A short & busy term!
It has been a very short but an extremely busy half term. It is amazing what we can pack into 4 weeks!
The Greenpower team had another great weekend racing at Goodwood and the netball team had a fantastic weekend playing in a tournament at Condover Hall. All students involved were a credit to themselves and should feel proud of their achievements. We were so impressed with the Y12 EPQ presentations on a variety of fascinating topics and to see the work that has gone into them; something that will set them up for university study habits.
The Sixth Form entertainments evening was another fantastic event celebrating the creative performing talents of so many of our Year 12 and 13 students, raising money for the Sickle Cell Society. We were sad to see Year 13 leave us in their usual style with a fancy dress assembly and barbecue. We look forward to seeing both Year 11 and Year 13 in their “glad rags” next term at their respective proms at Moor Hall and the Orange Studio.
GCSE and A level exams are now well under way and we would like to wish all of our students the very best of luck in them. They should continue to revise hard but make sure they also give themselves a break and spend some time relaxing, doing some exercise and making sure they eat well, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep. We understand it is a stressful time for them and we are all here to support them through it.
Heads of School
Dates for your diary
|Friday 24th May||School Closes for Spring Bank Half Term at 3.30|
|Monday 3rd June||School re-opens at normal time|
|Thursday 13th June||Year 12 Enrichment Day|
|Thursday 13th June||UCAS Parents Info Evening 5.30 -7.30 pm|
|Thursday 20th June||Year 8 Parents Evening 4-6 pm|
|Thursday 27th June||Year 11 Prom Moor Hall|
|Monday 1st July||Year 6 Induction Evening 6-7 pm|
|Thursday 4th July||Year 7 Shades, Shirts and Shorts Disco! 6-8|
|Friday 5th July||Year 13 Prom – Orange Studio|
|Friday 5th July||Sports Awards Evening 6 -8 pm|
|Tuesday 16th July||Sports day for Year 7,8,9|
|Tuesday 16th July||Disney Performance KS3|
|Friday 19th July||School finishes at 12 midday for the summer break|
Record-breaking students make their mark by finishing school with a perfect attendance record!
Top marks to year 11 Arthur Terry students Ella Campbell and Noah Opong who are leaving secondary school with a flawless attendance record. The conscientious pair, who have not missed a day of school since they started in year 7 five years ago, have chalked up an incredible 1,900 days of education collectively.
They were presented with a 100 per cent leavers’ award at an assembly by headteacher Samantha Kibble in recognition of their outstanding achievements.
Mrs Kibble said: “Everybody is really proud of Ella and Noah and this remarkable accomplishment – they’re a credit to Arthur Terry. Both are determined and exceptional students who have worked hard throughout their school life and this sets a shining example to others. They have promising futures ahead of them.
“We are delighted that our students take attending school so seriously, as it is one of Arthur Terry’s top priorities. Students know that outstanding attendance gives them the best chance of academic success, along with opportunities to participate in activities, build relationships and develop other softer skills for life, including commitment and resilience, which can be experienced and nurtured in the school community.”
The dedicated year 11s, who are sitting their GCSEs, aim to continue their record-breaking run into sixth form. Arthur Terry’s reward system recognises outstanding attendance on a regular basis and celebrates at the end of the year with students who have reached 100 per cent. This year was a first for the outstanding school – and not just because of Ella and Noah’s glowing achievements.
Four other students are hot on the heels of the ever-present pair. Year 10 students David Freshwater, Emily Jephson, Harry Taylor and Nakita Bhari also have 100 per cent attendance for four years so far. During the assembly, they were also praised for showing the same strength of character and commitment to school.
We share lots of information on the exams section of the school website:
TRIAL EXAM DATES 2018-2019
Please note trial/progress exam dates may be subject to change.
Year 10 Trial Exams
W/C Monday (English and Maths – TBC)
Year 12 Progress Exams
Wednesday 26th – Friday 5th July 2019
All trial timetables will be made available on the exams section of the school website closer to the time. Trial dates are subject to change. Please click here: TRIAL EXAMS
SUMMER EXAMS 2019
GCSE AND GCE EXTERNAL EXAM DATES
Monday 13th May – Wednesday 26th June 2019
Summer Exam Timetable 2019
The master summer exam timetable is available by clicking on this link Summer 2019 – Exam Dates
Personalised timetables have now been handed out. 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.
EXAM RULES AND 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 banned in the exam hall:
- Mobile phones
- Smart watches and Stopwatches/Countdown watches
- Any other technological devices or web enabled sources of information.
- Revision Material/Notes
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.
EXAM CONTINGENCY DAY
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have announced a contingency day for the summer exams series 2019. The date that has been set aside as the ‘contingency day’ is WEDNESDAY 26TH JUNE 2019.
The contingency day for ALL external examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examination during the June 2019 examination series”
Therefore, in the event of a major disruption, JCQ and/or the relevant Awarding Bodies may decide to postpone an exam to another date in the June 2019 exam series. This means that any students sitting external examinations in June 2019 must be available up until Wednesday 26th June to sit any exams that had to be postponed.
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)
ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED DEPENDANT ON EXAM
Calculator (lids must be removed)
Pair of compasses
Highlighter pen (to highlight text in the question paper only – cannot be used in answer books)
EXAM RESULTS DAY
GCE AS/A Level – Thursday 15 August 2019 – 08:30 am – 10:30 am
GCSE – Thursday 22 August 2019 – 08:30 am – 10:30 am
Students unable to collect results can provide a SAE ENVELOPE to Exams by 3:00pm on Thursday 18th July, please ensure correct postage is used or can nominate someone to collect on their behalf.
Email consent must be send from the students email address to email@example.com before results day. Please note due to GDPR written consent will not be accepted.
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.
The following services are available:
- Service 1: Clerical Check (RoR1)
- Service 2P: Priority Review of Marking (RoR2P) A Level students ONLY
- Service 2: Review of Marking (RoR2)
- Access to Scripts
Further information on each service, fees and deadlines will be published in July on the school website.
CERTIFICATES: SUMMER 2018
Summer 2018 certificates are now available for collection. Current students can collect their certificates from Miss Mir (Exams Officer) at the end of the school day.
Once you have received your certificates, please check your personal details and the grades. If your grade has changed through a review of marking this may not be corrected on your certificates.
Please note if your personal details (legal name, DOB) is incorrect you will be charged the exam board fee for a replacement certificate.
Please email Miss Mir at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a suitable time to collect your certificates.
Group-call – Xpressions
Dear parent / carer
We know how important parental engagement is to help students reach their full potential. As you are aware we are keen to keep parents & carers fully updated with important information and would therefore like to introduce to you the new Xpressions App.
The Xpressions App has been specifically designed for the school to communicate whole school events, and other important information e.g. trips, reports etc.
Within the Xpressions app, you will be able to:
- Instantly send and receive free messages to The Arthur Terry School in over 100 languages;
- Flag messages received to easily retrieve later;
- Easily filter messages by category.
The app is completely free to download and can be used on your iOS or Android mobile phone, tablet or even desktop. To download the app now, please click on one of the following links:
CLICK HERE to access Xpressions via PC/Mac
When asked, please use the email address and the mobile number you have registered with the school to log in.
A more detailed guide on how to log in and use Xpressions can be found by CLICKING HERE
Arthur Terry Site Access
Q. Can we drop children off on school site?
A., There is a drop zone on site, however access is limited and the school site gets very busy with staff arriving for work. If your child is unable to walk or cycle to school there is the option to drop your child on Clarence Road and for them to walk through the path between Clarence Road and school site.
Q. How do we get on site?
A. Via Beaton Road, school operates a one-way system once on site and you will exit the site onto Kittoe Road. If you drive along Kittoe Road you must observe the NO ENTRY signs at the top of the turning circle and NOT enter site.
Q. Can we park at the front of school?
A. No, the front of school is for permit holders, and delivery/emergency vehicles only. At the end of the school day, the front of school is coned off for the safety of students, staff and visitors, DO NOT move the cones.
Q. Is disabled parking available?
A. Yes, there are marked bays for blue badge holders.
Q. Can we park on the top carpark?
A. If you have an appointment during the school day you can park in any designated area on site, excluding the front of school, however if you are picking children up at the end of the school day access to the top carpark is not permitted. DO NOT drive into the top car park from Kittoe Road, this is signed NO ENTRY
Q. Can we park on residential roads?
A. You must observe any parking restrictions and the Highway Code when parking on public roads. Be mindful of the possibility of emergency vehicular access being required. As ever, we request that visitors are sympathetic to our residential neighbours and do not block their driveways.
Q. What are the local roads speed limit?
A. 20 MPH
Q. Is there a speed limit on site?
A. Yes, 10 MPH
We are aware that parking on site can prove difficult and would like to take this opportunity to remind you to please park in designated areas only.
Please ensure the drop off/pick up area remains clear.
Parking in the area in front of reception is for permit holders, visitors and emergency vehicles only.
6th formers must confirm their vehicle details to the 6th form team and park at the foot of the all-weather pitch.
The safety of our children and visitors to school is of the utmost importance to us and we are eager to reduce any possible difficulties.
Many thanks for your ongoing support.
THINK BEFORE YOU PARK. YOU COULD ENDANGER A CHILD’S LIFE
Staged@ Arthur Terry are always looking for new members!
Our Mad Hatters class (ages 4-8) is at 9.15am-10am and Artful Dodgers class (ages 9 upwards) is at 10.45am – 12.15pm.
Both classes are at Arthur Terry on a Saturday morning. Come along or a free taster session.
Email email@example.com for more information.
Sports News for next term!
We are going to be holding our Sports Awards this year at Boldmere in their new function room, on Friday 5th July.
Letters will be going out after half term & a selection of our successful teams will be invited – with awards given out to those students and teams that have gone that extra mile 😊 So tell them to keep a look out for the emails!
We are also organising a sports praise event in school at the end of July involving all pupils who have participated and engaged in physical activity after school since September.
We also have the ATLP sports day on Tuesday 16th July for year 7,8,9. students, which will also be a competition between all schools within the partnership on track and field events.
A very exciting term ahead!
Duke of Edinburgh
Spring Term News and Events
This section of the newsletter is all about the Eco-Committee and what we’ve been getting up to! Our aim within this committee is to decrease our negative impact on the environment and begin to regard Earth as something to look after rather than something to destroy for our own needs. This edition of the newsletter will cover our recent endeavours within the committee with regards to waste and recycling, and our plans for the upcoming months!
Waste and recycling
Students may have noticed that several new recycling bins have been introduced recently across the school site. The aim of this initiative is to strengthen our commitment to reducing the level of single-use plastic waste at Arthur Terry. Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours. Thus, this initiative will allow us to decrease the effect that climate change is having on our planet by reducing the amount of fossil fuels that are burned for our daily requirements. In addition, around 16 million plastic bottles a day not making their way into the recycling bin. In this way, not only are these new bins encouraging recycling to reduce climate change, but they also have the effect of decreasing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill, which in turn reduces the plastic within our oceans.
Furthermore, over the coming weeks, all students and staff will receive a FREE reusable water bottle which will also help to reduce the impacts that single-use plastic has on the environment. These bottles have been sponsored by Richter Associates (who are part of the building and engineering industry). Please can we ask for your cooperation and support in encouraging students to make use of this bottle, especially through the summer period. About 20 billion plastic water bottles wind up in landfills each year or are incinerated. Together we can do our bit in helping to sustain the environment for all.
Both of these new programmes have the potential to both make a difference within our community and also inspire others to take active steps towards the salvation of our environment.
Plans for the upcoming months
A fundraising bake sale will be taking place to raise money for endangered species. Particular animal populations have been placed under tremendous pressure and are today under threat of extinction, more than ever before. By 2050, research has shown that between 30% to 50% of all species are potentially heading towards extinction. Your donations will support our wildlife by helping to maintain local nature reserves, promoting campaigns against deforestation and creating new natural habitats.
Another proposed event that will take place in the coming months is the ‘Walk to School’ whereby students will take pledges to ditch their regular means of travel for a set period of time. In 2014, more than 40% of people used cars for journeys of less than 2 miles, that could just as easily have been walked. Therefore, this is an important event (especially for sixth formers) as it will help to decrease the amount of air pollution within our community, which in turn will help to diminish the impacts of climate change. We must take action for the impact that we are having on our planet. Written by Year 12 School Leaders.
On Thursday 16th May, Arthur Terry, and in particular the sixth form team & sixth form teaching staff said farewell to year 13 as they depart for study leave.
Mrs Gill and Mr Bowater delivered a passionate and musical final assembly with a host of student performances and plenty of audience participation including a Gangnam Style solo by Mrs Gambles!
We would like to wish this wonderful year group, the very best for the final run in to their linear A Level examinations and the best of luck for their exams and beyond.
Here is a collage of just some the students’ amazing fancy dress outfits!
Please support our local artists by visiting some of the 10 locations around Sutton Coldfield during the annual Art Trail. This year’s trail will be on the 22/23 June and venues include houses on Mulroy Road, Somerville Road and Sutton Sailing Club.
Please CLICK HERE for more details
Recently, your son or daughter may have mentioned their teacher using a visualiser; a portable camera allowing work to be projected onto the board. Across the school, visualiers are being used to support students with how to construct and deconstruct model answers, to show precision detail in practical subjects and improve peer assessment.
Whilst the use of visualisers is not a new concept in teaching, the high quality video function of the IPEVO 4K visualisers has had added impact within the classroom. Over the next academic year, look out for more and more subjects using the visualisers to upload revision videos, and lesson content to support students’ independent learning.