May 2016

Dates for your Diary Thursday 12th MayYear 12 and Year 13 Last day in lessons Friday 13th MayYear 13 Leaving Assembly and BBQ Monday 16th May Summer Exams Series StartsYear 6 Parents Information Evening Monday 23rd May Year 11 end of normal timetable (students may be called in by subject teachers) Friday 27th MaySCHOOL CLOSES FOR HALF TERM Monday 6th June SCHOOL RE-OPENS Monday 13th June Year 12 return to school Thursday 16th JuneYear 12 – 13 UCAS Parents Information Evening Friday 24th JuneBig Gig (Raising Funds for South Africa) Monday 27th JuneYear 11 last day of exams Tuesday 28th JuneYear 7 Parents Evening (Core) Wednesday 29th June Year 7 Parents Evening (Options) Year 6 Induction Day (1) Summer exam series ends Thursday 30th JuneYear 6 Induction Day (2) Year 11 Prom Friday 1st July Year 13 Prom Mon 11th – Fri 15th July Year 10 Work Experience Sixth Form Updates Dress Code From September 2016 for Year 12 and from September 2017 for Year 12 and 13 , following consultation with parents, students, teachers and governors the sixth form dress code is outlined below : Sixth Form Dress Code Main Principle – A standard of dress that is smart, well-presented, professional and business like. At Arthur Terry School we believe that the sixth form is a core part of our school with students taking on the role of “Leaders of Learning”. We expect our sixth form students to set the highest standards in dress, behaviour and academic performance acting as clear role models for our younger students. Sixth form students should wear clothes that are not ostentatious in style, pattern or colour. It should not be possible to see through the material of any clothing. Students should wear appropriate jewellery and/or makeup for a school environment ID Lanyard should be worn at all times We have outlined the requirements of our new dress code below: Boys Matching two piece business suit: Jacket and trousers in plain colour. During colder weather students can opt to wear a V-neck jumper under their jacket. Tailored shirt, with collar, short or long sleeved Tie “Polishable” shoes or boots Girls Matching two piece business suit or abaya Two piece suit can consist of: Jacket and skirt or Jacket and dress or Jacket and tailored trousers During colder weather students can opt to wear a V-neck jumper or a cardigan under their jacket. Shirt or blouse, short or long sleeved Headscarf (optional) “Polishable” shoes or boots In the transition year, Year 13 are going to be encouraged to follow the new dress code where possible however, the minimum expectation will be for students to present themselves at school adhering closely to the current dress code which is : “Dress that is smart and appropriate to wear to school comprising young people aged 11-18” this excludes the following items of clothing : Blue Denim, Joggers, Ripped Jeans/Trousers and Large Slogans/Emblems. Sixth Form Updates Tutoring From September 2016, vertical tutor groups are changing in structure to enable us to target the personal development and progress of all students. Specifically, we will be providing a bespoke programme of support and personal development in recognition of the unique preparations required for sixth form students to be successful young adults when they leave school. To support this we will be ensuring all sixth form students are placed in a tutor group with a specific sixth form tutor. Each house group will have three vertical tutor groups for sixth form and seven vertical tutor groups for Year 7 to 11 (see below) Gloucester A Year 7,8,9,10 and 11 in 7 vertical tutor groups Year 12 and 13 in 3 vertical tutor groups In addition to this, sixth form students will be placed in tutor groups with other students who have chosen the same first or second choice A level subject to enable students to support each other during the morning sessions where necessary and to facilitate a quick and effective induction to sixth form during subject and tutor sessions. Sixth Form Updates Leadership The sixth form leadership team is expanding in September to lead and support the progress made by students both personally and academically in their two years in the sixth form. Mrs Maguire will be Director of Sixth Form for Student Progress and Support and she will lead on target setting and monitoring strategies to ensure students make excellent progress through year 12 and 13 with the support of the sixth form tutor team. Miss Geillis will be Director of Sixth Form for Learning, Teaching and Assessment and she will be developing and leading on the quality of learning, teaching and assessment across the sixth form. Mr Zarifeh will be Director of Sixth Form for Enrichment and Personal Development and he will develop the new Key Stage 5 Tutor programme including a renewed focus on enrichment opportunities (including the Extended Project Qualification) and careers education. This is an exciting stage in the further development of Arthur Terry Sixth Form and will result in superb outcomes for our students and equip them fully for their next life stage. Duke of Edinburgh All students in Year 9 are invited to enrol on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme this term. This scheme is internationally recognised and is highly valued by employers and universities. It shows that the young person has a diverse range of skills and talents alongside the ability to achieve personal challenges and help others in the wider community. We are holding a parent and student information evening on Monday 9th May from 6:30pm until 7:30pm in the school hall. We will provide information about what is involved and be able to answer any questions you may have about the Award. The national DofE website also contains a wide range of information which you may like to look at before the evening – DofE dates for your diary:- Monday 9th May Year 9 Information Evening 6.30pm to 7.30pm June 18th – 19th Year 10 Bronze Assessment Expedition July 2nd – 4th Year 11 Silver Assessment Expedition July 6th – 10th Year 12 13 Gold Expedition Payments to School As a result of us successfully taking online payments via Parentpay for several years now for items such as dinner money, trips etc. we are aiming to become completely cashless from September 2016. More than 90% of our parents are currently using Parentpay and we would appreciate your support in helping us to achieve our aim by September. If you need your login details for Parentpay please contact our finance department by email: or via the main school telephone number and we will be happy to help. We will continue to accept cheque payments for the foreseeable future but no cash payments will be accepted from 1st September 2016. Students will be able to continue to top up their lunch accounts with cash at the machines in school but as we do not take cash we are unable to provide change for this purpose. Thank you for your continued support.
School Uniform Evenings – Arthur Terry Logo Skirts The Arthur Terry logo skirt will be compulsory for all year groups (7 – 11) with effect from 1 September 2016. With this is mind we have organised for Clive Mark to set up a ‘pop up’ Uniform Shop in our school dining hall on Thursday 14th July 4.30pm – 6.30pm. The logo skirt will be on sale at a 10% discount, together with other items of uniform. (Girls still have the option to wear trousers). There is also a Year 6 Uniform Evening on Thursday 7th July 4.30pm – 6.30pm. This evening is specifically for Year 6 parents whose children will be joining us in September 2016. Keeping children safe – Important advice and guidance Please check the following link: which takes you through to four short animated films entitled Nude Selfies: What Parents and Carers Need to Know, which provide advice and guidance on keeping children safe from the risks of sharing selfies. Police School Partnership South Africa – July 2016 May I remind all parents that the final instalment for this trip is Monday 6th June, 2016. Please ensure that your balance is fully paid by this date. Many thanks, The Finance Team BIG GIG – (advanced notice) This year’s Big Gig will take place on Friday 24th June from 7pm – 10pm; We will be fund-raising for the two primary schools in South Africa our students will be visiting in July. Tickets will be on sale May 23rd via parent-pay priced at £10, or alternatively purchase a table for 12 for £100 Headline acts are Rosie O’Sullivan and the Zulu’s Leaving Exam Arrangements for Year 13 The last official day in lessons for Year 13 will be Thursday 12th May. This will be followed by a Leaving Day Celebration on Friday 13th May. The programme for the leaving day is outlined below: Leaving Day programme (Students are invited to wear fancy dress, however it is essential that fancy dress costumes worn do not cause offence – any students wearing costumes deemed offensive will not be allowed into school) 10:00am -11:00am Leavers assembly in the hall. Please enter via the dining hall. 11:00am -12:15pm Farewell brunch BBQ from 11.00am until 12.15pm by DS1. 12:15pm Leave school. Year 13 Prom The Year 13 Prom will take place on Friday 1st July at the Orange Studios. Further details and a reply slip have been emailed home. The total cost of the prom is £19 and will include a photograph at the dedicated prom photo booth (complete with props!) DRESS CODE – DRESS TO IMPRESS!!! Examinations and Results During the exam period it is important to remember that students are expected to continue to dress appropriately following the Sixth Form Dress Code and students should also avoid bringing mobile phones to examinations. All students will need to bring their student ID lanyard to every examination. This year’s “A” level results day is Thursday 18th August 2016. Students will be able to collect their results from the hall from 8.30am until 10:30am. We would like to remind students in advance of results day to search for any textbooks / resources they may have borrowed from school and return these to their teachers. Finally, may I take this opportunity on behalf of all of the staff at Arthur Terry to wish all Year 13 students good luck with their exams and for the future. It is a huge pleasure to teach and support such a pleasant group of young adults and we look forward to hearing about your future successes. Students should not hesitate to contact the sixth form team now or any time in the future if you think we can be of any help. EXAMINATIONS We share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: 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. EXTERNAL WRITTEN SUMMER EXAM SERIES DATES 2015/2016 Monday 16 May to Wednesday 29 June 2016 TIMETABLES Students sitting external exams this summer have received their personalised exam timetable. 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. EXAM CLASHES PLEASE NOTE – students with a clash of exams that exceed 3 hours in the same session have been asked to collect their exam timetable from the exams office, this is because 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. For further information regarding whole school exams or for the practical exam timetable please see Exam Timetables. EXAM PREPARATION Please CLICK HERE for the exam preparation page on the school website. This page includes the following: Information and video clips for help to understand and combat exam anxiety and stress Tips and Guidance document to assist with revision Exam Equipment Checklist The Exams Information Booklet (included FAQ) EXAM EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST Ensure your child arrives fully equipped for their exams. Equipment needs to be in a see through plastic bag or transparent pencil case. ESSENTIAL ITEMS Black ink or ball point pens (no gel pens or blue ink are permitted) Pencil Pencil sharpener Rubber Ruler ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED DEPENDANT ON EXAM Calculator Coloured pencils Pair of compasses Protractor Set square OPTIONAL ITEMS Highlighter pen (to highlight text in the question paper only – cannot be used in answer books) LEAVING DATES Year 12 – Thursday 12 May at 3.25 pm, to return Monday 6 June. Year 13 – Thursday 12 May at 3.25 pm Year 11 – Monday 23 May at 3.25 pm EXAM RESULTS DAYS (in the hall) GCE AS/A Level – Thursday 18 August 2016 – 8.30 am – 10.30 am GCSE – Thursday 25 August 2016 – 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 22 July, please ensure correct postage is used. Thank you. The Wizard of Oz – Key Stage 3 Show Dates:- Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th July 6pm, in the Hall until approx 8pm. Tickets on sale soon! Cricketing champ makes a winning run to Arthur Terry School. Under-13 Squad (Photo left to right) – Kezia Wiltshire (Teacher), Lois Sercombe (Y7), Anusha Chauhan (Y9), Eve Harber (Y7), Olivia Woodcock (Y7), Kaitlin Vandrill (Y7), Nadia Bacciocho (Warwickshire Coaching Ambassador), Tammy Beaumont, Rachel white (Y7), Raphaella Larkou (Y7), Holly Hurdman (Y8), Ella McNerlin (Y8), Sophie Westley (Y8), Richard Glazebrook (Teacher) Bat’s the way to do it! England cricket champion Tammy Beaumont has been bowled over by the sporting success of female students at the Arthur Terry School. The successful batting wicket keeper visited the outstanding academy (yesterday) to provide a coaching workshop as part of an innovative cricket programme. Arthur Terry School’s girls’ cricket is going from strength to strength – thanks to the partnership and support work of Chance to Shine. The programme offers quality coaching and support for school students and staff to develop the provision for cricket within schools and inspire the next generation of female players. The support last year enabled the school’s U13 team to be crowned Sutton Schools Champions and Birmingham Runners-Up. The U14 team travelled to Trent Bridge last year to complete in the Lady Taverners Indoor County Cricket final and this year’s U13 squad have high aspirations. Many of the U13 squad have set their sights high and are aspiring to play like their role model, Tammy Beaumont. The school has many county representatives and local club players within its team. Tammy Beaumont has recently competed in the Final of the Women’s T20 Competition in India. She is a batting wicket keeper who represents Kent as her home county. She is welcomed to Arthur Terry to provide 1:1 coaching workshop on batting and wicket keeping; sharing her tricks of the trade with its young players. Tammy said: ‘it was great to come along to Arthur Terry and meet the girls and see their enthusiasm for playing cricket. I wish them all the best of luck in their forthcoming tournament.’ The school eagerly await the Sutton Schools Cricket tournament which commences on 10 May at Wyndley. Arthur Terry at the RSC Stratford. The lead up to the May Bank Holiday was a good time for me. On the Thursday evening we had the annual Sixth Form Charity Entertainment Evening. This was a couple of hours of music, dance, rap, jokes – the typical variety show that constitutes an evening produced by the 6th form for the 6th form and their friends and relatives.. A chance for them to show off their talent, and which invariably produces lots of fun and surprises. A lovely evening for a warmly supportive audience. The following evening produced a wonderful surprise – at the top end of the professional performing arts scale. Arriving in Stratford early for the evening performance of Christopher Marlow’s Doctor Faustus my wife and I bumped into former Arthur Terry Drama teacher and head of year Mrs Elizabeth Bates. She was really excited because a former A-level student of hers , Tom McCall, was in the cast. Wow! We bought a programme – and there he is . A former Arthur Terry student an actor member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. We remember him fifteen or so years ago as a wiry, gingery haired young man, bright, idiosyncratic and intense, who loved basketball, and was of course devoted to drama. We were mesmerised by his performances in different roles throughout the evening. And here is inspiration for all our aspiring Drama students. What the RSC programme credits don’t show are details of an actor’s earlier life . In Tom’s case this is: Arthur Terry Comprehensive School, followed by B.A. degree in Drama at Middlesex University——— and then, presumably in his early twenties, training at LAMDA, probably through an intensive one-year Masters course. Some of our most talented drama students apply during Year13 to the “big” places like RADA, Guildhall, Mountview, and of course LAMDA. We do tell them that these places are so competitive and that they often are looking for applicants who are a bit older and with a bit of life experience. A first degree at a conventional university, perhaps in Acting or Drama, could be the perfect springboard for entry into the really prestigious Drama school for one more intensive year. Even Benedict Cumberbatch did it this way ! Roger Townsend