November 2016

A message from your Heads of School The weather is definitely starting to get colder! The Met Office recently announced that it can now predict the weather one year in advance with its new £97 million supercomputer. You may remember Michael Fish a few years ago getting it spectacularly wrong! Only time will tell if the new Met computer will get it right but a number of forecasts are now predicting a very cold and wet winter. With this in mind, we would ask that you ensure that your son or daughter is suitably dressed for the weather. We strongly recommend that every student has an appropriate winter coat that will keep them warm and dry in inclement weather. Students are also advised to have gloves, scarves and umbrellas if needed to ensure that they arrive to school warm and dry and ready to learn. Hoodies or tracksuit tops are not part of the school uniform in any way whatsoever and should never been worn to school either under blazers or instead of coats; hoodies/tracksuit tops do not keep students warm in very cold weather and they certainly do not keep them dry. Your support in this matter, as always, is greatly appreciated. We would also like to wish our students the very best of luck with any forthcoming examinations as we are shortly about to enter the Trial Examination period. This is a vital opportunity for students, parents and teachers to see how well students are doing under the exact same conditions as they will be in in the summer for the real examinations. Students have already started preparing and revising for those Trial examinations so please do look at your son or daughter’s revision timetable to ensure that it is comprehensive and suitable and discuss how their revision is progressing. We would also advise students at this time to look at the Examinations section of the school website where they will find a plethora of useful information relating to their examinations. If students have any questions regarding their forthcoming examinations then students can of course report to the Examinations office or their respective subject teachers for further advice and guidance. Good luck to everyone! Heads of School Outstanding Work Cards We have recently introduced ‘Outstanding Work’ postcards at Arthur Terry; Teachers can send students during designated periods to the Headteachers office to share work that has been produced in their lesson. We have seen a wide variety of work over the last few weeks and have been really impressed with the high quality and creative pieces we have seen. All students that are sent to us are awarded 10 praise points and are also put into a prize draw to win a prize at the end of the term. Please see a list of names of students who have received a card so far this term, a huge well done to them all. Hal Johnston, Antonina Latino-Kelly, Dominic Simmons, Nikita Bhari, Jack McNerlin, Grace Burns, Kate Bateman, Maisie Goodreid, Finlay Gardner, Ellis Dyer, Isaac Jenkins, Aliza khadim, Jasmine Johnson, Gabrielle Godsel, Sam Taylor, Tom Cooksey, D’laynah Byron, Nikita Bhari, James Pemberton, Josh Carter, Katie Guest, Georgia Cartwright Millie Taylor Louis Harding Mia Williams Katie Vandrill Aimee Shorthouse Polina Smith Ahmed Safwat Ruby Cooke Connor Potts Ben Bascombe Sam Nicholson Remembrance “It was with such pride, admiration and gratitude that we, as a school community, gathered on Sunday 13th November for the Remembrance Day Parade in Sutton Coldfield. Our Head Boy and Deputy Head girl laid wreaths at the cenotaph and represented our school community. It was also wonderful to see our students on Friday in their services uniforms; they are a real credit to parents and themselves and great ambassadors for our school. On Friday students conducted themselves admirably as they joined the nation in observing two minutes silence remembering all those who have sacrificed their lives.” Group Call Update (parental messaging system) We have been having some issues with Parents’ not receiving emails from Arthur Terry School via Groupcall with PDF attachments. Groupcall have suggested the following:- Please can all Parents put these 2 email addresses into their email address book, it will help with emails getting through. 1st the main school email 2nd is the school/groupcall email Many thanks Dates for your diary Monday 21st Nov – Friday 25th Nov Prize Giving Assemblies (students) Thursday 1st December Winter Music Concert (starts at 7pm) Friday 2nd December Aberdovey (Year 7) Tuesday 6th December Christmas Sparkle Competition Wednesday 7th December Four Oaks Cluster Concert (Lichfield Cathedral, 7pm start) Thursday 8th DecemberYear 13 Parents Evening Thursday 8th December Christmas Bake-off Round 1 Monday 12th Dec – Fri 16th Dec Red Bag Appeal Wednesday 14th December Christmas Bake-off Round 2 Wednesday 14th December Celebration Evening 6.30 for 7pm Friday 15th December Christmas Jumper Day! Follow us on Twitter for daily updates on events in and around school! @ArthurTerrySch EXAMINATIONS Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: EXAM ASSEMBLIES Exam assemblies will take place as follows: YEAR 10 Monday 14 November YEAR 11 Monday 21 November CERTIFICATES LEAVERS (Yr 11/12) Your Examination Certificates for Summer 2016 will be available for collection from the Exams Officer at Reception between 3:00pm and 4:00pm Monday 21 November to Thursday 24 November 2016. RETURNERS Your Examination Certificates for Summer 2016 will be available for collection from the Exams Office, B2.11, before school, break time or lunch time as follows: YORK Monday 21 November GLOUCESTER Tuesday 22 November HEREFORD Wednesday 23 November LINCOLN Thursday 24 November Unfortunately as the certificates are legal documents that require a signature, we are unable to post them to you. It will be necessary for you to bring the letter you received with your results along with some form of identification when collecting the certificates. If you are unable to collect your certificates this can be done by someone on your behalf, please complete the slip on the reverse of the letter received with your results and give it to the nominated person to bring with them together with their identification. Check your personal details and the grades on your certificates especially if your grade had changed through an Enquiry about Results as this may not be reflected. If there are any discrepancies you will need to return the certificate to the Exams Office by Wednesday 18 January 2017. Certificates are retained in school for one year after which they may be confidentially destroyed. Once the original certificates have been issued or destroyed replacement copies will not be available, only a ‘Certifying Statement of Results’ which can be ordered directly from the appropriate examination boards and for which there will be a fee charged to you for this service. TRIAL EXAMS GCSE Level trial exams will be taking place 30 November – 16 December inclusive, timetable to follow on the exams section of the school website In order to maintain a strong work ethic amongst students during the trial exams, there will be no study leave. This will provide them will excellent revision opportunities with their subject teachers prior to trial exams. During these exams students will return to their timetabled lessons when they are not in exams. Further information to follow regarding afternoon finishing time. Trial exams result may determine students’ level of entry for their Summer exams. Therefore we would ask for your support to ensure your child is fully prepared for their trial examinations. The exams will be conducted according to the procedures set out by the Examination Boards. This is so students are familiar with the correct procedure in the summer. A copy of the JCQ guidelines can be found on the JCQ Exam Notices page Please ensure your child is familiar with the regulations in particular the following document, information for written exams: Equipment should be carried in a clear pencil case. There will be no spare equipment available for students to use. Students must use a black ink or ballpoint pen for all exams (gel pens are not permitted) and under no circumstances should mobile phones be taken to the exam desks. 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. RE-SITS – AS/A Level AS/A Level re-sits will be available in Summer 2017; the re-sit form/fees will be available on the exams section of the school website shortly – please check regularly. AS legacy units will count towards the overall A2 grade. AS reformed subjects will not count towards the overall A2 grade. Please note that re-sit forms will only be accepted with subject leader signature and when full payment has been made. Payment should be made using ParentPay and the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office. Cash cannot be accepted. Please note an exam entry will not be made without proof of payment. A2 General Studies (Year 13) Students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade ‘D’ or above at AS in Summer 2016 (Year 12). If students who received ‘E’ or ‘U’ want to enter for A2 they must complete and return a re-sit form for either or both of the units they did last year at AS Level which are £23.00 per unit. Wasps Sixth Form Coaching On Thursday 17th November Ben Avent from Premiership rugby side Wasps RFC visited Arthur Terry School to coach sessions to both sixth form boys and girls. The sessions organised by English teacher Miss Caroline Stewart were much anticipated and they did not disappoint! Both boys and girls developed their ball handling, contact skills and had a chance to show their promise during some game phases at the end. We Will Remember Them – Schools launch Creative Writing Competition Budding young authors from across seven partnership schools have been putting pen to paper this November as part of a remembrance themed competition. Students from across the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) are being asked to write a poem, diary entry, short story or newspaper article based on remembrance – from war time to the present day. Winners from five aged related categories will each receive a book token so that they can take further inspiration from fellow writers. Rebecca Goode, Deputy Headteacher of Stockland Green School, said: “Our schools are home to many gifted young writers, so we are expecting a high quality of entries. We want students to create feeling and thought through a range of mediums – maybe through the eyes of a young soldier on the front line, or in a newspaper report about those who have fallen, or a poem remembering a loved one. “Every year our children respectfully commemorate those who fought and died in conflict. This November they will be expressing the importance of remembrance and what it means to them. We’re expecting some incredibly powerful and moving words – which we will share with our wider school community.” Entries submitted by 15th November and results will be published on 22 November. Drama Scripted Exams Year 11 GCSE Drama Scripted Exams are taking place this month. Students have been working incredibly hard since the summer in preparation for their exam which is worth 30% of their final GCSE mark. We have a range of performances of Anne Frank, The 39 Steps, Bouncers, Medea and many more. Good luck to all Year 11 GCSE Drama students involved. 11-Dr-31: Wednesday 23rd Nov P1-P3 11-Dr-11: Thursday 24th Nov P1 P2 11-Dr-21: Friday 25th November P1 P2 Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers Needed! 24th Sutton Coldfield Rainbow Unit, St James Church, Mere Green – have vacancies for a couple of volunteers, they meet Fridays 4:30pm-5:30pm. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Karen on or 07948724294 28th Sutton Coldfield Brownies, meet at Four Oaks Baptist Church. Grange Lane, Four Oaks. There is a vacancy for 1 or 2 students who are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme to help at our unit as part of their DofE service. If you are interested please email Linda Baker on The Duke of Edinburgh Award – Dates The national DofE website contains a wide range of information which you may like to look at – Information and documentation is also available on our DofE Website Click Here Duke of Edinburgh Dates for your diary. Silver Assessment Expedition 1st – 3rd July 2017 Silver Planning Expedition 14th Jan 2017 10am – 2pm Year 11 Gold Planning Expedition 6th February 2017 3.30pm – 7pm Year 12/13 Award Presentation Evening 6th March 2017 6.30pm – 8pm Year 11-14 Sixth Form Annual Quiz – University of Birmingham During the afternoon of Thursday 3rd November three teams of Arthur Terry students travelled to the Great Hall in Birmingham University to participate in the Lord Mayor’s annual sixth form quiz. In all, thirty-six schools and colleges from across the West Midlands participated for the coveted trophy and £600 school grant top prize. Team ‘Glacier’ comprised Amelia Emmerson, Libby Tipton, Mia Bonfield, Louisa Neal, William Bevan Victoria Poole. Team ‘Squad’ comprised Ben Leedham, Emily Wood, James Perry, Ellie Good, Joes Tipson Ben Miller. Team ‘We’ll get back to you’ comprised Jamie Richards, Sam Rogers, Lily Barker, Charlotte Higgins, Amy Poutney Lucy Jones. Thank you to Mr Townsend for accompanying the students on the trip. Full results of the quiz can be viewed at AT participants! Team ‘Squad’. Team ‘We’ll get back to you’. Team ‘Glacier’. Outside the Great Hall.
Positive reactions – NQT, Joshua Hughes, lifts the lid on his first term at Arthur Terry School If there were a way to bottle-up Joshua Hughes’ passion for science, then we would all be a little richer in knowledge. But the formula behind the newly qualified teacher’s (NQT) classroom methods is no secret: “It’s about making science fun and engaging,” he reveals. The chemistry teacher is keen to impart his enthusiasm to the “fantastic” students at Arthur Terry School, where he joined as an NQT in September, teaching years 7 to 11 and leading a tutor group. He says: “They’re a terrific group of students and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.” Joshua hasn’t wasted any time in bringing his favourite subjects to life outside the classroom either. He’s involved in the setting up a new STEM club to inspire and motivate students, because personal experience has taught him that positivity is conducive to success. “I love the job. I love working here. The staff are great – everybody is really supportive and there’s such a positive atmosphere. It makes a huge difference and pushes me to be better,” he says. Joshua is quite at home at Arthur Terry. Last year he was one of 60 associate teachers to complete their teacher training with the Arthur Terry National Teaching School’s (ATNTS) established School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme. As part of the year long course, he undertook one teaching placement at Cardinal Wiseman School and two others at Arthur Terry School (ATNTS). During this time, he gained a valuable insight to life inside the classroom and he credits the ATNTS’ personalised approach as being instrumental to his progress. “The support you’re given is second to none – it’s Incredible. There’s always somebody there for you. They really do tailor the course to the individual – to their background and experience, their personal circumstances – they take great care in everything they do.” Like all ATLP NQTs, Joshua was able to attend a two-week induction programme just before the summer holidays. This provided him with further training and the chance to bond with fellow new teachers, who are also given an introduction to their new school. In Joshua’s case, he was delighted to be offered a position at a secondary school that he already called “home” – Arthur Terry. He says: “It was fantastic to come back. Not just because I was already familiar with the school, but because it’s so friendly and supportive.” Every Newly Qualified Teacher needs a robust support network, advises Diane Read, an assistant headteacher at Arthur Terry School and senior mentor to NQTS since 2004. “NQTs are our leaders in education of tomorrow and it’s in everyone’s interest to ensure that they’re supported and encouraged to become the confident, well-motivated teachers we want our students to be inspired by. Joshua has embodied all of that,” she says. Each newly qualified teacher has a personal mentor, a skilled teacher, who provides dedicated coaching to help NQTs develop in their teaching. In addition, Arthur Terry School provide 15 ‘twilights’ over the year (dedicated sessions after school) to address wider training needs and deepen NQTs’ understanding of the education landscape. Speaking as both senior mentor and ‘proud parent’ Diane highlights the “pleasure” she gains from seeing associate teachers, like Joshua, develop into established NQTs. She says: “Joshua’s enthusiasm and drive make the learning environment a stimulating one for our students. His love of learning spreads to an active involvement in extra-curricular activities where, alongside colleagues, he provides different learning opportunities for students.” Those activities include the Greenpower racing team, the Outward Bound trip to Aberdovey and the Duke of Edinburgh Award – which Joshua was involved with during his placement year. He says: “If you look back at school, it’s the experiences, the friendships that help shape you – and it’s rewarding to be part of that.” Then there’s the new STEM club, which Joshua has formed with his friends – fellow NQTS, who are always there for each other, working together to enrich school life. Diane adds: “We’re so fortunate to have enthusiastic Newly Qualified Teachers within the ATLP who are so student centred. Our investment in our NQTs is paid back tenfold because of the support they then provide to our students.” This ‘give and gain’ philosophy is inherent across the ATLP’s family of seven academies. From the outset, staff are aware of the clear benefits of school-to-school collaboration and sharing best practice. The close network of schools – schools Joshua already knows from his time as an associate teacher – provides great scope for both students and staff to progress. Over the last decade the partnership has created 10 headteachers, 14 deputy headteachers, 16 assistant headteachers and other senior leaders. With his sights firmly set on becoming a headteacher, Joshua is only too keen to embrace the opportunities for training and professional development. He observes: “Here, everybody has high ambitions and the chance to progress. I feel appreciated, and everybody I meet tells me that they feel the same.” Young Fundraiser of the Year It is with great pride that we are attending the CL Champions Awards on Friday 18th November at Edgbaston Cricket Ground as a nominee for Young Fundraiser of the Year. We have been nominated for raising a substantial amount of money for Cure Leukaemia, our Events Committee and Head Boy and Girl will be in attendance. We look forward to updating you with some nice photos of our afternoon. Meal to celebrate British Food Fortnight at Moor Hall On Wednesday, October 28th a group of Year 11, 12 and 13 Food Technology students spent the day preparing food for an evening to celebrate British Food Fortnight. These same students then served an amazing three course meal to ninety people, consisting of parents, friends and Arthur Terry staff. Students learnt lots of new skills that they can bring back to use in their lessons and coursework as well as enjoying mixing with students from other year groups. The menu consisted of:- Tomato and Basil Soup Supreme of chicken stuffed with garden herbs and sausage meat, seasonal vegetables and potatoes with a pan jus Plum Crumble and custard Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal and was very impressed with the high standard of both the food and the service. The students were a credit to the school, but completely shattered by the end of the evening. Arthur Terry are very grateful To Moor Hall for the opportunity to do this event. ATLP Welcomes Teaching Schools Council School improvement and collaboration were high on the agenda when key education decision-makers attended a two-day meeting at Arthur Terry School of the Teaching Schools Council (TSC). The Council is made up of peer elected Regional Members from across England and other attendees included DFE officials, policy makers and civil servants, including John Stephens, director of Teaching Schools and school improvement at the DFE and Roger Pope, chair of the NCTL. The event was hosted by Richard Gill, regional TSC member for the West Midlands and CEO of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP). The Teaching Schools Council is committed to developing, improving and changing education in schools through a self-improving school-led system, so that all children can attend a good school. It represents the country’s 600 teaching school alliances (TSAs) and plays a key role in helping to shape government policy. The TSC is also focussed on developing a regional school-led strategy to improve outcomes in schools. Each region is represented by a regional chair. National leader of education, Richard Gill, chair of the TSC West Midlands, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome colleagues to Arthur Terry School and I thank them for their time and valuable contributions. “Collaboration is a key theme of the TSC’s work and by working together, influencing policy and disseminating good and best practice we can develop relationships and local knowledge to support schools in our area and bring partnerships of schools together to create a truly inclusive school-led system.” The meeting was timely as it gave an opportunity for Richard and the Arthur Terry National Teaching School to thank John Stephens for his invaluable contribution to the school led system and for the support and encouragement he has given to Arthur Terry during his tenure. John is to leave the DFE at Christmas to take up a CEO role within a multi academy trust in the north west. John Stephens said: “We want to thank the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership for hosting this event. As regional TSC, Richard and his networks play an important role in building support for local partnerships of schools to work together to improve opportunities for children. I have been delighted to see Arthur Terry play a leading role in the school led system and have always enjoyed my visits to the school and experiencing first hand the tremendous work that the school does in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) talent development and school to school support.” For more details on the TSC please visit: