September 2014

This years Open Evening takes place on Wednesday the 10th September. In order for the school to prepare for this very important evening, we will be closed to all students from 12.25. Please ensure that you make arrangements for your child for the remainder of the school day.Student helpers are reminded that they must arrive between 6.15-6.30pm and report to Mrs Bailey to ensure they are fully briefed ahead of the start of Open Evening at 7.00pm A message from your Heads of School We are delighted to welcome our new Year 7 and 12 students to Arthur Terry! It has been wonderful to see them settling in so well to their new school, getting to know their tutors, making new friends, getting involved in school life and of course, learning! We are also delighted to welcome back our returning students as they embark upon their exciting next chapter of their education here at Arthur Terry. As parents and carers, you play an incredibly important role in the education of your child; strong, committed partnerships between our school and our parents play a crucial role in our children’s development into young adults. By working together we aim to give your child the best start in life. We thank you for helping us to maintain the extremely high standards here by ensuring that our students are dressed impeccably. Year 7-10 students should wear appropriate shoes, skirts of an appropriate length or trousers (not black jeans), smart shirts, school ties and blazers with our school badge and a full PE kit; our Y11 students should wear skirts of an appropriate length or trousers (again no black jeans), appropriate shoes, school polo shirts and school jumpers and again a full PE kit; our Sixth Form students should be dressed smartly and should not wear any blue denim. We also thank parents for ensuring that students have the correct equipment to prepare the students for school life including pens, pencils, mathematical equipment, glue sticks etc. We would encourage parents to help their child pack their bag the night before school to ensure that they have everything they need for the next school day. We would also like to remind all parents that school starts promptly at 8:50am and all students from Year 7-13 should be on the school site by 8:45am at the very latest to allow them to get to tutor time on time. As we are sure you aware, there is a very strong correlation between attendance and achievement and it is vital that your son or daughter attends school every day. If your child is ill and unable to come to school, you need to call the school as soon as possible on 0121 323 1141 or email us at to let us know. We track attendance very closely and authorised absence can only be granted in exceptional circumstance; it is important to note that holidays are not considered exceptional circumstances. At Arthur Terry we always put our children first; this aim is at the heart of our vision. Every child is unique; every child deserves the opportunity to be happy, feel valued and experience success. If, in future years, our children look back and say that Arthur Terry made a truly positive difference to their lives then we, as professionals and parents, will have succeeded. We hope your son or daughter has a fantastic time here at Arthur Terry over the next academic year and learns and develops to become the wonderful young adult that we know that he or she is. Heads of School Mrs Oliver Mr Gannon Mr Hanlon Mrs Hurn Gloucester Hereford Lincoln York A Message about School Fund You will shortly be receiving an invitation to make a contribution to our School Fund The school fund is an invaluable source of additional income which enhances many areas in school, including extra curricular activities This year the school is hoping to make a bigger investment in more areas and we will be seeking the views of the Junior Leadership Group (our student led body) aswell who we expect to provide us with a valuable contribution to discussions on spending, with overall funds allowing them to consider and undertake projects on behalf of the Arthur Terry community. Last year for a minimum of £15.00 per family the school were able to purchase items to support activities and enrichment for students in all years. With the support of our parents the school hope to invest further in this and other whole school initiatives such as School rewards, IT equipment and library facilities to enhance develop and make a difference to all students. Many parents will already have noticed that payment is available via parent pay which is the schools preferred method of payment and you can click here to access this, but you can also pay by handing in a cheque to reception payable to the Arthur Terry School. In addition to this and at no extra cost, The Friends of Arthur Terry (FOAT, formally the PTA) operates a gift aid scheme on behalf of the school so that the tax you pay on your donation may be recovered increasing the value of your contribution and maximising the benefit to school and students. This is currently, this is 25p for each £1 you donate. Our aim is raise £10,000 for school; we will provide you with updates on schools progress in reaching this target and ongoing projects. Further information will be sent to you shortly. Thank you for your support in raising funds to benefit our school NEWS CENTRE Don’t forget to visit the ATS News Centre School Show 2015 A meeting for students about the School show will take place on Friday 12th at 3.30pm in the school hall. This is an opportunity for all students interested in getting involved to receive information on the audition process. Auditions will start Tuesday 16th September and run for 4 weeks Final cast will be announced Monday 20th October Rehearsals start 3rd November Mr Jordan Head of Performing Arts Peak District Off Road Ride in Memory of Tom Reilly. This year on 27th September tow of our ICT teachers Mr Davidson and Mr Tracey and former student Jamie Morgan will be taking on the Peak District off road challenge for the second time for the British Heart Foundation, in memory of their colleague Tom Reilly. Last year they raised just over £600 and would like to get close to that again this year. It’s a genuinely challenging day out, but well worth the effort. All information is available here – If you would like further information or would like to donate please visit theirjust giving page – LIBRARY All students are encouraged to read for pleasure, which helps to support their English studies and literacy development. The friendly school librarians are on hand to help students find a book they might like and a number of booklists are available to help students find books that appeal to them. A Year 7 Brilliant Books list is available from the Library. Mandy Goode (Library Resources Manager) EXAMINATIONS Remember we share lots of information on the exams section of the school website: 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. RESULTS – ANOTHER OUTSTANDING YEAR A Level – 40% of our examination entries achieved A*, A or B grade. GCSE – 82% of students gaining 5 or more GCSEs at A*- C, including English and Maths, and almost a third gaining 3 or more A*/A grades Congratulations to our students for their excellent achievement. POST RESULTS Some students may want to make an enquiry about results or request an examination script back, please click on the following link for more information, please note fees and deadlines apply for a post results service: RE-SITS – AS/A Level AS/A Level re-sits will be available in Summer 2015; the re-sit form/fees will be available by the first week in October on the exams section of the school website. PE Extra Curricular clubs Psychology Department In October Psychology students will have the opportunity to hear from a range of experts and personalities as part of the European Year of the Brain. Speakers include: Professor Colin Blakemore. Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy at the University of London, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at Oxford and former Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council. Terry Waite CBE is an English Quaker and Anglican, humanitarian and author, famous as a hostage in Lebanon 1987-91. He is president of the charity Y Care International (the YMCA’s international development and relief agency) and patron of AbleChildAfrica and Habitat for Humanity Great Britain. He is also president of Emmaus UK, a charity for formerly homeless people Anna Turney. In 2006 Anna broke her back snowboard racing, pushing herself at what she loved best. Determined not to be defeated, Anna decided to become a Paralympic Ski Racer. Anna came 6th in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics. Four years later she finished 4th, 6th and 8th for GB in Britain’s most successful Winter Paralympic Team in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. Friends of Arthur Terry (formally PTA) NEWS The first event of the year is nearly upon us The FOAT Family Quiz will be held on Friday 26th October at 7.30pm tickets cost £2.50 per person or £10 for a family ticket. Further information will follow regarding tickets. Don’t forget you can join the 200 Club as well, forms are available from the PTA area on the website Our email is The FOAT hosts fantastic events in school raising money for all sorts of extras around school, in previous years we have raised money for a diverse range of items from equipment for food technology, water proof cameras, camping equipment for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and more recently the schools Green power project. MUSIC LESSONS This terms music lessons start week commencing 15th September. COMMUNITY FAIR Four Oaks community fair 20th September