October 2016

Safety walking to and from school We actively encourage students to be active and live a heathy lifestyle and walking to school is one way to do this. For our younger students in particular, walking to school is also a great way to develop independence and confidence. We would however like to take this opportunity to remind parents that we advise all students who walk to and from school, to avoid walking alone; students are advised to walk in pairs or small groups. We will be talking about ‘stranger-danger’ in assemblies next week and we would ask that you, as parents/carers, discuss this matter with your son/daughter. We will be advising students to trust their instinct and if a stranger was to approach them and they were to feel scared or uncomfortable, students are advised to be assertive, try to get away as soon as possible and find a safe place to be where they can speak to a responsible adult. It is important note that incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the UK but we should never become complacent. Heads of School Dates for your Diary Tuesday 18th October Year 11 Parents Information and Revision Evening (6pm) Thursday 20th October Training Day – School Closed for Students Friday 21st October Training Day – School Closed for Students Monday 1st November Assembly for Year 7 (Health Questionnaire) Thursday 3rd November SCITT Open Evening 6-8pm (Initial Teacher Training Information) Monday 7th November PTA New Year 7’s Information Evening (Parents Only) Tuesday 8th November Year 11 Parents Evening Thursday 10th November Year 11 Parents Evening Mon 21st – Fri 24th Nov Prize Giving Assemblies (students only) Thursday 17th November Sixth Form Open Evening The Duke of Edinburgh Award – Dates The national DofE website contains a wide range of information which you may like to look at – http://www.dofe.org/ 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 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: https://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/exams/ CERTIFICATES LEAVERS 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 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 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 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/12/2016/09/Written-Exams.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 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. Sixth Form News Results and Destinations For those parents and students currently thinking about A-level and university choices, last year’s A-level results and the universities that our students went on to are very encouraging. In simple terms, with well over two hundred university applicants from Y13, about half have started at what are referred to as “red brick” or “old” universities (most of which are “Russell Group”) , and about half at “new” universities. Of course, the distinction between the old and the new continues to be blurred. There are lots of vocational courses for example that are taught mainly or only at new universities: Primary Teaching, Events Management, Nutrition and Food Technology, Software Development, many Healthcare courses, specialist aspects of Business Management, and many others that are popular with our students. Most importantly, students visit universities on open days, get a good feel about particular places, decide what is right for them, and make the commitment. A large proportion of our students choose to live at home and go to one of their local universities, and a similarly large proportion choose the “live away but quite close to home” option. Of the former, this year we have twelve students who have started at Birmingham University, fourteen at Aston and fourteen at Birmingham City University. Others access Warwick and Coventry from home. Within the Midlands, Loughborough, Nottingham, Keele, Sheffield and Leicester are the popular destinations, with Leicester having as many as twelve of our students starting this year, and Nottingham Trent, with fourteen, maintaining its status as a popular new university for our students, closely followed by Sheffield Hallam. With these sort of places not much more than an hour’s drive from home we sense that Mum and Dad might have had some influence on the decision! As always, most of our students are drawn to the north. Though we have students starting at University College London, Queen Mary’s London, St George’s Medical School, Sussex, Cardiff, Kent, Exeter and Reading, the big attractions are the big north midland and northern city universities. Liverpool University for example has twelve starters from Arthur Terry, with six at one or other of the two new universities in Liverpool. Congratulations to Casey Ericson who gained a place at East 15, and to Holly Bennett who gained a place at the Guildford School of Acting. The competition for a place at these prestigious institutions is ferocious, for they are both training grounds for those hoping for a career in acting. They are maintaining the Arthur Terry tradition in the field of Performing Arts. As A-levels become harder and with fewer students nationally gaining the top grades, a special mention must go to Anna Johnson who gained an A* in each of her A-levels and who is now at Nottingham University studying Geography. This outcome is an example to us all; Anna, who joined Arthur Terry from King Edward’s School Lichfield, was a diligent and hardworking student who made full use of every Independent Study Period. She made excellent progress from a modest set of GCSE results and her outcome as an Arthur Terry student is the product of what is possible with relentless focus combined with excellent teaching: she took advantage of every educational opportunity that we offered. Roger Townsend Post Sixteen Admissions Tutor PS For those of you who have seen our official “destinations list” and been envious about Connor East-Goodman’s place at Birmingham Uni to study Applied Golf Management Studies ( Would he spend his uni days exclusively practising his golf and touring the country in inter-university golf tournaments, you might have wondered.) In reality Connor is in the university Maths department, and he did gain an A* in Maths and a B in Further Maths. However he did also need a specified low golf handicap – which sounds fairly promising for “practical work”. Computer Science EGX Trip The final weekend in September saw the UKs largest gaming exhibition arrive in Birmingham. To which 30 Year 10 and 11 Computer Science students were lucky enough to be going! 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 esports, 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. A video of the day can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRjVVI6UuUo

Developing business partnerships Arthur Terry School’s Sam Clayton has been entering into the true spirit of ATLP partnership working, by supporting the Coleshill School’s careers team as they help young people to boost their future work and study choices. This week, Sam and a team of staff visited leading global automotive supplier, The Sertec Group’s, head office in Coleshill to develop a careers and employability strategy for students at the Coleshill School and the wider local community. Both organisations also looked at how they could become business partners and support each other, particularly with apprenticeships and the routes and pathways for students. The staff met with Judith Bagley, group learning and development manager and Steve Moore, group human resources director. Sertec has 10 sites across Europe and supply components to the some of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover. The company has grown rapidly over the last few years and now boast over 2500 employees with a turnover of £250 million. One of the current apprentices at Sertec, Sean Rhodes, gave a presentation about his apprenticeship, starting from when he completed his GCSEs, to A Levels, and now, working towards an NVQ in engineering, studying at Birmingham Metropolitan College for a foundation degree. Sertec has an outstanding apprenticeship programme and they really invest in their staff Mr Smith-Childs, headteacher of the Coleshill School, said: As business partners we will now be looking to work closely on apprenticeship opportunities for our students, starting as early as next summer. There are lots of other opportunities as well, such as: our students being able to gain work experience within the engineering industry, Sertec supporting our practice interviews for Year 11 and Sixth Form, and presentations from Sertec at future Career events that we will host. “As we are part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership we will also look for Sertec to form links with our other partner schools. We are extremely pleased to have formed such an exciting business partnership and are looking forward to working with, and supporting Sertec over the coming years.” For anyone wanting to find out more about Sertec and opportunities for apprenticeships and employment please go to www.sertec.co.uk or the company’s Facebook page, where you can see videos of them in action. Anna Newson Head of PR Communications Arthur Terry Power Ahead Students from Arthur Terry’s successful Greenpower racing team are once again up among the best international racing teams, following a great 2016 season. The students designed, built, tested and now race the single seat electric race car in Formula 24 and Formula 24+ categories on real race circuits around the country. Highlights of the 2016 season have included the wins at the Ford Test Track at Dunton, Essex and 1st place at the Dunsfold Top Gear circuit. The team has now qualified for the two day International Final at Rockingham Circuit on 15th and 16th October, where they start in 11th place out of the 103 cars from across the UK, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, USA, South Africa and China who started the season. The students hope that the training for quick pit stops, together with some technical changes, will help them beat the 6th place finish they managed at last year’s International Final. Throughout the season, many of the team have taken part in the pilot of the new AQA Certificates in Design, Manufacturing and Systems, several of them secured passes in all three qualifications. The Arthur Terry Greenpower Team is busy working towards gaining Greenpower Centre of Excellence status. Physics teacher, Mr. Dean Batty, who runs the team, said “2016 has been our most successful year ever. We are immensely proud of all that our students have achieved over the past year, in developing the car, racing on track, and academically. The Greenpower project will undoubtedly help our students in their chosen future careers. This project is not cheap to run and we are constantly seeking new revenue paths through sponsorship from local organisations.” The Greenpower project is aimed at inspiring future engineers and is run by the Greenpower Education Trust, a registered charity that is supported by major companies including Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover and Ford. Launch of Student Support Services Arthur Terry has offered outstanding support for our students through the former ECM and Guidance Centre for many years. In order to improve this provision further, this year sees the launching of Student Support Services, bringing together both services under one leader and location. Student Support Services is now housed in a suite of rooms in A Block, working alongside the Learning Support Faculty. With an outstanding team of dedicated non-teaching practitioners, Student Support Services offers a range of support to all of our students. This includes: Social and emotional support Academic support Behaviour support For more information about how Student Support Services could support your child, please email: studentsupportservices@arthurterry.bham.sch.uk or attend our drop in service every Tuesday afternoon 3.45 – 4.45 from school reception. Conservative Party Conference 2016! On Sunday 2nd October 2016, Arthur Terry A Level Government Politics students were privileged to be VIP delegates at the Conservative’s annual conference, which this year was held at the ICC and Symphony Hall. Students were able to hear speeches from the Prime Minister, Teresa May, Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, International Development Secretary, Priti Patel and Brexit minister, David Davis. The second only woman PM outlined her vision for a post-Brexit, ‘Global Britain’confirming that article 50 would be invoked by the end of March 2017 at the latest. The theme of the opening day of the Tory party conference was working towards an EU deal and UK that works for ‘everyone’ – high aspirations indeed! I hope the Arthur Terry students will be able to hold Mrs May and her cabinet to account as they seek to reunite the Tory party and country, post June’s seismic referendum result. A big thanks to Messers Warner, Glazebrook and Gaudin who along with myself accompanied our marvelous students who in the course of the day enjoyed one to one conversations with BBC correspondents, Conservative party chairman Sir Patrick Mcloughlin and Boris Johnson no less. Mr Zarifeh. Red Cross First Aid Training! More than 200 Arthur Terry sixth formers have already signed up and begun to complete their ‘Everyday First Aid’ course delivered by Anne-Marie Allen, the British Red Cross’, Youth Education Coordinator, on four consecutive dates (Thursday 13th Oct. – Tuesday 18th Oct.) facilitating a potential 360 potential training slots. Students have learned to manage all manner of common First Aid and emergency occurrences, including the latest advice and practising rescue chest compressions. Scholastic Book Club Place your orders on-line! http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/Arthur-terry There are hundreds of fantastic childrens books to choose from and every £1 that is spent will earnt the school 20p in the Scholastic Rewards! Orders must be in by November 4th.