PRAISE AND BEHAVIOUR
With the academic year in full swing, it has been intriguing to see the response of our students to our newly introduced Praise and Behaviour Policy. It is fantastic to see that at the point of writing, nearly 25,000 praise points have been issued already to our students, which is a magnificent effort after just 5 school weeks. Praise points are issued across 4 main categories; Progress and achievement, Attendance, Tutor or School Community involvement, and also for involvement in Enrichment activities. It is our pleasure to be able to reward the students who have performed well in each of the different categories during the first of our half termly praise events prior to half term.
The purpose of introducing the new policy was to ensure that students hard work was recognised and rewarded, and to ensure that poor behaviour is dealt with swiftly, ensuring that all students can learn to the very best of their ability. With positive events currently outweighing the negative by a ratio of over 5:1, we hope to continue to support our staff and students in producing well rounded individuals ready to succeed in their education and their life beyond Arthur Terry.
Feedback is of course welcomed from parents, and we will also be asking students for their views as the term progresses. Whilst no systems are ever perfect for every person, we do hope that we are continuing to create an environment which allows our learners to learn and our teachers to teach to the very best of their ability.
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’d also like to remind you to be sympathetic to our residential neighbours and their need to access their properties.
CAR PARKING – STAFF, 6TH FORM, VISITORS
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 – it is often filled with cars even though there are still designated spaces on site. 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.
NEW AUTOMATED PHONE SYSTEM
We are currently working on speeding up the process for you to reach the department you require when you phone Arthur Terry’s main number 0121 323 2221. There will be a selection of options, including the attendance line we currently have in place. Please see options below:-
- Press 1, to speak to the Attendance officer
- Press 2, for Admissions
- Press 3, for Sixth Form
- Press 4, to speak to Finance
- Or press 0 to be put through to Reception.
Dates for your Diary
|Wednesday 18th October||School closes at normal time for half-term|
|Thursday 19th October||Training Day (2)|
|Thursday 19th October – Sunday 22nd October||Iceland Trip|
|Friday 20th October||Training Day (3)|
|(HALF TERM – Monday 23rd October||Friday 27th October )|
|Monday 30th October||School re-opens at normal time, 8.45 am|
|Monday 30th October -Wednesday 1st November||Year 7 Tutor Week 1 (students to make appointments for parents to see their tutors)|
|Tuesday 31st October||Year 7 Halloween Disco (5-7.30 pm)|
|Thursday 2nd November||School Initial TeacherTraining Open Evening 6-8pm|
|Monday 6th November – Wednesday 8th November||Year 7 Tutor Week 2 (students to make appointments for parents to see their tutors)|
|Tuesday 7th November||Year 11 Parents Evening (Core)|
|Thursday 9th November||Year 11 Parents Evening (Options)|
|Thursday 16th November||Sixth Form Open Evening 6-8pm|
|Thursday 23rd November||Year 11 Information and Revision Evening 6pm start|
|Wednesday 29th November||Winter Concert 7pm Start @Arthur Terry|
|Wednesday 6th December||Four Oaks Cluster Concert (Lichfield Cathedral)|
|Thursday 7th December||Year 13 Parents Evening|
|Wednesday 13th December||Celebration Evening (6.30 pm start @ Arthur Terry)|
|Monday 18th December – Friday 22nd December||Praise week (2)|
|Friday 22nd December||Christmas Assembly in School for Students by Performing Arts Students|
Duke of Edinburgh Date Changes
Silver Expedition Planning Session – Saturday 27th January (10am – 2pm) NEW DATE!
Bronze Expedition Training – Saturday 17th March 2018 (9am – 3pm) NEW DATE!
At the start of what can often be a daunting time, Year 7 students have excelled themselves by out-performing the rest of the school with the best attendance so far this year! Students face all sorts of challenges when they start back or return to school in September, so the school has used our attendance focus week to raise awareness of the benefit of good attendance. In tutor time students have reflected on their attendance last year with the aim of improving this year to enable the best outcomes for them. Students have also been learning about the impact of lost learning hours and how a few days absence can make a difference. We have also used attendance focus week to celebrate with students with the overall award for the week going to Lincoln B who had the best attendance for the week! Lots of students are still committed and have achieved 100% attendance but a special mention has to go to the Year 7 Lincoln A girls who have managed this as a group since the start of term until recently and we look forward to celebrating this with them.
Students who continue to show commitment to school will be rewarded at the end of term through the schools praise and behaviour policy, being awarding 5 praise points for 100% attendance for the term, or 1 praise point for over 97% attendance. On Monday 10th October some students were given a special mention and invited to attend a praise event for attendance. For them, it was an opportunity to receive recognition for their achievement and celebrate with others.
It has also been great to see those students who achieved 100% attendance last year, wearing their award badge and we hope that they will aspire to this again this year whilst motivating others to achieve the same. After half term tutors will be reviewing attendance targets with their tutees and we will be focusing once again on the link between attendance, attainment and achievement using assembly time to communicate this to students.
Whilst it is widely known that being in school every day provides young people with the best chance of success it is also understood that no matter how much we do to ensure this there are unavoidable instances when students will be unable to come to school and want to assure parents that when needed we can support students in a variety of ways to help combat this, starting with your child’s tutor. Autumn and the winter can present some challenges but good habits and routines in school and at home can make a difference. I would like to thank you for your support and encouragement which is making such a difference to our students and the school community. #schooleveryday
Special Mentions go to..
|Aliye Balaban||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Joe Egan||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Elliott Hutchins||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Richmond Johnson||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Holly Taylor||Special Mention for Effort|
|Grace Williams||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Peter Wolffsohn||Special Mention for Effort|
|Tiane Agbonlahor||Special Mention for Attendance|
|George Rawlins||Special Mention for Effort|
|Daisy Bryant||Special Mention for Effort|
|Josh Hill||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Amani Hussain||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Fern McHale||Special Mention for Effort|
|Muskaan Nayyer||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Charlotte Ogunshakin||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Joe Saunders||Special Mention for Effort|
|Alice Hircock||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Ibrahim Ismail||Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Melissa Smith||Special Mention for Effort|
|Loren Webster||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Bradley Bullows||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Molly Cassidy||Special Mention for Effort|
|Thea Criddle||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Georgia Holcroft||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Alex Johnson||Special Mention for Attendance|
|Harvey Mitchell||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Harry Monnox||Special Mention for Attendance|
|Dan Ellis||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Amba Sandhar||Special Mention for Attendance|
|Mia Shargill||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Dan Senior||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Harvey Goode||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Aryan Nayyar||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Ibrahim Aslam||Special Mention for Effort|
|Nathan Doody||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Isabella Egan||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Rosie Munn||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
|Ethan Randall||Special Mention for Attendance|
|Mollie Senior||Special Mention for Improved Attendance|
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Parents Development Group
We need you!!
Are you interested in joining our school parents development team? Whose core purpose is to provide constructive and invaluable feedback from you, a vital stakeholder, that will enable and help us to secure and make continual progress in key areas such as website design, homework planners, marking schemes and behaviour policies ? If the answer is yes, please email email@example.com including a small paragraph about yourself and your ideas.
“I have been a member of the Parent Development Group for approximately one year. The group meets with representatives of the Leadership Team of Arthur Terry school approximately once every half term. I can honestly say that attending the group and providing input and views on issues that directly help all of the staff and students at the school has been a worthwhile way in which to “give back” to the school. The PDG is not a gesture from the school, our views and suggestions are genuinely very grateful received and utilised. The meetings are well structured and everyone attending has the best interests of the students at heart. An awful lot of the developments that come out of the school such as the new website design, homework planners, marking schemes and behaviour policies are all discussed at the PDG meetings.”
Quote from Laura Delacroix-Humphreys, parent member of the Parents Development Group.
We share lots of information on the exams section of the school website:
Key exam dates for your diary:
Year 11 Trials
- Monday 4th December – Friday 15th December 2017
- March 2018 (DATES TBC) Maths and English Trials
Year 10 Trials (MATHS ONLY)
- Monday 4th December – Friday 15th December 2017
Year 13 Trials
- Monday 15th January – Friday 19th January 2018
Year 12 Trials
- Monday 2nd July – Friday 10th July 2018
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.
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
Individual timetables will be handed out to students after the February half term.
Please note 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 not permitted in the exam hall:
- Mobile phones
- Smart watches and Stopwatches
- 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 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)
CERTIFICATES: SUMMER 2017
More information will be on the exam section of the school website in due course.
RE SITS: A-LEVEL
Information on A-Level re-sits available for Summer 2018 including costs will be put on the school website after October half term.
Train to Teach with the Arthur Terry National Teaching School
Thursday November 2nd at 6:15pm sees the Arthur Terry National Teaching School hold its Train to Teach Open Evening. The evening is aimed at graduates and career changers who are considering applying for teacher training in schools across the West Midlands. In order to continue to recruit the highest calibre of graduates, several financial incentives are in place for 2017-2018. These include £25k bursaries for Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Computing trainees with a 1st and other incentives, ranging from £3k – £25,000, for teachers with other degree classifications in Primary, English, History, Geography, D & T, Biology and Languages.
Recognised by Ofsted for the ‘Outstanding success of leaders and managers in establishing good training’, Arthur Terry National Teaching School currently has over 50 training teachers being developed by specialist Learning Coaches, in over twenty five primary and secondary schools within its alliance. With good teachers being in demand, the majority of last year’s cohort have secured jobs in schools that are part of the Arthur Terry Teaching School Alliance. Many of our recruits are in a position of leadership within two years due to the wide range of Professional Development and leadership opportunities offered by the Teaching School. The average starting salary for teachers in England now stands at £24,200.” Please visit www.atnts.com or contact Jo Ann Murphy on 0121 323 1128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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Last year our Parents’ School Fund raised over £4,000!
Parental contribution help support Extra Curricular Activities including our Praise System & Celebration Events.
We ask everyone connected to The Arthur Terry School to consider making a donation, no matter how big or small the amount.
Contributions received last year:
- Supported our Summer School Programme for new and existing students.
- Provided equipment for students to use during break and lunchtimes on our all weather pitch & table tennis tables.
- Helped reward students at our end of term Celebration Events for attendance & praise.
Make A Difference
By participating in this opportunity you will be making a real difference to students’ learning and enrichment at The Arthur Terry School!
Make a Donation
To make a donation, please download and complete our School Fund Application Form & drop it into reception.
You can contribute on a regluar basis through direct debit.
By completing the gift aid section of the application form you can increase your donation at no additional cost to you if you are a UK Tax Payer.
Alternatively, parents with students already at The Arthur Terry School can make a donation using ParentPay.
School Show 2018
Auditions are all but complete for our next production of Rock of Ages, with the final cat list due to be released any day now. We are really excited to see so many students who want to get involved, both in the cast and crew and the staff are thoroughly enjoying ‘the school show buzz’ in the Performing Arts Corridor.
Don’t forget, there are lots of other extra curricular opportunities within Performing Arts, so make sure you check the timetable if you want to get involved.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
As one of the largest centres in Birmingham we offer Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Award in Years 9-13. Students choose a physical activity, develop a skill and complete a period of volunteering – each of these should take one hour a week. We also train students to be safe on expeditions before taking them on two weekends away to hike, navigate, cook and camp!
With almost 80 Bronze students in Year 10 completing all of their activities before the end of March ready for their expedition we can expect to have one of the highest completion rates in the West Midlands. 30 Silver students have just returned from a wet and windy weekend in the Peak District and our Year 12 students are beginning to enrol on their Gold Award.
‘Buddy Up!’, Sixth Form-Year 7, Mentoring Scheme!
On Friday 6th October 2017, twenty-two year 7 students and twenty-two year 12 sixth formers, travelled to ‘Rock Up’, Birmingham, to launch a year long, peer-to-peer mentoring scheme. The students, young and old, will meet one another each week during Monday tutor time to work on literacy and numeracy skills, have fun, to get to know one another and share their successes and challenges. The climbing wall launch event was the perfect start to the project with partners encouraging one another to evermore demanding physical and mental climbing challenges. When not climbing, students worked collaboratively through ‘challenge packs’ that included mindfulness, creative, English and Maths based activities. Art teacher, Mrs Graham, both conceived the mentoring scheme and will be monitoring the students’ progress throughout the year. If the pilot programme is as successful as we anticipate, we hope to roll the project out to a wider cohort of students next year. A big thanks to Head teacher, Mrs Kibble and Assistant Head, Mrs Hurn who funded the event as well as teaching assistant, Mrs Aldridge who supported the students throughout the trip itself.
Year 10 Computer Science Trip to EXG
On 22nd September 60 Year 10 Computer Science students visited the UK’s biggest video games event at the NEC.
The event hosted the most anticipated console and PC games, all playable weeks or months before they are released. There were also presentations by game designers from world renowned studios, areas dedicated to e-sports, the opportunity to meet and chat with game creators much more.
The event gave are students the opportunity to see where a career in Computer Science could take them. They chatted to established developers and university lecturers to find out more about what would be in store for them if they decide to pursue Computer Science after their GCSEs. They also reviewed brand new Indie games and talked to the people responsible for their creation.
Students from the Arthur Terry Greenpower Formula 24 Racing Team are celebrating success in the 2017 racing season. Of the 106 schools that started the championship in April, the Arthur Terry team, driving the car they designed and built, which they named The Atom, finished in 13th place at the two- day 2017 International Final held at the Rockingham Race Circuit. Throughout the season, the team had also raced on various other tracks, including the Ford test track in Essex, at Castle Combe, and the student’s favourite Dunsfold, also known as the Top Gear Track.
In May the team were delighted to be named the very first, and currently only school- based, Greenpower Centre of Excellence and continue as the pilot school for the AQA Certificates in Design, Manufacturing and Systems. Participating Year 12 students are also busy working towards their Greenpower- based AQA Extended Project Qualification.
The team will now spend the winter months analysing data from the season’s races and designing, building and testing improvements to the car.
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Arthur Terry teachers Josh Lomas and Joanne Day enjoy a school reunion with their former teacher, ATLP CEO, Richard Gill.
Richard Gill did a double take when he caught up with Arthur Terry English teachers Josh Lomas and Joanne Day – as this isn’t the first time the trio have been based at the same school.
Richard was the pair’s music teacher at Lichfield’s Friary School, where Josh and Jo were students from 2005 and 2008, respectively.
The teachers are now working at the Arthur Terry School – a stone’s throw away from Richard’s office – but even when they were appointed, they had little idea that fate (or the draw of working at an outstanding academy) would reunite them.
It was a genuine surprise – mainly because they last time I had seen them they were students of mine,” says Richard.
I knew they would be successful in whatever path they followed, but I’m pleased and proud that it led them to this school, where they are thriving among the ATLP family.”
Josh, who has worked at Arthur Terry School since 2015, says:
Richard was one of those inspirational teachers who you never forget. It was a nice surprise to see him again and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to work here – plus, I don’t need to call him ‘Sir’ anymore!”
NQT Joanne, who joined the school this month, credits her former music teacher and head of year with having an instrumental impact on her life.
Richard is the reason I became a teacher! He was an amazing teacher and always had great relationships with the students – it’s lovely to see him again.”
Joanne – who is the vocal coach on Arthur Terry’s eagerly anticipated Rock of Ages production – is treading the same boards as Richard, who has pitched in on many a high school musical.
She may well follow in his footsteps once more – now that she has her sights set on becoming a headteacher!
ATLP Welcomes New Executive Headteachers
Growing multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) has appointed two senior leaders from its outstanding schools to work alongside the chief executive, as the MAT enters further expansion in 2018.
The ATLP – which runs seven schools, five children’s centres and one teaching school across Birmingham and North Warwickshire – has named headteachers Anna Balson, of Mere Green Primary School and Neil Warner, of Arthur Terry School, as new executive headteachers.
The national leaders of education will continue as headteachers at their schools and work as executive headteachers for primary and secondary phases respectively, providing additional capacity and leading on the MAT’s improvement agenda.
Richard Gill, CEO, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Anna and Neil to their new roles. Both are highly experienced, dynamic leaders of outstanding schools, with a wealth of expertise and professionalism.
“Our partnership has grown to more than 5,000 students and one thousand staff and we are excited to move into this next phase of expansion, with the confidence that we are robust enough to provide effective and sustained school improvement.”
Anna Balson has been headteacher at the outstanding Mere Green Primary School, for eight years, having turned the now oversubscribed school around. She will lead the ATLP’s four primary school cluster.
She said: “We have such a fantastic leadership team across the ATLP and it’s a privilege to work with both the primary and secondary leaders to ensure all schools – not just our own – improve.”
Neil Warner, who has been headteacher at the outstanding Arthur Terry for six years, will provide strategic leadership to the ATLP’s soon-to-be four secondary schools.
He said: “I’m thrilled to be leading both my own school and others, having worked alongside Richard for many years. Our partnership shares a culture of improvement through collaboration. By growing capacity and developing self-managing, self-improving clusters, we can support more schools and assure the future of all our children.”
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Ibrahim, in Year 9 has been wowing the office staff and lots of the Leadership Group, including Mrs Kibble – with his fantastic skills as a magician.
Ibrahim’s skills have left us all baffled and scratching our heads as he continues to show us his amazing tricks; Ibrahim has become quite the regular feature now as we all continue to wonder ….”how on earth he do that?”
We are also all witness to Ibrahim’s amazing craft skills as he attends Crafty Club regularly on a Friday after school, and, we are sometimes lucky enough to sample his culinary skills too, he is also an incredibly good chef!!
Well done Ibrahim 🙂
New Sutton Town Council supports Community Fair
Families and businesses flocked to Arthur Terry School on Saturday 30th September where the eighth Four Oaks Community Fair took place. The free community event – which ran from 10 am to 1 pm and featured a range of activities and stalls, was this year was supported by a grant from the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council.
Sue Bailey, assistant headteacher at Arthur Terry School and strategic lead for Sutton Locality Children’s Centres, said:
“This community event really does offer something for everybody. It showcases local activities, clubs and small businesses and refreshments are available.”
Attractions included performances by Sutton Choirs, Hill West School and Moor Hall School. There was drama and dancing as well as archery, rugby and football.
Four Oaks Toy Library and Creation Station offered activities for the under fives, while a bear hunt, face painting ,soft play and a special appearance by The Lollipop Ponies kept older children busy all morning.
Many other local business were present, as well as a variety of services offering advice and support for families and young people across Sutton.