Student Council handing over cheque to The Benjamin Foundation

Student Council handing over cheque to The Benjamin Foundation


Thank you to Chris Elliott (Marketing & Fundraising Manager) from The Benjamin Foundation for collecting the money raised from the Chilli Eating Competition. The student Council raised over £1000   from this mufti day. The money was then split between the two Local charities The Wherry Trust and The Benjamin Foundation.

We are all looking forward to working with Chris and The Benjamin Foundation again in the near future

Tanya Wiseman

Class of 2015 Fashion Show

Class of  2015 Fashion Show

The Class of 2015 Prom Fashion Show took place in fornt of a sell-out audience and our well-rehearsed Year 11s wowed everyone with their style and professionalism.

The Show was opened by our amazing vocalist,  Olivia Walsh, then followed  gorgeous prom & bridesmaid dresses from Exquisite of Drayton - each Lady accompanied by one of our fabulous  Gentlemen . The AHS Slanted Dance Team also performed to a very high standard throughout the Show. The second half of the Show had our ladies and gentlemen wearing beautiful summer fashions from Blossom & Green of Aylsham and Roys of Wroxham, and the AHS Salon Services students ensured every model was styled to perfection.

Our thanks to every business who supported us on the catwalk & in the Business Auditorium, to all who supported us behind the scenes and to our audience for helping us to make such a memorable evening  for our students. They raised a massive £2,000 for their Year 11 Prom and Water Aid, the chosen charity.


Dianne E Wade

Fashion Show Producer


Eagles Fundraising in the Community

Eagles Fundraising in the Community
On Saturday the 28th February we went to Tesco’s in Aylsham to pack customers bags to help raise money for the Meningitis Research Foundation and to also raise the money for the Eagles Activities Week. We spent four hours from 10am until 2pm helping customers pack their shopping and raised over £300 which was amazing. We had lots of positive comments from the customers and we really enjoyed ourselves.
By Emily Buck, Natasha Toll, Jess Roberts and Jordyn Rayner
Well done to The Eagles, we are really proud of you.

Hannah Cooper competed at GB Rowing Trials

Hannah Cooper competed at GB Rowing Trials

During half term I competed at GB Trials held in Boston, Lincoln. To qualify for this all J16 girls had to complete 5km on the ergo (rowing machine) in under 20mins 35 secs. 

We had to race in singles on the Saturday, but due to the wind changing half way through the race, the results had no correlation and therefore they can't use the results. On the Sunday the J18 girls had to re-do their singles, however J16 (me) didn’t get the chance. I raced in a double with a girl from Christchurch, we placed 10th which was pretty good considering we had never raced together before! We also had to complete some land tests, testing core, height, weight and ergo. While I was at trials I also found out that my 5km ergo time 19mins 17secs currently ranks me 1st in the country in my age group (J16) by 13 seconds! To add to it all it’s likely that I will be attending the Team GB potentials training camp over Easter! 

I started rowing 9 months ago when I was talent spotted at the partnership games when I was representing North Norfolk for the indoor rowing competition. I currently train in Norwich as part of the ETP - England Talent Programme and I have also been selected for the talent identification system - The START Programme, which means I get to attend camps run by British Rowing every month. 

Hannah Cooper


Hannah, we are tremendously proud of what you have achieved in such a short space of time, through your hard work and determination. We will look forward to hearing more news of your success. Well done.

Exactly 50 years after blockbuster family movie The Sound of Music was released in cinemas, Aylsham High School is bringing the stageshow to Norfolk.

Aylsham High School’s lavish production of The Sound of Music later this month stars a cast of 80, a professional 13-piece orchestra. and a multi-thousand pound budget.

It’s going to be one of the biggest and best shows that the High School has produced for years, and it runs from Wednesday March 18th to Saturday March 21st.

Tickets are on sale from the school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime, email or phone 01263 733270 ext 126. They cost between £8 and £10.

Producer Mrs Tanya Wiseman, from Aylsham High School said: “The shows we produce are a big deal – we have built up the most fantastic reputation and we’re really proud and excited to be bringing The Sound of Music to our stage fifty years to the month after it hit the movie screens.”

Julie Andrews helped make Sound of Music an international hit that has spanned the decades. It is packed with musical favourites that have brought families together for fifty years, like ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Every Mountain’, ‘My Favourite Things’ and ‘Lonely Goatherd’.

It tells the story of novice nun Maria who leaves her holy orders to become a governess to the children of Captain Von Trapp. She falls in love and the family run away from the Nazis just as war is breaking out.

Star of the show, Maria, is played by 15-year old Emmie Wright from Southrepps. She said: “I grew up with the Sound of Music and I love it, so to play Maria is fantastic. The show is packed with songs that everyone wants to clap along and sing along to.”

“When they cast me as Maria I cried! I was so happy because I didn’t know what to expect, I was shocked.”

Emmie wants to go on to study theatre or dance after leaving Aylsham High School – so following in Julie Andrews’ footsteps is a great step forward.

Captain von Trapp is played by 16 year old Ben Would, who so wowed director Mrs Martin and Mrs Wiseman that he was propelled to a starring role in the first musical he has ever auditioned to take part in.

Ben said: “It’s quite an honour to have been selected for one of the lead roles, it was really overwhelming. But everyone in the cast and behind the scenes is as vital as anyone else to get the show produced.”

The Aylsham students have been rehearsing since September, perfecting show stopping numbers and building dazzling set piece scenes like the Ballroom and the final Concert, during which the Von Trapps make their escape.

Every last detail given the ‘wow factor’

From start to finish it will be a visual and musical extravaganza, every last detail has been given the wow-factor. Front of house will be designed as a chapel and students staffing the front of house will be dressed as nuns, helping the audience find their seats or find interval refreshments - in addition to the 25 nuns on stage every night!

This is the 18th headline show that Head of Drama, Hazel Martin, has directed at Aylsham High.

“It’s going to be spectacular for the audience,” she said. “You’re going to walk into a convent assisted by nuns and transported to Salzburg, carried along by all the music.”

And for the first time at Aylsham High, seven youngsters from local primary schools are taking part – playing junior members of the Von Trapp family.

They are Purdie and Esme Harlow, aged 10 and 7 from Bure Valley School, Helena Sheppard, 8, and Charlotte Carder, 8, from Aldborough School, Lola-May Wright, 11, from Millfield Primary School, North Walsham, Libby Lumb, 9, from Bure Valley School and Jessica Curtis, 10, from Buxton Primary School.

Purdie and Lola-May were pipped to the post for a role as one of the Von Trapp children, but were so good that the producers could not resist having them in the cast as nuns!

Mrs Wiseman added: “It has been so lovely having our children work with the primary school children, it has been delightful.”

“Our drama family is really close knit, there’s a really special bond between us.”

The drama family and the Von Trapp family seem to have inspired a theme, because there are four sets of real-life siblings in the cast.

Emmie Wright (Maria) is sister to Lola-May who plays a nun. Esme and Purdie Harlow play Gretel and a nun. Thomas and Jessica Curtis play Friedrich and Brigitta. Brothers James and Robbie Blackburn play butlers, ballroom guests and soldiers.


Aylsham High School’s reputation for high quality drama is well known. Around 20% of children opt to take drama at GCSE level – compared to the national average of 6% thanks to the school’s innovative curriculum.

It’s a feather in the cap of both the school and the dedicated teachers who have been producing GCSE successes and blockbusting musicals for so long.

Seven SoM facts:

  • The real Sound of Music was shot in Salzburg
  • The film took three months to shoot
  • It was released in March 1965
  • Julie Andrews was already a Hollywood superstar, having just finished filming Mary Poppins before shooting SoM began. In fact she entertained the children on set by singing “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” before any audience had even heard the song.
  • The real Von Trapp family actually escaped to New York and made money by performing together in concerts
  • The family still runs a hotel in Vermont
  • The Sound of Music was the highest grossing film until Grease. Adjusted for inflation, it is the 3rd highest grossing film ever.



For further information contact

Tim Curtis

07798 901291


German Exchange 2015

German Exchange 2015

From Sunday 8th to Wednesday 18th February, seven students travelled to Germany for the unique experience of staying with a foreign family. Whilst at the outset it seemed slightly daunting, the excitement started to build once we began our journey to Darmstadt, in south-west Germany, and to the Georg-Büchner Schule where we came face-to-face with our partners for the first time. We had been matched to the students based on a variety of criteria to ensure that there was a higher chance of cultivating a successful – and hopefully long-lasting – friendship; this proved to be a great triumph as every pair made positive connections. 

Over the course of the eleven days we participated in an extraordinary range of activities, some organised with the school, for example one day we went into Frankfurt: first a visit to the Dialogue Museum – an amazing tour in which you experience what it’s like to be blind and how to cope in everyday situations, followed by retail therapy in the city centre, where the famous standard of German goods was bolstered by impressive reductions in the sales! We also had a marvellous visit to the local ice-skating rink, during which some of the more unconfident members of the party improved hugely thanks to the tuition of their partners.

On other days we weren’t always with the school though, and so many of us witnessed German culture first-hand and in its natural state. A group of us were lucky enough to attend a Fasching parade one day, dressed up in an amusing mixture of costumes and delighted to be thrown sweets by members of the procession. 

Through it all, everyone involved maintained a positive attitude and as such reaped copious rewards, something which made the trip all the more enjoyable. It was an enormous success, with many feeling that they’d made great friends, both English and German, along with having a wonderful experience that made us all delighted to have taken part in this visit which has now been running for 31 years. We would encourage others to put a toe in the water and share our experience!


Lucy Maun

Year 10

Pupils past and present take on major roles at Sheringham Little Theatre!

Pupils past and present take on major roles at Sheringham Little Theatre!

This week Aylsham pupil Olivia Taylor and past pupil Victoria Stowell are on stage at Sheringham Little Theatre in the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’. Olivia is starring as Anne whilst Vicky plays her older sister, Margot.

The play is a story of an ordinary teenage girl growing up in extraordinary times. It is at times amusing, frightening and ultimately an enlightening and moving story of what is was like to be a Jew, in hiding, during the Nazi occupation of Europe in the second World War.

See the review in the EDP here:


Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th February

Nightly at 7.30pm and Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets £9 / £10

Sheringham Little Theatre

Box Office

01263 822347


Do come along and enjoy this terrific production!    

Philippa Baillie

Outdoor Learning groups at Redwings

Outdoor Learning groups at Redwings
Both outdoor learning groups have had another successful visit to Redwings Horse Sanctuary. All pupils enthusiastically helped out with more aspects of animal care- this time including cleaning out the field water tanks despite the cold weather! The pupils did a great job of ensuring the vital water supplies for the rescued horses were clean. In addition the other group helped clear the paddocks, which they did really thoroughly whist gaining experience of using tools and working with adults.

Outdoor Learning goes Geocaching

Outdoor Learning goes Geocaching
Both groups had a great time using modern technology to go Geocaching. This sport involves using smart phones to search for hidden caches that can be located using a phone app. There are a number of these around Aylsham and we successfully managed to find a series of them hidden on the Weavers Way on a trail called 'Weaving though bridges and tunnels'. Both groups successfully used their phones and clues to find some very tiny 'nano-caches'. We all enjoyed it so much that we are hoping to find some of the caches at Blickling in the summer.

Mufti day and Chilli eating competition


Friday 6th Feb Student Council held a mufti day and chilli eating competition at Aylsham High School in aid of The Benjamin Foundation and the Wherry Trust. It was a fabulous day and the chilli eating competition at lunchtime was a huge success, The competition was between staff and students who had to eat lots of different chillies and hot sauces!!

We raised £830.39 from the students wearing non-school uniform and £106.56 from the lunch time event.

This was a total of £936.95 which will be divided between the two charities above.

Thank you to all who took part making this one of the best ever school council events.

Student Council