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 16 March 7.30pm 2018). 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

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