Dates for your Diary
|Monday 15th May||SUMMER (2017) EXAM SERIES STARTS|
|Friday 26th May||School closes for half term at normal time (3.30)|
|Monday 5th June||School re-opens at 8.45am|
|June||Year 7 reports due|
|Tuesday 13th June||PTA Meeting|
|Thursday 15th June||Year 12 Enrichment Day|
|Thursday 15th June||UCAS Parents Information Evening|
|Wednesday 21st June||Year 9 DTP & Men ACWY Vaccination (A Block)|
|Thursday 22nd June||Year 9 DTP & Men ACWY Vaccination (B Block)|
|Tuesday 27th June||Year 7 Parents Evening (Core)|
|Wednesday 28th June||Year 7 Parents Evening (Options)|
|Thursday 29th June||Summer Exam Series Ends|
|Thursday 29th June||Year 11 Leavers Assembly (am –students only)|
|Thursday 29th June||Year 11 Prom|
|Friday 30th June||Year 13 Prom|
|Monday 3rd July||Year 8 HPV Vaccinations|
|Tuesday 4th July||Year 12 Induction Day|
|Wednesday 5th July||Year 6 Induction Day|
|Thursday 6th July||Year 6 Induction Day|
|Tuesday 11th July||Year 6 Parents Induction Evening|
|Wednesday 12th July||Second Hand Uniform Sale 4.30pm-6.00pm|
|Thursday 13th July||Year 6 Uniform Evening|
|Friday 21st July||School Closes for the Summer Break|
Duke of Edinburgh Dates
- Year 10 Bronze Assessed Expedition – 17th & 18th June 2017 (Cotswolds)
- Year 11 Silver Assessed Expedition 1st – 3rd July 2017 (Long Mynd)
- Year 12/13 Gold Expedition 5th – 9th July 2017 (Dark Peak)
Remember we share lots of information on the Exams website.
Sumer Exams 2017
External Exam Series Dates: Monday 15th May – Thursday 29th June
The Summer Series is now underway, best of luck to all of our students who are sitting their exams!
All external exams are conducted according to the procedures set out by the Examination Boards. A copy of the JCQ guidelines can be found at 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 is located at https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2016/09/Written-Exams.pdf.
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 external examinations.
Please click on the following link for the Summer Exam Timetable.
Students sitting external exams this summer have received their personalised exam timetable.
Please ensure personal details (including 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.
Any students with a clash of exams that total 3 hours or less will sit their exams in the same session. Students with clashes with over 3 hours have been spoken to about their arrangements. Please be aware, if your child does have a clash in the afternoon session they may finish later than scheduled.
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.
- 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
- Coloured pencils
- Pair of compasses
- Set square
- Highlighter pen (to highlight text in the question paper only – cannot be used in answer books)
Exam Results Day
|GCE AS/A Level||Thursday 17 August 2017||Time to be confirmed|
|GCSE||Thursday 24 August 2017||Time to be confirmed|
Students unable to collect results can nominate someone in writing to collect them (ID required) or provide a SAE ENVELOPE to Exams by Friday 21 July, please ensure correct postage is used.
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 Click Here.
Year 13 Results Day Preparation
Advice and support for students applying to universities will be available on A-Level results. Please do not hesitate to contact the 6th Form team should you require any more information.
Stop Cyberbullying Day- Friday June 16th
Stop Cyber Bullying Day was founded by The CyberSmile Foundation in 2012 to promote online positive and good digital citizenship. As Heads of School ,teachers, parents and carers we are all unfortunately aware of the increase in reported incidents of cyber bullying and online abuse.
Statistics from PEW Research and iSafe Foundation state that:
- 40% of Internet users say they have personally experienced digital abuse
- 20% of those who experienced online harassment said they feared for their lives
- 50% of teens have been bullied online
Our Student Year Group leaders have been working together to develop our anti-bullying policy and are planning a FAB group, Friends Against Bullying will enable students to meet together weekly to have fun, develop their self-esteem and to encourage positive friendships. Our Student Development Committee have been producing some anti-bullying films and our Student Events committee will be helping to promote Stop Cyber Bullying Day on 16th June 2017. This will culminate in a week of student led activities, with the aim of ensuring our students really reflect and understand how to sustain positive friendships and keep each other safe and happy.
We understand that it is only through working together that we can begin to reduce the potential harm and upset children feel when they experience cyber bullying and will continue to update our Online Safety page with recommendations for parents and carers https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/information/online-safety/
Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. At Arthur Terry School, we work in partnership with parents and carers seeking your full support in ensuring that students attend school every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties and we are committed to improving attendance levels at the school. Our target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 96% attendance. Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for pupils to maximise their learning, and achieve full potential here at Arthur Terry. Research proves that the link between attendance and achievement is categorical.
As a parent, there are important steps that we would ask you to take to support us in this focus on high levels of attendance:
- Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn. Tutor time begins at 8.50 am and students should be in the building by 8.45am. Students arriving in tutor time after 8.50am will be marked as late and will receive a Lunchtime detention.
- Students who are absent for without a reason will be contacted on the same day and will be required to explain the reason for absence.
- If your child is ill, please contact the school on each day of their absence and provide an a reason for absence.
- If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as unauthorised. You will be asked to provide medical certificates if your daughter has a poor attendance record.
- Parents of students who have less than 90% attendance will be required to provide supporting documentation to enable school to continue authorisation.
- Where possible please ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time.
- Holidays should not be taken in school time. Any Leave of Absence can only be agreed by the Head Teacher and only agreed where there are exceptional circumstances.
- Contact your child’s form tutor if you are having trouble in getting your child into school
We are currently above the national average for attendance and are proud of the efforts of both or students and parent’s commitment to education. Our current attendance figures are 95.79% which we are pleased to report is even better than last year.
Arthur Terry Space Camp 2017
Over the Easter holidays 33 students and 4 members of staff blasted off to Huntsville, Alabama to visit the USA’s premier and NASA recommended Space Camp. Students were put through their paces on centrifuge training, sling shot and G force simulators as well as being intellectually challenged with high level mathematics and science applications in real life scenario missions in full sized simulators and control rooms. Students also learned about astronaut life, heat proofing, introduction to Russian and many more themes pivotal to space exploration. Over the course of the 6 days the two teams developed well and each member of the group had to play pivotal parts of the team of different missions to be successful. There was a little rest and relaxation after Space Camp and students got to explore the Cathedral Caverns and other local attractions to Huntsville.
Sutton Coldfield based Arthur Terry School, has been announced as the first Centre of Excellence for the West Sussex based Charity, Greenpower Education Trust. The Arthur Terry School have been in involved with Greenpower Education Trust’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project for five years, and has experienced the positive effect the project can have not only on individual students, but the schools as a whole.
With the newly granted ‘Centre of Excellence’ status, The Arthur Terry School will provide advice and support to new and existing Greenpower teams by acting as a Greenpower hub in the West Midlands area, helping the charity grow and expand across the UK.
The Arthur Terry School has previously helped multiple schools, including local primary schools building their IET Formula Goblin car for pupils aged 9-11, which is the feeder formula to IET Formula 24 and IET Formula 24 + for young people aged 11-25.
Amanda Barrett, Project Manager at Greenpower Education Trust commented ‘We’re so pleased to announce The Arthur Terry School as our first Centre of Excellence.’
‘The Arthur Terry School completely embrace all of Greenpower’ s core values. It is very much in their nature to help others as they have already heavily invested themselves in helping other local teams, which has helped to create a Greenpower network in the surrounding area.’
Dean Batty, Physics Teacher and Greenpower Lead at The Arthur Terry School commented ‘The Greenpower project has become a massive part of life at Arthur Terry School. We currently have 38 students participating across both F24 and F24+ and this year our second car will make its debut. The project continues to transform the school lives of so many of our students. Many of the team have already completed the AQA Certificates in Design, Manufacturing and Systems and we also have five Y12 students and one Y13 student completing the AQA Extended Project Qualification based around their Greenpower activities. We are delighted to become a Greenpower Centre of Excellence and we all look forward to helping other teams along their own Greenpower journey.’
The Centre of Excellence programme was created by Greenpower Education Trust to ensure that the Greenpower project is accessible to all young people in the UK via schools, colleges and youth groups. Centres of Excellence will provide advice, as well as resources such as use of tools to any local team that would like to be or are already involved in the project. With over 600 schools and institutions involved in the Greenpower project, the search is on to establish a hub in each region.
Well done to this months recipients of Outstanding Work Cards (names below); Some fantastic work has been shown to Mr Warner and Mrs Kibble over the last few weeks. All students went on to be well worthy participants in this months Praise Event where we also recognised some outstanding footballers (U13 girls andU16 boys).
Sixth Formers Meet, Eat, Drink & Learn!
On Thursday 27th April and Wednesday 3rd May, fourteen Arthur Terry year 13 students participated in the prestigious Meet, Eat, Drink & Learn (MEDaL) employability programme at The Royal Hotel in Sutton Coldfield.
The programme is the brainchild of Professor Jo Andrews who led the participants through interactive sessions exploring effective job applications, CV writing & interview techniques, collaborative working practises and event management logistics.
The students who are soon to graduate from Arthur Terry sixth form enjoyed the professional, work-place feel of the event which was only possible thanks to a funding grant from the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust.
Grants Manager, John Hemming and Chief Executive Ernie Murray attended the event to award the medals at the culmination of the course whilst Sutton Coldfield Conservative Candidate Andrew Mitchell and Sutton Coldfield’s Chamber of Commerce, Julia Gray also attended the medal ceremony.
Professor Jo Andrews said, ‘the AT students were an absolute delight, they are bright, polite, engaging and interesting. What more can I say? They are all a credit to the school.’
The students who participated were: Thomas Ashford, Cherrie Hayes, Jamie Morrow-Jones, Olivia Wilkins, Daniel Gaffney, Reece Arnold, Nicholas Bennett, Emily Rollins, Alex Woods, Tristan Coley, Richard Brierwood, Davinder Shergill, Ally Brown and Matthew Gainer.
Train To Teach
FREE taster sessions at SC Choirs
Regular singing in a choir fosters friendships, develops confidence and can even help develop academic achievement. Our choir family is growing, and we’d love you to be part of it. If you know a local pupil who loves to sing, and would like to develop this further, get in touch! Our choirs offer high quality vocal training and opportunities to perform in some superb venues.
We’re offering FREE taster sessions right after the Easter break for the following groups and ages.
To find out more, log onto our website and feel free to contact us for more information!
SC Choirs: Local choirs for people of all ages
- The Accidentals
- Youth Voices
- Cluster Choir
- Training Choir
Tel: 07899 632759 / 07736 318340
Email (Committee): firstname.lastname@example.org
Email (Singers & Parents): email@example.com
Registered Charity Number: 1165686
Gold Standard Education
Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell has praised the excellent teaching and learning that the outstanding Arthur Terry School – and its partner academies – are providing to children in the area.
His visit to the school this month follows the success of the Department for Education’s performance league tables, which showed Arthur Terry to be the top performing comprehensive school in the town.
The academy is part of the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) a respected multi-academy trust of seven schools in Four Oaks, Erdington and Coleshill. Mr Mitchell met with CEO Richard Gill, trust board chair, Tim Sewell, and member Alan Wharton, to celebrate the partnership’s continued success.
Andrew said: “Sutton Coldfield is in a privileged position to have a choice of quality schools. The ATLP is leading the way– with three outstanding and good academies in my constituency that serve their community to the highest standard. In recent months alone, we have seen Arthur Terry gain 87 per cent “gold standard” grade A* to C GCSEs in maths and English; Hill West achieve 100 per cent in the national phonics screening; and Mere Green awarded governor mark and National Leader of Education status – while the school is currently expanding to accommodate even more families. What a fantastic series of accomplishments.”
“But this formula for success is in no way exclusive, and the ATLP is committed to sharing these benefits with others. This is what real school improvement looks like. We want all of our schools to be good or outstanding, to be engines for quality education and opportunity for every child.”
During his visit, the MP discussed the ATLP’s future growth plans. Last year the partnership’s “newest” academy, the Coleshill School, achieved its best Ofsted in more than 20 years and now the multi-academy trust is planning to spread its excellence further to help even more schools improve.
ATLP CEO Richard Gill said: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome Andrew into school. He is such a fervent supporter of education in the region and continues to work with young people in the town, through a range of initiatives, such as the recent schools debating competition.
“Andrew recognises that collaboration between schools has a positive impact across communities. We value his support as we look to extend our reach to as many children as possible, so that they can enjoy the very best life chances too.”
Students sleep rough to raise money and awareness!
Between 7pm on Friday 31st March and 7am on Saturday 1st April, seventeen Arthur Terry sixth formers and three members of staff joined 70 local businesses in sleeping in cardboard boxes on the floor of the Gracechurch shopping centre, raising money and awareness of the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping.
The event was organised by YMCA’s Alan Burrows and included a visit from local councillors and Sutton Coldfield’s Mayor, Charlotte Hodivala. The evening commenced with outstanding musical performances by the Arthur Terry music department band members Sophia Wilson, Alex Davison, Harri Care, Elliot Wilkes, Maisie Goodreid, Leo Boekestein, Harriett Perry, Rebecca Woodfield and Leah Fennell.
Lily Barker, Charlotte Higgins, Cerys Woodcock, Leah lynn, Gaia Cawley, Morgan Summerfield, Adelaide Doggett, Sophie Harvey, Millie Wilson, Jacob Carter, Samantha Rogers, Lucy Willey, Jamie Richards and Alayna Mustafa all spent the night trying to sleep (!) outside Marks and Spencer whilst three students, James Perry, Ben Leedham and Ollie Bradley both slept rough and played in the various bands!
Arthur Terry were the only school permitted to take part in the event and were the life and soul of the various activities from teams quizzes to bhangra dancing to decorating their boxes –indeed Lucy Willey won an Empire cinema gold pass for her efforts in designing a London skyline on her house for the night.
A huge thanks must go not only to the students, who were amazing, but also importantly to Miss Burton and Miss Stewart who braved the hard floors to support the students and to all the hard work in rehearsing and setting the musical equipment up and down by Miss Deekes and Mr Loffman. Thanks also to care taker Mr Brierley who came to support the event and who opened the school site late in the evening in order for the musical equipment to be safely stored over the weekend.
In all the event was a huge success and both students and staff can’t wait for next year’s YMCA ‘Sleepeasy’, although ear plugs will be a must next time around!