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

Brilliant start to AHS Rugby Season

Brilliant start to AHS Rugby Season

Friday 27th September


Year 8 rugby team played in the Norfolk County 12 aside tournament at Wymondham College. During the day they played 7 matches, winning 6 and losing just the 1.

The photograpgh shows the  Year 8 team.


Monday 30th September


Year 9 rugby team travelled to Wymondham High in their first County Cup match of the year. After a fantastic performance Aylsham won 12-24


Wednesday 2nd October


Year 8 rugby team travelled to Sheringham in the County Cup. A slow start left Aylsham conceding early in the game, but with some positive team spirit. Aylsham progressed to win the game 22-41


Well done to all of our fantastic players. We are really proud of you all.

Aylsham High Canteen staff Finalists in Pride of Norse Awards

Aylsham High Canteen staff Finalists in Pride of Norse Awards

We are tremendously proud of our canteen team and are delighted to announce, that they are finalists in The Pride of Norse Awards in the Best Team category. Well done to Sharon Smith and her brilliant team, who provide fabulous food for our students every day and are so helpful and supportive. We will have our fingers crossed for you at the Awards evening on Friday 25th October.

Thank you for everything that you do for us all.

Well done to our colleague Jayne Hudson who raised over £800 for Meningitis Research

Well done to our colleague Jayne Hudson who raised over £800 for Meningitis Research

On Sunday 15th September, I ran the 13.1 mile Great North Run.  Reputably, the biggest half marathon in the world, with about 54,000 runners sprinting, running and jogging or plodding  the route through Newcastle; on to Gateshead , to reach the welcome sight of the beautiful coast line of Southshields.

I have been an armchair admirer of marathon runners for many a long year, but last year decided that I really did want a piece of the action.  Setting off in a £7.00 pair of trainers off ebay, I set off to complete 2 miles on my first run.  I was very impressed with myself but totally exhausted and spent the rest of the day on the sofa! I soon picked up momentum and 2 miles became easy and I worked my way steadily up longer distances but often wondered how on earth I would achieve 13.1 miles. 

Having got up to running 10 miles, I then twisted my knee, just 4 weeks before the half marathon which did not do my confidence a lot of good and I wondered whether my knee would actually get through, what to me was still, an impressive distance to run.  But I did it.  I set a target to complete the run in 2 and a half hours but actually completed it in 2 hours 25.

The atmosphere was amazing, the weather pretty awful for the spectators but the wind followed the 54, 000 runners and was a welcome help to us all. 

By the time I had crossed the finish line, my legs had gone to jelly and despite my utter delight at completing my first half marathon, I could not imagine, in my wildest dreams, turning around and running the 13.1 miles back to make a full marathon! 

That is my next goal.  And just as my first two miles exhausted me, I am fairly confident I will build it up to complete a full marathon next year.  I will!!

The support and sponsorship I have had from friends, family and colleagues has been fantastic and I will have raised close to £800.00 for the Meningitis Research Foundation, a charity that the school have supported whole heartedly since Mr  Sweatman’s  younger  brother died of the illness around 2 years ago.  Since his death a massive £38,000 plus has been raised which will go a huge way towards eliminating this dreadful  disease.  If you would like to support the Meningitis Research foundation and make a donation please go to my Just Giving page which is  Thank you!

Finally, for anyone that has found this in the slightest bit interesting or inspiring and would like to start running, come along to The Cromer Beach Runners Club where you will receive a very warm welcome and all the encouragement you need to get started.  I am relying on them to get me up to running that second 13.1 miles in about 8 months’ time.

Jayne Hudson

English Department.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival

The Shakespeare Schools Festival

Aylsham High School Henry V

Once again we have been invited to perform on the stage at Norwich Playhouse, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. We are very proud and honoured to be returning, this time performing Henry V, with a twist of course!!!

We have an all-girl cast who have been rehearsing hard during the summer holidays and after school for another outstanding performance.

We are performing at the Norwich Playhouse for one night only: Tuesday 15th October 2013 at 7.30pm. Tickets are only available from the Playhouse on 01603 612580 or

There will also be a matinee and evening performance at Aylsham High School on December 7th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm. This will coincide with our Christmas Shakespearean Day where there will be Christmas craft stalls and refreshments. Tickets will be available on the door for the Aylsham High School performances.

This will be a fabulous performance, which I am sure will not disappoint; tickets are limited at both venues.


Tanya Wiseman


Quote from Norwich Playhouse:

Norwich Playhouse is delighted to welcome the UK's largest Youth Drama Festival to our stage.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with over 1000 secondary, primary and special schools all over the UK, making it possible for them to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre. Each night four schools will perform four different Shakespeare plays. Come along and celebrate the achievements of your local schools in a wonderful evening of entertainment.


Norwich City Football Club Enterprise Academy: Hat Trick for AHS

Norwich City Football Club Enterprise Academy: Hat Trick for AHS

This year we have taken part in a course called ‘NCFC Enterprise Academy’ which was led by the Sport and Education Manager of Norwich City Football Club, Stevie Bramble. During the course, we learnt a number of business skills. We were involved in looking at how the business operates and businesses that support and work with NCFC. We felt this course was educational and beneficial in developing skills we hope to use in life. The course focused on business sectors, advertising and jobs in the club. At the end of the course, we especially developed innovation and creativity whilst preparing our pitch for the Sporting Light Appeal. The Sporting Light Appeal is a charity which supports disabled people and encourages them to take part in sports. We were set the challenge to show the skills and knowledge that we had advanced whilst coming up with a unique fund raising idea for the Sporting Light appeal. We all came up with different ideas, ensuring that we met our target market as well as keeping true to the values of NCFC and the Community Sports Foundation. We took part in the school heat and we were picked in the top three teams from Aylsham High School.  With the two other groups, we are going to present our ideas to a panel of judges at NCFC. We are also competing alongside groups from other high schools in the local area. We were thrilled to take part in this course and we would like to thank Norwich City Football Club for the opportunities they have provided us with.

By Daisy Maunders, Florrie Crass, Jess Spooner and Megan Harris.

Further to this the Norwich City FC Enterprise Academy held their finals at Carrow Road on Tuesday 23rd July. Aylsham High School was competing against other teams from Flegg High School and City Academy Norwich.   The teams from Aylsham High School performed superbly; they were professional, articulate and passionate about their ideas. 

The results of this year’s event were:

1st   Let’s Break It  -  James Morter, Jess Spooner, Ashlynn Sparrow,Daisy Maunders and Megan Harris

2nd  Step Up  - Toby Hadlow, Joel Hunter, Dominic Kelly, Tom Clitheroe, William Buchan and Sam Stubbs

3rd   Canaries Charity Chasers - Philippa Randall, Bethany Morton, Florence Crass, Emily Butchers, Emily Gasparro and Matilda Bailes


The winning team will now represent NCFC in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge 2013.  This is another reason why we are extremely proud of the students at Aylsham High School, a fantastic achievement from all the groups that participated in this year’s Enterprise Academy.

Latest report from Mr Brockington from Bude

Latest report from Mr Brockington from Bude

We are all having a fantastic time in Bude, the weather has been amazing and the activities have challenged us all. Mr Boyce for example was not convinced that mountain boarding was his sport but still launched himself down a ramp with probably more confidence than skill. The students have been amazing, many have overcome nerves to try new things and conquer their fears. All have approached every activity (with the possible exception of room tidying) with enthusiasm and a smile on their faces. It has been an absolute pleasure to take them away.

Millie Martin on Work Experience at The Natural History Museum

Millie Martin on Work Experience at The Natural History Museum

We are so proud of all of our students who are currently completing their work experience placements. We have had some very positive feedback from staff who have been visiting placements this week and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the employers who have supported this very important learning experience.

Each student self-generated their placement and many secured wonderful opportunities in the real 'world of work'. Millie Martin is working with a curator at The Natural History Museum in Knightsbridge in her pursuit of a future career in this sector. Well done Millie. We are very proud of your success and are looking forward to hearing all about your exciting week!

Thank you also to Mrs Wade who has co-ordinated the week and has supported students with their applications.

Students having a great time in Normandy

Students having a great time in Normandy

Lovely to hear news from Miss Hammond this morning, that the students visiting Normandy this week are enjoying themselves and also having good weather.

Activities week news from Bude

Activities week news from Bude

This week is Activities Week which means that our students are all taking part in a wide range of activities, some in school, some going out on daily visits and some on residential activities. Our first news report  for the week is from the trip to Bude:

'We (48 students and 5 staff) arrived for our week of activities and adventure in Bude on Sunday evening. We were greeted by amazing sunshine and have quickly settled into life at the centre. This morning half the group have body boarded and half have completed the team trail.  All students have done superbly well.'

We look forward to having more updates during the week.


Year 11 Futures Day

Year 11 Futures Day

On Friday 12th July, Year 11s began preparations for their post-16 choices by meeting with colleagues from many of the local colleges and training providers, alongside STEM Ambassadors, NNUH Ambassadors, Scholarship Ambassadors, the Armed Services and businesses. Parents/carers were also welcomed to the event which enabled our students to ensure their preparations are well thought out and all opportunities are explored.

Dianne Wade

CEIAG Coordinator


Swimmers at the Norfolk Schools Swimming Gala

Swimmers at the Norfolk Schools Swimming Gala

I recently took a North Norfolk primary school team to the Finals of the Norfolk Schools Swimming Gala.We finished overall in a respectable 4th place out of 8 partnership teams.

There were some brilliant swims, two 1st places for Tom Curtis from Buxton Primary and a 2nd from Emily Haslam with another Buxton pupil Jessica Curtis coming 4th. Bure Valley was also represented by Harry Barwick, finishing in 3rd place as did Isobel Davison and also a good swim from Cameron Jeffreys. Representing Erpingham, was Luke Babbs, swimming a very hard fought Butterfly race.

Well done to all the swimmers.


Jackie Evans

Swimming TEacher

Aylsham High School

Year 9 3FF day- Friday 5th July 2013

 Year 9 3FF day- Friday 5th July 2013

On Friday 5th July, 90 Year 9 students took part in the 3FF day; to learn more about Interfaith and how to get the most out of asking questions about religion. The group was split into 3, each group taking a 3FF ambassador; all eager to learn and excited about the day ahead.

The day began with a quick introduction to what 3FF (Three Faith Forum) is. But soon, we started to get an idea about what the real content of the day would be. Our first session was all about how to empathise with people, and learning more about our own identities. Each student was given an A4 piece of people to make an identity closet; writing what people will first learn about us when they see us for the first time, what they would learn about us in a first 5 minute conversation with us, and finally what only our closest friends and family would know about us. We then learnt about how to empathise and ‘CLICK’ with people, by listening to a Hindu girl who grew up in, for most of us, very different circumstances compared to ourselves, but by using ‘CLICK’, we found we could relate to her in many ways.

In session 2, we learnt more about how to ask questions, that wouldn’t offend anyone, but got a full answer. We started off by seeing some ‘Oops, Ouch!’ questions, and seeing the reactions from the people who were asked them. We were all genuinely shocked by some of the questions asked, and weren’t that surprised by the answers given. After viewing some of these questions, we learnt how to change them into better phrased questions that would get us a better answer. We got a chance to try it out for ourselves, before breaking up for lunch. However, we all knew that session 3 still lay ahead of us.

The bell rang and we flooded into the hall, all anticipating the great afternoon that was about to take place. We heard from each of the three ambassadors again, this time talking about their own religions. After their quick 5 minute introductions, we were able to ask any question we wanted, well, any question provided that it was phrased so it wasn’t offensive. This I thoroughly enjoyed as it gave us a chance to put our new skills to the test!

Overall, I think the 3FF day was a fantastic learning experience which was very enjoyable, and would strongly recommend other people to try it out for an interesting way to learn about Interfaith!


Report written by Rebecca Welsh

Athletes perform well at the Norfolk Partnership Games

Athletes perform well at the Norfolk Partnership Games


We had 20 Aylsham high school students who qualified for the North Norfolk Athletics team as part of the Norfolk Partnership Games.  Many of our athletes ran well in their heats qualifying for their finals.  It was a hot day so they had to work extra hard to battle the elements as well as their competitors.

The picture shows some of our medalists.

Well done to everyone who took part in the Norfolk Partnership Games.

Design and Technology Students have been working really hard with Mr Ecclestone, to transform our old benches into really colourful new ones.

Design and Technology Students have been working really hard with Mr Ecclestone, to transform our old benches into really colourful new ones.

Thank you and well done to some of our Design and Technology students who have been learning how to renovate some of our very old wooden benches and paint them in bright colours. Thank you also to Mr Ecclestone who has been teaching this group.

We are very pleased to see our newly painted benches looking so fabulous.

Basketball teams compete at the Norfolk Partnership Games

Basketball teams compete at the  Norfolk Partnership Games

Each of the 8 partnerships in Norfolk selected their best teams to compete in the partnership games competition held at the UEA Sportspark on Monday.  The Aylsham High year 7 and 8 Girls team represented North Norfolk.

The girls played well, each scoring baskets.  During our pool games, we were often able to score more than our opponents in the second half, but not enough to avoid being beaten.  We proudly finished 6th amongst some excellent basketball talent of Norfolk.



On Monday 24th June, four of us went to Greshams School to take part in the Language Detectives Day. We worked in groups to try to solve a crime, which involved clues in different languages. Our job was to work out what the clues meant using our knowledge of the languages we learn in school and looking at how languages work. The languages we used were French, German, Spanish, Italian and Welsh.

The day was fun. We met pupils from other schools and worked together. James was on the winning team.

James Schute, Aidan Rengert, Juliette Kelly, Ellen Feistner

Students Champion Anti Bullying at Facebook HQ in London

Students Champion Anti Bullying at Facebook HQ in London

Friendly Faces were invited to Facebook HQ by the Diana Award and anti-bullying champion Alex Holmes to showcase the work the team do to combat bullying at Aylsham High School. The team was represented by Anthony Loftus (Friendly Face Captain), Charlie Randall, Tom Wilkes and Jamie Spooner. As part of the showcase they had the opportunity to meet a variety of celebrities. There was the first screening of the video filmed of the work Friendly Faces do in school ( ) and the team were presented with The Diana anti-bullying champion award.

"When arriving at Facebook headquarters the atmosphere was great. Many well known celebrities were there that seemed to have the same passion for anti-bullying as we do at AHS. We were able to see what other schools did to prevent the issue and share what we do to. It was great to see how much not only the celebrities and the schools supported the anti-bullying ambassador program but how much facebook wanted to help kids with issues over social network sites. After our video Carrie Grant was asked to speak about why she had been invited to attend. Her speech about bullying was awe inspiring and we were honoured when she spoke highly of the work we do in school wishing that a similar scheme existed in the school her own children attended". Overall a great day which has made me even more determined to help as much as possible with the younger kids at the school with their issues, no matter how big or small."

Written by Jamie Spooner


A Thank You from NNAB

A Thank You from NNAB

On behalf of The YoungEyes Group at the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind may I thank the GCSE Drama students at AylshamHigh School for the radio plays that they have produced for us. The recordings of What Katie did, The Wide Wide World and Christmas Carol, will be much enjoyed by our younger vision-impaired friends when they visit our Activity Centre for groups and activities.

The YoungEyes service at aims to help and support children aged under 16 years who are vision-impaired and their families. We organise social events and also work closely with The Virtual School Sensory Support

I am very much looking to meeting with the students when I visit the school in September, on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Aylsham High School.

Dorothy Bowen

YoungEyes Coordinator

Rehearsals underway for our summer production

Rehearsals underway for our summer production

The cast are currently rehearsing for their upcoming show of  “ The Railway Children”.  Rehearsals are going really well and they are really enjoying themselves. Please see the website for poster and more information on all performances and how to obtain tickets for all shows . This year we will be at Aylsham High School for 3 shows then we are touring to Aldborough Community Centre for a further 2 shows. This will be a first for Aylsham High School and its students and we are all really looking forward to this new idea.

Please come and along to support us we are really looking forward to performing for you .  

Olivia Chapman year 9 student Playing Phyllis one of the Railway Children.  

Apprenticeship success at Ernest Doe/Bentley

Apprenticeship success at Ernest Doe/Bentley

Getting this apprenticeship was an amazing achievement and I consider myself to be extremely lucky. I was short listed from 30 applicants to 10, then one other applicant and me. I was offered a place at Ernest Doe and start my placement on the 1st of July. My college is in Reaseheath near Wales where I will be on block study, which consists of going to college for 4 weeks 3 times a year. During my time there, I will learn the technical side of agricultural and horticultural machinery.

William Whitham

Class of 2013

Congratulations on an amazing achievement Will! We wish you every success in your career.

Angling success at North Norfolk Partnership Games.

Angling success at North Norfolk Partnership Games.

On Monday 10th June, 9 students from AHS took part in the North Norfolk angling games competition at Cobbleacre lakes. There were 25 anglers in total from around the coast, all competing for a place at the Norfolk Games final in July. All 9 anglers conducted themselves with discipline and stuck to the task of hooking fish in this slow difficult water. At the final weigh in it was Ashleigh Holdsworth who took first place overall  with 4lb 2oz, Thomas Wright fourth place with 1lb 3oz  and Michael Tims fifth place with 14oz. These 3 boys now go through to fish the final in July. Well done to all who took part.

Tom Saunders presented with Rotary Young Citizens Award.

Tom Saunders presented with Rotary Young Citizens Award.

As part of their 60th Anniversary celebrations, the Rotary Club of Aylsham presented a number of people  with awards, recognising their contribution to the wider community. Tom Saunders, from Year 11 received a Rotary Young Citenzens Award.

Well done Tom. This is a tremendous achievement.

This is the citation that was read at the presentation:

Tom has a huge capacity for work and won the Young Stockman of the Year stock Judging completion at the Royal Norfolk Show in 2012. This event was open to young farmers between ages 15 to 30.

Tom gave up a huge amount of time during his summer break to support new students to settle into the school. Working with other students and staff he helped to organise activities to enable these students to become accustomed to life in a large secondary school. His efforts and those of others ensured that these students adjusted to life in the school and to contribute to the social and academic aspects of school life.

Tom is the school careers captain and is always ready to help. He supports his peers in helping them to secure placements and scholarships for 6th forms by making contacts with public schools. He has been the business manager for the last two fashion shows and has organised many other events such as young chamber, enterprise breakfasts and school council. He has made a significant contribution to business and enterprise activities and ensuring that literature and prospectuses are up to date. Tom has helped to organise heats of the rotary public speaking completion within school ensuring that students are ready and prepared to speak.

Aylsham high school is well known for its stage productions. Tom is a team leader and is a real stalwart of the stage crews, invariably offering to help without being asked, even baking cakes for the back stage crew and cast. Tom recently arranged the set changes for the school Shakespeare weekend with three plays in one day and a complete scenery change for a production of crazy for you.

Callum Hall presented with Rotary Young Citizen Award

Callum Hall presented with Rotary Young Citizen Award


As part of their 60th Anniversary celebrations, the Rotary Club of Aylsham presented a number of people  with awards, recognising their contribution to the wider community. Callum Hall from Year 11 received a Rotary Young Citenzens Award.

Callum, we are really proud of your achievement. This award is a testament to your dedication and hard work.

This is the citation that was read at the ceremony:

Callum has a history of supporting many community projects. At the time of the Haiti Emergency, when only 12 years old, he saw the Rotary Club of Aylsham street collecting to send Shelter Boxes and raised over £1600 towards the appeal by organising and running events in school. He was able to inspire many of his peers throughout the school to help with events such as sales and mufti days.

Callum has a strong desire to help his fellow pupils and support the wider community such as helping to organise a charity fashion show and coaching and referring with the local under 8 football club. He has recently raised £1000 to purchase a mess tent for his scout group. He became the School Community Captain in September 2012. Even before the school year started, he and other students gave up part of their summer break to help some of the new intake to settle into life in a large secondary school. As a result of their efforts and those of the staff these pupils have adjusted very well to their life in school, by integrating into the social and academic aspects of the school, and they in turn are making a valuable contribution to the life of the school.

He is a member of own town Cittislow Committee, one of only two “slow food towns” in the country. He is a respectful and valued member of the committee and has helped to promote his schools involvement in town celebrations such as the big slow breakfast” and the Queens Jubilee celebrations.

Recently he has organised an auction of promises which again raised £2414 for Wateraid and towards the school Prom. This involved writing to numerous celebrities and organisations and obtaining items and pledges to auction, including a signed tie from local boy, Stephen Fry and a trip in a light aircraft. He also secured the services of local auctioneer Martyn Fox MBE to conduct the sale. He coped exceptionally well with the disappointing postponement of the auction due to severe snow and rearranging it for a later date. Through this event he not only helped those in great need overseas but helped his school community by reducing the costs of the prom to ensue as many students will be able to attend.

Technology Captains organise a technology event for primary pupils

Technology Captains organise a technology event for primary pupils


Well done to our Technology Captains for working with Mr Whiting Smith last week, to organise a fabulous Technology Challenge Day for some of the Year 6 pupils in our cluster.

The contestants had to design a contraption that could throw a Ping-Pong ball accurately as far as possible towards a target, only using the materials and tools provided. Points were awarded for originality, hitting the target, the distance the ball travels.

Well done to everyone who took part. We hope that you had a good day.

We would like to say a big thank you to the STEM Ambassadors who supported the day


Congratulations to Michael Sawyer-Stone who has been offered a scholarship at Gordonstoun.

Congratulations to Michael Sawyer-Stone who has been offered a scholarship at Gordonstoun.

I began looking for schools that offered scholarships in my Year 10. I selected the schools I believed would best suit me and would give me the most opportunities to change my life.

By research, I narrowed my choice down to four schools and applied to them all, namely St Peters in York, Shrewsbury school, Caterham School, and Gordonstoun in Scotland. I sat numerous entrance exams and had many interviews during the process, which began immediately after we returned to school in September and continued through to April of this year..

Finally, I was offered three places, with one offering a scholarship - Gordonstoun School in Scotland I will join them in August  2013.

I believe that anyone who believes they could achieve a scholarship and are willing to put in all the extra work, should try, as even if it doesn't work, it’s all an amazing experience. I found that the interview process helped my confidence.

I am excited (and nervous) but ready to join Aylsham High School Alumnus who have gone before me, and changed their lives in amazing ways.

Michael Sawyer-Stone

Class of 2013


Michael we are really proud of you. This success comes as the result of a tremendous effort and we wish you every success in the future.

We are delighted that a number of our students have been offered scholarships at Gordonstoun in recent years.

Aylsham High School is now a Stonewall School Champion

Aylsham High School is now a Stonewall School Champion

We are proud to announce we have become Stonewall School Champions.

Friendly faces are excited and proud to announce that Aylsham High School is now a Stonewall School Champion. Stonewall is a national charity who provides supports for schools who want to combat homophobic bullying  and promote diversity and equality for all. Their ultimate intention to to help schools create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all learners which is exactly what Friendly Faces also want to achieve within our school.  We are looking forward to sharing ideas and using their support to make the work we already do even better in the future.


Finn and Abi

Friendly Face Captains

(Pictured along with Jamie and Tom, house captains and senior friendly faces)




More than thirty students from Aylsham High School are getting ready for the experience of a lifetime when stars from the West End visit the school next month.

Some of the very best actors, actresses, musical directors and choreographers in the country are coming to Aylsham for five days to train thirty students in dance, acting and singing, before performing with them in a one hour concert at the end of the week. It's all part of the schools 'Activities Week' week programme which aims to give students a taste of various different pursuits, ranging from camping to dance.

Among the performers heading to the school will be Jonathan Dudley, who played one of the students in the Oscar winning ‘Les Mis’ movie. Mr Dudley said 'I can't wait to work with the students and give them the opportunity to quiz me about my time working alongside Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman! It’s an incredible opportunity for them all to work with some of the very best in the business'.

After five days of intensive training with the professionals, the youngsters will take to the stage for a 'Grand Finale' concert on the Friday night, where they will perform numbers from shows like Les Mis, Blood Brothers and Mamma Mia, alongside the West End pro's. West End Experience Creative Director Craig Whiteley said 'It's a great chance, not just for the students taking part, but for the people of Aylsham to see West End performers of this quality on their own doorstep. The students will be put through their paces in just the same way as if they were professional performers, so I'm sure they'll rise to the challenge in the final concert and put on a show which will long live in everyone's memories.'


Tickets for the final showcase concert at Aylsham High School on Friday 19th July at 7.30pm are available now priced at just £5 from, or by calling Aylsham High School on 01263 733270 ext. 198

Congratulations to Year 11 student Alex Ridgway, who has triumphed, followinga rigorous selection process to be offered an apprenticeship with The National Grid.

Congratulations to Year 11 student Alex Ridgway, who has triumphed, followinga rigorous selection process to be offered an apprenticeship with The National Grid.

After enduring a rigorous but enjoyable recruitment and selection process to get this amazing apprenticeship, I have realised just how hard it is to get a job today. My competition was like nothing I have ever seen.  I am so lucky to be able to embark on such an amazing apprenticeship scheme. At the age of 16 I will be moving to Eakring, just outside of Newark to train to become a mechanical gas engineer then I will be based at Bacton Gas Terminals for the rest of my training, having hands on experience. I know I will enjoy every moment of it! This apprenticeship was a dream come true for me and after five months of applications, motivational discussions, tests and a two day interview with testing at the training facility in Eakring I’ve done it and it means the world to me. The day I got that phone call was the best day of my life. I can’t wait to get my GCSE results in August to give to National Grid so I can start straight away on September 2nd. I now have a great future ahead of me and I hope to go far with National Grid. This is only the beginning of my journey to a fantastic career.

We wish Alex every success and look forward to his returning to school to inspire other students. He has played a huge role in developing The Young Chamber at AHS, has been a tremendously positive role model and has used all the skills that he has developed to win this place. Well done Alex, we are really proud of you.

Please see the link below for more information about the National Grid Apprenticeship Scheme.


Introducing our very own 'Termerilla'

Introducing our very own 'Termerilla'

We are thrilled to introduce 'Termerilla' our contribution to Go Go Gorilla.

In the summer of 2013, Norwich will be home to some unusual visitors – Nelson and his gorilla friends will be creating an amazing impact on the city’s streets for 10 weeks.This glorious parade of gorilla sculptures will be decorated in a variety of colourful and exciting artwork created by schools, community groups and professional artists.

Year 7 students, inspired by our Year 11 Art Captains have been working hard to create our fabulous contribution to the project. Please click on the link below to find out more about the project.

Students work is part of the Aylsham Festival of Flowers

Students work is part of the Aylsham Festival of Flowers


Well done to The Eagles who have produced some amazing  creatures which are flying high in Aylsham Parish Church.Please pop along over the weekend and look at these, together with the magical scene that awaits in the form of the Festival of Flowers at Aylsham Parish Church.

Please click the link below for more details

Students and staff dress up for Christmas and Summer

Students  and staff  dress up for Christmas and Summer

Students  and staff  ready for Christmas and Summer already !!

As part of a mufti day in aid of Aylsham Town Council Christmas lights appeal and The North Norfolk Lifeguards, students and staff  have dressed in Christmas and beach wear for the day.

We raised over £550 for the two charities to share between them

We all had a great day it was good fun even if it was a little odd !!!

Students to represent North Norfolk in the Indoor Rowing event.

Students to represent North Norfolk in the Indoor Rowing event.

We are pleased to announce that some of our students have been selected to represent North Norfolk at the Norfolk Indoor rowing event on 3rd July- Emily bowyer[ not in photo], Mollie bowyer, David Johnston, Daniel Johnston  and Juliette Kelly.

Well done to all these students. We are thrilled to share ths news and wish you well for the 3rd July.

Jordan May in Year 7 to represent Norfolk

Jordan May in Year 7 to represent Norfolk

On Saturday, Jordan May 7WGP, took part in the British Land UK Chess championship Megafinal, in Norwich . He came third in the under 14's section and qualified to represent Norfolk, for the sixth year running at the Gigafinal, in Manchester on 13th July.

Jordan, we are really proud to share this news and we wish you well for the 13th July.

Nurture students work with Aylsham Residents

Nurture students work with Aylsham Residents

On Friday 26th April some of the year 7 Nurture Group made their last visit for this year to the Friendship Hall in Aylsham. They worked alongside local artist and sculptor Jessica Perry, helping the group of elderly Aylsham residents to finish a self-portrait puppet project. The children have made such a huge difference to Friday afternoons for the friendship group. Many of them comment on how lovely it is to have the students spending time with them, telling them about school life and sharing their energy. It is a fantastic experience for the students, as spending time with an older generation is new to some of them and it has opened their minds to the needs and different challenges faced by others in the community. They have all been outstanding representatives of the school and have been welcomed back anytime the opportunity arises. Thank you to the wonderful Aylsham Friendship Group for welcoming us over the last few months and a huge thank you to Jessica Perry for organising and facilitating such a wonderful experience for our nurture group.

'Class of 2003' Head Boy Dr Ryckie Wade begins his career as a Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon

'Class of 2003' Head Boy Dr Ryckie Wade begins his career as a Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon

Congratulations to the 'Class of 2003' Head Boy Dr Ryckie Wade MB.BS.MClinEd.FHEA who has recently achieved his life-long ambition of beginning a career as a Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon. Against more than 300 applicants from the UK and beyond, he secured a position as Plastic Surgeon(Training) at the renowned Unit at Pinderfields Hospital in West Yorkshire. Ryckie begins his new position in August and hopes one day to return & practise in his native Norfolk.

Dr Wade is our Alumnus Ambassador for Medicine

Ryckie, please accept warmest congratulations from all of us here at Aylsham High. We are so proud to share this tremendous news.

Students selected to represent North Norfolk in the Aquathon team

Students selected to represent North Norfolk in the Aquathon team

We are pleased to announce that some of our students have been selected to represent North Norfolk in the Aquathlon team at the Norfolk Partnership Games on July 3rd. Congratulations to Elizabeth Cooper, Amy Cooper, Cameron Lindsay and Tom Atkin.

Year 11 Prom Fashion Show

Year 11 Prom Fashion Show

On the evening of Friday 26th April, our Year 11s presented their Prom Fashion Show to a packed audience of over three hundred, who were wowed by outfits from Blossom & Green, Maisie May, Catwalk Fashions & Roys of Wroxham. The students attended rehearsals during which they were trained by a model from the Sandra Reynolds Agency. Prior to their ‘Premiere’ on the catwalk, the models had their hair and  make-up styled by the AHS Hair & Beauty students. The results were stunning with each young person demonstrated great style and composure.

Alongside the Fashion Show, many businesses provided a shopping and beauty experience with handbags, scarves and  jewellery available together with demonstrations of beauty products. The event was coordinated by Years 9 and  10 students. The Year 9 Camera Crew were responsible for the photographs and a DVD.

With the support of all who joined us, helped or made donations, Year 11s raised an amazing £1730 for their Prom at Wolterton Hall on 6th July. Donations from the sale of photos and  the DVD will be made to

Thank you to everyone who made a contribution, in whatever form.

Thank you also to Mrs Wade for all her hard work to make this event such a tremendous success.

Under 16 Rugby County Final

Under 16 Rugby County Final

We would like to congratulate our U16 Rugby Team for their amazing win yesterday afternoon.

We are really proud of your great sportsmanship, team spirit and positive determination.



The First EVER North Norfolk Adapted Games Day 2013

The First EVER North Norfolk Adapted Games Day 2013

On Wednesday 24th April 2013 The Eagles were lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the first ever North Norfolk ADAPTED GAMES DAY at the University of East Anglia Sports Park in Norwich.

The students participated in Athletics, Table Tennis and Golf as well as communicating and supporting other students from a variety of different schools. Each sport was delivered by experienced adults who taught new skills and knowledge to the students to really enhance both their learning and enjoyment. Our Eagles also had the opportunity to see the University Sports venue and its beautiful surroundings, aspiring them to aim high! Very high!

Well done Eagles on an absolutely fabulous day and a huge thank you to Mrs. Mason for giving us the opportunity to attend.

‘My favourite part was the table tennis because of the cool air hockey like part. Also, the activity where I had to hit the golf ball as far as I could was nice.’ Sasha – Yr7 – The Eagles

‘I loved the athletics because I learnt how to jump higher.’ Katie – Yr7 – The Eagles

‘My favourite part is the table tennis and golf and athletics was all great fun too.’ Cleo – Yr7 – The Eagles

‘Well done to you all today. A credit to the school. Pupils and staff were fantastic throughout. See you next year!’ Shane Brett - North Norfolk School Games Organiser.

Eagles - Well done for representing Aylsham High School so brilliantly at this event. We are really proud of you.






On Thursday 18th April an amazing event happened at Aylsham High School in aid of Remember Ryan meningitis charity. The event was a music festival organised by Year 10 student Beth Bailey, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh project. She worked so hard to put this huge event together.  Her first challenge was to persuade Mr Spalding to agree to a music festival being held here at school! She then had to email/contact all the bands that kindly supported this event. She arranged tickets, posters, promotion and publicity for the whole event. 

I am immensely proud of her and her whole approach in making this event such a huge success. She raised £455.00 for the Remember Ryan charity.

Well done Beth - Looking forward to the next one!

Mrs Wiseman, Duke of Edinburgh Leader 

Visit from Dr Willis, medical physicist

Visit from Dr Willis, medical physicist
 Dr Dave Willis visited the school and spoke to both  the year 11 triple Science groups about the work he does at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital.
Dr Willis  is a medical physicist. He showed the students how the topics we are learning about in extension physics relate to the real world. He brought along some interesting exhibits and images so that the students got a real hands on experience. The students focused on reviewing their knowledge from the topics 2,3 and 4 about imaging techniques such as CT scans and PET scans as well as extending thier ideas to think about MRI scanning. As well as thinking about how physics is used in diagnosis, Dave also reviewed ideas from the extension units about how radioactive sources can be used in treating cancers using radiotherapy and bracytherapy. He made time to answer all the questions that the students raised at the end of session.
It was really great for the students to meet a real physicist and hear about the range of jobs that he has done with his subject. Dave used to work for NASA and told the students about the SWIFT project that he was involved with.
We would like to thank Dr Willis for his time both today and in preparing for his visit.

Students to represent Norfolk at the National Schools’ Team Final

Students to represent Norfolk at the National Schools’ Team Final

We are delighted to announce our latest sporting success, this time featuring our very talented golfers.

Our students represented the school at the Norfolk Schools Golf Association championships held at Eaton Golf Club.

Tom Gomer, a two handicaper, set the ball rolling with an excellent 71 to win the Boys’ Championship followed home by 13-year-old Jasmine Campbell with a marvellous 82, made even more remarkable by her 16 handicap, to win the Girls’ Championship. These two were joined by Harry Gillingwater to successfully win the Team Championship and qualify to represent Norfolk Schools in the National Schools’ Team Final at Woodhall Spa in July.

We are so proud of their achievement and wish them well for the next stage.


For more on this exciting story please read the report on the link below:

Congratulations and well done to Daisy Finch who raised £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Congratulations and well done  to Daisy Finch who raised £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Daisy Finch from Year 8,  raised an amazing £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support by holding a coffee morning at Aylsham Church on Friday April 12th. After a hard day’s baking there were lots of delicious cakes, cupcakes and scones on sale, together with a craft stall and raffle.

This great achievement is another shining example of the determination and hard work of our young people. The event was planned in great detail and Daisy knew from the outset that she had to strive to encourage as many people as possible to come to the event. Daisy also know from the start that quality and attention to detail were absolutely crucial.

Well done to Daisy, we are really proud of you.

Praise for Crazy for You

Praise for Crazy for You

We have been overwhelmed with the very complimentary letters and words of praise for our recent production of Crazy for You. Thank you. We are so proud of our wonderful students and staff who worked so hard to make the production such a success.

Please click the link below to see a letter that we received from Susan Dupont from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.

Susan Dupont Letter


We must also sing very loudly the praises of our amazing team, led by Mr Bonnington who built the magnificent set.They have worked tirelessly for many months and we are extremely grateful and proud of their achievements. Thank you so much to David Bonnington,Mike Springall and Lee Wiseman.