September 2016

Welcome back to Arthur Terry from the Heads of School We hope you have all had a fantastic summer holiday and we would like to warmly welcome back our students. We would also like to give a special welcome to our new students in Year 7 and Year 12 who have joined the Arthur Terry family. We have really enjoyed hearing from our students about all of the wonderful things that they have been up to during the summer. We would also like to say a huge well done to our students in their examinations. It was such a lovely occasion to see our students collect their examination results in August so that they can embark upon the next stage of the lives. At GCSE, we have achieved our best ever results for Maths and English and we are expected to do very well in the national GCSE league tables. At A Level, we surpassed our results from last year enabling so many of our students to gain places at some of the best universities in the country. It has been a brilliant start to the new term. We would like to thank all of our parents and guardians for supporting the school by ensuring that our students look so smart. The new Arthur Terry skirt in Years 7-11 really does look so smart and the Year 12s look amazing in their suits. We would also like to remind students to ensure that they are dressed appropriately in terms of outdoor clothing for the inclement weather that will inevitable be on the way all too soon! As the weather gets colder and wetter, students must wear coats to and from school to ensure that they are not cold or wet for the school. We wish the students a fantastic 2016/2017. Kind regards Heads of School Dates for your Diary Saturday 24th September 2016 – Family Fun Day, Arthur Terry School 10-1. Tuesday 4th October – Year 9 Parents Information Evening Monday 10th October – Year 7 Tutor Week – (Monday – Wednesday). Monday 12th October – Year 12 Tutor Week – (Monday – Wednesday). Thursday 13th October – Year 10 Parents Information Evening Tuesday 18th October – Year 11 Parents Information and Revision Evening Thursday 20th October – Training Day, School closed to all students Friday 21st October – Training Day, School closed to all students Payments to School As a result of us successfully taking online payments via Parentpay for several years now for items such as dinner money, trips etc. we are aiming to become completely cashless from September 2016. More than 90% of our parents are currently using Parentpay and we would appreciate your support in helping us to achieve our aim by September. If you need your login details for Parentpay please contact our finance department by email: or via the main school telephone number and we will be happy to help. We will continue to accept cheque payments for the foreseeable future but no cash payments will be accepted from 1st September 2016. Students will be able to continue to top up their lunch accounts with cash at the machines in school but as we do not take cash we are unable to provide change for this purpose. Thank you for your continued support. 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 42% of our exam entries being achieved at A*, A or B grades GCSE – 88% of students achieving A*- C in both English and Maths 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: 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 this letter 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 this letter and the nominated person must bring the slip with them together with 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. 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. 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: or attend our drop in service every Tuesday afternoon 3.45 – 4.45 from school reception. Spotlight on Attendance The Arthur Terry School are working in partnership with parents to improve school attendance. We would like to congratulate the many parents who make sure their children attend school regularly. It is a parent’s legal responsibility to ensure their children receive appropriate education. Failing to send your child to school regularly without good reason is a criminal offence. Absence disrupts the education of the individual pupil and the whole class. Are you aware that children who do not attend regularly:- do not achieve well in exams find it difficult to maintain friendships are more likely to become involved in crime miss out on opportunities in further education and the world of work? Absence can only be authorised by the Headteacher, within the boundaries set by the Education (Pupil Registrations) (England) Regulations 2006. You may be aware that Headteachers may not authorise leave during term time except where the circumstances are exceptional. If your child takes leave that has not been authorised by the Head Teacher, it will result in the absence being recorded as unauthorised and legal action may be taken. Please remember that parental illness, going shopping, visiting family, truancy, not wanting to go to school, alleged bullying (speak to school immediately to resolve the issue) are not acceptable reasons to be absent. All of these will be recorded as unauthorised absence, including if your child arrives at school after the close of registration. Family emergencies need careful consideration. It is not always appropriate or in the best interests of the child to miss school for emergencies which are being dealt with by adult family members. Being at school, friendship with peers and support from staff can provide children with stability. The routine of school offers a safe and familiar background during times of uncertainty. Legal action that may be taken include:- Issuing penalty notices: Each parent receives a penalty notice for each child who has unauthorised absence. The penalty is £60 or £120 depending on how soon payment is made. So, if there are two parents and two children the total penalties could be up to £480. Failure to pay may result in prosecution. Taking parents to court for unauthorised absence: Education Act 1996 Section 444(1) – court can fine each parent up to £1000 per child, order payment of prosecution costs and/or impose a Parenting Order. Taking parents to court for persistent unauthorised absence: Education Act 1996 Section 444(1A) – court can fine each parent up to £2,500 per child, order payment of the prosecution costs, impose a Parenting Order and/or sentence you to a period of imprisonment of up to 3 months. Being taken to court could result in you having a criminal record. How does your child compare? Attendance during one school year equals this number of days absent which is approximately this many weeks absent which means this number of lessons missed 95% 9 days 2 weeks 50 lessons 90% 19 days 4 weeks 100 lessons 85% 29 days 6 weeks 150 lessons 80% 38 days 8 weeks 200 lessons Frequent absence can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can seriously disadvantage your child in adult life. If your child’s level of absence is of serious concern you will receive another letter advising you about improving attendance. After this, any further unauthorised absence may result in the School and the Local Authority taking legal action. Again, we would like to thank those parents who make sure their child is attending school regularly and are therefore benefiting fully from their educational opportunity. ATTENDANCE Parents/carers have a legal duty to ensure their child attends School in a fit state to learn and to contact the School on the first day of absence. It is the parent’s/carers responsibility to make sure children attend every day and on time. In the event of an absence parents/carers must contact the school each day of the absence providing the reason by 8.45am by phone or by email providing the reasons for absence. The school operates an automated text messaging system called GROUPCALL. If your child is not in school and we have no reason for absence then you will receive the following message ‘Student “Forename” did not register at school his morning. Please reply with a reason’. If your child has a prolonged period of absence (between 3 and 5 days) a Doctor’s note/medical evidence (such as prescription) is required. In the event of longer term absence due to illness or underlying medical condition, parents/carers must contact their child’s Progress Leader and/or the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) for Attendance, to discuss this. For known absences parents/carers must complete an Absence from School request form 8 weeks prior to the known absence. In the event a child is late after 9.30am parents/carers are required to provide a reason for lateness. Where possible, parents are required arrange appointments outside of school hours, e.g. dentist, doctor. If this is not possible, parents should notify the school by email or by telephone 0121 323 2221 leaving a message on the absence line prior to the appointment. Parents are required to provide a copy of the Appointment Card or letter. The law requires parents to make sure their children receive full-time education suitable to their needs. As a last resort, schools and the Education Authority (EA) have legal powers to deal with poor attendance. The education Act 1996 Section 444 (1) states that “if a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence”. If parents or carers fail to provide a reason for why their child is not in school this will be recorded as an ‘unauthorised’ absence which may lead to a penalty notice and fine. It is the responsibility of all our staff, parents/carers and students to ensure good attendance and punctuality to School. Our Designated Liaison Person for attendance will review attendance information every day. Regular communication will be sent home to ensure that parents are kept up to date where there are concerns and parental meetings will take place where deemed necessary. Staff will follow school procedures and work closely with parents to improve attendance HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME The Headteacher will not authorise Leave of Absence for family holidays and trips during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Requests for Leave of Absence should be made by completing an application form available from the school office and returned for the attention of the designated liaison person. STUDENTS Students are expected to arrive on time every day to school by 8.45am for registration. Students should Students who arrive after 8.45am are ‘late’ and must sign in at reception. Students who are late three times will receive a lunchtime detention and parents will be notified via text message. The Duke of Edinburgh Award 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 Practice Expedition 1st – 3rd Oct. 2016 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 The Great ATLP Bake Off competition The competition is hotting up across the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. Budding Mary Berrys and Paul Hollywoods from all seven ATLP schools in Erdington, Coleshill and Four Oaks, are being encouraged to put their baking skills to the test for charity – and win a tasty prize at the same time. The ATLP’s 4,000 plus students from Brookvale, Hill West, Mere Green and Slade primaries and Arthur Terry, Coleshill and Stockland Green secondaries, are being given the opportunity to bake and decorate a cake for their school’s Macmillan Coffee Morning on 30 September. Organised by the ATLP’s student leadership team – which features two representatives from each partnership school – the competition will see young cooks compete for a top prize of a bakery themed hamper. All entries received by 30 September will be shortlisted and primary and secondary winners will be announced on 7 October. Rebecca Goode, deputy headteacher of Stockland Green School and co-ordinator of the ATLP student leadership team, said: We want children to be as creative and original as they like – the wackier the better! We have some incredibly gifted young people in our schools and this will bring together all of that talent for a great cause – to raise much needed funds for Macmillan and have some fun in the process. We’re looking forward to seeing some fantastic cakes, which we aim to sell off to students and staff to raise vital funds. Who knows? We may even have a future winner of Bake Off in our classrooms right now!” School Nurse Service We are pleased to advise that the School Nurse Team are resuming their service in school on a weekly basis. Every Tuesday break time (11.10 to 11.25am) a School Nurse will be providing a ‘drop in’ facility which is available to students if they have any concerns. The School Nurse will be available for students to chat about any concerns they may have – anything from advice on personal or medical issues to problems with peer groups. Students can come along to reception at the above time without making an appointment to see the School Nurse. The School Nurse Team are also available to parents, should you have any matters about your child you wish to discuss with them, they can be reached on: Tel: 0121 465 5457 Email: Catering Assistant – Arthur Terry School Job Role 20 hours per week 10.00am – 2.00pm September 2016 through to May 2017: 20 weeks Nil hours contract To cover Maternity Leave £7.50 per hour Duties Food preparation – Service – Till operation – General cleaning duties Responsible to Manager and Assistant Manager Skills Required Good Customer / client service, able to communicate well, professional and polite Able to work on own and as part of a team Flexible – may require occasional evening work – Parents evenings Able to work at speed, well organised, Able to produce a good standard of food / cleanliness Preferable – food hygiene knowledge – qualification CRB Good timekeeping and attendance To apply: Please send a CV to F.A.O Julie Whitehouse Closing date: 30th September 2016