STEMM Success for Aylsham High School

STEMM Success for Aylsham High School


Throughout this academic year, 5 students from Aylsham High School have completed the bronze level of the Youth STEMM Award (YSA). The Youth STEMM Award provides a focused and engaging framework for young people aged 13-18 to further their passion, knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

Jamie Butcher, Chris Haslam, Cameron Payne, Joe Veriod and Luca Wedge-Clarke were all successful in achieving the award and were invited to the presentation evening at the Forum in the city centre. All of the students worked hard, both in and out of school hours to fulfil all of the required strands of the award. In order to pass students had to cover 10 hours in the following fields:

  •  Inspiring the next generation
  • Engaging the wider public
  • Developing your own skills and knowledge
  • Shaping your own future


The design and technology department has organised Aylsham’s participation in the award scheme and we look forward to building on its recent success. We are currently recruiting for new bronze students as well as supporting our bronze award winner, Joe Veriod (RM captain) in  his silver award next year.

If any students are interested please visit us in the Design and Technology department to receive further information or to enlist on the scheme. 

Please see attached links:

Heptathlon Success

Heptathlon Success
Hello everyone, my name is Molly Bean and I have been asked to write a report about the heptathlon that I competed last weekend. 
A heptathlon consists of 7 events spread across 2 days. This year I was lucky enough to be selected for Norfolk to compete in the regional schools heptathlon in Bedford. 
Day 1 consisted of hurdles, high jump, shot putt and 200m. Out of the 4 events I achieved 4 personal bests. I was extremely proud and very excited about my performance. 
I ran 13:5 in the hurdles, this being only the second time I had competed in the event. I jumped 1:56 in high jump,  7:11 in the shot putt, adding a metre to my previous distance. Finally a PB of 28 seconds in the 200m, made my day very successful. 
Day 2 consisted of 3 events; long jump, javelin and the 800m. I got off to a good start by jumping 4:72 in the long jump just shying away from my best ever. Javelin was next, and this was the event that I was technically the weakest at. From having one training session previously I was, in hindsight, not prepared.
Nonetheless I attempted javelin receiving 3 disappointing no throws. This disappointment was extremely hard to swallow as I was on a  high from my events beforehand. 
I did not get any points from this event which meant that my placing became lower. However, these are the sorts of circumstances you have to deal with as an athlete and you have to continue to try and be as positive as possible to carry on. 
Persevering to do the 800m was a huge task and I certainly did not want to do it. Quitting would have been too easy and so I competed in the 800m race placing 2nd with a time just off my best. 
Competing for Norfolk in this event was an absolutely incredible experience and one that I will never forget. I made so many friends and memories there, whilst learning many new events and their technicalities. I enjoyed the incredible experience and am therefore going to compete in another heptathlon during July in Oxford. 

Class of 2017 scholarship & bursary successes for A level studies


We are proud to announce the Class of 2017 scholarship successes:


Charlotte Cooper             Norwich School Bursary

Olivia Hill                         Gordonstoun All-Rounder Scholarship & Rank Foundation Award

Aiden Holmes                  Gordonstoun All-Rounder Scholarship

Joshua Tovell                  Gordonstoun Computing Scholarship

Roberta Wilson                Norwich School Bursary & Head teacher’s Award


“This time last year I never imagined I would be heading up to Scotland to take my A levels!

The process began when I attended a scholarship information session at school. I was captured by the uniqueness and ethics of Gordonstoun, in particular their motto for life plus est en vous” (there is more in you). I decided to put together a portfolio and CV, went to visit with my family during the holidays and then took part in the scholarship candidates weekend in November. I am proud to have been awarded a Computing Scholarship and will be studying Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths & Physics. I am very grateful for the support from Mrs Wade, our Guidance Adviser, as without her encouragement throughout the process, I would not have pursued this path”

Josh Tovell

Class of 2017


These young people have competed at an international level to secure these prestigious awards. We wish them every success as they begin their further studies and look forward to welcoming them back to AHS as Alumni. Plus est en vous!


Congratulations and Good Luck to every member of our Class of 2017 as you make your way towards your futures. We are proud of you all.


Dianne Wade

Guidance Adviser



Class of 2017 Future Soldier


“When I began my post-16 decision-making last September, I was determined to follow my family into the military. Although I was unsure if I would succeed, I was encouraged to aim high and apply for the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. I was given a pre-selection place at the Army Reserve Centre  initially, via the recruitment centre in Norwich, where my recruiting officer there suggested I apply for Harrogate.


Initially I had a weekend-long interview at Lichfield, with team tasks and fitness assessments, all with the aim of joining the Rifle Regiment. During the time between that acceptance and my interview for a final offer, I had to keep-up my fitness levels to ensure I could compete at the highest level. At my final interview I passed all written and fitness tasks with grade As and received an excellent report. I am so happy to have been made an offer to join the Army Foundation College on 1st October 2017 and look forward to a career in the Rifle Regiment”


Jack Conroy

Class of 2017


We are proud that Jack is to become a member of our armed services and wish him every success as he begins his training to become a rifleman. Stay safe, Jack. You are an inspiration.


Dianne Wade

Guidance Adviser

He's one of our own: Sam has England in his sights

 Year 9's Sam Blair finished another successful season at Norwich City Academy on a high, as he was awarded a 2 year contract, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2018/9 season.

 Sam has been involved with Norwich City since Under 10s and is now pushing for a scholarship, which is one level below becoming a professional.

 The icing on the football cake this season, was a call up in April, to train with England at the National Football Centre, St Georges Park, where he also met England Manager, Gareth Southgate. He is now in contention for squad selection, for up coming Under 15 national games.

 When he's not playing Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs, Sam loves to pull on the AHS keeper's shirt and play in a competitive Year 9 side, which celebrated several great results this year.

 Sam says "I listen to my coaches, I work hard on and off the pitch and I always try to have an opinion. Above all, I play with a smile on my face, because if you can't enjoy yourself playing football, what can you enjoy? I still get a buzz each time I arrive at the Colney training ground and whilst I will have a good rest for 4 weeks in the off-season now, I can't wait for the new campaign to start".


Norfolk Athletics Success for Year 8 Student Jack

Norfolk Athletics Success for Year 8 Student Jack


Last weekend year 8 student Jack competed at the Under 15 Norfolk athletics event.  As Jack is only in Year 8, he was competing against athletes a year older.

He won gold at high jump (1.56m) and silver at the long jump (5.08m).

Both of these shattered the school records! !The long jump record has stood since 1985.


Well done Jack.


Dean Keats

PE Department

Success for Former Student James Hubbard

Success for Former Student James Hubbard


Many congratulation to our Class of 2015 student James Hubbard, who was recently involved in creating a film at Stage 2, working with the Theatre Royal and filming  music students from Access to Music. His talents will initially be aired on Mustard TV.

James studied at Access to Music Norwich and is heavily involved in all aspects of film-making, and directing sound & lighting across the county. He has recently begun his film-making career with employment at Epic Studios. We look forward to sharing James’ inevitable success in the future

Dianne Wade

Guidance Adviser

AHS raising money for Jay's Journey

AHS raising money for Jay's Journey


This week Jenny Burrell came in and did the assemblies about Jay's Journey.

She talked about 2 year old Jay's story and how he's battling a brain tumour and how they are fund raising.

Next week on Monday and Tuesday lunch time, Jenny will be in room 6 selling Jay's Journey merchandise, all the money raised will go to supplying Jay with the things he needs that the NHS don't supply and helping other children in Jay's situation.

If you have any questions for Jenny you can contact her on Please bring some money in next week to support them.


Thank you.



Aylsham High School needs bags of help from local people

The drama department at Aylsham High School is bidding to bag a cash windfall from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

It has been selected to win a share of £7,000 …. depending on how many votes it gets from shoppers in the supermarket’s stores.

The drama department wants to buy a set of lights that the whole community can use.

It already has a set of built-in lights that it uses to great effect in its regular musicals and plays, staged for the community to enjoy, but the new lights will be freestanding and portable, meaning that more groups which use Aylsham High School’s hall can make use of them.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and Aylsham High School’s drama department was selected.

Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Teacher Tanya Wiseman said: "We hope that as many as people as possible will vote for our project if they’re shopping in Tesco, so that we win the maximum £4,000 grant.

The money will be used to benefit as many people as possible."

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

"We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities."

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

"We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

"We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life."

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.

For further information contact

Tanya Wiseman at Aylsham High School



The Class of 2017 Prom Fashion Show

The Class of 2017 Prom Fashion Show

Following several months of rehearsals, a number of our year 11 students presented their Prom Fashion Show, arranged to raise funds for their Prom in July at Mannington Hall. It was a wonderful evening filled with style, glamour and fun and opened with a spectacular vocal performance by Georgia Stannett.

We were delighted to be able to work with Lesley Tait from The Wardrobe in Horsford, who supplied our ladies with wonderful prom, ball and party gowns during the first half of the show. The second half showcased many lovely spring/summer outfits for all occasions from Blossom & Green of Aylsham & Roys of Wroxham, who kindly also supplied outfits for our ladies & gents to wear.


During the show we were wowed with fabulous performances from our Slanted Dance students who used their performances as part of a btec qualification. In addition, AHS Salon Services students styled our models, and once again, did so as part of their qualification and under the supervision of their tutor Mrs J Critten & stylists from the Gianna Zagni Hair Salon in Drayton. In all, over forty year 11s delighted us with their style on the catwalk, and as many more supported front of house & back-stage.


Huge thanks to our wonderful alumni Izzie Hilton & Craig Smith who returned to be our Directors of Lighting & Sound, whilst cramming for A levels & looking forward to their next steps of university to study stage & theatre technical management. In addition, alumnus James Hubbard, also directing for us, has progressed from a Level 3 qualification at Access to Music, to a job as a trainee cameraman with Epic Studios. Massive thanks and good luck to all three.


A truly memorable evening and one which our fabulous Class of 2017 will hold in their memories!


Goodbye and Good Luck to each of you. Wishing you a wonderfully successful and happy future.


Mrs D Wade

Show Producer

Guidance Adviser