Norfolk Partnership Skiing Finals

Norfolk Partnership Skiing Finals

Some of our students recently represented North Norfolk at the  Norfolk Partnership Skiing finals last Friday.
Claudia Hawes was placed 3rd in the individual u14 event.

The North  Norfolk team, which included Rachel and Claudia won the U 14 team event and also won the team relay at the end of the event.

The photograph shows Claudia Hawes and Rachel Ling

There is a film too - it is the final for the pro-slalom relay - Rachel is the 3rd Skier and Claudie is the 5th, they are the dark blue team on the left hand side of the image.


Aylsham makes a splash in the Big Apple

Aylsham makes a splash in the Big Apple

On January 23rd 2014, 40 students from Years 10 and 11 began their journey to New York for the Business Studies and Maths school visit. This was the first time the school has ever organised a transatlantic school trip and the itinerary looked amazing.

We left the school at 2am and spent some 14 hours travelling before reaching our destination. Over the course of the next 3 days, the group visited all the sights of New York from Macy’s, the expansive department store, to Columbia University, where they attended a lecture and took a tour of the illustrious campus (leaving many students wishing they could attend school there). Visiting the 9/11 memorial was a sombre and sobering experience which was treasured by the group – it is a truly beautiful reminder of the sacrifices that were made and the lives that were lost. We went on a historical tour of renowned Wall Street, guided by real traders, before visiting the Deutch Bank. We walked across Brooklyn Bridge at a piercing temperature of -15°c and saw the wonders of New York at sunset from the Rockefeller Centre observation platforms. From the gloriously picturesque Central Park to the grand hotel featured in Home Alone 2, we saw it all. We ate at fantastic restaurants and we loved being genuine New Yorkers for the time we were there.

The whole experience has opened our eyes to the world, seeing how both the subjects of Business Studies and Maths impacts upon the global stage.

But what made the trip especially poignant was the fact that Mr Palmer, was leaving school very soon after the trip. Many photos were taken and memories were made, cementing the trip in the minds of the students forever.

As one of the students who went on the life-changing trip that Mrs Auber and Mr Palmer organised, I would just like to say that I am so grateful for all the hard-work and effort they put into the trip. Even if we didn’t know everyone when we left on the coach from school, we all managed to talk to everyone on the trip and as a group I feel that we’ve bonded due to the experience. We will forever remember this trip and the staff that supported us on it, so thank you from all of us.

Georgina Rowe, Business & Enterprise Captain, Year 11

Reflections of a Brilliant Ski Trip

Reflections of a Brilliant Ski Trip


After a 12 hour delay at Dover, the wait was all made worthwhile with an amazing week skiing, in amazing accommodation with an amazing view.

Firstly the teachers thought it would be nice to take us out to a bowling alley in the evening, which was quite an experience as it felt like we'd stepped back in time to the 1970s. Despite the funny looks from Austrians and the room being filled with smoke we still managed to have a great time.

Another evening out was spent at the spa pool in BKK which consisted of us jumping in and out of the outdoor pool, into the 2ft of snow, which was definitely one of the highlights of the week.

So many little things such as sledging, snow ball fights, playing cards in the evening really added to the holiday.

And last but not least, the skiing. Not only were the mountains breath taking with their views and the snow perfect but our instructors truly made our skiing experience one to remember. They brought laughs and smiles to us on the slope and entertainment and music on our last night (Alfred on his accordion) This trip would not of been such a memorable week if we didn't have our teachers to thank. If it wasn't for them we would not have any of these memories.


 Megan Kett-Brodie and Charlotte Springett.


Thank you to Mr Clarke, Mr Keats and all of the other members of staff who supported the trip.

Thank you too to all of our students for your brilliant behaviour, patience and ability to cope with all of the  challenges.

Intermediate Maths Challenge Congratulations

Intermediate Maths Challenge Congratulations


We are delighted to announce that our year 9s and year 10s who undertook the Intermediate Maths Challenge have secured some excellent results.

Across both years a they achieved a total of 7 Silver Certificates and 16 Bronze certificates. Results are listed below.

Bronze certificates

Samuel Midgley

Sebastian Elson

Stuart Hook

Bethany Morton

Kent Matthews

Keir Whiting

Jasmine Kelly

Dan Johnston

Jessica Spooner

Georgia Littlechild

Ben Would

Victoria Ing

Jordan Filby

Maddy Gomes

Thomas Wright

George Cabre


Silver certificates

Joel Hunter

Samuel Stubbs

William Buchan

Olivia Walsh

Florence Crass

Eleanor Dallain

Peter Ashdown


Best in year

Joel Hunter

Eleanor Dallain


Best in school

Joel Hunter


Notable achievements go to Eleanor Dallain and Peter Ashdown for achieving a certificate in year 9, and to Joel Hunter for being best in School. Joel was only 3 marks away from a Gold certificate and very close to progressing to the next stage of the challenge.

These are an excellent set of results and we in the Maths department are hugely impressed with the students performance given that this was the first year we have entered this level of the competition.

We'll done to all.

Next up is the Team Challenge on 12th March 2014 for years 8 and 9, followed by the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge on 1st May 2014.

Mr McKechnie

Henry V by the all-male cast Propeller

Henry V by the all-male cast Propeller


Students watched an amazing performance of Henry V by the all-male cast Propeller. We were very lucky to have them to come and perform for us at Aylsham High School. It was to support the Drama GCSE students whom needed to see a live performance to evaluate for their coursework.

 Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare company which seeks to find a more engaging way of expressing Shakespeare and to more completely explore the relationship between text and performance. Mixing a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic, they have been influenced by mask work, animation and classic and modern film and music from all ages. Productions are directed by Edward Hall, designed by Michael Pavelka with Lighting designed by Ben Ormerod

Propeller has toured internationally to Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA. 

The students and staff where all totally blown away by this performance and have all learnt so much from this experience.

Pippa Randall Year 10 student

Visit from author D.J.McCune

Visit from author D.J.McCune

Author Visit.  


On Thursday 13th February, children’s author, D.J. McCune paid a visit to  Aylsham High School. The visit was organised by Mrs Walker, the School Librarian.

Debbie (D.J.) McCune was born in Belfast and grew up in Carrickfergus.  Her books, The Mortal Knife, Death & Co are Epic Adventure books written for young teens.

Students were given the opportunity to take part in writing workshops and talk to her about her books and the writing process.  The students were given the opportunity to ask questions, purchase books and get them personally signed by the author.

Students asked:

 “What inspires your writing”?

I tend to write about characters who feel different  in some way or who are torn between the life they are living and the life they want to live. I think a lot of teenagers (and adults) can relate to this.

“How did you become an author”?

I wrote my first ever ‘book’ when I was a kid.  It was a thriller about an aboriginal man called Bill who lived in Northern Ireland and had his wallaby stolen. I even stapled it together. Three years ago I decided it was time to have a real go at writing. I joined a writing class, which spurred me on, and I had huge encouragement from my tutor, the writer Bernie McGill. I managed to finish two books.

What advice would you give to budding writers?

Keep at it! Writing is hard work at times, especially around the middle of the book-but it is an amazing feeling knowing that other people are going to read about the characters you love and hopefully love them too

 At the end of the visit students taking part thanked Mrs McCune for coming and asked her if she would come again.  A wonderful day for students and staff.


Thank you Mrs Walker for organising this visit.

Prom Fashion Show Friday 4th April 2014 7.30pm

Prom Fashion Show        Friday 4th  April 2014        7.30pm



On a sunny February half-term day, the Production Team of the ‘Class of 2014’ Prom Fashion Show took part in a photo-shoot at Wolterton Hall in preparation for their up-coming Show. Our fabulous Year 11 Model Chelsie wore gowns from Exquisite Boutique in Drayton - one of our sponsors, the wonderful photographs were taken by Year 11 Graphics student Millie and both were assisted by Beth.


Aside from their most important GCSE studies, the boys and girls taking part in the Show are rehearsing to ensure the catwalk event is the glamorous evening it looks set to be. Fashions will be provided by Exquisite Boutique, Blossom & Green and Roys of Wroxham. Our sincere thanks to these, and to Lady Walpole for the run of Wolterton Park for the photo-shoot. We will also be working with businesses selling fashion-related goods, beauty products, gifts, and much more, in the Business Auditorium. Tickets will be available from 17th March at school Reception or


Thank you to our amazing Year 11s for supporting each other in raising funds for their Prom, The Meningitis Trust and Water Aid

Please join us and see our wonderful students at their most gorgeous!

Mrs Wade

Abigail wins place to explore "How the universe lives and dies".

Abigail wins place to explore "How the universe lives and dies".

Abigail Mogie has won one of only 26 places on a residential course titled "How the universe lives and dies". The course, sponsored by the Ogden trust, is to be held at the start of July near Cambridge as part of their "inspiring excellence" programme. Applicants from 30 schools competed for places. The course will include seminars and practical workshops that are designed to stimulate thought and discussion.

Abigail will have the chance to work independently and in a group to research and present her ideas. There will be guest speakers and an organised visit during the week. Abigail has a very keen interest in Astronomy. She is currently studying triple science and working on her extended project about dark matter and dark energy. She has gained a place to study Physics, Mathematics, Further mathematics and Chemistry at A-level and is already clear that she wishes to study Physics at degree level specialising in Astrophysics in her final year. This opportunity should expand Abigail's experience and knowledge of Physics and Astronomy and provide her with an insight into what it means to be a research physicist.

We are really proud of her and look forward to hearing about the experience when she returns.

Miss McPherson

U12s League Champions 2013/2014

U12s League Champions 2013/2014


Aylsham FC Under 12s

The fantastic U12s won the league title by 5 points, scoring nearly 100 goals and finishing the season with an 8-1 away victory. All 17 of the squad are in Year 7 at AHS and have been exceptional all season.

Well done boys!

Bruce Ash

Friendly Faces support Year 7 and 8 Disco

Friendly Faces support Year 7 and 8 Disco

Last Friday the Friends of Aylsham High organised a disco for Year 7 and 8 disco. Our Friendly Face team were pleased to help with this and helped everyone to join in and dance the night away.

Friendly Face team enjoy training Reepham High's ALFs to be peer supporters

Friendly Face team enjoy training Reepham High's ALFs to be peer supporters

On Monday Friendly faces held an event for students from Reepham High school to
train to be peer supporters. Students were trained  through a variety of activities, designed and led by our Friendly Faces team. They were very pleased to be able to share their knowledge and skills to help other
schools with their anti bullying work.

Friendly Face team win Diana Award

Friendly Face team  win Diana Award

We are very proud to announce that our senior Friendly Face team have been awarded the Diana Award for work done over 2013 to promote anti-bullying. The team have been involved in a huge variety of activities over the year including supporting year 7 discos, running a year 7 anti-bullying day and activities during anti-bullying week in addition to their day to day Friendly Face duties.

Thank you to our wonderful Friendly Faces for everything that you do.


UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge

UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge

On Monday 10th February, our gifted and talented mathematicians in Years 9 and 10 at Aylsham High School entered the UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is the first time the school has entered this level of competition. The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and Wales, Year 12 or below in Northern Ireland and S4 or below in Scotland. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions.

In preparation for this event, both classes were given challenge papers from previous years. It is a very challenging task that encourages students to think differently about the problems they face as these are not straightforward GCSE style questions. The general consensus on completing this year’s event seemed to be that it was indeed very challenging. Any students achieving a certificate of any level in this challenge can consider their performance to be outstanding. We aim to continue to offer our gifted students opportunities to excel in this way, and as such are also looking forward to our Junior Maths Challenge, open to gifted year 7s and 8s, that will take place in school on 1st May this year, alongside the Team Challenge event on 12th March where 4 students from years 8 and 9 will compete directly with other schools (this event takes place at another venue).

High performers in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate. Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers: Cayley, Hamilton and Maclaurin for year 9, 10 and 11 and equivalent. A further 5,500 pupils from across all three year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers. These are one-hour papers with 25 multiple choice questions, taken by students from over 30 countries worldwide.

High scorers may additionally be invited to participate in one of the UKMT summer schools. Students who obtain the top score in their school may be invited to one of the UKMT "Best in School" events.

Fingers crossed now while we await our results…

Mr McKechnie

‘Inspiring The Future’ Ambassadors

‘Inspiring The Future’ Ambassadors

Today students met with Jenny Sandall from the Royal Mail to hear about accessing apprenticeship and graduate opportunities within a national company. Gathering information and support from a Recruitment Officer was an invaluable experience for our young people and a great help as they approach the future choices.

On Friday 14 March, we are excited to be welcoming Chloe Smith MP, also an Ambassador for Inspiring the Future, who will talk to interested students about study and careers in politics. Any student is welcome to join this lunch-time event.

For further information on careers/apprenticeships/LMI etc please follow @AHSFutures @IFFcareers

Bag Packing to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.

Bag Packing to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.

18 students volunteered their time on Saturday to pack customers’  groceries at the Aylsham branch of Tesco.  After bag packing for a 4 solid hours, their efforts were rewarded by raising an astounding £481.00 for The Meningitis Research Foundation.

We will be there again on Saturday March 22nd to help customers pack their shopping and look forward to seeing if we can beat this figure and maybe hit the £500.00 mark. 

Well done everyone!

Raising money for The Royal British Legion Womens Section

Raising money for The Royal British Legion Womens Section

The Royal British Legion Women's Section approached us last term to ask for our help to raise money, so they could help the many wives and children of the men who were killed in action. That was when we came up with the idea of 'Pocket Pals'. The little handkerchiefs that slotted into the blazer pocket, which could be made with many designs and colours. Each one was unique and the designs ranged from trains to ducks.  We sold the Pocket Pals for £2.50 and they were worn by lots of people. Even the Headteacher Mr Spalding was seen wearing one with a blue train.

In total we raised £168.90 for the charity and they were extremely pleased with the money. Everyone at Aylsham High school loved the Pocket Pals and they were a sell-out.


By Scarlett Addison (Student Council member)

Year 8 

Charlotte Matless wins first prize at a photographic competition at The Forum

Charlotte Matless wins first prize at a photographic competition at The Forum

Charlotte Matless recently took some amazing photos, which were entered into a competition at The Forum in Norwich. We are very proud to announce that she won first prize in the 11 - 13 age group category.

Well done Charlotte, what a brilliant achievement!

Year 7 Geography Photo Competition

Year 7 Geography Photo Competition


During the autumn term, Year 7 students were set the task of taking a photograph for their Geography homework.  The best photographs would be put forward for a Norfolk schools competition run by CPRE (The Campaign to Protect Rural England) called the Corbin Prize.  The criteria for the competition were that the photograph needed to capture how the Norfolk landscape is currently being used or has been used in the past.  Once submitted, the Geography department had the difficult task of deciding which 2 photos to put forward to the competition.  After much deliberation, the photographs of Thomas Curtis and Coby Wilson were selected.

In January, the competition judges shortlisted the best photographs and we were pleased to hear that both Thomas Curtis’ and Coby Wilson’s photographs had been selected.  The final prize giving announcement takes place in March and we have our fingers crossed for both boys.

Well done!

Mrs Dobson and Miss Wharton

Go Karting

Go Karting

Go karting is a motor sport for all ages. It can be done just for fun or more competitively by racing on a track from 5 karts up to 36. I started karting when I was 9 (a little late as some start as young as three!) I began by going to Cromer Kart track one day just for fun and became hooked and wanted to do more so I joined the club there and used to race most weeks.

My Dad bought me a Project 1(Cadet) kart to see if I really did enjoy it, which I did. I then started going to races at Ellough Park in Beccles. The competition was more intense there and I really had to push myself to another level to compete. My dad was a bit rusty with the engineering side so that’s when a friend suggested Glen Gower who has mechanic’d for Oli Oaks who became European champion and then moved on to being a F3 driver for Red Bull. Glen has  tutored me over the last 2 years.

To enter competitions, I had to get a licence called a National B licence which meant I had to do an exam and enter for 6 races as a novice, then I was able to get my National A licence and enter the Super One and LGM Championships, which is where some of the best drivers around the country gather to race. The tracks are all over the UK from Larkhall in Scotland, Glan-Y-Gors in Wales to PF International in Grantham which is the biggest and best known in the country for the most championships held. (and you can’t forget the special bridge they have on the track which no one else has!).

I have then joined various teams over the last few seasons which have all had British Champions in them. I am currently with the Mick Barrett Racing team and they have helped me to move up to a new class which is called ‘mini max’. These karts are a lot faster and can go up to 82 mph. Since I have been in these racing teams I have learnt many techniques like how to control the kart and to keep calm in any situation, how to judge the tracks and handle the kart in different types of weather. You have to be able to tell this in a matter of seconds due to the speed you are going!

To be able to jump into a kart you must wear the correct safety gear, a helmet, gloves, a kart suit and shoes. I find karting a thrilling and I would love to see more people involved particularly, from Aylsham High School as I really believe you can gain so much. I have been able to travel around the country and have met so many different people and learnt a lot technically.

I’ve learnt also that while you can do your best, sometimes, circumstances mean you don't always get what you deserve. But basically try your best and don't give up is what I always say! I don’t know how far I will get with this sport but I appreciate the opportunity I have been given and intend to make the most of it. Who knows where I may end up!  Maybe F1 ? !

By Tom Bayley


We are always very proud to report on the exciting achievements of our students out of school.

Well done Tom!


Henry Geaves is working his way up the national squash ranking

Henry Geaves is working his way up the national squash ranking

On the 7th and 8th of December 2013, Henry competed in the Ardleigh  Hall squash tournament in Colchester,  winning two of the four games, although losing out on his first game to the competition winner, putting Henry in 10th place.

Henry then played in the local Rossi's Grand Prix on the 22nd December, winning all his games to crown him the overall winner of the tournament.

The competitions that Henry is entering are gaining him points for his overall National Ranking where he now stands at 97th in England for the boys under 13's.

Well done Henry, we are all really proud of you and look forward to reporting more good news in the future.

North Norfolk Area Swimming Trials

North Norfolk Area Swimming Trials


Just before the holiday we held the area trials for Years 7,8 and 9.

We had 64 swimmers, resulting in 187 swims from 4 high schools in North Norfolk and  all schools will be represented at the county finals in March at the UEA.

Aylsham swimmers in Year 7 dominated all strokes with Victoria Lloyd finishing first in all her races, as did Tom Curtis for Year 7 boys. Year 8 boys had Chris Haslam won  3 out of his 4 races followed by David Johnson winning the other race. Louisa Pike got a 1st in her backstroke for Year 9 with Tom Owen winning the butterfly. This was a very close race with Liam Blatch finishing two hundredths of a second behind Tom and was really exciting to watch.

We also held the Primary Year 4,5 and 6 trials with 95 swimmers taking part, resulting in 246 swims, from 15 different schools.

Our cluster schools did well with Aldborough qualifying with 3 swimmers, Bure Valley with 4 swimmers and Buxton with 4 swimmers also.

Buxton swimmer Jessica Curtis in year 5 dominated all her races finishing 1st in each with Emily Haslam a close 2nd or 3rd. Maddie Adamson in year 4 won her Backstroke race.

Tilly Meyrick from Aldborough finished 1st in 3 of her races with Mollie White from Buxton finishing 1st in her breaststroke race for year 6 girls. Harry Barwick also dominated the year 6 boys, finishing first in all his races.

8 schools had swimmers qualify to go through to the county finals.


Well done to all those taking part. We look forward to hearing news from the Finals.

Mrs Hudson has set a 'Smartie Tube Challenge' to all students at Aylsham High School.  The aim is that as many children as possible will use their empty, stocking filler sweetie tubes to refill with money from friends, neighbours, family and anyone else they meet!

Will Byrne, a Year 11 student has made a brilliant start to this appeal by presenting Mrs Hudson with a Milky Bar tube containing £31.00 which was made up of coins that he had in a jar at home and another £10.00 of his own.

Thank you Will for this very generous donation. 

This money is being raised to sponsor Mr Sweatman and Mrs Hudson run the London Marathon next April to raise £7,000 for The Meningitis Research Foundation.

Please make sure your son/daughter has a smartie tube in their stocking this Christmas!   Thank you all and Happy Christmas.


Class of 2012 – Ellie Burton

Class of 2012 – Ellie Burton

We are immensely proud to congratulate our alumnus Ellie Burton who, in the eighteen months since she left AHS has become an international model, working on contracts such the Galaxy Chocolate TV ad (Ellie is Audrey Hepburn in the ad), Prada, Giorgio Armani, Hunger  and  magazine shoots with Marie-Claire the Sunday Times & Express plus many more. She has worked across Europe with well-known fashion houses and has an amazing future ahead of her!


Well done Ellie and best wishes from all at Aylsham High School

Mince pies for Christmas craft/ Shakespearean Event Saturday 7th December

Mince pies for Christmas craft/ Shakespearean Event Saturday 7th December


The making of mince pies for the Christmas Craft/Shakespearean Event was fully underway last night in the Catering Department (led by the very talented Mr Baxter).  The Catering Captain Megan Nickalls offered to make the mince pies for this Saturday’s event here at Aylsham High School. Not sure that she realised she would need to make 100!!

I am so grateful to all the students involved (Craig Smith & Lauren Jewell) as there is nothing better than a homemade mince pie.

Look forward to seeing you all Saturday for a homemade mince pie & a glass of mulled wine.

Tanya Wiseman

The North Norfolk Table Tennis Competition

The North Norfolk Table Tennis Competition

The North Norfolk Table Tennis Competition took place on Thursday 28th  November at Fakenham Sports & Fitness Centre to find the best 4 boys and girls to represent the Partnership at the County Finals in 2014.

14 boys and 11 girls from three schools (Alderman Peel, Aylsham High, Fakenham ) took part with both the boys and girls split into two groups and the top four of each group progressing to the 2nd round.

In the boys group ‘A’ Harley Dyson (AYL) went undefeated without losing a leg in all his six matches to win the group closely followed by  Alderman Peel’s Jacob Hewson who won five out of six  games.  Evan Legrange (AP) and Olli Flint (FAK) came 3rd & 4th  to qualify. In Group B Henry Geaves (AYL) won all his matches, only dropping one leg along the way which was against Josh Whittaker (AP) who came second in the group. Ben Portas  (AYL) and Ben High Caston (AP) came 3rd & 4th.

In the second round Harley Dyson won group A ahead of Josh Whittaker and in Group B Henry Geaves took the group from Jacob Hewson, all four qualifying for the finals. To decide playing order, Henry  Geaves beat Harley Dyson in three close games for the Number 1 spot, with Jacob Hewson edging out Josh Whittaker for the number 3 place.

In the Girls Groups Sabrina Rayner (AP) easily won her matches not dropping any legs with Tilly Betts (AP) finishing second only losing one match. Gemma Ridgway (AYL) came 3rd with Juliette Kelly (AYL) 4th.            Carrie Last (AYL) also won her group winning every match with Hollie Betts (AP) coming second followed by Maddy Gomes (AYL) & Jade Hutchinson (FAK). In the 2nd Round Sabrina Rayner topped the group with Hollie Betts second, Carrie Last won her group with Tilly Betts runner up with these four qualifying for the finals.

In the play offs Carrie Last edged out Sabrina Rayner in three legs for the number 1 spot while Hollie Betts beat her sister for the 3rd place.

All in all a good afternoon of competitive Table Tennis, enjoyed by all who took part. Thanks to all the teachers and coaches who helped the smooth running of the competition and good luck to all eight players in the finals in 2014. 


Young Chamber Business Breakfast

Young Chamber Business Breakfast


The students of the AHS Young Chamber have been working extremely hard to organise another Business Breakfast. The key date for your diary is Friday 13th December. The breakfast costs just £5 per head, which includes breakfast prepared by our award winning catering department, followed by a talk from Icarus Hines on the ‘Changing trends in high street retailing’.

Please contact us for more information and to reserve your place.

Aylsham High School Young Chamber

Anti-bullying Week

Anti-bullying Week

Last week was anti-bullying week and as a result friendly faces were really busy. 

Friendly Face captains Finn and Abi went to London on Monday to the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors conference and got to meet other anti-bullying ambassadors from across the country and take part in  a public speaking workshop run by TV presenter Carrie Grant and drama workshop with Actor Charlie Mills.

Year 10 friendly faces did an anti-bullying assembly to show off an anti-bullying week video filmed by James Hubbard, visited form groups to talk about anti-bullying week, sold anti-bullying wrist bands and made and got the student body to sign an anti-bullying pledge wall.

On Friday the team were visited by Kieran Stanbridge who works for the Diana award to see their work and film some short films to be used nationally to promote anti-bullying messages on @antibullyingpro

Anti-bullying week video can be viewed here

Picture shows friendly face captains Abi and Finn at the anti-bullying conference in London


Well done Friendly Faces. We are extremely proud of your work and of your huge commitment to supporting others. You are tremendous role models at our school.




On Thursday 14th November we were privileged to be part of the Official Opening Ceremony of the newly constructed workshop. Our local MP Norman Lamb came along to join us in the ceremony.

During the summer the school rebuilt the workshop which was once an old rundown Aircraft Hanger. This was quite often cold and windy and full of holes in the roof which leaked rain and snow. The transformation has been immense. It now looks like a professional mechanics and construction workshop with better resources available and not only much warmer but has a roof that doesn’t leak anymore.

On the day we were in two groups working on our practical skills that we have learnt over the last year. Mr Norman Lamb came into the workshop and had a look around at the new facilities and had the opportunity to see what  we do when we are at Sidestrand.

We were fortunate to engage in conversation with Mr Norman Lamb who asked us how much easier it will be to work in the new environment compared to the old hanger. He also asked us what we had learnt in the past year and said that he was really pleased with what we were doing and how far we have come over the last year on the course.

Not only has it made our course much more enjoyable, it has also made a huge difference for the pupils and staff at Sidestrand Hall School.    

Owen Woodcock

Year 11

The Tony Greenfield Memorial Public Speaking Competition

The Tony Greenfield Memorial Public Speaking Competition

The Final of the competition was held on the evening of Thursday 21st November in front of an audience of over 80. The Finalists had been tasked with speaking on the subject of ‘How essential are shops and services to the future of the town centres in the UK?’ Each one prepared themselves with professionalism and style and delivered outstanding 3 minute speeches . The students, two from each Year group had taken part in earlier Heats and reached the Final which was kindly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aylsham. The Judges had a tough job in selecting the winners but the positions were justly deserved. We are proud of each of our wonderful students who took part in the competition, and huge congratulations to  James Hubbard who took a well-deserved First Place, to Jessica Spooner who came Second, and to Calan Gray who earned a fine Third position.  The prizes were presented to the Winners by Mrs T Greenfield.


Sincere thanks to everyone who supported the event, and in particular, to everyone at the Rotary Club of Aylsham for their continued support of our students.


Thank you to Mrs Wade for organising such a tremendous event and for supporting all of the students.

Year 8 ‘Your Future’ Day

Year 8 ‘Your Future’ Day



On Thursday 21st November, Year 8s spent their school day with colleagues from the Barclays life Skills Team, working on their understanding of financial capabilities, how to overcome challenges in life and ways to improve their confidence. As part of the tasks set, teams had to put together a plan for a large social event and work out expenditure and profit – some interesting ideas evolved!


We are most grateful to Nina for arranging this opportunity with us, for ‘Charles the Legend’ for delivering it with such panache and to the rest of the Team for their support and enthusiasm


Dianne Wade

CEAIG Coordinator

CFN (craftsman) Chettleburgh, REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

CFN (craftsman) Chettleburgh, REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

Jack Chettleburgh

I applied for the army and went through the selection process while I was in school. I Started my basic training in September 2012 at AFC (Army Foundation College) Harrogate, where all junior entry soldiers do basic training, I finished basic training in February 2013. During basic training we never had any time to play sport. After finishing basic training I started phase 2 at 11 training battalion, in Arborfield, where I am training to become a combat systems technician in the REME. Since starting phase 2 I began playing rugby again, for the battalion team who were last year’s army champions. Rugby in the army is amazing, we have been to Cardiff on a weekend tour and played there, we are going to Croatia next Easter on tour and we often get the opportunity to hold the flags at Twickenham when England are playing. The team manager sorts it all out and asks the lads in the team if they would like to do it, it gets rotated fairly so the same people aren't always doing it and so everyone gets the opportunity. I held the flags for the England vs Argentina game this month on remembrance weekend, and not only did I get to hold the flag on the pitch I got a free ticket to watch the game as well.

Well done Jack we are all so proud of your huge achievements. Keep up the good work.

Best wishes from all the Staff at Aylsham High School 

French Exchange Visit.

French Exchange Visit.

I would certainly recommend the French Exchange. Not only is it excellent for improving your French ( I learnt lots of new words and improved my confidence in speaking and understanding ) , but it is also great for your confidence.

I learnt about daily life in France and tasted  some fantastic food. I saw amazing sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame which I have never seen before.

Most of all, I have made new friends both French and English and had great fun.

Tom Wright

AHS Young Chamber provides support to local business, Woodgate Nursery.

AHS Young Chamber provides support to local business, Woodgate Nursery.

 AHS Young Chamber has been working with Woodgate Nursery in Aylsham  to help  them with their development plans for the future.  Already the group has visited the nursery, conducted market research and held several meetings where many ideas have been discussed. Now the time has come to put our proposals forward to the owner and manager and hope that they come to fruition!

This project has been great for all of us involved in the AHSYC. We’ve got to speak to real people about real business situations. It’s been really rewarding as it improves our enterprising skills such as organisation, communication and initiative. It’s also been very profitable for the business as they get a young person’s view on how to update their business and make it as efficient as possible.

Young Chamber is a great team, full of brilliant people who all want to achieve their full potential. If you’d like to become a part of this group then please speak to any member of the Young Chamber or Mr Turrell. 

Ashlynn Sparrow-Parker

Year 10 YC Member

Year 7 Anti-bullying Day

Year 7 Anti-bullying Day


The last day of last half term was Year 7 anti-bullying day. Our aim of the day was to make year 7 more aware of bullying and the various forms it takes and how to tackle it if they happened to come across it. We designed a variety of workshops with Mr Sexton to help us do this. In the morning the Friendly Face team led a carousel of activities which made students think about what bullying is and how to tackle it. This was followed up by a session to make students more aware about cyber bullying. The afternoon was for students to apply what they had learnt in the morning to create displays of bullies covered by and beaten with loads of positive messages and practical anti-bullying ideas. This was followed up by every student in the session creating a part of what will become an anti-bullying string of bunting to be put up somewhere within school. The aim is to keep adding to it year on year so that by the end of five years we have an anti-bullying display piece which declares our intention to keep Aylsham High bullying free which has been contributed to by every member of the student body. The final part of the session was the unveiling of a music video. While the rest of the student body was off working on the day The Eagles were working with Mrs Sexton to write and perform an anti-bullying song supported by two of our more musical friendly faces. The were stunning and it was a nice reminder and summary of why we had spent the day looking at anti-bullying.


A huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Sexton and Mr Askew who helped with the day and James Hubbard who photographed the event.

The Friendly Face Team


Thank you Miss Connor for your continuous support, recognition and ambition for Friendly Faces.

Year 9 Rugby team win Norfolk Shield

Year 9 Rugby team win Norfolk Shield

Last week the Year 9 Rugby team won the 12 a side Norfolk Shield at Wymondham College. All pupils played extremely well, with hard tackling in defence and creativity in attack.

The hard work and commitment of all of our teams makes us really proud. Well done Year 9s.

East Coast Classic Surf Competition

East Coast Classic Surf Competition

The annual East Coast Classic surf competition took place recently in Cromer.

The event, organised by the North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club, attracted 18 competitors from all over Norfolk plus Devon, Wales and Essex, taking part in either long or short board events.

Each was judged on how many waves they caught and their two best waves. Points were awarded for manoeuvres used to ride the waves, involving techniques with names including carving turns, cut backs, and 360 degrees.

Winner of the junior section was Aylsham student, Eloise Thorogood.

Well done Eloise and all of our other surfers. This is a first for Aylsham High and a brilliant example of the wide range of sporting activites on offer.

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service

Our students and staff were pleased to welcome visitors from The Royal British Legion and The Womens Section of The Royal British Legion at our annual Remembrance Service.

A wreath was laid by Head boy Ben Howes, Head Girl Elizabeth Cooper and History Captain, Jake Morris.

Thank you to Gabriel Askew for once again providing music for the ceremony.

Pocket Pals on sale to raise money for the Womens Section of The Royal British Legion

Pocket Pals on sale to raise money for the Womens Section of The Royal British Legion

Some of the Student Council have been helping The Women’s Section of The Royal British Legion to raise money for their cause. Their charity provides care and support to the Serving and ex-Service community, including their families. As a fundraising idea, we decided to make embroidered hankies that pupils could wear in their blazer pocket alongside their poppies. We called them ‘Pocket Pals’ and they have a variety of different motifs on including anchors, windmills, trains, ducks and tea cups that have been embroidered by Miss Norman’s new computer aided sewing machines. The ‘Pocket Pals’ are available in Room 15 every lunchtime for £2.50 and all money raised will go to the charity mentioned above. We’ve already raised over £100 so please help us to raise more by wearing a Pocket Pal in your blazer for the rest of November!

Charlie Stanley-Clarke takes part in BBC Junior Bake Off

Charlie Stanley-Clarke takes part in BBC Junior Bake Off
A Baking Adventure
 My journey began when I sent off a ‘canary themed’ application form to be a contestant on BBC’s Junior Bake Off - the children’s version of Great British Bake Off - with judges Mary Berry, James Martin, and presenter Aaron Craze.  I've always really enjoyed baking and been hugely inspired by Delia – a kindred spirit with a passion for cooking and football (I always use Delia’s recipes –they really are foolproof!).
 Having made it through the telephone interview stage I was then invited to London for an audition and interview with the Great British Bake Off home economists. I was asked to take two of my bakes with me (one sweet and one savoury). I decided to create a Norfolk inspired Norwich city football celebration picnic menu
 During the interview my bakes and my baking knowledge were scrutinised, I then had a nerve wracking wait before hearing that I’d made it through to the next stage - being interviewed by a Bake Off producer and taking a screen test. Weeks later I received a phone call to say that out of 2000 applicants I’d made it through to the final 40 and would be invited to compete on Junior Bake Off.
Filming was immense! The series will be televised week commencing 11th Nov on children’s BBC – channel 70 – at 4.30 each evening. My episode will be aired on Thursday 21st Nov@4.30 On the show you will see me facing a technical challenge set by chef James Martin and then a showstopper bake which had to be inspired by the theme ‘Natural wonders of the world’ and had to be completed in 1.5hrs! I wasn't allowed to wear my Norwich city shirt on set, but (without giving any ‘spoilers’ away) you'll see my passion for Norwich City FC did form part of my showstopper bake challenge. 
Well done Charlie from everyone at Aylsham High School. We are really proud of your tremendous achievement and can't wait to see you on TV.

Pride of Norse Award

Pride of Norse Award

We are very proud indeed to announce that our brilliant, hard working, lovely Canteen staff have won the Pride of Norse, Best Team Award tonight, at a special awards dinner. Well done to Sharon and all the team. With warmest congratulations from everyone at Aylsham High.

Four of our students gave a lecture yesterday to the Secondary PGCE Students at the UEA

Four of our students gave a lecture yesterday to the Secondary PGCE Students at the UEA

Lydia Ross, Emily Buck, Harry Biss and Toby Jones inspired some teachers of the future yesterday, when they gave a lecture at the UEA with Miss Leeks, Mr Sweatman and Mr Bonnington.

After the  lecture they recieved some very positive praise for their performance, with some of the PGCE students commenting about how much they had gained from the lecture and how it would help to shape their teaching careers.

Well done to Lydia,Emily,Harry and Toby who all worked really hard to prepare for the lecture and delivered it with great confidence. We are very proud of you all.

Inspiring Students

Inspiring Students

As part of our Enterprise curriculum students undertake 6 projects across Year 8 and Year 9 in their specialist Enterprise lessons. Indeed Project 5 is usually the one that contains most effort and buzz, when students research, plan and run their own business.

However for one student they have taken their Project 1: Enterprising Skills, to new heights of initiative and determination.

Olivia Hill in Yr8 decided for her Enterprising Person task to research the successful entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, famous for running a plethora of businesses under the Virgin brand.

For this project students are required to produce a study of a person that has successfully used enterprise skills, with evidence demonstrating how they have used them and explaining how the person has been an inspiration.

To fully demonstrate Sir Richard's own enterprising skills Olivia decided to contact the man himself to ensure she had her facts straight. And much to her surprise he returned her email, with an incredible insight to his own business experience and detailing the enterprise skills he believes are vital to success.

Good independent research skills are essential for work and school, Olivia has successfully demonstrated how a positive attitude and good levels of effort can bring about amazing experiences.

Sir Richard decided to tweet and share his advice to Olivia through his Twitter and LinkedIn account. This has been shared with some 3.5 million followers and been seen by over 100,000 people.  Many of the people to view Olivia's email have left words of encouragement to herself and supporting the Enterprise education we deliver at Aylsham High School.  Comments from as far as Australia, America and Singapore have been sent to us.

We are immensely proud of the initiative Olivia has taken with her Enterprise studies, indeed we have seen many fantastic personal 'enterprising person' projects from our Yr8 students.   Another clear example how the students of Aylsham High School are truly unique and enterprising!


Emmalucy Auber

Head of Business and Enterprise


On Saturday students from Aylsham High School were invited to the grand reopening of the new Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum.

On Saturday students from Aylsham High School were invited to the grand reopening of the new Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum.

 They were asked to attend because over the last academic year they have been working with the museum service on an interactive timeline which is now on display as part of the collection.

Over a year ago a small team of gifted and talented historians were put together to work on a project for Norfolk Museum Service. They were students who had gained high grades the previous year whilst studying for their GCSE in History over one year and headed up by our History Captain Jonathan Sutton.

The team went for an initial meeting at Norwich castle to meet the curators of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum which had just been closed to the public on Shirehall Plain and see the space within the castle that was going to be transformed into the new Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum. The team were asked to be involved to researching and writing extracts that would be used as part of an interactive timeline about the history of the regiment aimed at primary school students.  Over the next few months the team spent time researching and writing extracts and were then invited back to Norwich Castle for the next stage. The next stage involved students being taught how to use a piece of online software to add their work to a database so the software development team could create the timeline.

It was then decided that it would be nice to add a picture of a cartoon character to each of the parts of the timeline called Reggie, a soldiers from the regiment dressed in the uniform the regiment would have worn at the time in question. The team asked Miss Stickland, who is famous for drawing her own cartoons on her whiteboard, to help out with this task. She produced a range of colour cartoon depicting Reggie in all the different uniforms of the regiment and these were entered into the timeline alongside the students work.

Four students were selected to represent the team at the grand reopening of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum. We were welcomed with drinks and once all the esteemed guests arrived the Head of Norfolk Museum Service gave a speech about the project. The ribbon was then cut by Norfolk County Council Chairman Hilary Cox and we were allowed to see the new displays for the first time and mingle with the other guests who included the Norwich Mayor, several leading councillors and current and former servicemen of the Royal Norfolk Regiment. This was followed by food and drink inside the castle keep and we were later entertained by the Royal Norfolk Regimental band who plays several songs in the keep.

It was a fantastic evening and a brilliant opportunity for our most talented young historians to work first hand on a project with museum staff and see all that is involved in presenting a hugely important part of our history  to the public. We are honoured to have been involved and extremely proud of the work produced and would encourage everyone to pop into the castle and see the exhibition for yourselves.

Pupils invited to the event (and pictured)

History Captain 2012/13 Jonathan Sutton
History Captain 2013/14 Jake Morris
Catrina Wooldridge
Rebecca Hibberd


Other pupils involved

Elizabeth Cooper

Tom Wilkes
Georgina Rowe
Amelia Tims

Martha Crass
Isabel Rich
Dominic Sutcliffe
Alex Cabre

Duke of Edinburgh.

Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Edinburgh participants started painting and taking down the old ‘Crazy for You’ set in preparation for the next Aylsham High School musical in 2014 “Carousel”.

These students are all helping out on set of Carousel to enable them to complete the30 hours of volunteering needed to help complete the Bronze Award. They are working with the very talented Mr Bonnington, Mike Springall and Lee Wiseman who always support us with set design and painting. 

The students worked very hard on Saturday morning and along with staff achieved a huge amount work on the set.  A big thank you for all those involved for your hard work.

Carousel runs from Wednesday 12 March 2014 to Saturday 15 March 2014. Tickets will be on sale from December 2013.

Mrs T Wiseman  Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader

Barclays LifeSkills Day

Barclays LifeSkills Day

Wednesday 16 October was Employability Day for Years 9, 10 and 11 who were fortunate to work with a team of professionals from Barclays Life Skills. The sessions involved looking at the key employability skills of preparation, self-promotion and presentation, alongside CV workshops and interview do’s & don’ts. The sessions were brilliantly led by Charles Graham, and supported by Nina and the team from Barclays. Our students are now more informed on the additional personal skills required, alongside their qualifications, to compete in the world of work.


We would like to say a HUGE thanks to Nina, Charles and the Barclays LifeSkills Team.

Henry Geaves in year 8, was selected to play for Norfolk under 13's in the East Regional Squash Championships, on the 12th October.

Henry Geaves in year 8, was selected to play for Norfolk under 13's in the East Regional Squash Championships, on the 12th October.

Norfolk competed against Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex for Henry's debut for the under 13's. Despite losing the best of five 3-0 to the number 32nd England seed with the results 11-8, 11-7 and 11-5 Henry put up a very good fight and, with probably the best performance yet, Henry upped his game. Henry has only been playing for 10 months and was up against players who have been playing for 4-5 years! We will all be following his progress very carefully.


Well done Henry, we are really proud of your achievement.

(The photo shows Henry with his Norfolk Junior squash coach Liam Nolan from the UEA.)

Aylsham High School Students dance for the Duke of Edinburgh

Aylsham High School Students dance for the Duke of Edinburgh


We are enormously proud of our students, who performed to welcome the visit of The Duke of Edinburgh this week. It was a huge honour for them and a moment that they will always remember. The dancers are members of the Broadland School of Dance, which is based at the St Michaels Care Complex  

The Duke of Edinburgh had flown in especially to see the new Centre. He met members of staff, volunteers, residents and dignitaries, including Rees Coghlan, Founder Trustee of Aylsham Care Trust.

For more information and photos click the EDP link below


Tanya Wiseman

Aylsham Food Festival Dinner

Aylsham Food Festival Dinner

Our students cooked and served a wonderful dinner for over a hundred guests on Friday evening as part of The Aylsham Food Festival:


We are honoured to have been so highly praised by Steve Thorpe, head of the catering and hospitality school at City College, Norwich, who in his after dinner speech, said of the students “As a professional I am very impressed. You can be extremely proud of the skills shown here today.

Please also see this link to find out what he said on Twitter:

You can see more about this wonderful evening here:

Thank you so much to Aylsham Slow Food for supporting us to be part of this weekend. We are so proud to be part of such a notable event in Aylsham's annual calendar.

Thank you to Mr Baxter and his brilliant team and thank you to all of the students involved. We are all tremendously proud of your achievement.

On Friday 4th October we hosted the Norfolk Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Conference.

On Friday 4th October we hosted the Norfolk Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Conference.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme is run by the Diana award charity and trains thousands of young people every year to stand up to bullies.
The friendly face team are an award winning peer support group set up at Aylsham High school who tackle bullying. Their work was recognised nationally at a showcase at facebook's London HQ last June as a model of good practice. The Children's Coaches who also attended the training were also featured at the Showcase at Facebook HQ. Both anti-bullying teams have also reached the finals of the the Bernard Matthews youth awards and will be attending the awards ceremony at half term in norwich hosted by celebrity presenter Anna Williamson. 
The day involved a variety of workshops to get the students to think about what bullying was and how they could tackle it within their own school. It was also a brilliant opportunity for schools to network and share ideas. 
"We had a great day learning what it takes to be an anti-bullying ambassador and I feel other schools from the local area took back a good deal of fresh ideas to aid them in tackling bullying" Tom Wilkes Senior Friendly Face
Schools attending
Aylsham High School's senior Friendly Face team
The Children's coaches
Long Stratton High School
Hobart High School
Smithdon High School
Bure Valley School
Hevingham Primary
Marsham primary 
Buxton Primary
Town Close School
George White Junior
Avenue junior
Thank you to Miss Connor and to our wonderful Friendly Faces. We are enormously proud of your work.

During the past two weeks, over 70 students from all Year groups took part in the Heats of the Tony Greenfield Memorial Trophy Public Speaking Competition

During the past two weeks, over 70 students from all Year groups took part in the Heats of the Tony Greenfield Memorial Trophy Public Speaking Competition

The competition is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Aylsham. Speeches ranged in variation, from Potatoes to Lacemaking to Dragons! The judges had a challenging role in selecting two students from each Year Group to go through to the Final. Well done to all who took part and huge congratulations to the following, who will go head-to-head in the Final on Thursday 21 November @ 7pm in the Main Hall, in front of Mr K Simpson MP:

Theo Maun

Olivia Bullen

Ki Claxton

Charlotte Cooper

Calan Gray

Lucy Maun

James Hubbard

Jessica Spooner

Ben Wright

Jake Morris


Please join us to hear our young people Stand Up and Speak Out!


Mrs D Wade

Competition Coordinator