Success again for Aylsham Anglers!

On Friday 7th October eight young anglers represented the school at the North Norfolk Partnership games held at Shallowbrook lake Costessey. Six of the eight anglers will now go through to represent North Norfolk at the Norfolk finals  later this year. The results are shown below:

  1. Ewan Clarke 10lb2oz
  2. Seb Whiting-Smith 8lb4oz
  3. Peter Savory 8lb 4oz
  4. Sam Brumpton 2lb4oz
  5. Jacob Wheal 2lb
  6. Tom Richie 4oz.


The organisers commented on the impeccable behaviour and positive attitude that all youngsters displayed on the day, well done to all of you and good luck in the finals!


Mr Whiting-Smith

Aylsham's Got Talent...

Aylsham's Got Talent...


As part of our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award for the service section we are working with the local church, for a competition called “Aylsham’s Got Talent” we are really looking forward to the first round of auditions this Saturday (15 October) and the final will take place on Saturday 12 November.  

 If you love to perform and believe have what it takes to shine, then Aylsham’s Got Talent is for you. Auditions will take place at Aylsham Parish Church. We hope to see a lot of you there on Saturday 15th October 2016!

Ages 8-12 will be 10am till 1pm and ages 13-16 will be 2pm till 5pm.

You can showcase your talent either as an individual singer, a musician or part of a choir. You will need to prepare a song to a backing track or with an instrument.

 The finals will be held on Saturday 12th November 2016 at Aylsham Parish Church.

Doors open at 7pm.

For tickets adults- 18+ are £5 a child- 6+ is £3 and 5’s and under are free. There is cake and drinks available and this is all included in the ticket price. There will also be a raffle.


Lulu  D of E Student Aylsham High School. Year 11

Eastern Combined Pentathlon Championships

Eastern Combined Pentathlon Championships


On the 25th of September 2016, my family and I travelled to Peterborough for a Pentathlon competition. This was the hurdles, shot put, high jump and lastly the 800m. Overall, I won a silver medal in the whole of Norfolk, and finished 8th out of the 35 girls competing on that day. This included Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Bedfordshire.

Furthermore, this was my first pentathlon that I've competed in, so I was very proud with my result. My long jump was first, and I jumped a respectable 4.23m. I wasn't overly pleased with my performance as I knew that I could jump further, however it wasn't a bad result.

 Next it was the hurdles. I was particularly nervous about this as I hadn’t been doing it for that long although I had been training very hard for it! Thankfully I managed to get through all 8 hurdles without any mistakes which I was very relived about.

 My next event was the shot put. Unfortunately I did not throw very well, this is something that I can learn and improve on.

 My high jump was next. I was looking for a great result in this as I thought I had been jumping well this season. My personal best originally was 1.45m, however I really wanted to get 1.50! When it came to the height I was filled with trepidation, however I managed to clear it first time, this was amazing! I was so excited and so were my parents. As a result I moved up in the UK rankings.

 Finally it was the 800m. This was obviously the last event of the day. I was very fatigued and was frankly dreading it. However I dug deep, showing myself that I had that little bit of energy left to try extremely hard. The great result of this race enabled me to move up to 8th position from 10th which was incredible!

 It shows  if you put the effort into anything you do, you can get great results. 6 months ago I would have never managed to get over 8 hurdles with 3 strides.

I've trained so hard for the pentathlon to be the best I could be, especially with my high jump and hurdles. I was flabbergasted with my performance and so proud of myself. Overall, it was a brilliant day which was thoroughly enjoyable.


Molly Bean

Year 8 visit to MedImmune

Year 8 visit to MedImmune

On Tuesday 28th June I took three year 8 students on an exciting trip to visit the laboratories of MedImmune, a ground-breaking biotechnology company based just outside Cambridge.  

 The trip is run every year in memory of Paula Harrison (nee Daniels), a former Aylsham High School student. Sadly, Paula passed away in 2012, aged just 41. She had been working in the field of drug discovery for MedImmume. Paula achieved great things during her career, and people’s lives have been improved by medicines that she helped to develop. Each year, her family and colleagues at MedImmune invite some of our students to explore and work in the labs to show just how inspiring and important bioscience research and development is.

 Our students began with a tour of the labs, then went on to carry out some exciting research to help develop a vaccine for this year’s strains of flu virus. 

 Cutting-edge ‘phage display’ screening techniques were used to identify antibodies that bind to the virus, and the genes for these antibodies are then ‘grown’ in bacteria to be analysed further. 

 Our students then counted viable bacterial colonies to check if there were more antibodies binding than there were in the ‘control’ sample. 

 Finally, they checked how strongly the antibodies bound to the viral proteins using techniques and equipment that they definitely don’t get to experience in school science lessons, including multichannel micropipettes, antigen-coated plate assays and a Bravo liquid handling robot. 

 Then it was off to lunch, where students had fun building a model virus along with a strongly-binding antibody.

 The students were indeed inspired; they really loved the experience and threw themselves into the activities with an enthusiasm that filled their accompanying science teacher with unashamedly geeky pride. Huge congratulations to them.


Dr Poock

Alex Tomkinson represents Norfolk

Alex Tomkinson represents Norfolk

Alex represented Norfolk in the Under 13 Boys County  hockey finals on Sunday 8th May in a very sunny and warm Bedford.
> The team played extremely well all day and only lost 1 of their 6 matches against the eventual winners Cambridgeshire earning themselves a Silver medal.
> Well done Alex.


Julie Zulu

North Norfolk Finals Success

North Norfolk Finals Success

Our pupils have taken part in 2 partnership finals this week.


On Tuesday some of our pupils  went to represent North Norfolk at the Norfolk Athletics finals.

Abi Durand was 3rd in the 8Girls 1500m

Alfie Woolcock was 2nd in the 10 boys Shot Putt

Jack Russell Hamment was 2nd in the 7 Boys High Jump and 200m

Alex Skinner was 2nd in the 8 Boys 1500m


 On Wednesday our pupils took part in the Norfolk Triathlon finals.

The U13 event was won by the North Norfolk team.

Tilly Meyrick was 3rd, Emily Haslam was 5th, Abi Durand was 6thin the girls event. Alex Skinner was 6t, Alfie Penfold was 10th in the boys event.

The U15 event was won by the North Norfolk team.

Victoria Lloyd was 2nd, Molly Bean was 5th in the girls event. Chris Haslam was 1st in the boys event.

Norfolk Partnership Games Angling Final

Norfolk Partnership Games Angling Final


Two qualifying teams from Aylsham High School represented North Norfolk at the Norfolk Angling finals on Thursday 24th June held at Barford lakes. Team Linear made up of Ewan Clark, Seb Whiting-Smith and Lauri Ritchie managed a brilliant performance and were placed 2nd in Norfolk; Ewan Clarke was placed 3rd individually overall with a smashing 29lb 120z haul!  Both Ewan and Lauri being placed first in their sections.

Well done to all of the boys for a great effort and being outstanding ambassadors for the school.

Mr Whiting-Smith


Future You Challenge

Future You Challenge


It was fantastic to welcome 12 families from Year 7 and 8 Eagles to take part in the ‘Future You Challenge’. During the morning there were lots of exciting life skill activities to take part in led by Mrs Wade from the Futures Department. We were delighted that Georgina Wade a past student now working in law at Mills & Reeve accepted the invitation to be our guest supporting the students and acting as judge for the competition.

As an introduction to the morning we discussed life skills and the need to set a good first impression. We spent some time considering our verbal and non verbal communication skills and thought about how to strengthen these key life skills and how important these skills are to everyone especially during a job interview.

Following this we began the challenge which involved small teams planning a hypothetical ’Celebratory Event’. Parents and carers worked within their child's team and were enthusiastic and involved in all aspects of the challenge. Teams were required to elect a team leader, financial manger, promotions manager and a spokesperson. Each team had been given £5000 to spend on their event purchasing food, beverages, entertainment, celebratory products and promotional material etc. The Futures Captain and some of the year 9 & 10 business students acted as ’the businesses’ where requirements could be purchased and negotiated to prices where appropriate. All of the teams produced a poster advertising their event and presented the event and details of their expenditure to the class.

‘Fabulous what a great morning. I loved the ‘Event Planning Pack’ especially the AHS money. Brilliantly organised and great to see so many students engaged and involved. Thank you.’ - Parent.

The morning was bustling with activity, it was fantastic to see everyone working together. The students presented their events to the class and judge so well it was something to be proud of. Miss Wade the judge was excellent and an inspiration to the students, showing professionalism and warmth as she gave positive feedback to each team and presented certificates to everyone and of course the overall winning teams trophy. It was a excellent morning giving everyone an opportunity to celebrate themselves and an encouragement for the future to always be the best they can be.

‘What a fantastic morning! I really want to go to the party now, in fact I wish I could go to them all!' - Parent.


Monica Harding


Success for Aylsham Anglers

Success for Aylsham Anglers


On Tuesday 14th June nine young anglers represented the school at the NN Partnership games held at Shallowbrook lake Costessey. Six of the nine anglers will now go through to represent North Norfolk at the  finals  later this term. The results are shown below:

1.Seb Whiting-Smith 14lb 10oz

2.Ewan Clarke 13lb 8 oz

3.Laurie Richie 2lb 2oz

4.Ashlee Barrell 1lb 8oz

5.Jo Robinson 1lb 8oz

6.Tom Richie 1lb 8oz

7.George Rumsby 6 oz

8.Jacob Wheal 4oz

9.Lyndon Richie 0


The organisers commented on the impeccable behaviour and positive attitude that all youngsters displayed on the day, well done to all of you and good luck in the finals!


Mr Whiting-Smith

Mr Brockington represents GB in World Championships

Mr Brockington represents GB in World Championships

World Duathlon Championships

Half term saw the World Duathlon championships head to Aviles, Spain. I had previously qualified to represent Great Britain at the 40-44 age group in the sprint race and joined a team of over 300 British athletes proudly wearing team colours.

The age group sprint race which comprised of a 5 km run, 20 km bike and a final 2.5 km run took place on Sunday morning with athletes from all over the world.

The quality of the field was high with several athletes running around 16 minutes for the first 5 km. I was very pleased to run 19 minutes for the opening run which brought me onto the cycle section with a group of other competitors.

The cycle was draft legal meaning the groups of cyclists were very close to try and minimise the drag from the wind. This certainly added to the experience as the cyclists worked in order to take their turn at the front of the group before dropping back into the pack.

The final run although only 2.5km was hard work and quite painful but again I was pleased with my pace. I went knowing I was never going to be close to the leaders and was very pleased to finish 252nd out of 433 finishers and 33rd out of 45 in my age group. 

It was an amazing experience to pull on the kit and race for Great Britain. I now need to work out what the next goal needs to be…


Phil Brockington