required to email your child’s respective house address and NOT an individual staff member.
Therefore, with effect from Monday 16thApril we will be introducing the following system.
For pastoral related enquires, you will need use one of the following email accounts:
Once your email has been received, an automated response is generated as an acknowledgment of your enquiry. Your email will then be sent to the most appropriate person who is able to deal with your enquiry and therefore they are able to respond accordingly. We expect that all enquiries are replied to within two full school working days (If received on a Friday, please expect a response by end of school, Monday).
For all general enquiries, that are not pastoral related, then please continue to use the ‘email@example.com’ address where this will be forwarded to the most appropriate person. Again, please allow two full school working days for a response.
Thank you for your support.
We are aware that parking on site can prove difficult and would like to take this opportunity to remind you to park in designated areas only.
Use the drop off/pick up area when bringing or taking your child/children to and from school.
Do not park in spaces reserved for blue badge holders.
Park carefully and ensure you are considerate to residents on the surrounding roads and their need to access/leave their properties safely.
If you are unsure of parking laws please refer to the Highway Code:
Remember parking dangerously puts children at risk and the safety of our children, visitors and neighouring residents is of the utmost importance to us and we are eager to reduce any possible difficulties.
Driving On Site
We understand there are times when you may need to drop off/pick up your child/children from school rather than them walk to/from school.
A reminder the school operates a one way system via Beaton Road, through the school site and out through Kittoe Road.
Please use the drop off/pick up area and ensure you do not block emergency access to the school.
A reminder that the area in front of school reception must remain clear at all times.
We share lots of information on the exams section of the school website:
TRIAL EXAM DATES
Year 10 Trials
Week Commencing: 25th June (English & Maths ONLY – TBC)
Year 12 Trials
Wednesday 27th June – Thursday 5th July
All trial timetables will be made available on the exams section of the school website (Click here: TRIAL EXAMS) and will be conducted according to the regulations set out by the Examination Boards so students can familiarise themselves with the correct procedure for their external exams in the summer.
SUMMER EXAMS 2018
GCSE AND GCE EXTERNAL EXAM DATES
Monday 14th May – Tuesday 26th June 2018
GCE RESULTS DAY (Year 12/13)
Thursday 16th August 2018
GCSE RESULTS DAY (Year 10/11)
Thursday 23rd August 2018
Please click on the following link for the Summer Exam Timetable: Summer 2018 Exams Timetable
Personalised timetables have been handed out to all student sitting exams this summer. Please ensure personal details (LEGAL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH) and the list of exam entries are checked, any student with a query should go to the exams office as soon as possible.
Any change to personal details notified to us AFTER the certificates have been prepared by the exam boards will result in you being charged for replacements.
*PLEASE NOTE – students with a clash of exams that exceed 3 hours in the same session will need to speak to the exams officer as there may be a change to their timetable. Any students with a clash of exams that total 3 hours or less will sit their exams in the same session.
All examinations must be taken at the time and date allocated. Trial dates are subject to change.
Please click on the following link for Practical Exam dates: Exams Calendar
- iGCSE ICT: Tuesday 17th April and Thursday 26th April
- GCSE Art: Friday 27th April and Monday 30th April
- GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition: Friday 20th, Tuesday 24th and Friday 27th April
- GCSE French (Speaking): Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th April
- GCSE Dance: Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd May
- GCSE Spanish (Speaking): Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May
- GCSE PE: Friday 4th May
- A-Level Art: Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th May
- A-Level Spanish (Speaking): Monday 14th May
- A-Level French (Speaking): Thursday 17th May
- A-Level Drama (Year 12): Week Commencing: 11th June
For more information on Practical Exams please contact your child’s subject teacher.
Exam Rules & Regulations
All external and trial exams are conducted according to the procedures set out by the Examination Boards and the Joint Council for Qualification (JCQ). A copy of the JCQ guidelines can be found here: JCQ Exam Notices
Please ensure your child is familiar with the regulations in particular the following document: Information for candidates: Written exams
The following devices are not permitted in the exam hall:
- Mobile phones
- Smart watches and Stopwatches/Countdown watches
- Any other technological devices or web enabled sources of information.
Other items not permitted in the exam room include food, fizzy and coloured drinks. Students are also, not expected 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.
It is important that the regulations outlined by the exam boards and JCQ are adhered as failure to do so can result in disqualification from the examination and the overall qualification. Therefore, we would ask for your support to ensure your child is fully prepared for their external and trial examinations.
Exam Equipement Checklist
Ensure your child arrives fully equipped for their exams. Equipment needs to be in a see through plastic bag or transparent pencil case.
- Black ink or ball point pens (no gel pens or blue ink are permitted)
- Pencil sharpener
ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED DEPENDANT ON EXAM
- Calculator (lids must be removed)
- Coloured pencils
- Pair of compasses
- Set square
Highlighter pen (to highlight text in the question paper only – cannot be used in answer books)
Year 13 BTEC Business Studies
On the Tuesday 6th February our Year 13 BTEC Business Studies hosted a visit from two managers from Marks and Spencer in Mere Green.
This was a brilliant opportunity for students to find out first-hand about the recruitment process used by Marks and Spencer. They also had the chance to observe some interview role plays and offer feedback.
Students have since conducted their own interviews as part of their coursework. Staff and students would like to extend their thanks to Sara and Gareth from Marks and Spencer for taking the time to visit us and for making the session so enjoyable.
Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust – School Uniform Grant Application process 2018
Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust are offering a Uniform grant opportunity to all parents/carers who may qualify and meet their criteria. To be eligible to apply applicants must be a current resident of Sutton Coldfield in one of the following 4 Wards :- New Hall, Vesey, Trinity or Four Oaks.
Please note that the completed form and proof of benefit should be returned directly to Arthur Terry School by Friday 27th April 2018 at the latest for the attention of Mrs Cook
Please click here for an application form.
Rock of Ages 2018
Firstly, we would like to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who gave up their time to come and watch Rock of Ages. We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and carers of the students involved in the show. Without your support none of this would have been possible.
Rock of Ages was an enormous success and we are immensely proud of the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly for the past 6 months to produce a show of epic proportions, and we are sure that everyone who came to see it will agree that the standard is unrivalled. But what makes the Arthur Terry School show so special is the bond that the students and staff have. It is the little things that no one else outside of the show sees; singing to Cee Lo Green on the Roadshow tour bus, Mr J’s corridor warm ups, Mrs Wadsworth’s jokes, Will’s keys, Ollie’s driving test, difficult rehearsals during the winter months, the year 13 leavers ceremony and most importantly the friendships that would never have been able to happen without the show. All of the students and staff involved will take so much from this experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We can honestly say that this group of young people have been an absolute pleasure to spend time with and the hole that has been left by this experience coming to an end is substantial.
And finally, thank you cast and crew, you have made this experience one that we will never forget and will cherish forever.
Mr and Mrs Jordan
Arthur Terry Sports Round up!
A fantastic half term of sport at Arthur Terry, here are some of the highlights!
Year 9 & 10 girls – won U15 Lady Taverner’s Cricket – Now through to the regionals
Year 7 & 8 girls were runners up
Year 7 Football (boys) – lost in the district final (Erdington and Saltley) to John Wilmott
Year 7 Netball team came second in the U12 Birmingham Schools County Tournament
Year 9 and 10 Girls won Birmingham School Games Handball.
KS4 Boys Basketball Team – Undefeated this term!
Division champions and Birmingham School’s Play-off finalists (to be played Wed 18th April)
Girls Cheerleaders – Competing at Birmingham Schools Talent Show
KS3 Athletics Team – Year 8 girls took first place overall in the Year 8 Competition progressing through to the winter games finals.
Year 7 girls – 3rd place overall in Year 7 competition.
Year 8 boys – strong second place overall in the Year 8 competition
Year 7 boys finished first overall!
16 of our year 7 & 8 girls went to a Rugby development evening at Veseyans RFC, looking at inspiring girls into the game following introductory lessons within curriculum time. The RFU supported the event.
Plea from our Art Department!
Do you work at or own your own company that has offcuts or remnants of:-
- Paper & card
The Art Department would be glad to hear from you.
Sixth Formers teach at ATLP’s, ‘Democracy Day’!
Year 12 Politics students from Arthur Terry spent Monday 12th March at Mere Green Primary School participating in, and contributing to, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP)’s, ‘Democracy Day’ – an inter-school politics event that drew together students from Brookvale, Mere Green, Scotch Orchard and William MacGreggor primary schools.
The event was primarily organised by Mere Green’s Humanities Lead and Parliament Ambassador, Mr Richard Anderton.
The event commenced with an extended Skype Q&A with the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, before continuing with further students’ questions, this time regarding local government, to Birmingham City Councillor, Rob Pocock (Labour). The event concluded with interactive lessons on the Suffragettes delivered by our very own year 12 A-Level politics students!
Degree Apprenticeship Day at Arthur Terry!
More than fifty ambitious sixth-formers from ten West Midlands schools joined the country’s top employers at Arthur Terry School yesterday (Thursday 22nd February) to discover the do’s and don’ts, regarding degree level apprenticeships and other school leaver routes.
The Pathway CTM (Careers, Training & Mentoring) Skills Day took place between 11am and 3pm with Jaguar Land Rover, BT, IBM, BDO, PWC, EY, IBM, Accenture, NHS and Microsoft all represented.
Students took part in workshops addressing the main barriers to employment faced by sixth-formers including, ‘Social Media Influence’, ‘Interview Styles’ and ‘Psychometrics’.
After a free Dominos pizza lunch, sixth formers were able to liaise with current apprentices, graduates and employees of all the companies during an ‘Ask the Ambassador’ break out afternoon.
Alex Zarifeh, Director of Sixth Form, i/c Year 12, said: “As Pathway CTM’s lead school in the Birmingham and West Midlands region, we were delighted to host some of the country’s leading employers. Both Arthur Terry sixth formers and students from across Birmingham had an unparalleled opportunity to network and connect with these leading degree apprenticeship and school leaver providers. The half-term skills day represents just one of weekly opportunities our sixth formers are able to access thanks to our partnership with Pathway CTM.”
Politics students visit 38 Degrees!
On Thursday 15th February year 12 Arthur Terry Politics students had the unique opportunity to travel down to the London offices of campaigning group 38 Degrees and meet with Executive Director, David Babbs, Laura Kim, Head of Operations and three members of the group’s campaigns team.
David Babbs confirmed that Arthur Terry are the first ever school to have visited 38 Degrees, who have more than two million active members and in excess of 8 million occasional supporters.
38 Degrees is a people-powered campaign group who aim to ensure their members’ voices are heard by government and parliament in an ongoing way. Through voting and crowd source funding, members determine each and every campaign and recent successes include: persuading Environment Secretary, Michael Gove to abandon the use of neonicotinoid pesticides due to their harmful effects on bees; pressuring the government to provide additional funds to navigate the recent 2017/18 NHS winter crisis and convincing the largest retailers of cotton buds to switch from plastic to cardboard sticks.
The afternoon was amazing in terms of the year 12 students understanding the ‘nimble’ nature of 38 Degrees’ campaigning strategies, the different approaches to garnering support from members of the Commons and the Lords and the exciting opportunities for democratic engagement due to the precarious government majority, post 2017 snap election.
A huge thanks once again to the whole 38 Degrees team for their generous welcome and in particular Head of Operations, Laura Kim who made this unique insight for our students possible.
Check out 38 Degrees current campaigns or even start your own at https://home.38degrees.org.uk/
British Gymnastic World Championships!
Gracie-Mai Smith and Christine Tse have been selected to be the flag bearers for Japan at the British Gymnastic World Championship opening ceremony as part of the Adopt A Nation Project. As keen gymnasts themselves and after dedicating hours of practice in the gymnasium both within school and at local clubs both girls are very excited about this fantastic opportunity to see the elite athletes perform up close and personal. Gymnastics at Arthur Terry school is going from strength to strength lead by P.E teacher Miss Leadbeater. Our school club is inclusive and aims to inspire students of all abilities. It helps increase students physical fitness but also boost self- esteem and confidence.
If we can use the quote “As a Rights Respecting School we are extremely proud that our students can represent our outstanding PE departments at the World Championship event. Our young gymnasts recognise the resilience, discipline and time needed to develop their skills and will benefit greatly from participating in this memorable occasion”.
Arthur Terry students and staff would like to wish all 9 nations every success at the championships and we are sure that Gracie Mai and Christine will have a memorable experience to look back on later in life.