End of Autumn Term

As we draw towards the end of a very busy term we would like to bring to your attention some end of term events and information about next term in the letter above.

Exam Certificates

Exam certificates for the Summer exam series can be collected on or after Wednesday 12th November from the main school reception.

What to do if you are unable to collect your own certificates.
1. Collect them at a later date but within 12 months.

2.Write a letter naming the person you wish to collect the certificates on your behalf. The letter must be in your hand writing and be signed and dated. The person designated by you must then bring the letter and some form of ID on the day to collect your certificates.


If you require a username and password for parent pay, please email your child's name and form alsong with the words Parent Pay to help@aldridgeschool.org
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It is the duty of the Local Education Authority (LEA) to provide a meal for those pupils who are eligible for free school meals. Our new cashless catering system keeps the identity of students receiving free school meals confidential. By claiming Free School meals you also help raise important funding for the school.

If you think you qualify for free school meals please click here for information on claiming free school meals and/or print off and complete the form above. You can also complete an online application form by clicking here.

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From September we will be implementing a new system for the hire of lockers. Our current locker provision is to be replaced and new lockers will be provided and managed by an external company.

Lockers can be paid for and pre booked via the ILS website www.ilsschools.co.uk

Further detail about the new lockers can be found in the letter above.

Term Dates 2014-2016

Autumn Term 2014
Monday 1 September 2014*
Friday 24 October 2014

Monday 3 November 2014
Friday 19 December 2014

Spring Term 2015
Monday 5 January 2015
Friday 13 February 2015

Monday 23 February 2015
Friday 27 March 2015

Summer Term 2015
Monday 13 April 2015
Friday 22 May 2015

Monday 1 June 2015
Monday 20 July 2015*

*Training Days:
1) Monday 1 September
2) Thursday 18 September
3) Tuesday 27 January
4) Friday 13 March
5) Monday 20 July

Proposed dates for 2015/16 TBC are:

Autumn Term 2015
Tuesday 1 September 2015
Friday 23 October 2015

Monday 2 November 2015
Friday 18 December 2015

Spring Term 2016
Monday 4 January 2016
Friday 12 February 2016

Monday 22 February 2016
Thursday 24 March 2016

Summer Term 2016
Monday 11 April 2016
Friday 27 May 2016

Monday 6 June 2016
Wednesday 20 July 2016

Training days to be decided




End of Term

As we draw towards the end of a very busy term we would like to bring to your attention some end of term events and information about next term.

Christmas Concert

Our concert will be held on Wednesday 10 December at 7.30 pm, tickets available from the music department (£6/£5 concessions).

Christmas Carol Service

You are warmly invited to join us for the Carol Service held at St Mary of the Angels, Whetstone Lane on Thursday 18 December at 7.30 pm.

Christmas CD/DVD

We are delighted to offer our parents the opportunity to purchase a CD/DVD of Christmas music planned, performed and recorded entirely by students. The discs feature classic songs and hymns such as Silent Night, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Sleigh Ride and many more. An ideal Christmas present for friends and family available from the music department priced £8.

Friday 19 December

As part of the ongoing work to support a local and a national charity our School Council want to run a “Non uniform” day. The date for this will be Friday 19 December.
On this day all students who want to contribute will be asked to donate £1 and will then be allowed to wear their own clothes to school, with a seasonal theme. I would like to emphasise that students should wear sensible clothing which reflects the usual Health and Safety rules especially in respect of jewellery. Face paints, hair colouring, fancy dress etc will not be allowed.

Christmas Holiday

The school will close on Friday 19 December; students will return to form at 12 noon and there will be a gradual dismissal of students to ease congestion on the drive. All students will have been dismissed by approximately 12.30 pm.
School reopens on Monday 5 January; students should be in school for period 2 lessons.

Staff Training Day

There is a staff training day on Tuesday 27 January, school will be closed to all students.

Year 11 Forward Planning

The following dates may assist with forward planning for our Year 11 students and parents:
Year 11 Prom – 26 June at The Bescot Stadium First Exams start 11 May 2015
GCSE Results day 20 August 2015

Sixth form Open evening

Year 11 students and parents are invited to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 8 January at 7.00 pm to discuss individual courses and meet our specialist staff. You will also be able to tour our excellent sixth form facilities.

Please remember that in the event of heavy snow which may lead to school closure please

  • Listen to local radio stations
  • See our website (www.aldridge.walsall.sch.uk)
  • Check messages on your mobile telephone (for those who have supplied mobile telephone numbers)

Term Dates for 2015/16

Some advanced warning for the confirmed term dates for the academic year 2015/16. Teacher training days to be confirmed. Please note when planning holidays that the first week of school in September is the same week as Bank Holiday Monday.
Tuesday 1 September 2015 Monday 2 November 2015
Monday 4 January 2016 Monday 22 February 2016
Monday 11 April 2016
Term 2016
Please see our website www.aldridgeschool.org for term dates for this year and for all other important information.


Please continue to support us with our standards of uniform. During the cold and wet weather encourage your son/daughter to wear coats (not hoody/sweat shirts) to school. All coats, hats, gloves and scarves must be removed when in the school building.


Parents are reminded that they should not drive onto the school site at the beginning and end of the school day. Parents are also asked to be considerate to our neighbours, and to other road users when parking, please make sure you are not double parked or blocking access. Thank you.

Lunch rotation: Please note these are different to those shown in student planners

5 January – 13 February 2015
1.00 pm Linley and Barr to lunch
Scott and Daniels to form/assembly 1.30 pm Scott and Daniels to lunch
Linley and Barr to form/assembly

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year and look forward to the new challenges 2015 will bring.


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  • World War One

Christmas is music to students’ ears

Gifted musicians at Aldridge School have produced their own CD of Christmas carols and music after spending time in the studio.

The school, which has a strong music tradition, has recorded performances by the school’s orchestra, bands, choirs and many talented soloists.

“The last Christmas music CD we produced was 15 years ago and so we thought it about time to release another one,” said Richard Mason, school music director.

We are delighted to offer our parents the opportunity to purchase a CD/DVD of Christmas music planned, performed and recorded entirely by students. The discs feature classic songs and hymns such as Silent Night, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Sleigh Ride and many more. An ideal Christmas present for friends and family available from the music department priced £8.

“We started work on it back in Easter. We brought in professional music producers and set up a studio in the school and over three days recorded the music.”

As well as the Christmas CD, the school’s musicians can be heard over the next two weeks at various Christmas concerts.

They kicked off a busy few weeks with a performance at Aldridge Methodist Church for its annual Christmas Tree Festival on December 5. On Wednesday December 10 the school, in Tynings Lane, is hosting its popular Christmas Concert from 7.30pm unfortunately this event is now sold out.

On Thursday December 18, a large number of pupils will again sing and read at our annual Christmas Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Mary of the Angels in Whetstone Lane, Aldridge. The first Carol Service took place in 1959 and this tradition continues today. We welcome members of our local community to join us in this final event of our Christmas season.



Great War Remembered

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the Great War in 1914, 30 Aldridge School students and members of the History department staff visited the battlefields and cemeteries of France and Belgium over half term. Students were taken to see the infamous battlefields of Ypres and the Somme where so many British soldiers lost their lives. They learned about the stories of some of the men who were buried there such as Private Valentine Strudwick, who aged 15 was the youngest British soldier killed in the war. At the poignant Menin Gate in Ypres, students took part in an emotionally charged memorial and participated in their own remembrance service at the Devonshire’s Cemetery at the Somme laying a school wreath at the Cross of Sacrifice and conducting a 2 minute silence. Two students, Ben Lewis and Paige Jackson even visited the graves of their relatives killed in the conflict.

Trip organiser Anton Kolaric said, “Textbooks and the written word can only tell us so much about the horrific events of the First World War, but it is only by visiting the sites that students are really shown the scale of the sacrifice that was made by that generation. All students conducted themselves with great dignity and respect throughout and were a credit to Aldridge School.”

Upon their return, students will produce a piece of reflective work on the issue of remembrance that will form part of a display within school.


Aldridge School Celebrates
GCSE Success

GSCE results at Aldridge School have seen record numbers in the top A* and A grades this year – with 12 students getting ten or more.

Students and staff are celebrating their best ever results in Science with 63 per cent of students achieving an A* or A grade. In Physics alone a record number of pupils got A* grades with 26 per cent of students netting the top mark.

Overall more than 70 per cent achieved A* to C in English/Maths and overall 20 per cent of Year 11 students gained five or more A to A* grades.

Among the 12 high achievers who gained ten or more A* and A grades were 16-year-olds Mya Athwall, Chris Jones, Samuel Parkes, Nicola Jones and Alexander Pierce.

Headteacher David Mountney, said: “As with our record A* grade results last week at A Level, the GCSE results show great success in the top grades especially in Science where more than half of all our students got an A or A* grade. Well done to them all.”

Of the students who sat GCSEs at the school it is expected that more than three-quarters will stay on to study A-levels, with others opting for college courses, apprenticeships and work.

Aldridge School celebrates record A-level results

Students, staff and parents at Aldridge School were celebrating another year of excellent results with more A*s than previous years.

Twenty per cent of grades were either A*/A for Year 13 students at the Tynings Lane school.

Head boy and star student James Fardell netted A*s in Economics, Maths, his Extended Project, as well as an A in Government and Politics and a C in Physics.

The 18-year-old is now set to study Economics and Finance at Bristol University.

Demi Rochelle got a A*s in History and Sociology, an A in Classics and B in her Extended Project and is looking to study classical literature, civilisation and history at Birmingham University.

And for Year 12 student Ben Pickering the future looks bright after gaining four As at A/S Level, in Geography, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Results in vocational subjects including IT, Business, Art, Design/textiles have once again been outstanding with 100 per cent of students achieving distinction* or distinction grades.

Mr Mountney, Aldridge School headteacher, said: “Once again we are delighted with an excellent set of results which reflect both the hard work of our students, the support of their parents and our staff.

“Set against the national picture we are confident that our students are continuing to achieve the best results and we wish them every success in the future.

“We now look forward to 2015 and our ambition to achieve the best for all our students continues with real confidence.”


Pupils from Aldridge School brought voices from the Great War back to the village today to commemorate the outbreak of World War One. Brief biographies were read by Aldridge students to an audience at Aldridge Methodist Church at the launch of the Aldridge Great War Project.

Ryan Thompson - Introduction
Jenny Smith read details from the life of Ellis Davies
Josh Townrow read details from the life of Alice Potts
Luke Pedley read details from the life of Fred Hawthorne
Katie Pring read details from the life of Dolly Bonner
Jevonjit Kandola read details from the life of John Bagshaw
Josh Raven read details from the life of Sidney Hill

Aldridge School will be helping the project in its quest to produce a permanent record of every soldier from Aldridge who served in WW1. The school will also be conducting a tour of the WW1 battlefields as well as a larger scale visit to the cemetries located on Cannock Chase in order to give students time to reflect.

Pictured with the students are Sir Richard Shepherd MP, Sue Satterthwaite (local historian and project coordinator) Karen Ross of Rosie's Helping Hands and Len Boulton (Assistant Project Coordinator).



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Aldridge Parents
Consultation Committee

Here at Aldridge School we are proud of the partnerships we have with the parents of our students.  We are constantly striving to improve the life chances of the students that attend here, but we always are keen to hear how the community feels we are achieving that goal.

The Aldridge Parents Consultative Committee are a group made up of parents of Aldridge School Students that meet once a term to hear current plans and initiatives that being undertaken and to discuss any issues or topics effecting the school.

So parents have your say! We want to hear what you think! We are currently recruiting for the APCC and would welcome fresh input. 

If you feel you would like to come and be given the opportunity to express your opinion please contact
Mrs Chris Welch on 01922 743988 or cwelch@aldridge.walsall.sch.uk

The APCC will meet on the following dates at 18:30 in Whitman Hall:

13th November 2014
22nd January 2015
19th March 2015
21 May 2015
18th June 2015


Notes from APCC meeting held 2 October 2014



Term Dates for 2013 - 2014

Autumn Term 2013

Mon 2 Sept - Fri 25 Oct
Mon 4 Nov - Fri 20 Dec

Spring Term 2014
Mon 6 Jan - Fri 14 Feb
Mon 24 Feb - Fri 11 April

Summer Term 2014
Mon 28 April - Fri 23 May
Mon 2 June - Mon 21 July

Term Dates for 2014 - 2015

Autumn Term 2014:
Mon 1 Sep - Fri 24th Oct (TBC)
Mon 3 Nov - Fri 19 Dec (TBC)

Spring Term 2015:
Mon 5 Jan - Fri 13 Feb (TBC)
Mon 23 Feb - Fri 27 March (TBC)

Summer Term 2015:
Mon 13 April - Fri 22nd May (TBC)
Mon 1 June - Mon 20 July (TBC)


Planned Absence

Is it worth it?

Parents are still requesting to take their child(ren) out of school during term time for various reasons including family holidays.

All absences cause considerable disruption to a child’s learning and prevent them achieving the grades that they have the potential to reach.  As a consequence, examination grades will be lower than those predicted for your child. 

Younger children also suffer from the break in friendship groups when absent from school and this can result in anxiety on return to school.

The Governing Body have decided to revise our current policy to reflect these concerns.  Therefore from 1 June 2013 our new Absence policy will state:

  • We will not authorize any planned absence taken in school time during Years 9,10 and 11.
  • Any requests for Years 7 and 8 will only be authorized in exceptional circumstances if the student’s attendance is above 95% and will remain above 95% after the planned absence.
  • We will not authorize any absence of 10 school days or over.
  • All requests must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the planned absence
  • Any absence which lasts for 20 consecutive days or more will result in the student(s) being removed from the school role.


I would therefore ask that all parents accommodate their planned absence during the 13 weeks available to them during the school year and I thank those parents who do not make requests of this kind recognizing that they are clearly most disruptive to their child(ren)s learning.

We are working in partnership with the Educational Welfare Officer to whom we forward all unauthorized absences.  Parent(s) could be fined up to £2,500 and/or sentenced to 3 months imprisonment.  The parent(s) may alternatively be subject to a fixed-penalty fine of £60 per child per parent.


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At Aldridge School we have considered the format in which we plan home learning.  To help forward planning, the schedule outlines the approximate dates when students can expect a Home Learning Assignment to be set and the duration of the unit.
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Homework should have a purpose and be appropriate to the needs of pupils. Purpose in this context means: to supplement classwork and consolidate learning; to test comprehension and develop and practise skills appropriate to the subject concerned; to develop an ability to organise private, unsupervised study/research; to develop the habit of private study.

Attendance Matters

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving you the best possible start in life. Pupils who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. Good attendance shows potential employers that you are reliable. Research suggests that pupils who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behavior or crime.  Below is a table showing how your percentage attendance equates to the amount of school time missed.

Attendance during one school year Equivalent Days Equivalent Sessions Equivalent Weeks Equivalent Lessons Missed
95% 9 Days 18 Sessions 2 Weeks 50 Lessons
90% 19 Days 38 Sessions 4 Weeks 100 Lessons
85% 29 Days 58 Sessions 6 Weeks 150 Lessons
80% 38 Days 72 Sessions 8 Weeks 200 Lessons
75% 48 Days 96 Sessions 10 Weeks 250 Lessons
70% 57 Days 114 Sessions 11.5 Weeks 290 Lessons
65% 67 Days 134 Sessions 13.5 Weeks 340 Lessons

Every Minute Counts

If you arrive late to school everyday your learning begins to suffer.  Below is a graph showing how being late to school everyday over a school year adds up to lost learning time.

        19 Days Lost
      13 Days Lost
    10 Days Lost
  6.5 Days Lost


Days Lost

5 Minutes Late 10 Minutes Late 15 Minutes Late 20 Minutes Late 30 Minutes Late
(Over one academic year)