Aylsham High School students to hunt for the Higgs Boson at CERN

Aylsham High School students to hunt for the Higgs Boson at CERN



Students from Aylsham High School have been inspired to plan a visit to CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider.


During the visit on 10 – 12 March 2017 the students plan to discover how CERN is helping to answer some of the most fundamental questions; how did the Universe begin? What are the basic building blocks of matter?


Scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of the Higgs boson require experimental machines on a large scale, and the students will gain an appreciation of the technical and engineering challenges that the multinational experimental collaborations at CERN face.


The purpose of our trip is not only linked directly to topic 4 of the extension physics course (P3) but we also hope to inspire the students to think about studying physics beyond GCSE while enjoying the opportunity to experience French speaking Geneva and the surrounding area.


The students have worked hard to raise money for their visit and would like to thank Lovewell Blake of Aylsham and ‘the Friends’ of Aylsham High for financially supporting them.


They would also like to thank ‘Tesco Aylsham’ for letting them do a ‘bag pack’ just before Christmas to raise money for the visit and for Marie Curie Cancer Research. Without the donations of the visiting shoppers on this day and the other above-mentioned contributions, the trip would not have been able to go ahead.


The students are looking forward to updating the Aylsham community on their return.


Tracy Colman

Trip Coordinator


Rotary Young Chef 2017

Rotary Young Chef 2017
December saw Aylsham High School hosting the first ever Rotary Club of Aylsham,  Young Chef heat of their national competition. In future years we are hoping to open it out to other local schools but for this year, Elaine Pike and Harley Dyson were battling against one another to produce a 3 course meal for 2 people to restaurant standard and with a maximum spend of £15.
We were delighted to welcome back Stephen Newnham from Crush Foods of Salle as our visiting judge on this occasion. Steve was also happy to donate some of their award winning produce as prizes too.
We were also joined by Rotary committee members John Longhurst and President-elect Geoff Sadler to award the prizes which included recipe books and a very generous voucher to our winner Elaine, and runner-up Harley.
Elaine will now go on to the next heat at Suffolk One College in February where she will be joined by her family and Mrs Elwes, for support.
Well done to the pair of you!
Mr Baxter

Year 11 Visit to Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station

Year 11 Visit to Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station
On 7th December 2016, forty year 11 triple science students had the opportunity to visit Sizewell B nuclear power station in Leiston, Suffolk.
The visit was organised to help students review their work about nuclear fission, ready for their P2 mock exam. The examination took place last week and it is clear from marking the papers, that the visit had an impact because there was evidence of confident application of core knowledge on question 4 of the paper.
The visit included a presentation from EDF energy, some time in the Sizewell B visitor centre and a guided tour of the Sizewell B site. The students had the chance to see the physics we have been learning about in the classroom being used in the real world and they made the most of the opportunity by asking lots of questions. 
I would like to thank Sizewell B visitors centre for accommodating us and allowing us to bring everyone who wanted to come. All the students who came along were excellent ambassadors for our school. Mrs Spalding and Mr Williams  both supported me in  running an extremely interesting and worthwhile visit.
Ruth Macpherson
Triple Science Teacher

Student Council Announces This Year's Charities

Student Council Announces This Year's Charities

This school year, we have a variety of worthy charity initiatives that we plan on getting involved in, in terms of both money donation and other forms of contribution. The student body has already taken an interest in assisting charities, only recently taking a school-wide vote to choose which charities we would be getting most involved with throughout the year. We are incredibly proud to announce that the chosen charities are Water Aid, an international charity that provides children in impoverished countries with life-saving water, and Nelson’s Journey, a local organisation that provides incalculable support to children who have lost loved ones. We have already met with a representative of the latter charity, whose descriptions of the charity’s work only further confirmed what an incredible organisation it would be to support. As well as this, we are continuing our close work with Meningitis Research, which is carrying out vital research and education to fight the disease.


“In the last few months alone, we have already raised funds to send a past head boy, Shaun Taylor, to Nepal, where he did a great deal of good, working at a school for disadvantaged children – following his return to Aylsham and retelling of the experience, students around the school were clearly inspired to follow his example. We have also already had a mufti day, the proceeds of which went to Meningitis Research.


"Clearly, the school’s work to support those around us is going to be immeasurable this year; the students will play a huge role in achieving our aims, and we have full faith in them to do all they can for WaterAid, Nelson’s Journey, and Meningitis Research. Our school has never been so determined, and it is evident that we will be more active and involved than ever in the year to come.”

By Isabel Swindells BMN

Under 14 Netball Team Success

Under 14 Netball Team Success

U14 Netball Team Tournament Report

On Saturday 12th November 2016 we went to the UEA Sportspark to participate in the National Schools Netball Championships. Having already come 2nd in the area tournament at Greshams, we went into the competition with the hope to qualify for regionals. Our first game was against Flegg High School, which we won 9-2, gaining three important points. Our next game was straight after against Norwich High School. Unfortunately, we lost this game 10-5, but we all enjoyed playing against such a challenging team. After a two game break we played Litcham and won 14-0, which was fantastic. Our next and final game of the round was against Wymondham College, which we were nervous about. Wymondham were in the lead for most of the game, but we were determined and we won this very close match 9-8.

We came 2nd in our group scoring 15 points and going through to the semi-finals. The semi-finals presented us with our toughest challenge yet against Norwich School. We played our best, but lost this game 14-0. Their team was very strong and we learnt a lot from playing such a talented team. We were then in the play offs for 3rd and 4th place. We really wanted to win this game because if either of the top two teams pulled out the 3rd place team goes to the regional finals. Our opponents were Attleborough High School. This was a really close game and we were all feeling tired after playing five fourteen minute games already. We won this game 8-6, which meant that we were 3rd overall.

This is such a fantastic achievement and we all felt so proud. Norwich School came 1st and Norwich High School came 2nd, meaning that we were the top state school in Norfolk!

A huge thank you to Mrs McGlinchey and Mrs Auber for coaching us and making it possible for us to participate and do so well.

Team List

Captain: Eleanor Lines GA/GS

Chase McKinna C/GA

Tilly Meyrick WA

Mollie White GS

Maysie Roger WD

Sophie Snowball WD

Abi Durand GD

Sammy Daniels GD

Abbie Collins GK


Written by Eli Lines and Chase McKinna

AHS BTEC Music raises funds for Meningitis Research Foundation

AHS BTEC Music raises funds for Meningitis Research Foundation

On Friday 9th December Aylsham High School presents The Stage, a night of entertainment from AHS BTEC Music students featuring singers, bands, dancers, comedians, and musicians.

The night will raise funds for Water Aid and Meningitis Research Foundation with tickets priced at £3.49 for adults, £2.99 for children 16 and under and a family ticket for £11.99.


Tickets are available in the dining room from 28th November.


Come and join us!

Royal Norfolk Show ‘Grow it, Cook it, Eat it’ Competition

 Back in June Emma Riches, Daisy Ransome, Emily Martin and myself had the fantastic chance to compete in the amazing atmosphere, that was the Royal Norfolk Show.

Our challenge was to plan and prepare a local dish which could then be sold as a pre-packaged meal in farm shops. We were given the instruction to use mainly local ingredients and with that we prepared our dish of honey roasted Gressingham duck breast with crushed potatoes, asparagus and a red wine reduction.

As a team we were extremely proud after beating Flegg High and Dereham Netherd and claiming the title of the North Norfolk Schools Cookery Competition Winner 2016.

We also had the privilege to cook in front of Royalty, HM the Duchess of Cornwall, and gardening enthusiast Monty Don, alongside some of the best chefs in the county. (Richard Bainbridge – Benedicts, Andy Snowling – Kings Head, Richard Hughes – Lavender House, Galton Blackiston – Morston Hall, Steve Thorpe – City College and Mary Kempe – Food Writer)


Scarlett Addison

Aylsham Food Festival Gala Dinner 2016

 This year’s Gala dinner was nothing but a triumphant success for all our GCSE catering students who spent the upcoming weeks preparing for the event. We had the privilege of working with the wonderful Steve Norgate from The Beachwood Hotel, the amazing Adam Fields from McKenzie Hotels and Alastair Bradshaw from the National Trust; without their support the night would not have been possible.

Serving over 100 paying guests with a range of outstanding dishes, sourced locally, the students were under the watchful eye of Mr Baxter and Mrs Elwess who spent hours and hours preparing the magnificent evening, and Mrs Bacon who provided us with the upmost support and dedication. We also had joining us Mr Taylor, our new student teacher.

On behalf of the catering department I would like to thank every student who helped within the preparations whether it be in the kitchen or out on front of house you all did as splendid job and we are immensely proud.

Scarlett Addison

Aylsham High School becomes Narnia...

Aylsham High School becomes Narnia...

Aylsham High School becomes Narnia – and you can go there too!

Aylsham High School is being turned into Narnia in a few weeks time…

The floor of the main hall will soon be turned decidedly frosty, with Mr Tumnus’ house in one corner, the lamppost through the back of the wardrobe in another, Mr and Mrs Beaver’s lodge and even the White Witch’s icy castle with inhabitants of Narnia who have been turned to stone.

And for £6 a ticket, members of the public can be transported to Narnia too, to experience Aylsham High School’s production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

As one of the drama staff Tanya Wiseman said, the audience will feel as if they too have stepped through the back of the wardrobe and entered Narnia.

“The students will be enacting the play on the floor of our main hall rather than the stage, which makes this a very special and atmospheric production indeed."

“Our aim is to make everyone feel part of the action, as if they’re there in Narnia watching the Pevensey children and Aslan take on the forces of winter.”

There will be 30 students, playing the famous characters … from Aslan to the statues who come to life when the White Witch’s cold-hearted grip on Narnia is broken forever.

Mrs Wiseman said: “It’s quite an amazing production, it’s right up to date. We’ve spent hours getting the feel of it just right. There are sixty pictures on panels to help ‘dress the set’, it looks phenomenal.

You’re actually in Narnia, you’ll feel you’re in Narnia. You’ll be in the battlefield, you’ll be with Mr Beaver as he takes you fishing.”

Our picture shows Edmund (Saul Burgess) and Peter (Ally Mitchell) practising their swordsmanship before the great battle. Jess Curtis is Susan and Purdy Harlow is Lucy.

Ben Sayers is Aslan, dressed in a gold waistcoat and bow tie, Head Girl Olivia Hill is the White Witch and Dominic Lawrence is Mr Tumnus, the fawn. Mr and Mrs Beaver are Thomas Curtis and Bobbi Wilson.

And another star of the show is Director, Hazel Martin, who is Head of Drama at Aylsham High School. She and Mrs Wiseman put in countless hours of their own time to develop high quality productions for the school.

This summer they spent days researching next month’s production and searching for pictures to use on the set.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is being performed at Aylsham High School at 7.30pm on Friday 2nd December and at 2.30 and 7.30 on Saturday 3rd December. Tickets for the spring musical Guys and Dolls will also be going on sale then. Tickets are £6 and available from the school’s box office -  or on the door.


For further information contact

Tim Curtis

07798 901291

Aylsham High School's senior technician on parade during the queens visit to Newmarket

Aylsham High School's senior technician on parade during the queens visit to Newmarket


Aylsham High School was pleased to release Dave Monger their senior technology technician to attend the Queen's visit to Newmarket as part of the Army Air Corps Reservists.


Dave said " I was very proud to be on parade with 677 Squadron Army Air Corps when the Queen visited Newmarket on the 3rd November 2016. "