Road to Wimbledon Competitions - Under 14 Boys and Girls

Road to Wimbledon Competitions - Under 14 Boys and Girls

On Tuesday and Thursday last week, we held the U14 Boys and Girls 'Road to Wimbledon' competitions. The idea is that students compete in an in-school tournament against other students. The winners and runners up from this competition then progress onto the next stage to the county finals. If the students are successful at the county finals, they win the opportunity to play the national finals on the grass at Wimbledon. We had 10 boys competing on the Tuesday and 13 girls competing on the Thursday. They were two fantastic competitions with a very good standard of tennis on display.

Congratulations to our winners and runners up and good luck in the next round! 

Under 14 Boys winner: Jim Crossley

Under 14 Boys Finalist: Charlie Blair  

Under 14 Girls winner: Eleanor Tomkinson

Under 14 Girls Finalist: Lois West


Miss McKenna


Health and Social Captain 2019-20

Health and Social Captain 2019-20

I am Lucy Manning, I was chosen to be Health and Social Captain next year as well as being prefect. Since I started the Health and Social course last year I knew it was a subject I was going to love. Health and social is by far one of my favourite classes as the atmosphere in the classroom is amazing and the people in it are so lovely as well as having an amazing teacher. One of the things that helped me the most during the course was Quizlet. Quizlet allowed me to test myself on the core knowledge and keep track of my progress. The link to Quizlet is here .  I hope to explore aspects of Health and Social further at college to help me in the future to achieve my goals. Being chosen to be captain for Health and Social is incredible and I can’t wait to get started. By being captain I aim to support Mrs Wiseman as much as possible and offer my help where ever it is needed. Next year I will help Mrs Wiseman by helping at revision nights and offering my support to the students who are taking the course. As well as this I will help Mrs Wiseman to run the Health and Social twitter page.

Lucy Manning Year 10 Health & Social Captain

Eleanor playing for the Under 12 Girls Regional Championships

Eleanor playing for the Under 12 Girls Regional Championships

Eleanor played for Dereham last week at the under 12 Girls Regional Championships at Harleston Magpies. Her team qualified after coming 2nd in the County Championships earlier in the year.

The Dereham team came fourth out of six in a tough group, but beat the Suffolk County Champions and drew with Cambridge City (the Cambridge Champions).  They won 2 , lost 2 and drew 1.

This match was the end of the club season for Eleanor, which also culminated in her being voted Dereham under 12 player of the season.

Fantastic Achievement in Althletics for Conrad Winter

Fantastic Achievement in Althletics for Conrad Winter

On 27 March 2019, Conrad Winter was awarded the Norfolk County Athletics Award for Under 15 Boys Sportshall Athlete of the Year.

Conrad won all three Norfolk County League meetings.  As an Under 15 athlete he competed in all six events (2 Laps, Long Jump, Shot Put, Triple Jump, Speed Bounce and 4 Laps). In the final league meeting, Conrad won five out of the six events and came 2nd in the Speed Bounce. In the County Championships Conrad won the 4 Laps, Long Jump, Triple Jump and Shot Put. He was selected to represent Norfolk in the East of England Regional Championships in February against Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Norfolk won the team competition and Conrad came 2nd in the individual competition. On April 14th Conrad also took part in the National Athletics Sportshall Championships in Manchester.

In preparation for the summer, Conrad has already broken the Norfolk County Indoor Triple Jump record, which has stood for 21 years. He is currently ranked 3rd in the United Kingdom for Triple Jump with 11.36m and 6th for the Pentathlon (60m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump and 800m).


Edexcel Level 2 Higher Project Report 2019

Edexcel Level 2 Higher Project Report 2019

Aylsham High School offers the Edexcel Level 2 Higher Project Course as an option subject. The groups in previous years have looked at the possible legacies of hosting a sporting event, have planned, organised and led a dodgeball festival for the Aylsham Cluster year 6 primary school pupils and looked at school transition from year 6 to year 7.

This year, 5 students from year 9 decided to work as a group to focus their thoughts onto the health and fitness of year 6 primary school students.

The project class have been conducting on-line research about a variety of issues surrounding health and fitness in younger children and devising ways to increase health and fitness. They visited each of the cluster primary schools and deliver a session on what health and fitness are. They made a health and fitness flyer to give to each of the year 6 children and directed their attention to the government website Change4Life which has lots of good ideas. They also made a fitness DVD for the primary schools which can be used in a classroom behind a desk.

During each school visit they led fun dodgeball games, which helped the year 6s think about a few dodgeball throwing techniques. These games 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.

During the year, they helped to lead sporting team challenges at a year 6 induction day and helped officiate at our year 7 interhouse dodgeball competition.

Then on Tuesday 5th March 2019, 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 Bure Valley. Each team took away medals, trophies and certificates.

As this is the 3rd year of the tournament, thought will go into evaluating this year’s successes to make it even better event for next year. Just one of the many activities run within the school cluster between the high school and the primary schools.

Regional Finals for the Under 16/17 Year old Boys.

Regional Finals for the Under 16/17 Year old Boys.

Well done to Alex Tomkinson who represented Norfolk in the regional finals for the under 16/17 year old boys at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club. The tournament is the culmination of the county season, in which Alex was selected after performing for the county in previous matches. It was a day of mixed results where they managed a draw with the eventual winners.

National English School Cross Country Championships in Leeds.

National English School Cross Country Championships in Leeds.

On Saturday 16th March, Grace Buchanan and Emily Haslam competed at the National English School Cross Country Championships in Leeds, representing Norfolk. They did brilliantly despite all the mud, rain and strong winds!

Ex AHS student is awarded Norfolk Apprentice of the Year 2019

Ex AHS student is awarded Norfolk Apprentice of the Year 2019

We are delighted to announce that our alumni Business and Enterprise Captain of the Class of 2017, Peter Savory, has been recognised as the Norfolk Apprentice of the Year 2019.

Peter was presented with this achievement at the awards ceremony, hosted on Thursday 7 March at the University of East Anglia. Peter, who is employed through TrAC Apprenticeships Norfolk, works as a Business Administration Apprentice at the KindaKafe in Norwich. KindaKafe is a buzzing café on Norwich Castle Meadow, as well as hosting a range of community groups and events, even historic guided tours!

Peter was one of eight finalists considered for the title of Apprentice of the Year.

We are so proud of Peter and what he has gone on to achieve. Many congratulations from us all at Aylsham High School.


Aylsham High School - NYC 2019

Aylsham High School - NYC 2019

In January 2019 I had the greatest opportunity to lead an educational visit to New York. The trip is one that seeks to embed the cultural and economic significance one city can truly have upon the world.

The itinerary is jammed packed! We get to see so many wonderful sights and have very unique experiences of what living, working and studying in the US could be like. For me personally, it is an opportunity to make my subjects of business and enterprise come to life, for students to experience learning beyond the classroom and for them to consider and inform their future life choices.

I am incredibly grateful to the wonderful students, they were absolutely superb throughout the time we were away, and to my fellow colleagues who accompanied and supported the students. Being able to observe and just take in the students and staff reactions to different parts, for me, was very special and I am very proud to have been able to create those moments for them all. Moments to last a life time.

I will be looking to organise another visit in January 2021, this would be open to students who are currently in years 8 and 9. Please contact me for more details.

Mrs Emmalucy Auber


Student Perspective of NYC Visit

Aylsham High School’s trip to the city that never sleeps was an experience that has created memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Whether it be standing at the top of the Rockefeller Centre surveying Manhattan at night, or eating at the World famous Hard Rock Café in Times Square, even standing outside the United States Stock exchange, on Wall Street, absorbing the fact we were outside one of the most important financial hubs in all of the Western World.

However, this wonderful trip was about more than just going up some awesome buildings (including the tallest one in the Western Hemisphere) and eating in iconic restaurants. It was about going places that had the potential to change our lives. For me, this was best demonstrated by our trip to visit Columbia University. Most impressive were the sports facilities - especially a particularly elaborate elevated running track – and the library. This was a Romanesque building fit with pillars and a grand reception, and according to our teacher come tour guide Miss Auber one of twenty-two belonging to the University. Personally I was smitten and am genuinely considering travelling across the Atlantic to study, despite the cost and potentially being separated from family and friends.

There was also an incredibly poignant visit to the 9/11 memorial, where two infinity pools lie where the twin towers once stood. Seeing all the names around the edges of the pool, with victims for whom it’s their birthday on a given day adorned with white roses or American flags to ensure their continued remembrance. It was extremely eye opening and showed us all the importance of unity and defiance in the face of such tragedy.

I will never know how we managed to fit so many fantastic activities in such a short four days. Miss Auber was truly a force of nature, shepherding us in double quick time from the Staten Island Ferry to Macy’s to various excellent restaurants and famous landmarks which would take too long to write about in any detail. But I can truly say it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life and one that will potentially change the course of my life. I cannot thank Miss Auber, as well as all the other teachers who accompanied us, enough for providing us with such a brilliant opportunity. I can guarantee that I will never be as content as this, having just spent a grand, as I am after going on this trip!

By Jed Michael


Student Perspective of NYC Visit

New York… How do I even put that into words?

‘This trip has changed my life’ that’s the words I used multiple times throughout the trip. So, let me walk you through it…

I begin with the plane. Now for many people this may seem a boring or tedious part, but for me, who had never been on a plane, the prospects excited me. However, the long journey full of excitement did seem to drag out until finally we touched down a JFK airport and the adventures began.

I couldn’t talk about the whole trip because I would be here a life time, so here are some highlights. One of the most magnificent parts of the trip was the Rockefellar centre, a building built during a time of great depression for America. Being one of the tallest sky scrapers in New York there were some pretty incredible views at the top. It was extremely special to stand at the top at sunset looking over all of New York with some fantastic views and some fantastic people. I assure you the photo opportunities were immense!

Another huge highlight was Columbia University with a look around the campus. Being a huge university with a lot of prospects I found it inspired me. It was this beautiful university within this amazing city; I was captivated. Therefore, I chose to go and speak to the student information office about being a foreign student. After coming home and giving it some more thought I still would like to research further into what Columbia can offer so it can give me a genuine opportunity for my future. Wouldn’t it be amazing to go to university in America?

So yes, I loved it. The New York trip showed me a new city, took me on a plane, gave me special memories with my friends, gave me prospects for my future and was one of the best experiences of my life. Therefore, overall…

‘It changed my life’

By Naomi Toplis


Summary quotes:

"New York was, and still is very cold; having said that, it was an invaluable experience which really put into perspective how developed the modern world is through an itinerary that would qualify you for DofE"

“New York was exciting and amazing”

“New York was simply incredible. It was tiring but we got to see so many important world landmarks and places which have changed and shaped our modern world”

“New York was inspiring and humbling all in the same breath”

“New York was everything I thought it would be and more”

“New York was life changing as I now know I want to travel more and that I want to study abroad”



Cross Country North Norfolk Trials - January 2019

Cross Country North Norfolk Trials - January 2019

The school cross country teams competed in the North Norfolk trials on Tuesday 15 January at North Walsham High School.

19 of our pupils have qualified for the next round where the will compete for North Norfolk at the county competition.

The following students finished in the top 3 of their race:

Dylan White, Grace Buchanan, Niamh Steward, Toby Stewart, Alex skinner, George Durand