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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 


Sizewell B Visit

Sizewell B Visit

On 12th December, 32 students were warmly welcomed by the staff at Sizewell B visitors centre.  We enjoyed a tour of the site and had the opportunity to relate our learning from earlier in the term, about fission and generating electricity using nuclear fuel, to the real world. 

I was so proud of our students and thoroughly enjoyed spending the day receiving complements about their behaviour, interest and active engagement.  I would like to thank the finance team for supporting with the organisation needed to make the trip happen, Mr Sexton and Mrs Goodliffe for their support on the day and the students for being awesome!

Murder Mystery Night at Aylsham High School

Murder Mystery Night at Aylsham High School

Murder Mystery Night

Thanks to all who attended the Murder Mystery Night at Aylsham High School, supporting the Drama Department in their latest play “Murder at Trumpington Manor”, at the house of Sir Marcus Hethertingon-Smyth.

It was a fantastic evening with over 60 guests; the cast of students have really enjoyed this play and are looking forward to producing another in the new year.

Well done to the winning detectives seen in the photo… Teachers of Maths, Art and Humanities.

Mrs Wiseman

Sister Act's First Performance at The Conservatory, Aylsham

Sister Act's First Performance at The Conservatory, Aylsham

Sister Act

Well done to the cast of Sister Act for their first performance at “The Conservatory” in Aylsham last Sunday. They sang songs from their next show, opening night Wednesday 13 March 2019 at Aylsham High School. Tickets are now on sale via Ticketsource, or from the school on Wednesday lunchtimes - 12.40pm to 1.15pm.

Thanks to Jenny, the owner of The Conservatory, for hosting this event; we look forward to another singing event in February prior to the opening of the show.

The cast have been working hard with rehearsals since September and are enjoying the show. It is very funny with some great characters and amazing songs.

Look forward to seeing you all in March, have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mrs Tanya Wiseman


Year 9 student runner up at Broadland Community Awards

Year 9 student runner up at Broadland Community Awards


The Broadland Community at Heart Awards are a set of awards given to people who are greatly appreciated and recognised throughout the community for something they have done or achieved. This could be an amazing sporting achievement or being an inspiration to the community. The award I was a finalist for was sporting achievement of the year, I was nominated for my achievements in karate. I was the runner up in my category, however it was great that both the winner and the runner up represented two different styles of karate. At the end of the day karate is the winner.

I think the awards are a great way to become recognised throughout the community for something you have trained for your entire life.

Cameron, Year 9 student.