42nd Street 14th to 17th March

42nd Street 14th to 17th March

42nd Street” is the 20th musical to be performed at Aylsham High School with 42 students who range from 11 to 16 years old. Opening night is Wednesday 14th March at 7.30pm with a limited number of tickets still available.

 Show producer and Instructor at Aylsham High School Tanya Wiseman says, ‘the decision to perform 42nd Street was an easy one because the songs are incredible and are guaranteed to get everyone’s feet tapping by the end of the opening number. The students all love the costumes, and the set. Both of which add a certain touch of glitz and glamour. It is fantastic that former head boy Shaun Taylor has returned to choreograph two of the show’s most iconic tap dance routines. "To think we now have 42 competent tap dancers that can tap in perfect unison is phenomenal". The students have all embraced the chance to learn something new and as a group of staff we’re all impressed with how they’ve conducted themselves in rehearsals. We’re also delighted to have secured sponsorship from newly-formed coach company Wrights Coaches’.

 Matthew Wright, Director of Wrights Coaches, who is the show’s main sponsor said, “The opportunity to support Aylsham High School with their latest production was a chance I couldn’t let pass, especially for their anniversary year. As a new business in the local area, Aylsham High School has been incredibly supportive, and this is a way of giving something back to the school for putting their faith in me. The quality of the performances which come from the school are always impressive, and I’m honoured to be associated with them. The students obviously enjoy their extra curricular study, and it’s great to see them doing something they relish and learn new skills at the same time. I think its great these students are getting the opportunity to do something they enjoy. If I can support that in anyway, I will do!”


42nd Street runs at Aylsham High School from Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th March with two performances on the Saturday. (2.30pm & 7.30pm). Tickets are available from the School Reception (Wednesday Lunchtimes) or at


Tanya Wiseman & Matthew Wright

British Heart Foundation

On April the 22nd 2018, I will be running in the London Marathon.  My chosen charity is the British Heart Foundation.

WHY? I hear you shout.

If it wasn't for all the research that the British Heart Foundation has done I would not be here today, four years ago I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. This needed two operations and thanks to their pioneering research I am, for the moment able to lead a normal life.  This had led me to supporting this charity and wanting to give them something back.

I spoke with the school student council and put an idea to them of the "smarties competition". The idea is to be able to give every child in the school a tube of smarties to take home.  If able to, they can eat the smarties and then re-use the tube to collect loose change from around the house/under cushions/in the car.  Anything 5p or over.  (Notes are also welcome)

The school student council wanted to help me and were very eager, coming up with the idea of arranging the returned smarties tubes on the school field in the shape of a heart. The school student council were also very eager to help me promote the idea to businesses and/or people to donate boxes of smarties so we can give one to each and every child.  It is a very small heart in the picture, so please come on board with us at Aylsham High School and "help our heart grow."

If you would be able to donate any tubes of smarties please contact or leave at the main reception.

Many thanks to all the students and staff at Aylsham High School

Laura Cornwell

Learning Support Team


Ice Course Students are RHS Winners

Ice Course Students are RHS Winners


We were invited to attend the launch event of the RHS ‘ Green Plan It’ Challenge at Easton College on Friday 22nd September.  Here we met our mentors (Kenny and Rachel) and found out we had to design a garden for the school or community to enjoy.  We chose to use our outdoor learning garden that we have in school.  We walked around Easton college and got lots of ideas. We split into two teams and named ourselves 'ICE ICE Uno' and 'Team Pollinators.'


When we got back to school we had 10 weeks to design our garden. We had to come up with ideas and a concept.  ICE ICE Uno chose 'The Elements' and Team Pollinators chose 'The Five Senses.'


It was then lots of hard work and model making to design our gardens. Kenny and Rachel were brilliant mentors and helped us with lots of ideas. Wendy and Shelly, who are both involved in Aylsham in Bloom and are also our RHS volunteers helped us with names of plants and what would grow well.


1 December we went back to Easton college to present our models. We arrived at school feeling excited. We all had speeches to say and we were all worried about saying them. Both groups piled onto the mini bus and Mr Sweatman said it was the quietest ride he had ever had. I think it was because we were all so nervous. 


When we arrived at Easton college, we went straight to the conference room and started to make our display boards to go with our model. More and more schools arrived and they were all bringing their models in. Was ours the best? We were up against 8 other schools!


After a brief talk and meeting the judges it was time. ICE ICE Uno were the first to get judged. Both groups were very nervous but the speeches were fantastic and gave the judges lots of information.


When judging had finished it was lunchtime and the judges went to a private room to discuss who they thought was the best.


Lunchtime seemed to take forever! Had we won? We had the chance to vote for 'The Pupils Choice' award so we walked round and chose who we thought was the best model. Finally lunchtime was over and the winners were announced.


Team Pollinators won 'The Pupils Choice'

ICE ICE Uno won 'The Most Innovative'


Both teams won a trophy, an RHS book and £100 gardening vouchers.


Coming back to school was not as quiet on the mini bus!


Written by Harry and Jessica  (Year 9 - ICE Course students) 


The Eagles become Yoga Warriors!

The Eagles become Yoga Warriors!


Mr. Sweatman and Helen Houlston took Oliver, Joshua and Karl (Year 8 - Nurture Group) to The Hub in Wymondham where they led a mindfulness workshop for  Norfolk County Council Children Service’s Early Help team. They taught approximately 60 adults the programme that they had been working on during Nurture lessons. It was a truly inspirational day.

Amongst the incredibly positive feedback, one member of the Early Help team wrote; 

 'Brilliant experience. Great session, boys were fantastic. Very professional and clear and it was an amazing first experience of yoga. Well done boys!' 


 Danny Sweatman

Head of Nurture @AHS_Nurture


Students support the North Norfolk Primary School Swimming Gala

Students support the North Norfolk Primary School Swimming Gala


On Tuesday 30 January, the Edexcel Higher Project group helped to host the North Norfolk Primary school swimming gala, at the Victory Swim and Fitness Centre in North Walsham.

There were approximately 100 year 4, 5 and 6 swimmers from across the North Norfolk Primary Schools, with some incredibly close races in each of the 4 swimming strokes.

 The Aylsham High School project students are in years 9 and 10.  They were in charge of timing a lane and recording the data onto the master scoresheets ready for the North Norfolk School games organiser, Chloe Pedlow to analyse.

 Each of the partnership sports competitions requires young sports leaders to volunteer to help the event run smoothly and these young people were a credit to the school and the North Norfolk sports partnership.


Julie Zulu

PE Department

Supporting the Aylsham Roman Project

Supporting the Aylsham Roman Project


GCSE students Libby and Albert  received great praise for their contribution to a buffet reception this week, as requested by the Aylsham Roman project team.

As you may be aware, members of our community have been ‘on their knees’ over the last few years at Woodgate Nursery assisting with a major archaeological investigation ( and the event was to say ‘thank you’ and to present the findings so far. Libby and Albert cooked up, presented and set up the catering for the event with Mr Baxter.

Guests were amazed at their professionalism and presentation skills and, hopefully, more events of this nature will be forthcoming!


Jason Baxter

Catering, Head of Department

Aylsham Food Festival

Aylsham Food Festival

October saw our annual pilgrimage to cook and serve guests from the community as part of the Aylsham Food Festival. A different venue this year, being at Bure Valley School meant that our students had to be outside caterers, preparing some food within our school food rooms and then finishing and cooking within the commercial school canteen a mile away!

Students cooked a simpler menu comprising of Coxford the butchers award winning sausages on a bed of Buxton Potatoes mash and a rich ratatouille including some marrow grown by our own students here at school. The apple and berry crumble incorporated fruit from our staff with a rich cream-based custard.

The event also featured a talk from Steve Thorpe, vice principal of City College Norwich and former head of the Hotel School as well as Charlie Hodson, founder of Norfolk Food Heroes and now Executive Chef at the Fur and Feathers, Woodbastwick. Both took time to come into their ‘natural environment’ and talked to our students in the kitchen and were full of praise for the professionalism of our front of house teams too.

Although a smaller event compared to our 120 guest gala dinner in previous years, it was pleasing to see existing GCSE food prep and nutrition students being supported by past  GCSE caterers and some ‘up and coming’ year 7s and 8s.


Jason Baxter

Catering, Head of Department

Visit to the University Technical College

Visit to the University Technical College


A group of students from Aylsham High School visited the University Technical College Norfolk in preparation for their entry to the ‘F1 in schools’ competition.

Students had the opportunity to tour some of the facility and take part in a variety of challenges throughout the morning. They began the day with a tutorial session using a state of the art computer suite, the focus being an introduction to designing using CAD Solidworks software. Students were walked through the process by our host and head of faculty, Mr David Atwell.

Students were then able to visit the UTC’s F1 team to discuss the competition and all it entailed. There was a question and answer opportunity where students asked some very insightful and relevant questions. They were then invited to put together some cars of their own in order to race against one another on the competitive 20m track.

Students and staff had an inspiring morning at the UTC and it has really peaked their interest and ambition to do well in the competition. A huge thank you to Mr David Atwell, his staff, and students that made us all feel extremely welcome.

Any students interested in a future within engineering would be advised to visit the University Technical College Norfolk on one of their upcoming open days.  


James Brown

Design and Technology Department

Nurture Students Lecture at the UEA

Nurture Students Lecture at the UEA


For the fifth year running, we were invited by Dr Jan Watson - Senior Lecturer in Education and Professional Development - to speak to the secondary PGCE students at the University of East Anglia. The aim of the lecture is to share the many strategies and interventions that support and ensure our students make progress at Aylsham High School.


During part of the lecture Mr. Sweatman delivers, two students are invited each year to share their own experiences. This year, Joshua and Thomas, both year 8 Nurture students spoke in the Congregation Hall Lecture Theatre and received the most wonderful feedback from both staff and students. After the event, Dr Jan Watson explained to both boys; ‘Even adults find it difficult to speak to new groups of people in such a formal setting, so I hope you feel proud of yourself for having the confidence to do this.’ They certainly were proud and on arrival back to school, the staff that greeted them could not of been prouder either. Well done boys!


Danny Sweatman

Head of Nurture - @AHS_Nurture


Duke Of Edinburgh Royal Visit

Duke Of Edinburgh Royal Visit

A group of Duke of Edinburgh Award students from Aylsham High School performed in front of royalty as part of a celebration of the award and the people who make it happen across Norfolk. The seven Year 11s and a former student now in Year 13 at Norwich School helped to entertain the Earl of Wessex when he visited Springwood High in King's Lynn. Four West Norfolk high schools and Aylsham were represented at the event giving various demonstrations of their D of E experiences. The current Aylsham students took to the stage and read a poem before Megan Blair, one of the school’s alumni, played her ukulele and sang. Both pieces were reflections of the students’ D of E expeditions, in which they walk, navigate, camp out and cook their own food.

The students were accompanied by school staff and volunteers who manage and assess the expeditions.

Headteacher Duncan Spalding also attended and spoke to the audience before the performances.

The Duke congratulated those present on their efforts, said that D of E was a very worthy activity which opened doors to participants and urged all the young people who take it on to enjoy themselves during the various qualifying activities.

Aylsham High has had an increasing number of young people taking on D of E at bronze and silver level over the last couple of years, with several going on to take the gold level when they move on to sixth form.


Ed Foss

D of E Assessor