A Message from the Headteacher
Welcome to our website
I hope that you and your family are looking forward to the summer holidays and enjoy the weeks ahead and spend some time together. Although it seems a long way off I know your attention will turn at some point to the start of the new academic year and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some important information.
All students return to school on Monday 5th September 2016. Year 7 students will meet in the hall as they did in their transition days and years 8 to 11 will meet in their tutor rooms. There will be some room changes for tutor groups and these will be posted in the cloakrooms.
Please ensure your child has the correct uniform when he / she returns in September. We are very proud of our school and expect all students to respect the school’s history and culture by dressing and behaving appropriately. Some areas of concern last year were:
Jewellery – one stud earing in each ear is the maximum permitted.
Piercings – no facial piercings are allowed.
Skirts – Must be knee length. Please purchase skirts that will last. As you know, children grow quickly!
Shirts / blouses – Top buttons must be fastened. If you are purchasing shirts / blouses please ensure there is plenty room for growth and your son / daughter will remain comfortable.
Trousers – No skinny trousers or trousers with zipped pockets. School tte tight or “clinging”
Hair colour / styles – Must be appropriate for a place of work: (natural colours and conservative styles)
Mobile phones are very much a part of everyday life and I appreciate they provide additional safety and allow communication on bus journeys to and from school. However, they are expensive items which can be damaged and can cause a wide range of issues in school. Phones are allowed in school bags during the school day but if we see them or hear them in school we will confiscate them.
Please ensure your son / daughter has all the equipment they need for lessons including pens, pencil, ruler, calculator, food ingredients and PE kit (on the correct days). They will be given their timetables on the morning of the 5th September.
During the summer a small Cluster Support Centre will be built behind “Becketts”. This is an additional facility to support children of all abilities and provide additional resources for external agencies to support families. A program of what is being offered will be shared with you in due course.
In September we will have some new staff starting with us and some other changes listed below:
Mr Corby will join us as the Head of our Computing and Business Faculty. Mr Corby is an experienced teacher who will also be leading the development of the use of ICT to enhance learning.
Mr Drews will join us as a full time Maths teacher.
Mr Kendrick-Eriksen started at half term as a Science Teacher replacing Mr Strafford who has retired following a long career at APHS.
I am pleased to say Mrs Sizelandwho has been back with us the last two weeks will be returning to teach Geography.
We would also like to wish Mrs Doyle every success as she trains to gain her Qualified Teacher Status in English while working at APHS. I am sure she will be very successful.
There is no doubt that the most successful children are those whose parents are involved in and support the importance of education and the school(s) their children attend. A shared understanding of and commitment to the schools expectations ensures lesson time is not wasted. We are very grateful for your support and we know we can count on this continuing in the future.
Have a wonderful and safe summer
Mr A Ogle
SCHOOL TERM DATES 2016/2017
Monday, 5 September 2016 To Friday, 16 December 2016
Thursday, 5 January 2017 To Friday, 31 March 2017
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 To Friday, 21 July 2017
HALF TERM DATES
Monday, 24 October 2016 To Friday, 28 October 2016
Monday, 13 February 2017 To Friday, 17 February 2017
Monday, 29 May 2017 To Friday, 2 June 2017
Staff Training Days
1 and 2 September 2016
3 and 4 January 2017
Year 10-11 Summer Reading
A Celebration of Academic Success -2016
Photos of the Evening can be found HERE
See Letters to Parents section for more info.
Duke of Edinburgh Award programme
As part of the Alderman Peel’s Pupil Development strategy, we are determined to engage all young people in Years 9 and 10 in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. Students have already taken part in a number of rewarding expeditions and we are now rolling out the programme to more students with the appointment of Miss Sperry as our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator.
Write On Norfolk
If your young person 13 years old or under, bored in the school holidays, why not encourage them to enter Norfolk County Council's latest competition:
Also, A huge congratulations to our poetry winners in Year 8 for their success in the Young Writers Poetry competition. We eagerly await your poems in a publication!
To see a link to the overall national winners, please follow this link:
Year 6 Open Evening
Photos of the event can be found HERE
Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour with Elizabeth Wein
Writers! We need you!
Each year, Norwich Writers' Each year, Norwich Writers' Centre hosts an event for those of you who like the darker side of books.
Please look at what is on offer this year; this is open to pupils and parents alike.
‘Edexcel GCSE PE 2016 and beyond - Successful Outcomes’
Alderman Peel High School, Market Lane, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1RB on 6th June 2016 – 10:15am to 3:00pm
Course Leader: David Pryce
David Pryce is an experienced examiner and moderator and has delivered a wide range of training at conferences and CPD events. With over twenty years’ experience of teaching and examining GCE and GCSE PE, he combines a range of teaching and learning strategies with real insight into the key skills needed for examination success.
Who should attend?
This course is for all teachers of Edexcel GCSE Physical Education seeking up to date support to improve their grasp of the coursework and examination requirements relating to the new specification beginning in September 2016
Parent Development and Support Group
Next meeting on 9th May 2016, 7:00pm in the conference room, everyone welcome.
The Pupil Premium (PP) is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap between them and their peers.
Safer Internet Day 2016
EDP Community Chest
Please help keep our children out of the rain!!!!
We are collecting tokens from the EDP to give us a chance to apply to their community chest in order to help us raise funds to provide a canopy for the reception class at the primary school. The canopy will mean they will be able to play outside even when it rains.
All YOU need to do is buy a copy of the EDP cut out the token from the back page and hand them into the school office to enable us to make an application to the fund. To do this we need to collect 500 tokens per month.
The application, if successful, will go towards raising the £10,000 that is needed to buy the canopy.
Thank you for your support.
Please Note: 3rd February - Evening Swimming Lessons Cancelled
Year 9 Option Choices for 2015/16
It might seem like no time at all since your child first set foot in Alderman Peel High School and yet here they are in year 9 having to select their GCSE options already. If it feels dauntingly grown-up and just plain old daunting, you can help them make the right choices with our guides below.
Of course your child and yourself will supported next term with the options process through school assemblies, Year 9 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening and the Year 9 Options Evening.
Local Pearson Teaching Award Winner in line for UK Gold National Teaching Award
Kirsty Downs of Alderman Peel High School in Norfolk is off to London to attend the prestigious UK grand final of the Pearson National Teaching Awards hosted by TV historian Dan Snow.
Kirsty is also featured in a new TV Commercial
Norfolk Schools Christmas Show Jumping Competition
Are "Trick or Treaters" welcome at your door or not? You can let them know by displaying one of the posters shown.
You can download the poster of your choice by clicking either of the images below:
Parents Discussion & Support Group
The APHS Parents Discussion & Support Group (PDSG) will meet on TUESDAY 20th October at 6.30pm in the conference room at APHS. The group provides a forum for discussion for parents and carers about general issues concerning the school (e.g. Homework, Communication etc.) It enables two-way conversation between parents and the staff/governors, and aims to provide constructive feedback aimed at helping improve the school, for the benefit of all its students.
The PSDG Meetings are held termly at the school, with a senior member of staff present to feed into the discussions, and to feedback to staff/governors as appropriate. Topics will be selected from issues suggested by parents. Reports on previous meetings are posted on the parents and carers page of the school website
(The PSDG is not for discussion of concerns about individual children or individual teachers; very clear channels already exist for this, as outlined in the school planners and on the school website)
The meetings are followed by an informal opportunity for further discussion and socialising at The Edinburgh pub in Wells! If you would like any further information please contact Di Black on 01328 730778 or email@example.com. Otherwise, hope to see you there!
GCSE Examination remarks / appeals
Remarks can be applied for if:
- The result is close to grade boundaries and a change would significantly benefit the school or departmental results.
- There is evidence that the overall results (for individuals or for groups of children) do not match the teacher assessment and there is a concern that the quality of marking was not adequate.
- There is evidence that coursework has been significantly changed and the moderators report does not explain this.
Under these circumstances the cost of remarks is the responsibility of the school.
If a parent / child requests a remark that does not fall within the criteria above then the cost of that remark will be the responsibility of the parent.
Requests from HODs / DOLs for remarks must be directed to the exams officer.
The Associate Headteacher will make the final decision regarding which remarks are applied for.
New & Updated Policies
AParents Guide to Homework
A subject specific guide on how parents can best support this aspect of their child’s education
Next PDSG meeting:
Tuesday 20th October at 6.30pm in the Conference Room
New & Updated Policies
Easter Holiday revision timetable
APHS Parents Support & Discussion Group
Next meeting 21st April at 7pm. Find out more...
NEW Year 9 Options
NEW parent information (please note paper copies of these documents will be distributed on the Year 9 Options Evening on 26th February 2015 )
Next meeting is on Monday 2nd at 5pm.
Vicky Brock CEO of Clear Returns visited APHS on 5th December, this article describes her visit.
PLEASE NOTE: The school will re-open on Thursday 11th December 2014
Any student due to take part in the swimming gala can still compete at Aylsham High School if parents are able to transport them there. Arrive 9.45, finishes at 12pm. If they are planning on attending the gala to email Chloe Pedlow on firstname.lastname@example.org confirming attendance.
APHS Parents Support & Discussion Group
A new group called the APHS Parents Discussion & Support Group (PDSG) will have its first meeting on TUESDAY 11th NOVEMBER at 7pm in the conference room at APHS. It will provide a forum for discussion for parents about what is working well and general issues concerning the school. It will enable a two-way conversation between parents and the Headteacher / Governors, and it will aim to provide constructive feedback aimed at helping improve the school, for the benefit of all the children. Read more...
Photographs of the Prom can be viewed/purchased here: DK Photography
Head Boy and Head Girl
Tom Walduck and Harriet Pigney
Choosing who will be our Head Boy and Head Girl together with their deputies is one of the most difficult decisions I have to make each year and this year was no exception. The quality of the applicants was of an extremely high standard making it almost impossible to choose two to take on the role of Head Boy and Girl.
These roles are crucial to the school as they will be asked undertake tasks such as helping to guide the student council, contribute to the School’s development and represent the School at public events. Fletcher and Esther, last year’s head boy and head girl spoke at open evenings amongst other things and no doubt Tom and Harriet will have a similarly busy year.
To be chosen to take on these roles is not an easy task, year 10 students are invited to apply, they write a letter of application, and must demonstrate that not only are they academically strong but that they also contribute to the wider life of the school and its community. The students who apply are interviewed by Mr Rimmer and Miss Gammons and then shortlisted for a final round of interviews with the Chair of Governors and myself. It is fair to say that students find this process tough but rewarding, the experience standing them in good stead for later applications for competitive sixth form and university places.
Easter Holiday Science Revision
Core Science Revision days have moved from Mon 7th and Tues 8th April to Mon 14th and Tues 15th of April 2014.
Additional Science Revision days have moved from Wed 9th and Thurs 10th April to Wed 16th and 17th of April 2014.
All parents should have received an email and text message on Saturday morning.
Any issues please email email@example.com ASAP.
BBC School Report
Students at APHS took part in the BBC School Report where reports from all over the UK were compiled and published by students
Norfolk County Finals, Winter Sports Games. March 2014
Three girls from Alderman Peel High School, Wells (Sabrina Rayner, Hollie Betts & Tilly Betts) along with Carrie Last from Aylsham High School represented North Norfolk’s Table Tennis under 14’s team at the Norfolk County Games held at U.E.A. Sportspark in Norwich.....read more...
APHS Parents Forum - Next Meeting
Monday 10th March at 7.30pm
Topic for discussion: Communication
APHS Parents Evenings 2014
YR 7 - Thursday 20th March 2014
YR 8 - Thursday 16th January 2014
YR 9 - Thursday 6th February 2014
YR 9 Options - Thursday 27th February 2014
YR 10 - Thursday 13th March 2014
YR 11 - Thursday 30th January 2014
APHS Gifted & Talented visit Cambridge
11th October 2013
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APHS played hosts to North Walsham in the 1st round of the County Cup. read more..
Some photos taken during the day's events can be found here
Letters to Parents
Date sent: Year Group
30th June 2016 - To All Parents/Carers
8th June 2016 - Sports Day
18th March 2016 - Yr 11 Easter School
25th February 2016 - To All Parents/Carers
11th February 2016 - Yr 9 Options Evening
10th February 2016 - APHS Choir Performances
5th February 2016(2) - Optional Live Theatre Trip - DNA
21st January 2016 - To All Parents/Carers
13th January 2016 - To All Parents/Carers
10th January 2016 - To Yr 10 Parents/Carers
7th December 2015 - To Parents/Carers and Members of the Local Community
23rd November 2015 - To Yr 11 Parents/Carers
3rd November 2015 - To ALL Parents/Carers
19th October 2015 - To Year 10 Parents/Carers
29th September 2015 - To Year 7 Parents/Carers
22nd September 2015 - To ALL Parents/Carers
3rd September 2015 - To ALL Parents/Carers
5th May 2015 - To ALL Parents/Carers
23rd March 2015 - To ALL Parents/Carers
4th March 2015 - To ALL Parents/Carers
5th February 2015 - To ALL Parents/Carers
6th January 2015 - To Yr 11 Parents/Carers