Dates for your diary
|Monday 4th June||Pupils return to school at normal time, 8.45 am.|
|Wednesday 6th June||Year 7 Parents Evening (English, Sience, MFL IT and RE)|
|Thursday 7th June||Year 7 Parents Evening (Maths, re PE and all other subjects)|
|Wednesday 13th June||Four Oaks Summer Cluster Concert|
|Thursday 14th June||Year 12 Enrichment Day|
|Thursday 14th June||UCAS Parents Information Evening (6pm)|
|Saturday 16th June||Bronze Assessment Expedition|
|Sunday 17TH June||Bronze Assessment Expedition|
|Monday 18tth to 22nd June||Year 10 to Ashes Hollow|
|Friday 22nd June||End of GCSE Exams|
|Friday 22nd to Sun 24th June||South Africa Training Weekend|
|Monday 25th June||Year 11 Leavers Assembly|
|Monday 25th June||Year 11 Prom (Drayton Manor)|
|Tuesday 26th June||End of A Level Exams|
|Thursday 28th – Fri 29th June||Year 9 to visit the Gurdwara Sikh Temple|
|Saturday 30th June||Year 13 Prom|
|Saturday 20th June – Mon 2nd Jul||Silver D of E Expedition|
|Tuesday 3rd July||Year 12 Induction Day|
|Wednesday 4th July||Year 6 Induction Day 1|
|Wednesday 4th – Sun 8th Jul||Gold D of E Expedition|
|Thursday 5th July||Year 6 Induction Day 2|
|Thursday 5th July||Year 6 Parents Induction Evening 5.45 – 6.45|
|Monday 9th – Thursday 12th Jul||Year 10 to Carding Mill Valley|
|Thursday 12th July||South Africa Trip|
|Friday 20th July||School Closes for the summer break at 12.15 pm|
LOCAL ROADS – CHANGE OF SPEED LIMIT
Birmingham City Council are changing the speed of local roads in the vicinity of The Arthur Terry School, this work may be carried out by the end of June.
Please see below from Birmingham City Council.
Most of the works will be planned to avoid school peak times in the morning and afternoon but it may be worth warning parents that there could be some minor disruption. If parents can be encouraged to stick to the 20mph limit, everyone should benefit from the improved environment on the approaches to the school. Travelling at 20mph as opposed to 30mph will add less than 30 seconds to the journey of anyone driving to and from the school.
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 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/waiting-and-parking-238-to-252
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.
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.
It is with great pleasure that we are able to share our updated Praise Reward Triangle. We are delighted that it has been necessary to create this, as it demonstrates how fantastically our students are working.
Praise points continue to be awarded in four main categories; for demonstrating the qualities of being an effective Arthur Terry Learner in lessons and/or around school, for commitment to enrichment activities, for contributing to either the school or local community, and for outstanding or improving attendance.
At the time of writing this article a monumental 105,158 praise points had been issued by staff over the course of this academic year to our students, with the average number of praise points per student currently at 60. For comparisons sake, in the entire 2016/17 academic year 34,786 praise points were issued, with the average standing at just 20. For our students to have effectively tripled both figures this year, and with several weeks still to go, is absolutely astounding!
We hope that the rewards on offer go some way to motivating and rewarding our students, and we hope they feel their hard work is being acknowledged appropriately. It is with great delight we are able to do so, and this has been aided by the support of Power Minerals, whose Managing Director Nigel Waldron, is a former student at Arthur Terry. Power Minerals are very kindly supporting our Praise Reward Triangle in a variety of ways; support which we are very grateful to receive.
We look forward to continuing to reward our students for their hard work throughout the Summer Term.
Internet Safety Update
The internet is such a wonderful tool to enrich our lives but it can also pose many dangers. As part of our commitment to ensure that students are fully aware of how to keep themselves safe, Mr Shilcof, as an accredited C.E.O.P. Ambassador (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), has recently delivered assemblies to our students; the goal of these assemblies is to explain some of the dangers of misusing the internet together along with explaining the laws surrounding ‘Indecent Images.’
One important message that we would like you to remind your child of, is that it is a criminal offence to share and distribute indecent images. If your child receives one, it should be deleted immediately and under no circumstances be shared with anyone else.
If you as a parent wish to obtain further information regarding protecting your child, please visit the ‘Thinkuknow’ website; this site is the public arm of C.E.O.P.
Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Shilcof or any other member of Student Support Services if you would like more advice or you feel that you would like a member of staff to talk to your child in more detail about this very important issue.
Be SMART online:-
We encourage pupils to take a SMART approach to social media behaviour:
- Safe – Do not give out personal information, or post photos of yourself to people you talk to online. Follow age restriction rules.
- Meeting – Do not meet somebody you have only met online. We encourage parents/carers to speak regularly to their children about who they are talking to online.
- Accepting – We advise that pupils only open emails and other forms of communication from people they already know.
- Reliable – We teach pupils about the dangers of believing everything they see online.
- Tell – We encourage pupils to tell a teacher, parent or carer if they see anything online that makes them feel uncomfortable.
New Uniform & PE Kit
We recently announced to parents/carers the introduction of our new Uniform and PE kit, which is available to purchase from Clive Mark 11-13 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5UY from July. This is a phased introduction from September 2018 and all items will become compulsory by September 2019. You can view details of the new Uniform List and PE kit on our website via the following link SCHOOL UNIFORM
GO 4 Schools
GO 4 Schools is our online system which enables you as parents to access the most up to date information about your child’s education.
On the front of the school website https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/ there is now a GO 4 Schools link.
The new GO 4 Schools information page gives both parents and students helpful information as well as a direct link to GO 4 Schools.
You can view your child’s progress, reports, timetables, attendance and real-time behaviour information. You can access this at any point throughout the year, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
We will notify you by text when a new school report is available on GO 4 Schools. You can then view your child’s progress reports online, or you can download this as a PDF that you can print at home.
You can support your child’s independent learning with a clear view of homework set, due dates and homework content, as well as real-time assessment information.
Students also have access to GO 4 Schools, they are encouraged to log onto the system to view homework that has been set and check completion dates, as well as reviewing their progress and targets. Students can also view and print their school timetable.
Should you have any queries relating to your child’s progress please contact their tutor.
If you have any difficulties logging onto GO 4 Schools there is a helpful link on the page How To Log On to GO 4 Schools or if you wish to update your email address or reset a password please use The GO 4 Schools Change Request Form
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
Year 12 Progress Exams
Tuesday 26th June – Wednesday 4th 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
The Summer Series is now underway, best of luck to all of our students who are sitting their exams!
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.
All students sitting examinations will be required to wear their school uniform. Sixth formers will also need to wear smart business dress and have their school ID badge on at all times.
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.
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 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
- 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)
GCSE GRADES – CHANGES
New GCSEs are being graded from 9-1, with 9 being the highest grade. Combined Science will be graded from 9-9 to 1-1 from 2018.
Students taking separate Science GCSEs will now get a grade from 9 to 1 in each subject. Combined Science students will receive an award worth two GCSEs, consisting of two equal or adjacent grades.
Further information on the new 9-1 grades and the changes to Combined Science can be found on the OFQUAL website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-gcse-9-to-1-grades-coming-soon
EXAM RESULTS DAY
|GCE AS/A Level||Thursday 16 August 2018||08:30 am – 10:30 am|
|GCSE||Thursday 23 August 2018||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 midday on Friday 20 July, please ensure correct postage is used.
Results will also be published on G4S after 10:30am on results day. Further information will be made available in July.
This week we celebrate with students and on Thursday there will be a special event for students who have been selected for the praise event for attendance.
Some students are working towards two consecutive years of 100% which is an outstanding achievement. We look forward to celebrating with them and hope that this continues up until the end of the year when they will have earned themselves their GOLD award.
For students who are working towards 100% attendance this term, until the end of July they could be up for their bronze award of even Silver and this, again is a marvellous achievement.
We continue to issue praise points for this half term. Students with 100% attendance will be rewarded with 5 praise points and those with more than 97% but less than 100% they will receive 1 praise point as well.
We continue to work with our families and young people to help ensure our students are getting the most out of school and are aiming towards the schools target of 97%. Where there are attendance concerns, the school will seek to intervene either via telephone or parental meetings to review and put in place support.
Parents are reminded that holidays in term time will not be authorised except in exceptional circumstances, anyone requesting a leave of absence from school must complete the application which can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATUALTIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS
Special mentions go to the following students for:-
Olympian Meets Year 7’s & 8’s
What a fantastic opportunity that our year 7’s and 8’s had on Tuesday 8th May 2018. The pupils got to meet a Olympian who is currently training for the Tokyo 2020 for the 100m sprint and the 1X400m Relay. The pupils got to hear the inspiring story of Rion Pierre who was brought up in East London who became a professional footballer at the age of 17. Through altercations of his life Rion ffered a back and hip injury which took him out of football for 7 months.
On his road to recovery he started back at an athletics track to build his strength and speed. Within 18 months he was chosen for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was not only an inspiring athlete but also gave our students food for thought. They then endured a training session with Rion who put them through their paces ( as seen in the images below).
The pupils got the opportunity to ask Rion questions about his life and his achievements. It was an inspirational, thought provoking day that will hopefully inspire and show the pupils through hard work, dedication and with the right mind set, they can achieve great things’.
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Students celebrate “fascinating” and “challenging” extended study success with Councillor
Hardworking Arthur Terry students have gained an advanced qualification – popular with leading universities – that showcases their independent research skills and enriches learning. More than 30 year 12 students celebrated their success with Councillor Meirion Jenkins at a presentation evening at the school.
The students were commended on their resilience and creative learning as part of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) work is designed to equip students will the skills needed at undergraduate level in university, specifically independent research and reconciling various (and sometimes contradictory) sources of research. Students can choose their own topics and the range covered was very wide, including science, modern culture, business, finance and politics.
Councillor Jenkins (Conservative, Sutton Mere Green ward) said: “This was a great evening, with the chance to talk with students about these fascinating and challenging topics. I’m sure that the EPQ work will be a great help in preparing students for higher education.”
The Extended Project Qualification is an independent enquiry that is sought after by most universities. As opposed to A Level teaching, which is guided by supportive teaching staff, the EPQ requires students to undertake a minimum of 90 hours of independent research into a topic that sparks their imaginations.
Students are required to learn how to use advance search filters, to access online and physical university library catalogues – Arthur Terry Year 12s have been able to utilise both the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University (BCU) databases, how to reference correctly, applying the Harvard system and to prepare academically written final evaluative pieces. The students earn the equivalent of half an A Level in terms of UCAS points and are greatly enriched by the skills they learn and enhance during their learning journeys. Arthur Terry Students have been extremely lucky to tap into the support of Arthur Terry School’s head librarian, Mrs Mandy Goode, who is also an award-winning BCU librarian.
Alex Zarifeh, director of sixth form, in charge of year 12, Arthur Terry School, added: “The students have worked so hard, for so long on these projects. It was great to have Councillor Jenkins with us to celebrate their collective success!
“The EPQ is a qualification we are proud to offer our students at the Arthur Terry Sixth Form that enables students to showcase resilience, sustained drive and the ability to direct their own learning. We can’t wait to see what next year’s students decide to investigate!”
During the presentation evening, Councillor Jenkins met with students to discuss the wide-ranging topics, which included the use of autonomous vehicles from Joel McHale, emergence of cryptocurrencies from Fahad Ali, the extent to which LGBTQ+ people are more likely to suffer mental health issues Elliot Perlic, abortion laws in Northern Ireland from Georgia Garrad, factors influencing the gross revenues from motion pictures from Abby Hammond, the use of bibliotherapy (reading of books) to help mental health problems from Hannah Knight, the rise of the denim revolution in fashion from Maria Lane and an investigation into the Mozart Effect (can classical music really improve your IQ?) from Ceana Edgar.