Drama Captains 2018/19

Drama Captains 2018/19


 Grace White FTW “I’ve wanted drama captain since year 7 and I’ve worked for this position ever since. I am very passionate about the subject and having this role means so much to me. My love for drama has continued to grow since then and I have been involved in productions such as King and I, 42nd Street and many others, I am also hoping to be part of Sister Act next year. Whilst being drama captain I hope to encourage younger students in lots of different ways, this can be done through drama club which I’m so excited about running next year alongside my fellow captain, George. This would also help boost their confidence as it helped me.”

 George Hinson HSC "I am so excited and honoured to be one of this year’s drama captains. I have always had a passion for drama, so this is a great opportunity to share my enthusiasm with others, inspiring them to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. This year I was lucky enough to be part of the amazing cast of 42nd street, which was without a doubt the highlight of my school career and I look forward to auditioning for Sister Act, the 21st Martin and Wiseman production later on this year. I’d like to thank Mrs Martin for this amazing opportunity and I look forward for the year to come.

 We both look forward to seeing you all at the Murder Mystery Evening Saturday 1 December at Aylsham High School 2018 and Sister Act Opening Night March 13 to Saturday 16 March 2019. All enquires re tickets can be made via 


Grace and George

Year 11

Maddy - DofE Captain

Maddy - DofE Captain


My name is Maddy Bates and I am delighted to have been given the role of DofE captain for Aylsham High School. I applied for this position so I could help other students to achieve their DofE goals and awards.

Over the course of year 10 I have managed to complete my bronze DofE award which involved me volunteering at the local tennis club to help younger children play tennis and improving important life skills such as cooking.

My favourite part of this award however was working as a team to complete our expedition. I have learnt and developed so many skills whilst completing my bronze DofE award such as teamwork, leadership and perseverance; I can't wait to start my silver award as I progress into my last year at Aylsham High!



Our 2018 Captains...

Our 2018 Captains...

Health & Social Captain Emily  FTW 

Having already completed Health & Social Cambridge Nationals last year I felt I knew enough to be able to apply for this captain title this year. 

As Health & Social Captain I will be able to support the students taking the course this year and help them to achieve excellent grades. I will be able to help them understand their core knowledge and work with them during lunchtimes when required. 

I am really looking forward to this role and I am pleased to have been selected. 


Emily  FTW Year 11.

North Norfolk Partnerhsip Games

North Norfolk Partnerhsip Games


 Angling Competition

Date: 14th May 

Venue: Shallow Brook Lakes

Squad: Ashlee, Seb, Sam Josh ,Ryan, Jake, Jack, Brandon

On Monday 14th May 8 students from Aylsham High School took part in the North Norfolk angling games competition at Shallow Brook Lakes, competing for a place in the final. 

All anglers conducted themselves with discipline and stuck to the task of hooking fish in this slow difficult water. At the final weigh in it was Ryan  who took first place overall  with a bag of silver fish weighing 5lb , Seb  took second place with 3 1/2lb and Sam took third with 1 ½ ib.  Six of the eight anglers qualified to take part in the Norfolk final in June. Well done to all who took part.


Liam Whiting-Smith

Space for the Soul

Space for the Soul


Students at Aylsham High School have been exploring spirituality, prayer and life’s biggest questions with their very own interactive prayer space. 


Aylsham Parish Church, in partnership with the school’s religious studies department, created the Prayer Space in a marquee on the school field as part of a growing national initiative to provide places for spiritual reflection in schools. The Prayer Space, while being rooted in a broadly Christian perspective, was put together in such a way that it was accessible to students of all faiths and none. The marquee was filled with creative, tactile ‘stations’ which gave the students an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and spirituality in a fun, open, safe and inclusive way. In addition to lesson time for some classes, the space was also open to all students at breaktimes. The Prayer Space has proved to be very popular with over 100 students visiting each lunchtime.


One year 7 student said:

“It is incredible. I’m really enjoying coming here to relax and reflect at lunchtime. I wish it was here for more than a week.”


A year 10 student commented:

“I’m not a very religious person but I’ve loved it. It’s completely changed my day.” 


A year 9 boy told us:

“It’s really relaxing. It looks amazing, and it’s really helped with my exam stress. When I’m in here, I feel all the stress drifting away.”


Helen Jacquet, Head of religious studies at Aylsham High school said: 


It has been wonderful to see students from all walks of life responding to the Prayer Space in really positive way. They have had the opportunity to reflect on a wide range of issues from exam stress and self- image to forgiveness and refugees in a safe and engaging environment. We have had a steady stream of students from across the years visit including a few repeat customers, and the atmosphere has ranged from lively interest to quiet reflection. The students I have spoken to are keen to have the space again next year and we are very grateful to Revd Jack and Revd Andrew from the Parish Church for all that they have done to give us such a special experience this week.


 Revd Jack Branford, Curate of Aylsham Parish Church said:


“It’s been a brilliant week. The Prayer Space has been filled with a lot of laughter and fun, as well as a great deal of thoughtful contemplation. I think it’s shown that many young people are innately curious about the biggest questions in life. Many young people are interested in spirituality and have a sense that there might be more to life than meets the eye. The wonderful thing about the Prayer Space is that it enables young people to explore these ideas and experiences in a completely open way that can help them develop their own sense of self-worth, identity, meaning and purpose. A rare space for the soul in a young person’s life.”

 The Prayer Space has been such a success that the school and church are already planning to host something very similar again next year.


Revd. Canon Andrew Beane

Revd. Jack Branford

Alex's Success with Norfolk Under 15's County Hockey Team

Alex's Success with Norfolk Under 15's County Hockey Team


Alex was selected to play for Norfolk Under 15’s in the County Hockey finals at Harleston at the weekend. The tournament was against 5 other counties and although Norfolk played a few good matches with some great ball skills shown, they didn’t quite make the final placings, although they did beat the tournament winners. 

Alex will receive his full county colours for his selection throughout the hockey season. Well done Alex!

Please help Mrs Cornwell raise money for the British Heart Foundation

Please help Mrs Cornwell raise money for the British Heart Foundation
Students should have come home with a tube of Smarties.
 I have been given 700 tubes of Smarties by local businesses in aid of my fundraising attempts to raise money for the British Heart Foundation; I am running the London Marathon this year for this charity to give back a little.  4 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, I am here today only because of the pioneering research  that has been done.  I would love for everyone diagnosed with a heart condition to be able to go on and lead a normal life as possible.  This can only be done through donations.  Money raised also goes towards training people in CPR, buying defibrillator's, microscopes and slides ... the list is endless.
The idea of giving Smarties to the students is for them, of course, to eat the Smarties and then refill it with coins.  An added twist is we have made it into an inter house competition and those who take part could be entered into a draw to win a mystery prize if their house wins.  
So I would like to thank all the students who have decided to take a tube home and help me raise money for my chosen charity.
Laura Cornwell
Aylsham High School

Conrad is Norfolk County Athletics Field Event and Sportshall Athlete of the Year

Conrad is Norfolk County Athletics Field Event and Sportshall Athlete of the Year

We are proud that Conrad received the Norfolk County Athletics Awards for Under 13 Boys Field Event Athlete of the Year 2017 and Under 13 Sportshall Athlete of the Year.

Last season he won the county championships in long jump, high jump, shot put and javelin and he is the East of England pentathlon champion. He also won the years 6, 7 and 8 Norfolk Quad Kids multi-event series, winning all 4 competitions. In Sportshall he is the County Champion in the triple jump, long jump, vertical jump and shot put and undefeated in the Norfolk County League.

 Last month, he was at the UEA taking part in the East of England Regional Sportshall Championships, against Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Norfolk won the event by over 100 points from Cambridgeshire and will now go to the National Finals.

Conrad took part in three events winning the Triple Jump, 2 Lap Sprint and the 8 Lap Paarlauf (a paired relay where they have to complete 8 laps in any order or combination). 

 Norfolk won every age group under 11, under 13 and under 15 boys and girls, so for the second consecutive year Norfolk has qualified in every age group, male and female for the nationals.   


Aylsham High School

PE Department

Edexcel Level 2 Dodgeball Tournament

Edexcel Level 2 Dodgeball Tournament

Aylsham High School offers the Edexcel Level 2 Higher Project Course as an option subject.   Last year’s group looked at the possible legacies of hosting a sporting event and planned, organised and led a dodgeball festival for the Aylsham Cluster year 6 primary school pupils.

This year, 6 students from year 9 and 10 decided to work as a group to further extend this idea. They focused their thoughts onto one of the legacies highlighted the previous year, which was helping year 6 primary school students in their transition experience to Aylsham High School. 

The project class have been conducting on-line research from educational publications about transition and have been questioning High School staff and students who already help in school transition activities.

During the year, they helped to lead sporting team challenges at a year 6 induction day and helped officiate at a North Norfolk primary school swimming gala.

They planned and led dodgeball training sessions in each of the cluster primary schools, helping the year 6s to improve in their dodgeball skills. These were well organised and they were able to adapt their sessions to suit the size of school hall, the number of students in a class and the ability of the students.  The High School students were also able to purchase 3 dodgeballs for each cluster primary school.

On Tuesday 6 March 2018, after many meetings and much preparation, they hosted the Aylsham Cluster year 6 dodgeball tournament with 80 students from 6 primary schools attending.  The teams competed in a round robin tournament.  Additional sports leaders from the GCSE Physical Education class helped to officiate each of the games, ensuring that the games ran smoothly.  The standard of play was exceptional. 

The winning teams this year were; in 1st place Colby School; in 2nd place Aldborough; and in 3rd place Erpingham.  Each team took away medals, trophies and certificates.

It is now hoped that this tournament will become an annual event, adding to the many activities provided by the Aylsham Schools in order to help year 6 students feel confident about their move to year 7.


Julie Zulu

ICT in Physical Education Training Workshop for UEA PE specialist Trainee Teachers


Recently, the PE department of Aylsham High School hosted the UEA PE specialist trainee teachers for a morning workshop on using ICT in Physical Education lessons.

Julie Zulu led the session. Throughout the morning, the student teachers were shown how a number of applications might be used in the teaching and learning of PE.  They were then given the opportunity to experience for themselves how they work, in particular an app called Hudl Technique,  which allows videos to be captured of pupils’ performance and then these images can be shown in slow motion, can be easily annotated and also used to compare one image with another to help highlight possible improvements in technique. 

Finally, the student teachers were able to put these new skills into practice with a year 8 class.

The workshop was a great success and has now been included as part of the formal training for the UEA Physical Education Postgraduate Certificate in Education.


Julie Zulu