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

Gold for Aylsham High Student Matilda Meyrick

Gold for Aylsham High Student Matilda Meyrick

During the last weekend in May I was competing at the East of England Regional Championships in Luton.  It was a 3-day swimming event and as I was the only representative from my club, The Vikings, for 2 of those days, the pressure was definitely on! 

I entered 10 races and got into 7 finals, winning 2 bronze, 1 silver and 2 gold medals.  Winning the Regionals has been a dream, and to be overall winner for the 200M backstroke and 400M is the best feeling.   I hope my efforts are good enough to get me to the Nationals in Sheffield during the Summer, as I am currently seeded 7th in Britain in my age for 200M backstroke, but only time will tell...


Matilda Meyrick FTW


Wishing you lots of luck from us all at Aylsham High School!

Class of 2016 Scholarship Success

Class of 2016 Scholarship Success


(left to right) Thomas Owen Olivia Taylor Lucy Maun & Liam Blatch


Many congratulations to all our Class of 2016 who have been successful in securing places for post-16 studies.

Each year, a number of our students are awarded scholarships to schools across the country, and this year that tradition continues.


Thomas Owen was awarded a swimming scholarship to Mount School in Exeter, where he will work with the Olympic swimming squad trainers . This will enable Tom to pursue his desire to represent his country.


Olivia Taylor has won a Drama scholarships to Hurtwood school in Surrey and in addition, a place in the National Youth Theatre


Both Lucy Maun, and out-going Head Boy Liam Blatch will be heading-off to Gordonstoun School in Scotland, on academic scholarships and for A level studies.


We are proud of their achievements and to work with supporters from many schools across the country. To succeed in international competitions for scholarships is a testament to the ability and determination of our young people and inspirational to those following them. Many congratulations to our scholarship students. We look forward to learning of their successes and wish them well for their futures.


Dianne Wade

Guidance Adviser/Scholarship Coordinator


North Norfolk Aquathlon Finals

North Norfolk Aquathlon Finals


Last week we took a team of 14 pupils to the North Norfolk trials. 5 Aylsham High School pupils qualified to represent North Norfolk at the Norfolk Aquathlon finals on Wednesday 22nd June after coming 1st or 2nd at the trials.


In the U13 Girls Tilly Meyrick was first, Abi Durand was 3rd, Emily Haslam was 4th and Mollie White was 7th

In the U13 boys Alex Skinner was 1st, Alfie Penfold was 2nd George Durand was 6th and Fergus Kelly was 7th

In the U15 Girls Victoria Lloyd was 1st, Mollie Bean was 3rd, Carlie Cooper was 4th

In the U15 Boys Christopher Haslam was 1st, Tom Curtis was 3rd and Harry Ling was 6th.


Congratulation to all pupils who took part in the event.

J Riley

Class of 2016 Prom Fashion Show - 22nd April

Class of 2016 Prom Fashion Show - 22nd April


The Aylsham High School Class of 2016 began fundraising for their prom by auditioning for the annual fashion show, back in September. Rehearsals followed throughout the winter term and alongside their GCSE preparations, school musical and many other extra-curricular activities. Supported by a professional model, the students gave up their free time to ensure their show was successful in every sense.

This year’s show was opened by Year 11 student Olivia Watson who, the same week, signed with a record label and launched her singing career. Also on the catwalk was Tom Owen, who has won a swimming scholarship to train with Olympic swimmers at a school in Exeter, Gemma Ridgway, who has secured a National Grid engineering apprenticeship, and Olivia Talyor who won a drama scholarship to Hurtwood School & a place with the National Youth Theatre. Every student on the catwalk has been successful in securing placements at colleges & sixth-forms across Norfolk, and all this whilst giving their time to support their peers.

Working with the team on the catwalk was Ms Lesley Tate from The Wardrobe in Horsford, who, as a West End costume designer has worked with many actors from the world of film and theatre. Alongside The Wardrobe, we were equally fortunate to be sponsored by Blossom & Green fashions of Aylsham, who showcased their spring collections of day, evening & holiday wear. Also on the catwalk, we were proud to work with Roys of Wroxham, who supplied our models with items from their designer & daywear ranges. We are always delighted and privileged to work with such supportive  companies.

The models' hair & make-up was styled by students from the Aylsham High School Hair & Beauty salon, supported by their tutors Mrs Zagni & Mrs Critten. In addition, students from the Slanted Dance team showcased their examination pieces and astounded us all with some fantastic moves. 

The auditorium, back-stage.front of house & the business auditorium were all managed by students from Year 7 and upwards, each one working giving their time in support of The Class of 2016. Their magnificent efforts raised an amazing amount for the prom fund and Water Aid.


Our sincere thanks to everyone who supported this event in whatever way.


Wishing The Class of 2016 every success in their future!



Dianne Wade

Guidance Adviser/Fashion Show Producer




Success for Sam Blair in the Premier League International Tournament

Success for Sam Blair in the Premier League International Tournament


Sam Blair took part in the Premier League International Tournament in April as part of the NCFC Academy.

 Norwich had qualified with aplomb, brushing aside Man Utd, Arsenal and Southampton a couple of weeks ago, without even conceding a goal. This tournament compromised regional and European group winners, including Feyenord, Genk and Benfica.

 After winning their group unbeaten, (including an injury time penalty in the final game), Norwich faced Man City in the semi final and lost in gut wrenching fashion, 2-1. Man city went on to win the final.

 Norwich then won the 3rd place play off, so finished 3rd in Europe. Not bad!

 A wonderful experience for all the boys and a fantastic achievement. 

 Sam was also on tour with Denmark last week for the Nordic Cup.