October 2015

EXAMINATIONS Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/ In additional to seasonal information you and your son/daughter will find documents from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) which includes all of the regulations pertaining to examinations. TRIAL EXAMS TRIAL EXAMS GCSE Level trial exams will be taking place 3 – 18 December inclusive, please click on the following link for more details including the timetable: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/trial-exams/ 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 exam results 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 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: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/4.6-written-examinations.pdf 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 the Summer 2016 exam series; the re-sit form is available on the school website, https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/2015/09/18/examination-re-sits-summer-2016/ Please note that re-sit forms will only be accepted with subject leader signature and when full payment has been made. ParentPay is the preferred method of payment and the receipt must be submitted with the re-sit form to the Exams Office. Please note cash cannot be accepted. A2 General Studies (Year 13) Students will only be entered for A2 General Studies if they achieved Grade ‘D’ or above at AS in 2014/2015 (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 £22.50 per unit. CERTIFICATES – Summer 2015 Information regarding certificate issue for GCSE and AS Level subjects will be available on the exams section of the website in due course – please check regularly. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Year 13 Psychology students. Re-sit classes begin Tuesday 6th October in G1.1, 12.40 – 1.15pm. Week 1 – Unit 1: Memory, Attachment and Research Methods. Week 2 -Unit 2: Stress, Social and Psychopathology. You are expected to attend every session if you are re-sitting a unit. Miss Geillis ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– New Official School Skirt It is fantastic to see our Year 7 girls looking so smart in their new official Arthur Terry school skirts. Please can we remind you that the logoed skirt will be compulsory for all girls from next school year (September 2016). If your daughter’s skirt needs replacing during this current school year, we would recommend that you purchase an official school skirt, available from Clive Marks, as no other style will be permitted in September. They may of course wear trousers to school if that is their preference. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Our Teaching School Alliance is beginning to recruit motivated graduates and career changers who would like join our training programme in 2016-17. We have primary and secondary places available in a range of subject areas, and for the first time this year we are able to offer part time salaried training routes in Maths and Physics for career changers balancing other commitments. There are excellent benefits of being an Associate Teacher within our Teaching School Alliance:- Excellent employability – last year 100% of our trainee teachers secured jobs both within our Teaching School Alliance and further afield. A highly personalised programme enabling 100% of our trainee teachers to be rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ A supportive programme of ‘on-the-job’ training based in outstanding departments in a range of schools complimented by Friday training sessions. Local placements, where possible close to your home Subject Knowledge enhancement courses for those who need to brush up on their subject knowledge We offer prospective trainees the opportunity to undertake school experience and find out more about the programme and we have an open evening scheduled for Wednesday November 11th 6pm – 8pm at the Arthur Terry School . Please come along or get in contact if you would like more information. Website: www.atnts.com Contact: jmurphy@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk Tel: 0121 323 1128 ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- The P.E department are supporting the ‘THIS GIRL CAN’ campaign promoted by Sport England and as seen advertised on T.V! Our aim is to raise the profile and awareness of the benefits of physical activity by celebrating the successes and achievements of students here at Arthur Terry. We want your child to bring in a photo/poster (A4) of themselves taking part in their sport/ physical activity outside of school and then attach the AT logo and the THIS GIRL CAN logo, along with a slogan which matches their photo! Our display will then appear in the P.E block, helping inspire other girls that it is ‘cool’ to look ‘hot’ in P.E. Please help us by encouraging your child to bring in an image. Kind regards Miss Horspool ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Student leaders – How to get your voice heard Hi all! I’m Lola Sherwin, the new media manager for the student leaders here at Arthur Terry. The Junior Leadership Group is formed from the chairs of the other student committees: Sixth Form, Student Development, and Teaching Learning. These committees are here for students to get their voice heard, and in turn, the student leaders will do their best to make a positive change to the school. The committees have a main focus, but as they are student-led, these focuses are subject to change in order to combat important issues that arise throughout the school year. The Sixth Form Committee is made up of Year 12 and 13 students, and is there to be the voice of the sixth form. They work with staff and their fellow students to try and fix any problems that arise within sixth form, aiming to make it a more enjoyable experience for its students. Currently, the committee is developing a suggestion box to determine what sixth formers think are the biggest issues at the moment, so that they can work to improve these aspects of school life. The Student Development Committee is composed of students of any age, meaning students from any year group are welcome to join and help make a change. This year, their focus is going to be on tolerance and stereotyping within school, as we feel like this is an important issue which needs to be tackled properly. They work with pupils and teachers to try and achieve their focus, and last year, with the help of a student questionnaire, they succeeded in installing a new praise system, which was introduced across the school at the start of this academic year. The Teaching Learning Committee is again open to students across all year groups. Their main focus this year is to improve the school’s electrical resources, as it has become apparent that some of the technology within Arthur Terry can be quite slow, which affects the learning of pupils. New electrical equipment will allow students to have better access to important educational resources which would not be accessible elsewhere, as well as making lessons more interactive and therefore more engaging. And finally, I’d just like to end by mentioning that the week starting on the 5th of October, the Junior Leadership Group will be presenting the house assemblies and introducing students to the committees, with information on how to join. Anyone who is interested in joining just has to fill out a form stating personal details, achievements, why they would be beneficial to the leadership group, as well as writing a mini personal statement. They then have to hand it in to reception, and if they are successful, will become part of our Junior Leadership Group. We hope to see some fresh new faces this year! Thanks for reading! ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Water Bottles Could we please remind students to bring a ‘water bottle’ into school if they want water during the school day. We are getting increasing numbers of students asking for plastic cups which should be for emergencies only. Many thanks. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Harmonious students to play key date for night out Stage struck Sutton students are set to take to the stage at Arthur Terry School next week for a family-friendly evening of music and entertainment. The Arthur Terry students will join members of staff and the renowned Midland Brass Ensemble on Saturday 10 October from 7pm. One of the headteachers, Richard Gill, will also “pitch” in by performing a piano recital. Tickets to the event costs £10 for adults, £7.50 children and concessions, or £30 for a family of four and are available by calling 07974 250 950 or online at www.midlandbrass.co.uk/store. Assistant Arthur Terry headteacher Sue Bailey said: “We’re delighted to showcase the musical talents our students and for guests to enjoy the catchy sounds of the incredibly gifted Midland Brass Ensemble and vocalist Paris Palmer. We’re enormously grateful that they are supporting our school community for what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable community concert. “This is a real family friendly evening and the event is open to all. The band will put a new twist on some modern classics like ‘Uptown Funk’ and ‘All About That Bass’ and will be debuting these songs and more on the night. We hope to get everybody dancing in the aisles!” ——————————————————————————————————————————