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

Join us and support the Friends of Aylsham High School

Join us and support the Friends of Aylsham High School

Please put this date in your diary and join us for an evening of Christmas fun.

The Cast of 42nd Street

The Cast of 42nd Street

The cast of 42nd Street will be performing at Aylsham Town Hall on Friday 17 November for the very first time!! 

The evening is being hosted by the Friends of Aylsham High School who work tirelessly to support all departments within the school. They have raised over £4000 last year from school discos, per-loved uniform sales and raffles.

The evening starts at 7pm with an entrance fee of £3.00 which includes a drink & a raffle ticket. Raffle prizes include tickets for a family of four to the opening night of 42nd Street (Wednesday 14 March 2018 7.30pm). Refreshments will be available throughout the evening, a chance to do some Christmas shopping and sit and chat with friends. Stalls include handmade items such as Bunting, scrabble pictures, jewellery, handbags, fudge, chutneys and Christmas decoupage cards.

The story of 42nd Street is one of show business’s most classic and beloved tales. It tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway. 

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. Peggy’s talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh, who gives her a spot in the chorus of Pretty Lady, his newest show. Pretty Lady stars Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva, who takes an instant dislike to the new girl in the cast. When Dorothy is injured during the show’s previews, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found — someone like Peggy Sawyer!

Peggy’s rise from showgirl to star is the stuff of show business dreams. 42nd Street is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.

The students have all learnt to tap which has taken hours and hours of rehearsals, it’s a very fast show with huge dance numbers, a show for all ages and great for families.  Opening night is Wednesday 14 March to Saturday 17 March with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are available via  or available from the school Wednesday lunchtimes 12.40pm to 1.15pm from the 6th December2017. 


We look forward to seeing you all for our 20th Year show at Aylsham High School …..


Tanya Wiseman 

Peer Coach Training 2017

Peer Coach Training 2017


A peer coach is a year nine student who helps and mentors year seven and eight students with friendship and academic needs.

Peer coaches help the younger students with roles like filling out pages in their learning journals and discussing student well- being. They also ensure that the years sevens have a smooth transition to high school and that they are comfortable in their learning environment.

One of the pages they may help with is the weekly achievements page in the learning journal. This page helps students reflect on their past week and see what they have done well and how they could improve in the next week.

Peer coaches also help with the student well-being page which gives a clear reflection on how year seven and eight students are feeling at school whether it be with school subjects or friendship issues. This then helps peer coaches to locate and help fix the problem to make school life better for younger students.

As another part of helping these problems peer coaches also set smart targets for school subjects to help year seven and eight students improve. A smart target is one that is specific, measurable,  achievable,  relevant and timed. This then helps peer coaches to send the younger students to subject captains or teachers who could help them achieve these targets or friendly faces and peace makers if it is a friendship issue.

It is good to be a peer coach because it gives you a role of responsibility and leadership in the school. It also allows you to help younger students meet their targets and improve their well-being in the school.

By Sian Year 9 Senior Peer Coach

STEM ambassadors Alex and Gemma Ridgway visit the Design Technology department to inspire the next generation of Engineers


On Thursday 6th July ex students  and siblings Alex and Gemma Ridgway gave up time from their busy schedules to inspire the next generation of Engineers at Aylsham High School. Both Alex and Gemma studied Design Technology at Aylsham High School going on to gain employment as apprentice engineers with National Grid. They are now enjoying exciting and rewarding careers with their work taking them far and wide.

It was remarkable to hear about their experiences since leaving school and the excellent training opportunities they have taken up on their pathway to becoming fully qualified engineers.

Thank you both for making the time to help guide Aylsham High School students on their paths to successful futures.


Mr L Whiting-Smith

Head of Design Technology

BT Disability Sports Festival

BT Disability Sports Festival


I woke very early at 6am on Tuesday 11th July I was very tired and very excited. We got the mini bus to take us to Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Seven children were picked from the Norwich City Academy to go to the BT Disability Sports Festival. This is a festival they run every year to celebrate children’s success in their football.

 Lots of children from each Academy all over the country were there. About 20 teams. We played different sports. The first one was basketball and I didn’t like it. We also played volley football, indoor athletics, tennis, curling, and cricket.

I met Jake Humphries, he supports Norwich and he is a presenter for BT live sport. He played cricket with us and I took a selfie. I also got to hold the Olympic torch and got my photo with the Premier league cup. It was a brilliant day and I enjoyed it very much.



Year 8

Work Experience 2017

Work Experience 2017


 Year 11s began preparation for their final year at Aylsham High School with a week of work experience at a variety of placements. Each student in the year group self-generated and for many, sampled what may be their future career.

We are always fortunate to work with a variety of wonderful employers, all willing to offer our young people their expertise, guidance and support. For some students their work experience results in an apprenticeship offer, part-time employment, a future reference and engagement with potential employers in the future.

 This year we had many students in schools, in media and medical-related placements, a record number at veterinary practices, engineering opportunities, architecture, theatre, media, the arts, museum services, charities and one at a royal estate.

Each opportunity will have an impact on their future choices and we are thankful to every employer who works with us in support of our programme.


Dianne Wade

Guidance Adviser

Year 11 Futures Day

Year 11 Futures Day

On Friday 14 July our year 11 students began preparations for their post-16 decisions by meeting with many local colleges, training providers, universities and employers. 

Having this experience enables our students to use their summer break to attend open days when possible and to gather information about courses, apprenticeships and much more before the intensity of the autumn term is upon them.

Having the opportunity of making informed decisions early can reduce any anxieties around post-16 decisions later on in their year. Families were invited to attend during the afternoon sessions.

 In addition, with the support of Mr Sexton, students learnt about what is expected of them in terms of further education, higher education, apprenticeships and employment and a good deal of financial information about study versus employment, the importance of life skills and understanding the labour market.

 Year 11 students will return to school in September ready to begin their preparations, using the Common Application Process and Common Prospectus for Norfolk.


Dianne Wade

Guidance Adviser