20th - 26th May
Week B - No assemblies,
Exam Desks in Hall all Week
Mon 20th May
English Literature 1 Exam – morning
Chemistry Unit 2 and 3 Exam – afternoon
Golf at Mundesley Golf Club TBC – North Norfolk Partnership event
Cluster Mini Tennis – Year 3 – 4 mixed at APHS 1 – 3 pm
Tues 21st May
Year 9 English exam (paper 1)
Year 9 English exam (paper 2)
Area Athletics 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Govs: Finance and Premises 5.00pm
Wed 22nd May
French Trip (leaving after 3.00pm)
Year 9 Science exam (paper 1)
Expressive Arts Unit 1 final examination and moderation
Thurs 23rd May
Physics Exam Unit 2 and 3 – morning
English Literature 2 Exam – afternoon
CAE Country Boys Struggle (APHS Gym) KS3 afternoon and GCSE Drama and Music class workshop after school
Fri 24th May
Music Exam – morning
Sat 25th May
Show-jumping competition at Houghton Hall
Sun 26th May
27th May - 2nd June
Mon 27th May
Tues 28th May
3rd - 9th June
Week A - No assemblies,
Exam Desks in Hall all Week
Mon 3rd Jun
Students return to school
Year 10 visit to Newmarket Stud
Tennis at Aylsham TBC – North Norfolk Partnership event
Tues 4th Jun
English Language Exam – morning
Geography Unit 1 Exam
Wed 5th Jun
DUX Russell Group University G&T visit to Imperial College London
Child Development Exam – morning
Biology Unit 1 Exam – afternoon
Thurs 6th Jun
Year 9 Maths exam (paper 1)
Year 9 Maths exam (paper 2)
Fri 7th Jun
Resistant Materials Technology Exam – afternoon
Sat 8th Jun
Students attending Mathematics Masterclasses in Norwich
“Outstanding” in so many ways
Results in 2012 were almost identical to last year demonstrating that our students make progress in line with the top 25% of schools nationally. Congratulations to all involved and good luck to our students in the next stage of their education.
When you consider the pass rate nationally declined by 4% these are pleasing results, but I know with my talented teaching staff, the excellent parental support that our students can do even better this year.
There has been much press coverage about GCSE exams and in particular English grade boundaries. Despite all the issues caused by exam boards and Ofqual (the exams regulator) our English results went up compared to previous years. I am still in the process of appealing some grades for those children who I believe were treated unfairly and will continue this until the issue is resolved.
During the summer break students continued to experience opportunities provided for them by staff and the community. Twenty students completed the Royal Yachting Association Level 1 Award thanks to Robert Smith and his team from Wells Harbour. Forty two students spent two days at the Olympics watching various events. A group of children watched Olympic Football in Coventry and we hosted a Summer School for year six children on the APHS site. On behalf of all the children involved thank you to all those who led or contributed to these opportunities.
In July Jessica Jane-Applegate visited the school with her coach and spoke about her training in the lead up to the Para Olympics. It was great to see her win a gold medal and hope she will come back to see us soon.
There has also been a considerable amount of work on improving the facilities across the school site over the summer break. The swimming pool which has been fitted with a new air handling unit funded through a carbon reduction scheme and solar panelling to help heat the pool following a grant of £15210 from Sheringham Shoal (this will save us £10,000 per year in heating). New flooring throughout poolside will mean we can provide students and the community with a top quality swimming facility. However additional, essential maintenance work discovered under the flooring has led to the pool being closed for longer than we had planned. We will let you know when it is open again and apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. There have been a number of other site developments including extending the cloakroom, two outdoor canopies, refurbishment of the Music room and Drama studio. The hall has been decorated and refurbished with new curtains, audio and lighting systems. Look out for Bugsy Malone coming soon !
A number of new staff have joined us this term including Miss Wolfe, Mr Edwards, Mr Baker, Miss Maconochie, Miss Bambridge, Miss Smalley, Miss Taylor and Mrs Campling. Welcome to you all.
Students at APHS have returned to a wealth of opportunities including meeting the Crown Prince of Norway at Holkham Estate and playing music for him and his guests. Mrs Light has been facilitating a wonderful opportunity for GCSE Art students who have been working with lecturers from the University of London on a media / art project. All the children have been creating a short film inspired by the Edward Munch exhibition in London. The four winning students will have their work displayed at the Tate Modern Museum . A large number of students who consistently displayed exceptional behaviour in class and at school functions last year were treated to a day at Thorpe Park. Thank-you to all the staff involved in the trip and to Miss Lucas for organising it. Despite the long time spent on the M25 on the way home it was an excellent day out and I know students are already trying to gain as many positive points as possible in the hope they can go again next year.