Aylesford School Ofsted ‘Good’ in every single area - April 2020

1 June 2020


Aylesford School Ofsted ‘Good’ in every single area - April 2020

Aylesford School has been ruled “Good” by Ofsted in every single area after a two day inspection on the 3rd and 4th of March 2020. We are delighted to share the inspectors report with you.

It gives me great pleasure to be able to share our Ofsted Inspection Report which confirms that Aylesford School is a ‘Good’ school in all categories.

When I started at Aylesford School in January 2017 as Interim Headteacher the Local Authority had already carried out a review that said that the school was inadequate in all areas. Then in November 2017 Ofsted declared Aylesford a school that required improvement but with Good Leadership, Management and 6th Form. But I could see the potential Aylesford had, and in Partnership with Wrotham School, worked hard to set the school on its journey to becoming outstanding

Since then we have worked tirelessly to improve all areas of the school and have used our drive to develop Character Education and improvement results academic qualifications to enable us to provide better opportunities and quality of education.

We are now the school of choice in the local area and are oversubscribed. We were one of the first schools, nationally to have achieved the Kitemark for Character Education and our exam results are improving significantly year on year with the majority of subjects, including English and Maths, in line with National expectations. Our Ofsted report confirms all the good work and is a tribute to all concerned with Aylesford School.

Thank you to all stakeholders-staff, students, parents, governors and members of our wider school community for your hard work and contributions.

We are now going to strive to be outstanding.
Tanya Kelvie
Headteacher

Aylesford School Ofsted report download

Aylesford School Ofsted April 2020

External Links

Visit the Ofsted website HERE.
The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues reports on Aylesford School’s Good Ofsted HERE.
Kent Messenger published a story HERE.

End of Year Newsletter

17 July 2020


End of Year Newsletter

Please see a copy of our end of Year newsletter

We hope you all have a great summer and look forward to seeing you in September.

Newsletter - July 2020

Best Wishes

Aylesford School

D of E Recognition

30 June 2020


D of E Recognition

We’ve been delighted to receive this certificate of recognition from the regional Duke of Edinburgh direction praising our students for giving 273 hours of service to our local community! Well done to all our D of E students who contributed towards this!

Year 6 Transition update

5 June 2020


Year 6 Transition update

For the attention of all Year 6 students joining us from September

    Please be aware that letters will be sent out next week that will provide information about virtual transition activities we are offering this term. This will include giving your child the opportunity to meet with their mentor teacher via zoom. We will also be sending out a transition pack with activities for students to complete to support their transition into secondary school.

    Please also see the message below from Pages Schoolwear:

      We will be reopening the shop on June 15th; we will not be able to offer the chance to try on uniform before purchasing to avoid the risk of contamination. However, I hope the following will make shopping with us as easy as possible.

      We are asking parents/carers to buy early and online if possible to keep footfall in the shop to the minimum as we are expecting long queues. We will be running a personal delivery/exchange service for all customers using our own staff for all orders to make buying as easy and safe as possible. 

      We will still be offering fitting appointments though the fitting will be visual and carried out by our most experienced staff. After hours appointments would be the best to beat the queues. We will have disposable tape measures for the parents/carers to use. They can purchase and take the uniform home to try the sizes and email or phone if they need anything exchanged; we will then visit them at home to make the exchange.

      Please click below for more information

      Pages - Shopping Guidlines

      Pages -  Measuring Guide

      Year 8 Curriculum News

      5 June 2020


      Year 8 Curriculum News

      Dear Parents/Carers of Year 8 Students

      Please see below a letter that wasemailed out to you regarding the curriculum for the next academic year as pupils go into year 9. If you have any questions please contact Mr Cooper on paul.cooper@aylesford.kent.sch.uk.

      It is important that all parents and students read this letter and complete the attached form via the link on the letter.

      Many thanks for your continued support.

      Mr Cooper – Progress Leader Year 8

      Year 8 Curriculum letter

      Corona Virus - Advice for Parents and Carers

      22 May 2020


      Corona Virus - Advice for Parents and Carers

      Dear Parents/Carers

      Kent County Council have realised an excellent support document for parents and carers.

      It includes a wealth of information and advice around supporting your childrens well being during this difficult time.

      We would encourage all our parents and carers to take a look! Click below to find out more

      Advice for Parents and Carers

      Term 5 - Year Group Newsletters

      17 May 2020


      Term 5 - Year Group Newsletters

      Our Term 5 News letters can be found below

      Year 7 - Year 7

      Year 8 - Year 8

      Year 9 - Year 9

      Year 10 - Year 10

      Art - Department News

      13 May 2020


      Art - Department News

      Click here to find the latest news from the Art department and how the School and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time.

      Art Department News - May 2020

      Year 11 Announcement

      12 May 2020


      Year 11 Announcement

      All Year 11 Students are guaranteed a place in our 6th Form for next academic year!


      We hope you are all staying safe and well.


      We are excited to announce our finalised curriculum offer for all Year 12’s starting in September 2020. Today you should receive an email about this and you may well notice some exciting additions to the curriculum offer -A Level English, A Level Drama and A Level Art.


      We know that most of you have already provisionally chosen your subjects/destinations, but in light of the current situation we also know that many of you have had time to think about your future plans and may have had a change of heart. Now is the time to make these changes and to start thinking about your future. Attached you will find a document which gives lots of information about the curriculum offer and also frequently asked Questions- please do get in touch by the email contacts provided if you have any queries about your future after year 11. We will consider all applications and are working with our partnership school ‘Wrotham’, so be sure to check out their range of subjects. Wrotham have a wider suite of ‘A’ level subjects on offer and will also consider offering you a place.


      Whilst you are eagerly awaiting your results and may have finished all your subject work, Your teachers have been working hard to produce resources for you to access to help you to prepare for sixth form. These will be in a folder on ‘Show My Homework’ and are clearly labelled by subject, this will be going live this week- more specific information to follow on this in the next few days.


      Whatever your destination after year 11, we wish you luck and best wishes in your future endeavours, but we hope to see many of you back to join our ‘good’, exciting and successful sixth form.”


      Kind Regards

      Miss Kelvie (Head Teacher) and Mrs Dighton (Head of 6th Form)

      RE - Department News

      11 May 2020


      RE - Department News

      Click here to find the latest news from the RE department and how the School and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time.

      RE Department News - May 2020

      VE Day Celebrations

      6 May 2020


      VE Day Celebrations

      It is the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II!!

        VE Day (Victory England) is on the 8th May 2020.

        To commemorate this, the History department have provided a number of activities for you to complete, if you want to mark this celebration.

        If you complete any of the tasks, please send us picture to share your creations/work to Mrs McGuckin:

        lucy.mcguckin@aylesford.kent.sch.uk or via SMHW

        These will be used as part of a gallery of pictures on our Facebook page as part of the celebrations and on a display in school, once lockdown is over. It would be great if you could take part!

        Click below to access some of these great resources

        Bunting Template

        VE Day Activities

        MFL Department News

        6 May 2020


        MFL Department News

        Click here to find the latest news from the MFL department and how the School and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time.

        MFL - Department News May 2020

        PE Department News

        5 May 2020


        PE Department News

        Calling all students - we would love you to take part in some of our PE/Sport personal challenges before the end of term!

        Please send any video submissions or your score to Mr Groom - alex.groom@aylesford.kent.sch.uk

        Click here to read more - PE- Personal Challenges

        _______________________________________________________

        Click here to find the latest news from the PE department and how the School and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time.

        PE Department News - May 2020

        PE Department News - June 2020

        Drama Department News

        4 May 2020


        Drama Department News

        Click here to find the latest news from the Drama department and how the School and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time.


        Drama Department News - May 2020

        Science Department News

        2 April 2020


        Science Department News

        Click here to find the latest news from the Science department and how the School and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time.


        Science Department News - May 2020

        Science Department News - April 2020

        Geography Department News

        2 April 2020


        Geography Department News

        Click here to find the latest news from the Geography department and how the School and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time.

        Geography Department News - April 2020

        History Department News

        31 March 2020


        History Department News

        Click here to find the latest news from the History department and how the School and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time.

        History Department News - March 2020

        Maths Department News

        27 March 2020


        Maths Department News

        Click here to find the latest news from the Maths department and how the School and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time.

        Maths Department News - May 2020

        Maths Department News - April 2020

        Maths Department News - March 2020

        English Department News

        26 March 2020


        English Department News

        Click here to find the latest news from the English department and how the school and parents can continue to work together to support your child’s learning during this challenging time

        English Department News - April 2020

        English Department News - March 2020

        We also have a recommended reading list for KS3 and KS4 - if your son/daughter are not big readers there is no time like the present to pick up a book!

        KS3 Reading List

        KS4 Reading List

        Aylesford School Letters and Announcements

        16 March 2020


        Aylesford School Letters and Announcements

        Please see below for latest information from Aylesford School regarding Coronavirus (Covid 19).

        Note this information is subject to change - please check back regularly for the most up-to-date status


        September arrangements - Friday 17/7/20

        Please click below to access the letter that his been sent to all parents/carers regarding arrangements for September.

        September Arrangements - Parent/Carer Letter

        Yours sincerely,

        Miss T Kelvie
        Headteacher


        CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Tuesday 30/6/20

        Wednesday 1st July 2020

        Dear Parent/Carer,

        Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, as of September 2020 it will be a requirement for all students to have their own lab apron and safety goggles for all science lessons.

        Some examples of the equipment that students will be expected to have can be found on the links below but feel free to source your own similar alternative. If students wear glasses, the goggles must fit over the top of glasses.

        Lab Apron:

        https://www.amazon.co.uk/Professional-Quality-Butchers-Kitchen-Restaurant/dp/B00JFUIG4S/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=school+apron&qid=1593513329&sr=8-5

        https://www.amazon.co.uk/School-Apron-8045-SIZE-UNBLEACHED/dp/B005H6Z18S/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=school+apron&qid=1593513329&sr=8-6”>

        Safety Goggles:

        https://www.amazon.co.uk/Portwest-Spectacles-Maintenance-Protection-PROTECTIVE/dp/B008OHYNM2/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=lab+goggles&qid=1593513499&sr=8-5

        https://www.amazon.co.uk/Honeywell-1015370-Sporty-Eyewear-Anti-Scratch/dp/B002C6FG8G/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=lab+goggles&qid=1593513555&sr=8-7​

        If your current financial circumstance mean that you are unable to provide this equipment please email Miss Kelvie; Head Teacher on tanya.kelvie@aylesford.kent.sch.uk.

        Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact mark.martindale@aylesford.kent.sch.uk or Nicholas.Herrod@aylesford.kent.sch.uk.

        Kind regards,


        Mr M Martindale   &  Mr N Herrod
        Head of Science       Head of Science



        CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Tuesday 30/6/20

        30th June 2020

        Dear Parents and Carers of current Year 7/8/9 Students (This does no apply to current Year 6 students)

        We are inviting all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 into school from next Monday (6th July) for face to face meetings with their mentor. We feel that it is important for all students to have the opportunity to come into school before the summer holidays to meet with their mentor and some of their friends in their mentor group. This is not compulsory and attendance is down to the discretion of parents and carers.

        The meetings will last around 45 minutes. The meetings will have the following objectives

        >To give students the opportunity to meet in a larger group (8 Max) and start getting used to being in a school environment
        >To give out core subject packs for the summer holidays
        >To spend time with their mentor, discuss their own welfare as well as look at ways of looking after their own mental health through the summer break.

        Students should wear school uniform during this time.  We will be communicating the exact appointment time for your son/daughter’s meeting later this week but wanted to give you advance notice of the days that your son/daughter will be expected in school.

        Monday 6th July 7A 8C
        Tuesday 7th July 7B 8B
        Wednesday 8th July 7C 8A
        Thursday 9th July 7D 8D
        Friday 10th July 7E 8E
        Monday 13th July 7F 9A
        Tuesday 14th July 9B
        Wednesday 15th July 9C
        Thursday 16th July 9D
        Friday 17th July 9E

        Yours sincerely,

        Miss T Kelvie
        Headteacher


        CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Thursday 4/6/20


        Dear Parents/Carers

        Please see a letter that was sent to parents of Year 10 and Year 12 regarding the re-opening of the school.

        Kind Regards

        Aylesford School

        Year 10 Letter

        Year 12 Letter


         

        CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Monday 5/5/20

        Dear Parents/Carers

        Please see a letter that was sent to parents this week from Mr M Wright - Executive Head Teacher of Aylesford and Wrotham

        Executive Head - Letter 4/5/20

        Kind Regards

        Aylesford School



        CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Monday 27/4/20 4.00pm

        Dear Parents/Carers

        We are continually overwhelmed with the support that is being given to students by parents/carers and with how well the majority of students are accessing the work and engaging with the lessons. As we are now seeing more and more lessons now being delivered ‘live’ through zoom, we wanted to publish a code of conduct to ensure that all students are accessing this in the appropriate way and to maximise the learning opportunities that this presents.

        Please can we ask you to share this with your child/children to ensure that they understand their responsibilities in their lessons

        In order to ensure an appropriate learning environment, please ensure that the following code of conduct is adhered too:

        Use your real name so a register can be taken of students in attendance/no changing of user names during sessions

        Use appropriate language throughout the session

        Do not share personal information with others

        Keep your webcam turned off for the meeting

        Mute you microphone when you aren’t asking or answering a question. This will prevent background noise and feedback from disrupting the session

        Do not share the meeting invitation code and password with people outside of your class

        If students fail to follow the school’s policies during a Zoom lesson, they they will be removed from the session. ​​

        Kind Regards

        Aylesford School


        CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Friday 24/4/20 4.00pm

        Message from Mr Neeve - Progress Leader for Year 10

          Year 10 Competition

          Bored of the Xbox? Can’t think what to do after PE with Joe Wicks in the morning? Can’t face another day of parents nagging you to be useful? Mr Neeve has the answer….

          All you have to do is to get the work you’ve been set back into your teachers through SMHW or email BY WEDNESDAY 29th APRIL. If on paper, take a photo of it and email it into them so that they can give you feedback on your efforts so far!

          The race is on to see which year 10’s are showing the most motivation, resilience and self discipline. Those with the best scores can win prizes of up to a £30 Amazon voucher and other prizes of £20 and £10 for numerous others!!

          Prizes will be announced Friday 8th May!

          Stay safe, keep well and good luck.

          Mr P Neeve



          CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Thursday 6/4/20 4.00pm

          Message for Year 10 Parents, Carers and Year 10 students

            Dear Parents, Carers and Year 10 students

            Miss Kelvie and I would like to thank all of Year 10 for the fantastic work ethic so many of you have shown since the school closed. There have been some really positive virtual lessons as well as a large number of constructive conversations between staff and students. I would really like to also thank all of the parents for their ongoing support in this difficult time, it is much appreciated.

            This is a hugely important time for Year 10 and so that they don’t lose momentum I’d like to give them a bit of an extra incentive to motivate them further.

            On Friday 1st May I will be asking all Year 10 teachers to rate each of their students 1 to 4 based on the work they give teachers from now until then. This will be based on not only the work produced in the next 2 weeks but also their effort and attitude to learning shown. The top 5 students with the best average score will win a prize.

            There will also be another prize given to students who have done particularly well so far and we will be asking teachers for additional nominations in each subject.

            I hope you’re keeping safe and well, any questions or queries please email me Philip.neeve@aylesford.kent.sch.uk.”


            Kind regards


            Phil Neeve

            Year 10 Progress Leader



            CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Thursday 6/4/20 4.00pm

            Dear Parents/Carers

            Welcome to Term 5! Please see below a letter from Mr Wright, the Executive Head Teacher for Aylesford and Wrotham.

            Executive Head - Term 5 Letter



            CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Thursday 6/4/20 4.00pm

            During this period of uncertainty it is likely that we all be spending more time online. This includes us and our children.

            SaferInternet.org have produced a guide to ensuring that we are all keeping safe online during this time - We would encourage all parents/carers and students to read this in coming days.

            Click here to visit saferinternet.org


             

            CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Friday 3/4/20 1.00pm

            Exam update from Ofqual

            Ofqual - Guidance for Teacher,Students and Parents

            Ofqual - Letter to Students

            Dear Parents and Carers and Year 11 and Year 13 Students,

            I hope that you are all safe and well and are looking forward to your Easter break.

            Many of you have been anxious about how your grades and qualifications will be awarded and have been working hard to get work completed.

            I am pleased to be able to give you the latest information and hope that this will alleviate some pressure and stress.

            Above is a letter from OFQUAL to students explaining how grades will be awarded. I have also attached a document called ‘Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers: Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level. Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in Maths’. Please read these two documents carefully.

            Your teachers and myself will be submitting grades for each of you and for all of your subjects and we have to take into consideration a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

            It is really important that you keep all of your work, PPE’s, Mock Papers, Class books and any other evidence you have of your work in a safe place - we are likely to need this later on and we will contact you when this is needed.

            You will see from the guidance and letter that you are not required to do any new work or tasks - if we need anything from you we will contact you. Of course you are able to continue to complete your work if you think it will add to the evidence your teachers have in awarding you the best possible grade.

            It has been a real pleasure to work with you all and I could not be prouder of the young people that you have become.

            Thank you for your continued support - we will of course be in contact with you after Easter!

            Please stay healthy and safe,

            Kind Regards

            Miss Kelvie



            CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Friday 3/4/20 11.00am

            Please see below a letter sent to all parents/carers today regarding the Easter break.

            Easter Break Letter - April 2020

            Kind Regards

            Aylesford School


             

            CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Thursday 2/4/20 1.00pm

            We have written to all parents/carers regarding Mental Health and Well-being, and you will receive a letter via email shortly.

            The letter can be accessed by clicking the link below. The letter contains a number of useful strategies to maintain good mental health and well-being during this challenging time as well as a number of resources and support links to help you provide advice and support to your child if necessary.

            Mental Health and Well-being - April 2020

            Kind Regards

            Aylesford School


             

            CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Wednesday 1/4/20 10.00am

            English Department Update - To the Parents and Carers of Students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10

            Dear Parents/Carers

            We would like to make parents aware of some changes to the English remote learning.

            The English department would like to start by saying thank you for all the work we have been receiving - we have been impressed by the amount and quality of work being returned and have tried to congratulate students by email or phone.

            You will notice that on Tuesdays and Thursdays we have now assigned reading instead of classwork - we feel that three days a week of classwork and 2 days of reading will allow a better balance, help students who are feeling overwhelmed and also allow students to benefit from reading which is so important.

            Over the 2 week Easter break we will not be setting any English classwork however we know that some students might choose to complete an optional research project. We would prefer for students to do this by hand and keep it for submission when we return to school - we will celebrate the work completed by creating a new display board in the English corridor.

            1. Research an environmental issue (deforestation, global warming, plastic pollution) and create a factsheet or leaflet using language to persuade people to do something about it

            2. Research an equality issue in society such as gender equality or racism and write a speech giving your opinions on the issue—this can be submitted as a document or video!

            3. Write a book review about a book you have read in March—include your likes and dislikes and comments on characters, setting and plot. Design a new front cover for the book.

            4. Research life during world war 1 or 2—for a soldier or someone at home during the blitz. Write 3 diary entries showing their experiences and thoughts.

            Please contact any of the English teachers if you need any support, advice or work -we are all happy to help,

            Kind Regards

            Mrs Johnston​



            CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Tuesday 31/03/20 10.00am

            Letter to all Year 10/11/12/13

              Aylesford School Update from Miss Kelvie - Headteacher and Mr Wright Executive Headteacher  

              Dear Parents and Carers

              OFSTED SUCCESS AND OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

              You will remember that our school was inspected by Ofsted at the beginning of this month. Ofsted have paused the publication of all inspection reports during the coronavirus crisis.  However, we are delighted to tell you that Aylesford School was judged to be ‘good’ in every area. We look forward to sharing the report with you once it has been published. 

              We are aware that everyone will be feeling anxious and stressed at this very challenging time and want to reassure you that the staff are fully committed to supporting families.  We write this communication in hope that it will help to alleviate some of the pressure you are under.

              The absolute priority is to stay safe and healthy - nothing else is as important! Please follow government guidance and stay at home as much as possible - this also applies to our young people.

              There are lots of students that are showing up as not having logged into Show My Homework at all. This could be because they have logged in manually or used their parents log in or used a tablet which doesn’t require you to log in each time. It is a real concern that there are over 40 students in Year 11 and 10 who don’t appear to have logged in at all and it is really important that Year 13, 12, 11 and 10 keep up with their studies .

              We still do not know how grades are going to be awarded to Year 13 and Year 11 students. The rumour is that we will need to submit Predicted Grades and Highest Mock/PPE Exam paper grades (These could be second attempt papers after level up), they are then likely to ask us to send a sample off which is why we need to ensure we have good examples of work - even if they do not ask us for sample work, this will be needed if we have to appeal any grades we are not happy with.

              When Year 11 and Year 13 have completed work they should submit it to their teacher for marking. If it is not possible to send to their teacher they must keep hold of all work and books - we will contact them when we need it.


              Our staff have been asked to try and provide an education remotely - this is new to us all and much of it is trial and error. Teachers have set work on Show My Homework and we ask all students to attempt what is being set. Our staff will mark work in line with our assessment policy. This means that not every piece of work will be marked and this is the case when students are in school too. They will keep in touch with you via email during the school day. 

              We know that parents and students are trying their best at present, and that parents are trying to juggle staying safe, working from home, keeping children occupied and entertained as well as trying to home educate - you can’t do it all, you can only try your best. Parents who are struggling to get children to work at home or who are experiencing issues in accessing the work, printing the work, submitting the work, please do not let is cause you lots of stress - there are more important things to worry about - all we ask is that you communicate any issues with us so that we can support you!

              If you have an issue accessing Show My Homework (SMHW) check the guidance we have posted on the website and on facebook in the first instance. If you are still having issues accessing SMHW please contact your child’s mentor - they will be making contact with you if they haven’t already. If after trying those things you still have trouble please contact Mrs Land:

              niamh.land@aylesford.kent.sch.uk.

              If you have an issue with a particular subject please contact the Head of Department or teacher of the subject. Staff contact details and email addresses can be found on our school website.

              Please remember education comes in many forms including the promotion of life skills, development of good character and the art of communication - all are crucial at this time. Do not be afraid to allow your child to spend some time away from Show My Homework doing other activities such as cooking, cleaning, arts and crafts, writing letters to family and friends who they are unable to see, doing some fitness and even a bit of social time using zoom or house party or facetime if you have it.

              Other information you might find useful:

              Free School Meals
              We have ordered vouchers for those students who are in receipt of Free School Meals but they are yet to arrive - we are working to resolve this and as soon as we receive them they will be sent out to families.

              Access to ICT
              Those parents who have emailed in directly to indicate that their child has no access to ICT have all received the following reply from me:

              Thank you for your email!
              I am trying to resolve ICT access issues but like everything at the moment this is proving difficult as shops are not open, deliveries aren’t taking place in many cases and many of my staff have to self isolate.
              We will be working in this order of priority over the coming weeks to address issues that have been emailed to me regarding non or limited access:
              Year 11 and 13 students who must get sample and completed coursework to us.
              Students with no access- not even a phone to work from. We will work from Year 12 to Year 7
              Students with limited shared access.

              We just don’t know if and when we will be able to help Year 10 down to Year 7. When Year 13 and 11 have finished their work we will reallocate laptops and we have ordered some more so hope to be able to help Year 10 as the next priority.

              Paper packs are being sent to all Year 7, 8,9 and 10 students who do not have or have limited access to ICT today.

              Most of the work can be accessed using a smart phone.

              School Trips and Events that Parents have paid for:
              All school trips and events have been cancelled until we re-open (we really do not know when this will be).
              Parents will receive a full refund but we have limited availability of staff and so we ask parents to be patient with us.

              Please stay healthy and keep safe.

              Kind Regards

              Miss T Kelvie and Mr M Wright


              CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Tuesday 31/03/20 10.00am

              Letter to all Year 7/8/9

                Aylesford School Update from Miss Kelvie - Headteacher and Mr Wright Executive Headteacher  

                Dear Parents and Carers

                OFSTED SUCCESS AND OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

                You will remember that our school was inspected by Ofsted at the beginning of this month. Ofsted have paused the publication of all inspection reports during the coronavirus crisis.  However, we are delighted to tell you that Aylesford School was judged to be ‘good’ in every area. We look forward to sharing the report with you once it has been published. 

                We are aware that everyone will be feeling anxious and stressed at this very challenging time and want to reassure you that the staff are fully committed to supporting families.  We write this communication in hope that it will help to alleviate some of the pressure you are under.


                The absolute priority is to stay safe and healthy - nothing else is as important! Please follow government guidance and stay at home as much as possible - this also applies to our young people.


                Our staff have been asked to try and provide an education remotely - this is new to us all and much of it is trial and error. Teachers have set work on Show My Homework and we ask all students to attempt what is being set. Our staff will mark work in line with our assessment policy. This means that not every pice of work will be marked and this is the case when students are in school too. They will keep in touch with you via email during the school day. 


                We know that parents and students are trying their best at present, and that parents are trying to juggle staying safe, working from home, keeping children occupied and entertained as well as trying to home educate - you can’t do it all, you can only try your best. Parents who are struggling to get children to work at home or who are experiencing issues in accessing the work, printing the work, submitting the work, please do not let is cause you lots of stress - there are more important things to worry about - all we ask is that you communicate any issues with us so that we can support you!


                If you have an issue accessing Show My Homework (SMHW) check the guidance we have posted on the website and on facebook in the first instance. If you are still having issues accessing SMHW please contact your child’s mentor - they will be making contact with you if they haven’t already. If after trying those things you still have trouble please contact Mrs Land:

                niamh.land@aylesford.kent.sch.uk.

                If you have an issue with a particular subject please contact the Head of Department or teacher of the subject. Staff contact details and email addresses can be found on our school website.

                ​Please remember education comes in many forms including the promotion of life skills, development of good character and the art of communication - all are crucial at this time. Do not be afraid to allow your child to spend some time away from Show My Homework doing other activities such as cooking, cleaning, arts and crafts, writing letters to family and friends who they are unable to see, doing some fitness and even a bit of social time using zoom or house party or facetime if you have it.

                Other information you might find useful:

                Free School Meals
                We have ordered vouchers for those students who are in receipt of Free School Meals but they are yet to arrive - we are working to resolve this and as soon as we receive them they will be sent out to families.

                Access to ICT

                Those parents who have emailed in directly to indicate that their child has no access to ICT have all received the following reply from me:

                Thank you for your email!
                I am trying to resolve ICT access issues but like everything at the moment this is proving difficult as shops are not open, deliveries aren’t taking place in many cases and many of my staff have to self isolate.
                We will be working in this order of priority over the coming weeks to address issues that have been emailed to me regarding non or limited access:
                Year 11 and 13 students who must get sample and completed coursework to us.
                Students with no access- not even a phone to work from. We will work from Year 12 to Year 7
                Students with limited shared access.

                We just don’t know if and when we will be able to help Year 10 down to Year 7. When Year 13 and 11 have finished their work we will reallocate laptops and we have ordered some more so hope to be able to help Year 10 as the next priority.

                Paper packs are being sent to all Year 7, 8,9 and 10 students who do not have or have limited access to ICT today.

                Most of the work can be accessed using a smart phone.

                School Trips and Events that Parents have paid for:
                All school trips and events have been cancelled until we re-open (we really do not know when this will be).
                Parents will receive a full refund but we have limited availability of staff and so we ask parents to be patient with us.


                Please stay healthy and keep safe.

                Kind Regards

                Miss T Kelvie and Mr M Wright



                CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Monday 30/03/20 09.00am

                Dear Year 13 IB Students Only- Message from Mrs Dighton

                I just wanted to send you a gentle reminder about the urgency of getting your Reflective Project and your RPPF form sent over to me this week. Thank you to those of you who have already sent me your first drafts, however there are still a few students who haven’t sent me anything. The final deadline for submission is this Friday (3rd April), this means that your work will be sent to the IB exam board and after Friday your work cannot be changed. It is really important that you get this work to me and that it is your best work because this is likely to be used to give you an overall grade, as well as your other IB coursework. As you will know by now the IB exams have been cancelled so your coursework will be used (amongst other assessments) to give you the final grade that you deserve. Please be aware that any IB student who does not send me any work by Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, I will be contacting your parents as a matter of priority. Please do not hesitate to contact me on amie.dighton@aylesford.kent.sch.uk if you have need too.

                We have been working hard on this project for months now and I am excited to read all of your chosen subjects over the next few days.



                CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Friday 27/03/20 09.00am

                A reminder that Show my homework can be accessed without a user name and password - please see the guide below

                SMHW guide without login



                CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Wednesday 25/03/20 10.00am

                AYLESFORD SCHOOL - IMPORTANT: If your child does not have access to ICT at home e.g. no laptop or computer, please can you email Miss Kelvie on tanya.kelvie@aylesford.kent.sch.uk stating child’s full name and year group.

                Thank you


                CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Tuesday 24/03/20 12.30pm

                Message for all Year 13 and Year 13 Parents

                Dear Parents and Students of Year 13,

                As you may be aware, the Government have confirmed that the GCSE resit exams in English and Maths are cancelled, as are all BTEC and CTEC examinations, and we have also had confirmation that the IB exams are also now cancelled. Students will be awarded their grades based on predictions, mock exams, prior attainment and also the coursework you have produced for your subjects. Other evidence could also be used, but we are still awaiting confirmation on this. Please read the email below carefully to ensure you have the best chance at receiving the grades you deserve.

                As well as the evidence mentioned above, your coursework for each of your subjects is now critical in ensuring you are awarded a true and fair grade. The Sampling process that normally occurs every year where we send off student work to be quality assured has now been ‘paused’ by BTEC until further notice, and as of yet it has not been confirmed how this will take place (The exam board has obviously realised that it is going to be difficult to collate everything when we are all working from home). It is therefore vital that all Year 13 students are spending their time at home this week completing assessments and coursework to the best of their ability. Where possible this should be completed to your Target grade. Although it is unclear how coursework will be used, it will definitely be used in some capacity to grade work and justify exam results, so I strongly urge that all students take this opportunity to complete the work set.

                Each of your teachers will be setting work remotely via either Show My Homework, email or if they are brave like Mr Elcome, you may be lucky enough to be invited to an online lesson with your teacher. Please log in to these portals every day so that you do not miss anything and please adhere to any deadlines which your teachers are setting you. Failure to do so may result in staff contacting home or even worse, you may not get the grade you deserve. You may also want to check your spam folder on emails in case some emails are filtered here instead of your inbox.

                This is not the way I wanted your final year at Aylesford School Sixth Form to end, but as a school community we can all work together remotely to ensure that whatever your plan is after Aylesford that you get there successfully. Please contact me should you have any problems or queries.

                #staysafe #stayhome

                Mrs Dighton
                Director of Sixth Form


                CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Monday 23/03/20 11.45am

                Message from Mr Matthews - Year 11 Progress Leader

                Dear parents and students,

                As you may be aware, the government have confirmed that the GCSE exams are cancelled but that students will be awarded GCSE grades based on predictions, mock exams, prior attainment and other evidence yet to be confirmed. Please read the email below carefully to ensure you have the best chance at receiving the grades you deserve.

                As a school we may be asked to submit work to be moderated to back up students results. We are therefore requesting year 11 students to spend their time this week completing assessments to the best of their ability. These will be used alongside their mock exams to justify the results and therefore we strongly urge that students take this opportunity to complete the work set.

                Each of your teachers, or Heads of Department, will be setting you appropriate tasks to complete on Show My Homework. This needs to be checked regularly and deadlines need to be adhered to in order to give students the best chance possible of achieving the grades they deserve.

                It is also important that you check your emails regularly (please check your spam folder also as sometimes emails will be filtered there by your provider). Some subjects have sent out invites to online learning platforms to make conversing with students and submitting work easier. Instructions will be in these emails where it concerns your child.

                Since it is being completed at home we do not expect students to complete it in exam conditions - they may use books, revision guides or the internet - but we cannot accept work that is clearly not the students own work or work that takes substantially longer to compete than would normally be allowed, as this is not a true reflection of their ability - each of the assessments set should have a recommended time stipulated by the class teacher. Teachers will return work that they do not feel is reasonable to accept as a students own and clarify its validity or ask that it is repeated in exam conditions.

                The government hopes to get students grades to them in July - if you are not happy with the result you received you can contact the school who can try to appeal if we agree with your concerns or you will have the opportunity to take the exams ‘at the soonest possible opportunity’ - probably in the autumn term.

                I encourage students to submit work daily as tasks are completed. Yo will be contacted if your child does not complete work or it is not to the standard they are capable of; support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

                Please contact myself or class teachers with any queries.

                Kind regards,

                Daniel Matthews


                CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 23/03/20

                Dear Parents/Carers

                Please see below the guidance from the Education Secretary,Gavin Williamson

                He states “You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home you should”



                CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 22/03/20

                Dear Parents/Carers

                EXAM UPDATE -YEAR 11/13

                We now have an update on how grades will be awarded following the cancellation of the exams.

                The full details of this announcement can be found here:

                https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced?fbclid=IwAR2Si7L5hPUM5RibCj2sXx17jJvamRQnhga6sZj6plRJjhmEonAn89FTco8


                In summary…

                -      As we knew this year’s exams are cancelled and will not be sat this summer.
                -      Universities have promised they will flexible and support students to access their courses.
                -      All students will be given a grade to reflect the work they have put in.
                -      Ofqual will work with teachers to generate a grade that reflects this hard work by asking teachers to submit a grade which reflects the individuals work.
                -      The teacher submitted grade will be evidenced by mock exams results, coursework and will be combined with prior attainment grades to produce a final grade that is fair.
                -      School will be given full guidance on how to do this at a later date and it will be robustly monitored.
                -      The aim is to provide these grades to students by the end of July.
                -      These grades will follow the same distribution as previous years so will not stand out from previous years grades and will be awarded proportionately.
                -        If students do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis.
                -      In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again.
                -      The Government will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020.

                As this is all of the information any of us have at the moment I will not be able to answer any questions as I do not have any more details than you. We will keep parents and students up to date as this moves forward.

                This does mean that students do not have to prepare further for exams or assessments. However, we may call individual or groups of students for coursework/ evidence that may currently be at home. We will be in contact.

                Kind regards

                Miss Kelvie - Headteacher
                Aylesford School


                CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 19/03/20

                Dear Parents and Carers

                There have been significant announcements this evening from the government.

                As you will understand, these will have a huge impact on our work as a school and as you as families.

                It is clear that from Monday the school will be shut, as will all schools until further notice.

                  We will be planning to meet the expectations placed on schools in the speech and we will be contacting you over the next couple of days regarding how we will provide for the children of key workers and the other key groups mentioned. More information will follow in the next few days once we have clearer details of what this might look like and who it will apply to.

                  Boris Johnson has also said that all exams in May and June will be cancelled. At the current time we have no further information on this announcement but we believe that exam boards may look at samples of work. We will therefore use the next two days with Year 11 and Year 13 in school to get the best samples of their work together. Students undertaking Food, Art and ICT practicals will still be allowed to do these as an example of their best work. Certainly, their best work will be used to appeal any grades that are awarded that we believe to be unfair.

                  Again, as soon as we know what these changes mean and what will be put in place as an alternative, we will let you know.

                  I will be in contact again over the next couple of days with more information.

                  Thank you for your continued support.

                  Kind regards

                  Miss T Kelvie
                  Headteacher

                  Download File: September_arrangements_-_July_2020

                  Year 7 RE Trip -Canterbury Cathedral

                  6 March 2020


                  Year 7 RE Trip -Canterbury Cathedral

                  On the 4th of March, Mrs Baker  accompanied by three amazing members of staff, took 51 year 7 students to Canterbury Cathedral. The trip was a joint History and RE trip looking at the significance of the Cathedral for historians and pilgrims alike. We had a fully guided tour, with some students even going up the pilgrims steps on their knees! 

                  The staff at the Cathedral and the staff on the trip were impressed with the politeness, curiosity and resilience of all students; it was quite cold even with our coats on! The Cathedral staff even took time to write the us at the school after the visit!

                  “We had the pleasure of your year 7 pupils visiting is this week. I do hope that they enjoyed their visit as much as all the guides who took them on their tours certainly did,  they told us how good they were, very polite and attentive, with great questioning.  They all said how much they enjoyed interacting with them”

                  Thank you to everyone who assisted with this trip!

                  Mrs Baker

                  English Department - An Inspector Calls Revision

                  6 March 2020


                  English Department - An Inspector Calls Revision

                  For parents, carers and students in years 10 and 11:

                  All students will be asked to write an essay on An Inspector Calls for GCSE literature.

                  In order to do this they need to know the following:
                  The plot and characters
                  Context about society and Priestley
                  Key quotations
                  Themes
                  Methods used by the writer
                  Terminology - such as adjective, metaphor, dramatic irony

                  There is a lot to learn - and this is only one of 3 books and 15 poems they need to study

                  In order to get started there is a revision booklet and exam questions below that students can download and use to revise.

                  An Inspector Calls - Revision.docx

                  An Inspector Calls - Exam Questions.pdf


                  We hope this helps their independent study. We also encourage students to use Seneca, BBC bitesize and sparknotes websites to help their revision or speak to their teacher for more resources and exam questions

                  Aylesford Dance Show - 1st April 2020

                  25 February 2020


                  Aylesford Dance Show - 1st April 2020

                  The dance showcase tickets are now on sale at reception. £5 a ticket under 12s are free.

                  Wednesday the 1st of April . 6:30-8pm Doors open at 6pm.

                  We look forward to seeing you there to help support and encourage your child.

                  Any questions please email miss Jarvis at kelly.jarvis@aylesford.kent.sch.uk she will be happy to help

                  Art Work displayed at Maidstone Museum!

                  25 February 2020


                  Art Work displayed at Maidstone Museum!

                  Congratulations to all 59 students who have had their “Living with Dementia” art work competition entries displayed in Maidstone Museum. They have shown tremendous character and done fantastically well to achieve this accolade and we are all extremely proud of them. Thanks must go to the Art Department and to Mr Neeve, the A Team and Dementia Friends of Maidstone for organising this.

                  It will be on display in Maidstone Museum in the café from 11th February to 16th March. Don’t miss out!

                  Find out more here Maidstone Museum Art Display.docx

                  Maths Revision - Year 10 and 11

                  12 February 2020


                  Maths Revision - Year 10 and 11

                  Please use this page to access a range of maths revision resources and past papers for GCSE exam preparation.

                  Foundation Past Papers

                    Foundation - Paper 1 Non Calculator May 2018

                    Foundation - Paper 2 Calculator May 2018

                    Foundation - Paper 3 Calculator May 2018


                    Higher Past Papers

                      Higher - Paper 1 Non Calculator May 2018

                      Higher - Paper 2 Calculator May 2018

                      Higher - Paper 3 Calculator May 2018


                      Revision Resources and answers/explanations

                        Aiming for Grade 3

                        To be Added soon

                        Aiming for Grade 5

                        To be Added soon

                        Aiming for Grade 7

                        To be Added soon

                        Aiming for Grade 9

                        To be Added soon

                        Key Formula Placemats

                        Placemat_Formula_Foundation.pdf

                        Placemat_Formula_Higher.pdf

                        Easter Dementia Cafe - Thursday 26th March

                        12 February 2020


                        Easter Dementia Cafe - Thursday 26th March

                        We hope you can support our next Dementia cafe which takes place on Thursday 26th March 2020.

                        This was an excellent event last time and our staff and students are very much looking forward to hosting this again next term!

                        Please spread the word and encourage as many local people as possible to attend!

                        Aylesford visit Berlin

                        10 February 2020


                        Aylesford visit Berlin

                        The History department recently took a group of Year 10 and Year 11 students to Berlin as part of their History GCSE

                        Read more about the adventures here

                        Berlin Trip Report.pdf

                        Year 11 Study Skills - 11th February

                        5 February 2020


                        Year 11 Study Skills - 11th February

                        Year 11 Study Skills Presentation – Tuesday 11th February

                          On Tuesday 11th February, from 4.00 – 5.00pm we will be hosting a study skills evening for both parents and students to attend. The sessions will be led by Mr. Matthews, Mrs Johnston, and Miss Kelvie; the sessions will run for approximately 20 minutes each and be focused on utilising technology, creating revision materials and visual aids, and the do’s and don’ts of revising effectively.

                          We would love for you to attend and help support parents and students in achieving the best results possible this summer!

                           

                          English Department - Christmas Carol Revision

                          29 January 2020


                          English Department - Christmas Carol Revision

                          At GCSE all students study A Christmas Carol which will form a large part of their AQA literature exam.

                          It is important that students own a copy of the text which they can use in class and at home to study from.

                          There are a wealth of resources available to support students with their revision, some of our favourite websites are:

                          Seneca revision
                          BBC bitesize
                          Sparknotes
                          Revision world

                          As well as these websites we have created our own revision booklet with much of the key information and quotes students need to learn. They should begin learning this information as early as possible to ensure they are confident for their final exams.

                          The revision guide should be downloaded using this link:

                          Christmas Carol - Revision Booklet

                          To see an example of the questions students will be asked please click this link - students are encouraged to complete exam practice at home, each essay is worth 30 marks and a response will be around 2-3 pages long:

                          A Christmas Carol - Exam Practice

                          Free Mental Health support for Teens

                          9 January 2020


                          Free Mental Health support for Teens

                          Aylesford School

                            is proud to support a local mental health initiative at Larkfield Leisure centre.

                            There will free ‘Chat & Chill’ sessions that will provide young people with a safe and free service to talk about how they are feeling.

                            The session is a chance for teens to open up about issues affecting their lives and help to create more realistic, appropriate thoughts and behaviours.

                            The session takes place at 7pm on Wednesday 15th January and all are welcome

                            Interested in starting a career in teaching…..

                            7 January 2020


                            Interested in starting a career in teaching…..

                            Dear Parent/Carer,

                            Are you interested in training to become a primary or secondary school teacher?


                              Teacher Training Information Evening Tuesday 14th January 2020

                                7pm


                                  Our school is working in partnership with other schools in Kent to provide outstanding teacher training. This is really important to us because it means we can choose the very best talent and develop them into teachers. Being able to choose who we train as teachers helps us in delivering the best outcomes for the students at Aylesford School.

                                  We have vacancies now to start training from September 2020 and we would be very interested to hear from you if you are thinking of becoming a teacher, or know someone who is. We’re looking for people who have (or will have) a degree, have a passion for teaching and want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential. We have both primary and secondary teacher training places in our partnership.

                                  We’d love you to come in and have a chat with us about the exciting teacher training opportunities available. We are running an Information evening at Aylesford School, Teapot Lane, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7JU at 7pm

                                    . The event will last about 90 minutes and will provide you with lots of information about our teacher training partnership Teach in Kent.

                                    Our recruiter, Mel Terry, can be contacted at mel@teachinkent.co.uk

                                      or 01634 861596

                                        to book your place at the Information Evening. We can also provide you with support and guidance on your application form and offer you school experience if you just want a taster of what teaching could be like.

                                        Alternatively you can book via the weblink below

                                          https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teach-in-kent-information-evening-tickets-86325212033

                                          For further information on what becoming a teacher might involve, you can also visit www.teachinkent.co.uk

                                          We look forward to hearing from you.

                                          Yours sincerely,

                                          Teach in Kent

                                           

                                          Year 10 and Year 11 Revision Sessions

                                          6 January 2020


                                          Year 10 and Year 11 Revision Sessions

                                          Please see above the schedule for Revision sessions for Year 10 and Year 11 this term.

                                          Aylesford School host first Dementia Cafe

                                          20 December 2019


                                          Aylesford School host first Dementia Cafe
                                            Aylesford Host Dementia Cafe

                                          The Dementia Café is the work of Mr Neeve and our A Team which is Aylesford Schools’ Student Council. The council are always looking for ways to be more community focused as a school. Our Dementia Café was inspired by the work of Paul Murray at the Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey who kindly allowed us to visit one of their very successful café’s in the summer.

                                          We would also like to thank, Laura Summers from Building a Dementia Friendly Maidstone and Bekka Fuszard the Chair of Kent County Council Dementia Friendly Communities Team and the National Lottery Community Fund for supporting us with the project so far. It would certainly not have been possible without their input and we are now planning to have this as a regular feature of the school calendar with our next Dementia Friendly Community Café  on Thursday 26th March and another in July.
                                          The day was a tremendous success with all guests living and supporting those with Dementia extremely pleased to have been invited and all enjoyed the range of activities that we had on offer.

                                          We were honoured to have two guests of honour with both Mayor Jill Anderson and Councillor Peter Homewood thoroughly entertained by students Aimee and Ashton dancing to Elvis’ Jail House Rock, a Christmas monologue read by Isobel and Amy, carol singing from our Year 7 choir and our Year 9 guitar ensemble ably led by Freya and Jack. All guests were well looked after by the A Team and Mr Kenmure’s catering students who showed tremendous character in welcoming our guests, keeping their teas and coffees topped up and giving them a continuous supply of cakes and scones throughout the afternoon.

                                          We were also grateful to have a number of stalls for guests to enjoy. Thanks must go to Cobtree Young Farmers and Kent Life who volunteered to bring animals from Kent Life such as Gerbils, Chickens, Ferrets, Rabbits and a Tortoise. Their generosity was well received and this proved extremely popular with all those at the café both young and old. This was especially the case for our guests from Amherst Court and Ashley Gardens Care homes. We were particularly pleased to have our Art Competition for years 7 8 and 9 judged by David, an artist and Ashley Gardens Resident. Congratulations to George and Alicia (Year 7) and Tiffany (year 8) who won prizes such as Gravity Vouchers, Bowling Vouchers and Sweets and Books which were generously arranged by Ann Franks from The Garden of England Homecare. 
                                          Thanks must finally go to other stall holders at the event for their support: Stuart from Sing for your Life, Jaime Jukes from Care UK who’s new care home will be opening in April, Grahame Hardy from the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, Jan Jensen from the Alzheimer’s Society Time for Dementia Project.

                                          Miss Kelvie- Headteacher

                                            “We are proud and honoured to host and organise a Dementia Cafe at Aylesford School. It is no surprise given that the numbers being diagnosed with Dementia is on the increase, that this is a cause close to my heart, having supported a close family member with Dementia.

                                            As well as achieving good academic qualifications, we also aim to develop good character in our students. Our students understand the importance of being an inclusive community and are keen to support people and raise awareness of Dementia. We look forward to welcoming many more to our next Dementia Cafe event”

                                            Grahame Hardy – Specialist Nurse for Dementia Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

                                              “a fantastic event, happy to help for the next one in 2020 – thank you to Mr Neeve and all the staff and students involved Congratulations on such a wonderful event

                                              The model of the Dementia Cafés incorporates support, knowledge and an understanding for people living with Dementia or memory loss. They can make a huge difference to the person which also increases their well-being, emotions and feelings which would remain with them. Recent research from the Alzheimer’s Society states that 99% of people who go along to Dementia Cafés say that it has provided them with useful information. The Dementia Café event at Aylesford School was a fantastic event, using local Community Resources and also the students and pupils who were so confident and engaging with the people living with Dementia was so lovely to see. Thank you to Mr Neeve and all the staff and students involved and Congratulations on such a wonderful event”.

                                              For more information of future events please contact Philip Neeve info@aylesford.kent.sch.uk Please follow Aylesford School’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AylesfordSchoolKent/ or visit https://www.aylesford.kent.sch.uk/

                                              Year 7 Trip To Lille

                                              18 December 2019


                                              Year 7 Trip To Lille

                                              Year 7 - French Trip

                                                Year 7 had a fantastic day in Lille yesterday!! (17th December 2019)

                                                They all showed great character throughout the day developing their curiosity and open-mindedness as they delved into part of French culture!! The students visited the Lille Christmas Market and many took a ride on the festive big wheel!

                                                After the market students also enjoyed the Planetarium in the Science Museum where they got to observe the sky,stars and the moon as well as find out more about our universe.

                                                Students were a credit to the school - passport control even took time to tell us that our students were the politest students they had ever met!!! Well done all Year 7 and for the staff who attended!

                                                A special mention must also go to Mrs Lawton for taking the time to organise such a fantastic day!

                                                Aylesford General Election

                                                13 December 2019


                                                Aylesford General Election

                                                Aylesford School Election Results

                                                  Over the last couple of weeks we have been learning about the election process, finding out about the main parties and the different policies, including how they may effect us in the coming years.

                                                  Towards the end of last week our students had the opportunity to vote for the party of their choice. This was a great opportunity for students to learn about the Democracy process and also develop their curiosity and open-mindedness.

                                                  Well done to all students and a big thank you to Mr Doggett for organising.

                                                   

                                                  Dementia Cafe

                                                  12 December 2019


                                                  Dementia Cafe

                                                  Don’t forget that our Dementia Friendly Community Café will be starting at 2pm until 4pm Thursday 19th December in our school hall.

                                                  People from our local community are cordially invited to attend, if living with dementia, caring for someone living with dementia or would benefit from an entertaining Christmas afternoon tea.

                                                  People attending will have the chance to socialise with others, be entertained by our music and drama department, meet Young Farmers from Kent Life with their animals from “Cuddle Corner” as well as excellent food cooked by our Food and Cookery Department in “Kenmure’s Kitchen”.

                                                  Please email Philip.neeve@aylesford.kent.sch.uk

                                                    if you would like to attend our school’s inaugural community event. 

                                                    Aylesford School General Election

                                                    4 December 2019


                                                    Aylesford School General Election

                                                    Aylesford School General Election

                                                      Over the last couple of weeks students have been finding out more the upcoming general election. We have been learning about how a democratic voting system works and why it is important. We have also had the opportunity to find out more about the main political parties as well as exploring more about their key policies.

                                                      This week we are holding our very own general election and by Friday will know the results once all year groups have had the opportunity to cast their vote!

                                                      Students have shown great open-mindedness to consider a range of view points and perspectives about the general election

                                                       

                                                       

                                                      Aylesford School Year 10 students visit Paris

                                                      3 December 2019


                                                      Aylesford School Year 10 students visit Paris

                                                      This term 18 Aylesford School Year 10 students went to Paris, a cross curricular trip between French , Art and Food Tech, History and RE organised by Mrs Lawton, Head of Languages.

                                                      Students demonstrated great character in Paris

                                                      The Aylesford School students had a fabulous time and demonstrated great character throughout the trip. From Curiosity when most of them tried snails! Resilience each day whilst walking absolutely everywhere, Courage when going at the highest point of Paris on the Tour Montparnasse ( higher than Eiffel Tower!) and Confidence when speaking French!

                                                      Aylesford School students make memories

                                                      We could not have hoped for a more fun, alert, curious bunch of students to take away with us to Paris!

                                                      What a amazing time with great memories made by all!!

                                                      Aylesford Shoe Box Appeal

                                                      29 November 2019


                                                      Aylesford Shoe Box Appeal

                                                      Aylesford Give to Royal British Legion

                                                      This Christmas the staff and students at Aylesford school have provided 35 christmas boxes to give to the veterans young children and grandchildren at the RBL. This was an idea put forward by a group of students and Miss Jarivs as a way of demonstrating compassion to our local communuty.

                                                      In addition to this We have also raised a total £95.35 through donations that will be going to a local homeless charity for Christmas. This has been such a fantastic way for the students to show compassion and kindness over the festive season.

                                                      This is another wonderful example of how our school community pulls together to help others! Well done to Miss Jarvis and all students that were involved!

                                                      Happy Christmas Everyone!

                                                      RE Competition Winners

                                                      26 November 2019


                                                      RE Competition Winners

                                                      Poetry comes to Religious Studies!

                                                      We are delighted to announce that several of our students have been highly commended in a national RE poetry competition.
                                                      The students involved showed great motivation and confidence as they entered poetry on the themes of Questions, Questions and Where is God?

                                                      Pictured above is Billy and Aidan in Year 8 who were 2 of our highly commended Students in the competition.

                                                      Mrs Baker would like to congratulate all involved.

                                                      Actor Phil Wright Visits Aylesford School

                                                      20 November 2019


                                                      Actor Phil Wright Visits Aylesford School

                                                      Yesterday we had the pleasure of a visit from professional actor Phil Wright.

                                                      Phil has been an actor for 34 years and has appeared in lots of Television programmes over the years such as Casualty, Call The Midwife, The Bill, Eastenders and Holby City to name a few! He’s also been in several movies, TV adverts and has done lots of live theatre over the years, working alongside some of the biggest stars like Dame Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis and Kate Winslet.

                                                      He spoke at length with the drama students about how he got started in the industry his time at drama school, as well as giving an honest account o the highs and lows of becoming an actor.

                                                      The students had a fantastic time and were very engaged throughout and showed great curiosity to find out more about his profession and story
                                                      They particularly enjoyed the new acting game that he introduced to them!!

                                                      Phil was extremely complimentary about our students and hinted that he may be back soon to work with our drama students in the future!

                                                      Another great opportunity for Aylesford School!

                                                      A big thank you must go to Mr Thompson in the music department for arranging such an inspiring visitor for our students

                                                      National Citizen Service visits Aylesford

                                                      18 November 2019


                                                      National Citizen Service visits Aylesford

                                                      Last week the National Citizen Service (NCS) visited our Year 11 students in assembly.

                                                      NCS is an organisation that promotes and encourages students to participate in their extensive summer enrichment programme. This involves adventure activities, developing life skills, a residential and local community volunteering.

                                                      We have had a number of students take part in this in the past and they have really enjoyed and valued their experience.

                                                      To find out more please visit www.wearencs.com

                                                      Aylesford welcomes the Dementia Tour

                                                      18 November 2019


                                                      Aylesford welcomes the Dementia Tour

                                                      Aylesford school’s Dementia Tour

                                                        As part of the schoools ongoing community projects around Dementia the School were lucky enough to have the Virtual Dementia Tour Bus in school on Friday courtesy of Kent County Council and Training2Care.

                                                        28 students and 12 staff were able to experience a virtual simulation of Dementia followed by a debrief from an experienced trainer in dementia care.

                                                        Students got the opportunity to virtually experience what it is like to live with Dementia. This is the only medically and scientifically proven method of giving a person with a healthy brain the experience of what dementia might be like. Invented 23 years ago in America by leading professor PK Beville, CEO Second Wind Dreams, the VDT has been experienced by over 3 million people in 23 countries. This training is about empowerment for all including staff, relatives or anyone that comes into direct or indirect contact with people with dementia. The core principal and the heart of the organisation is to ensure that people remember that they are responsible for the person and not the disease, and to help those being trained to recognise that they have a responsibility to focus on the person and not what is convenient to them.

                                                        This was perfect preparation for students taking part in the dementia cafe and gave them a number of ways to ensure that those at the dementia cafe feel safe, comfortable and well looked after when they visit on the 19th December.

                                                        The experience was so moving that one student said that ‘everybody should have access to this experience,’ whilst a member of staff said that, despite years working in care homes and being trained in working with dementia, “this was by far the best training she had ever been part of”.

                                                        All were very glad when the headphones with amplified noise and tunnel vision glasses were taken off. Students and staff showed tremendous courage to take part as the experience left them feeling disoriented and powerless to do even the most mundane tasks and it gave students far more compassion and respect for all those who are unable to take the headphones off and live with dementia every day of their lives.

                                                        Thanks must go to all the members of staff who supported this event, all the students and staff for taking part so willingly and to Mr Neeve for organising.

                                                         

                                                        Inter Faith Day

                                                        15 November 2019


                                                        Inter Faith Day

                                                        Inter-Faith Day

                                                        This week we had the fantastic opportunity to host an Inter-Faith Day as part of Inter-Faith Week which is happening next week. A group of Year 8, 9 and 10 students were able to hear from and ask questions to representatives of 6 different faiths.

                                                        Our students asked extremely insightful questions, showing their ability to reflect deeply on what they were discovering. They were respectful and showed a real open-mindedness to engage with views of others. The day was also observed and filmed by London South Bank University as part of a national case study!

                                                        Well done to Mrs Baker and all of the students who took part!

                                                        Trip to Belgium

                                                        12 November 2019


                                                        Trip to Belgium

                                                        Aylesford Remember - History Trip to Ypres

                                                        Yesterday 73 Year 8 and 9 students and staff members travelled to the battlefields of Ypres, Belgium as part of their History curriculum and with also reference to their English curriculum.

                                                        The weather was ever changing and the students had to do a lot more walking than expected due to the Remembrance day celebrations across Ypres. Considering the trip was focused on spending the majority of the time outside, the students showed amazing resilience, compassion, motivation and self-discipline.

                                                        The visit began with a tour of the Passchendaele Museum, looking at the 5 Battles of Ypres and the Battle of Passchendaele. From trying out the weight of the army kit soldiers wore, to experiencing what life was like in a WW1 underground Dug Out, the students really got a feel of what like was like for a solider during WW1. From this venue we travelled to Tyne Cot Commonwealth Military Cemetery to provide students with a clearer understanding of the huge scale of lives that were lost during the fighting of WW1. There was time for students to reflect on the events of WW1 and also reflect on warfare today. Students then travelled to Sanctuary Wood museum to experience a WW1 trench network system that a farmer had found in his field. Students were able to walk around the site and through the trenches to understand further what life would have been like on the front line.

                                                        After this, students were then taken to Ypres to visit a Belgium chocolate shop and they especially enjoyed the free samples! We were also lucky enough to walk up to the Menin Gate to show the students the memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives in WW1.

                                                        The students were a credit to the school! There were several compliments across the day at how well-mannered and respectful the students were. A big thank you to all those that took part in the day to make it a successful and fantastic experience for all involved.

                                                        Kind regards

                                                        The History Department

                                                        Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2019

                                                        11 November 2019


                                                        Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2019

                                                        So it is coming up to Christmas, and our wonderful students at Aylesford School are going to be working together in their mentor groups to make a Christmas Box for those who are less fortunate.

                                                        The Christmas box needs to be completed by Friday the 22nd of November 2019 and students can bring anything that they think the child would like in their box. Mentors will be going through with the students what they can and cannot include in the box this week

                                                        Students will also need to bring in a small donation with them to include with the box as each mentor needs to raise £5 per box.

                                                        Thank you in advanced for your support it is such a lovely way to make a child’s day extra special this Christmas and a fantastic way for the students to show compassion this festive season.

                                                        If you have any questions please contact Kelly.Jarvis@Aylesford.kent.sch.uk

                                                        The Queen comes to Aylesford School

                                                        8 November 2019


                                                        The Queen comes to Aylesford School

                                                        The Queen comes to Aylesford School!

                                                        What a fantastic day for Aylesford School! We had an incredibly successful trip to the Royal British Legion today to and we were all fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the Queen arrive and leave for her Royal Visit at the British Legion, with some students and staff even lucky enough to have a conversation with her!

                                                        Not only that - but a few weeks ago Aylesford was chosen as the location for her Majesty to land in her helicopter! This has been kept under-wraps until today and has been the reason for the extremely high police and security presence around the school this week!!!

                                                        We were lucky enough to see her arrive back at Aylesford today and take off from our field in the Royal Helicopter! All our students got to come out and wave their flags to say farewell to our Majesty the Queen for what was a truly memorable experience that will stay with our students for a lifetime!

                                                        A big thank you must go to Mr D Wright and Miss Kelvie for organising the day and the opportunities for the students, another huge thank you to our staff for supporting, and a massive well done to all our students who showed great character and were incredible ambassadors for Aylesford School throughout the day!

                                                         

                                                        Dementia Art Competition

                                                        8 November 2019


                                                        Dementia Art Competition

                                                        Dementia Art Competition

                                                        Following the dementia friendly training and assemblies that Year 7 - 9 had recently we have an opportunity to win a range of a great prizes by entering into the ‘Living with dementia’ Art competition.

                                                        Any entries for this must go to the school office by Monday 2nd December 2019

                                                        All students are welcome to enter a piece of art for this competition - There have been some outstanding entries so far!

                                                        Best of Luck - Any questions please speak with Mr Neeve

                                                        Language and Art Competition Winners!

                                                        18 October 2019


                                                        Language and Art Competition Winners!

                                                        Competition Winners!

                                                        Aylesford recently celebrated European day of Languages and as part of this students had the opportunity to enter a competition to paint or draw a picture that represented what European languages to them. Students should a tremendous amount of open-mindedness to create some fantastic work! Well done to all our winners

                                                        All winners were presented with a £5 Costa Voucher as a prize and the winners are pictured above.

                                                        Mrs Lawton and the MFL Department

                                                        Term 1 Sporting Success

                                                        18 October 2019


                                                        Term 1 Sporting Success

                                                        Term 1 has been seen some fantastic sports results for all of our teams

                                                        Year 11 - Kent Cup (French Cup)

                                                        Round 1 - Aylesford 3 - 2 St Gregorys (Aylesford trailed 2-0 with 15 minutes to play)
                                                        Round 2 - VS RMGS on Weds 6th Nov

                                                        Year 11 Kent Cup (Invicta)

                                                        Round 1 - Aylesford 6 - 0 Brockilll
                                                        Round 2 - Aylesford 5 - 4 Cleeve Park (Aylesford trailed 4 times in this game)
                                                        Last 16 - Vs Herne Bay on Weds 13th Nov

                                                        Year 11 League

                                                        Aylesford 2 - 1 St Simon Stock

                                                        Year 10 League

                                                        Aylesford 4 - 4 Holmesdale

                                                        Year 9 League

                                                        Aylesford 1 - 3 Cornwallis

                                                        Year 8 Kent Cup


                                                        Aylesford 2 - 2 Fulston Manor


                                                        Year 7 Kent Cup


                                                        Round 1 - Aylesford 2 - 1 Greenacre
                                                        Round 2 - Aylesford 2 - 0 Howard

                                                        Year 7 League

                                                        Aylesford 2 - 0 Wrotham
                                                        Aylesford 2 - 1 Holmesdale

                                                        Well done to all the teams and teachers leading the teams. We have knocked out grammar schools, all boys schools and even last years finalists in Cleeve Park.

                                                        We have also seen record numbers attend netball club and have performed well in the recent tournament. Where we beat Cornwallis, Drew to SSS and lost to Invicta narrowly.

                                                        We have seen record numbers of girls attending football club and trials, with the tournaments beginning next month

                                                        Rugby club has started and we are set to play a private school on Tuesday 12th November.

                                                        The dance company/academy has been well attended and is great to see this back in the curriculum and the students are engaging in the club and in lessons.

                                                        We were successful in a bid for handball for a grant of £2000. This club has been really popular and reached out to additional students that we don’t always see at clubs.

                                                        It is also exciting to see the trips being added to the department this year with the ski trip and football experience to West Ham.

                                                        A huge thank you to everyone for all your hard work with extra curricular, all the extra hours really has such a positive impact on the students.

                                                        Well done on a amazing term 😊

                                                        Many Thanks,

                                                        Mr Groom (Head of PE)

                                                        Term 2 PE Clubs

                                                        16 October 2019


                                                        Term 2 PE Clubs

                                                        The PE department have some excellent clubs happening during Term 2.

                                                        Why don’t you come along and try something new after the Half Term Break!

                                                        Royal British Legion Visit - 6th November

                                                        16 October 2019


                                                        Royal British Legion Visit - 6th November

                                                        RBL Visit - 6th November 2019

                                                        We are very excited to be running a whole school trip on the 6th November to the Royal British Legion.

                                                        Letters have been emailed to parents and also given to students, however if you have not yet got a letter please click below.

                                                        RBL Trip Letter

                                                        Aylesford launch Dementia Cafe

                                                        10 October 2019


                                                        Aylesford launch Dementia Cafe

                                                        Dementia cafe starts - Thursday 19th December 2019

                                                        Staff and Students at Aylesford are proud to let our community know that we will be holding our first dementia cafe on Thursday 19th December 2019.

                                                        We have been learning about dementia and how cruel it can be in some of our assemblies this year and we are extremely pleased that we will be able to do something that has a positive impact on dementia sufferers, their carers and their families.

                                                        There are already many students who are working with Mr Neeve to make this happen but if any other students want to be involved or have ideas about how they could support then they should see Mr Neeve.

                                                        Please help us by sharing this within the local community and spreading the word to anyone who might be interested!

                                                        Aylesford School

                                                        World Mental Health Day 2019

                                                        10 October 2019


                                                        World Mental Health Day 2019

                                                        Aylesford recognises World Mental Health Day 2019

                                                        This week in assembly students have been learning more about their mental health and why looking after it is so important.

                                                        Mr Doggett has led assemblies all week to mark World Mental Health Day 2019. Students have also been following this up in mentor time by hearing real people in real situations being very open and honest about their own mental health and sharing how they have learnt to cope and manage it.

                                                        For more helpful resources about mental health, check out: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day

                                                         

                                                        Through their eyes

                                                        9 October 2019


                                                        Through their eyes

                                                        Poetry Competition - ‘Through their eyes’

                                                        The English departments have recently given students the opportunity to take part in a poetry competition called ‘Through their eyes’ where they are encouraged to write a poem from the point of view of another person or animal.

                                                        They could be anyone they like and can make really powerful statements – writing as someone: in prison, facing discrimination, fighting for their country or living in extreme poverty.

                                                        We have received some lovely responses so far from students showing curiosity, open-mindedness and compassion – the final deadline is Friday 11th October so these need to be with their English teachers as soon as possible.

                                                        I wish students all the best in this competition,

                                                        Aylesford School English Department

                                                        Aylesford Wins ZSL Science Competition

                                                        8 October 2019


                                                        Aylesford Wins ZSL Science Competition

                                                        Mrs Barma-Newman recently entered a competition through Zoological Society London (ZSL) to win a conference call with a Zoological Scientist from London Zoo. Mrs Barma-Newman was one of only a few lucky winners announced this week!!!

                                                        As a result Aylesford have been given an amazing opportunity to host a conference call with one of the research scientists from London Zoo THIS THURSDAY after school 3:15-3:45. This opportunity is for Year 9,10 and 11 students only!!

                                                        The scientist will be discussing what they do, how they got into their career and what other job roles are available within a Zoo setting .
                                                        If this sounds like something your child is interested in please see Mrs Barma-Newman in the science department (L1) to have your name put down, the event is limited to 30 places and will be on a first come, first served basis.

                                                        This event is FREE!

                                                        Opportunities like this are rare so if you’re interested make sure you come!

                                                        Mrs Barma-Newman

                                                        Final Goodbye for Joe

                                                        8 October 2019


                                                        Final Goodbye for Joe

                                                        Final Farewell for Joe

                                                        Yesterday (October 8th 2019) Aylesford school got the opportunity to say our final goodbye to our much loved Year 12 student Joe M who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago.

                                                        Staff and Students lined the entrance to the school as Joe came to the school for the very last time. Staff, Students and Parents lined the procession with 100 yellow roses in memory of Joe as he passed through the school followed by his loved ones.

                                                        Joe will be fondly remembered by all at Aylesford School and will be sorely missed not only by his those who knew him but the wider school community.

                                                        Should any staff, student or parents wish to make a donation please let the office know - we have a collection that will be going to support the work of the Air Ambulance.

                                                        Aylesford celebrate Black History Month

                                                        4 October 2019


                                                        Aylesford celebrate Black History Month

                                                        Black History Month

                                                        Black History month has been celebrated for the last 30 in the UK. This week at Aylesford we have been proud to recognise this and learn more about Black History month in assemblies and mentor time.

                                                        Open Mindedness is a key character strength at Aylesford and it has been great to explore and find out more about this.

                                                        Mr Mushekwa and Mrs Emeribe were proud to deliver an assembly and share their own experiences and knowledge of Black History with Year 7 ,8 and 9. They joined in the celebration with an assembly which reinforced the richness of the diverse culture that we have in the UK

                                                        Students also spent time looking at this in mentor time by studying the impact of the Black Power Salute, at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games

                                                         

                                                        Year 7 go into battle!

                                                        4 October 2019


                                                        Year 7 go into battle!

                                                        History News!

                                                        This week Year 7 have recreated parts of the bayeux tapestry using the medieval weapons that they created as part of their homework. Students demonstrated confidence, courage and self-discipline in recreating key parts of the battle this week in their history lessons.

                                                        Miss Duff and Mr Statham have been so impressed with all of Year 7, especially with the effort that has gone into the making all of the medieval swords and shields and will be giving rewards to students at the end of term for their efforts!!

                                                        Well done Year 7 from the History Department

                                                        Food and Cookery win educational grant!

                                                        4 October 2019


                                                        Food and Cookery win educational grant!

                                                        As you will know Food and Cookery is a very popular and over subscribed subject at Aylesford School. In July Mr Kenmure and Mrs Land discussed how to expand Food and Cookery in the school, Mr Kenmure applied to the Savoy Educational Trust to bid for some money to help with expansion.

                                                        The bid required a significant amount of hardwork on behalf or Mr Kenmure and he needed to prove to Savoy Educational Trust that any money awarded from the bid would have a direct impact on the progress, personal development and character of our students at Aylesford School. The SET were extremely impressed with the application, as well as the progress the school and food and cookery department had made over the last 2 years.

                                                        As a result the school was awarded the maximum grant of £30,000 to help develop the food and cookery department further within the school. The full funding has now been received and plans are now being put into place to look into expanding the kitchen area, as well as develop further community aspects

                                                        We are now asking for some KS4/5 students to help as a working party in order to turn that amazing opportunity into a reality. If students are interested in being part of this team then they will need to see Mr Kenmure for further details.

                                                        Our thanks go to The Savoy Educational Trust for this life changing contribution to the students of Aylesford School

                                                        English Competition - Winners Announced

                                                        4 October 2019


                                                        English Competition - Winners Announced

                                                        Mission Chaos Winners Announced


                                                        The results are in…

                                                        Last term we offered students the chance to take part in a national creative writing competition.
                                                        We are proud to announce that 18 students work was selected to be published by Young Writers.

                                                        We are always looking for ways to build students curiosity and confidence around English and were impressed by the quality of response we received from this competition.
                                                        A massive well done from the English department to all students who took part.

                                                        See below for a full list of winners - Congratulations to all of you!

                                                        Year 8
                                                        Finlay
                                                        Kasia
                                                        Michaela

                                                        Year 10
                                                        Matthew

                                                        Year 11
                                                        Alana
                                                        Daisy
                                                        Rebecca
                                                        Harry
                                                        Hollie
                                                        Isabel
                                                        Lucy
                                                        Sally
                                                        Leia
                                                        Penny
                                                        Sarah
                                                        Summer
                                                        Jack
                                                        Jah’rell

                                                        Funeral Arrangements - Joe M

                                                        3 October 2019


                                                        Funeral Arrangements - Joe M

                                                        Dear Parents and Students

                                                        The funeral of Joe M is taking place this Monday at 11.45 at Vinters Park Crematorium. All students and families who knew Joe are welcome to attend the funeral. (Can we ask parents of current students at school to let us know in writing if their child will not be in school that day)

                                                        Miss Kelvie has arranged with the family for Joe and the funeral procession to pass through the school on route to Vinters park around 10.50am

                                                        We would like any student attending the funeral or otherwise who knew Joe to have an opportunity to pay their respects being present at the school when Joe arrives.

                                                        We have arranged for 100 yellow roses to be laid as the funeral procession passes through the school.

                                                        There will be tea/coffee and refreshments available from 9.45 in the school for students and families past and present who wish to show respects.

                                                        There will be plenty of time for students and families to pay their respects at school and also at Vinters Park.

                                                        Our aim is to give the family a sense of how loved Joe was by the school community.

                                                        The family has said dress code is not important and want all guests to be comfortable.

                                                        Aylesford visit the Knife Angel

                                                        30 September 2019


                                                        Aylesford visit the Knife Angel

                                                        Some of our students had a fantastic opportunity to visit the Knife Angel Monument in Rochester. This was only on show locally until 29th September however, it was something that all those who visited were very glad not to miss out on!

                                                        Students were shown into the precincts of the cathedral where the sculpture made from 100000 knives collected by England’s 43 police constabularies and turned into such an emotive piece of art. Students learnt that those that carry knives are 3 times more likely to be a victim of knife crime and the biggest misconception people believe is that by carrying a knife they will be safer.

                                                        All students then got the opportunity to sign a pledge that they will live their lives “knife free” and to see a display of knife crime victims in the Crypt. Their experiences today will all form part of a future assembly where they hope to share what they learnt and give others in the school community the chance to pledge to be “knife free”.

                                                        For more information please click on the following link: https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/show-areas/the-knife-angel-official

                                                        Mr Neeve would like to thank all students for being a real credit to the school and showing phenomenal levels of respect and compassion for the victims depicted and those that were affected by seeing the monument whilst there. Thanks must also go to Mrs Baker for the photos and Mr Thompson and Ms Stay for driving the mini buses. 

                                                        Army Cadets - Get involved!

                                                        17 September 2019


                                                        Army Cadets - Get involved!

                                                        Mr Kenmure did a year 8 assembly on Monday promoting the Army Cadet Force, explaining to the year 8 students how the cadet forces can develop their confidence and build on the character strengths we have in school, if you would like more information please contact Mr Kenmure in school or your local ACF unit. 

                                                        Pictured in the middle is Aaron Crockard who joined the ACF a year ago, since being there he has completed his basic training, has attended a number of weekends and the ACF annual camp, this was two weeks in Wales developing skills, training and testing.  Aaron said ” I love being at cadets, it has really helped with my confidence, I would never have been able to stand up in assembly and talk before I started”.  We are very proud of how Aaron has developed with cadets and in school.

                                                        Aylesford - A dementia friendly school!

                                                        13 September 2019


                                                        Aylesford - A dementia friendly school!

                                                        This week, year 7, 8 and 9 have been lucky enough to have Mary Rimmer, from Brachers Solicitors talking to students about how to be Dementia Friendly. Throughout each assembly, students were respectful and open minded when learning how they could be more aware of those with Dementia and the issues that they face. Next week as a character focus in mentor time they will be able to sign their pledges to be a Dementia Friend so that we can help to create a “dementia friendly generation”. All students that sign the pledge will receive a dementia friends badge as a public demonstration of their intention of acting in a dementia friendly way.

                                                        This is all leading up to Aylesford School’s first Dementia Café on 19th December where will be hosting members of the local community who have Dementia or who support Dementia. This is an exciting opportunity for Aylesford School and the A Team to develop the character of the students and strengthen links with local community.

                                                        Term 1- Reading

                                                        9 September 2019


                                                        Term 1- Reading

                                                        Reading at home

                                                        Research has shown that reading is critical to children’s ability to retain information, build vocabulary and develop critical thinking skills

                                                        It is recommended that children read 20 minutes a day at home. The graphic shows that students who read for 20 minutes per day outperform their peers in standardised tests and have access to a vast vocabulary.
                                                        Students who read for pleasure are not only more likely to succeed in school. Studies show that that reading for pleasure enhances empathy, understanding of the self, and the ability to understand one’s own and others’ identities.

                                                        Our LRC is open daily and students in KS3 are all provided a timetabled lesson to allow them to read age appropriate books but we would like to work with you to bring more reading into the home.
                                                        If you would like to support your child with reading this year we recommend the following books which are chosen to be pleasurable and educational.

                                                        Our top picks for Key Stage 3:

                                                        Chinese Cinderella –Adeline Yen Mah

                                                        A true story of resilience shown by a girl growing up in China during the second world war. Adeline is blamed for causing the death of her mother after childbirth and considered to be bad luck.  Her wealthy father remarries and his dominating wife treats the children harshly. Adeline struggles to find a place she belongs but her love of reading helps her flourish. 
                                                        A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
                                                        The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.
                                                        A Beautiful and captivating story teaching how the most difficult battles can come from within. 

                                                        Twelve minutes to midnight – Christopher Edge

                                                        A story about a plucky orphan heiress set in Victorian Britain who receives a letter from the governor of the Bedlam madhouse which sends her on an enthralling and terrifying adventure.  A rollercoaster read which is part of a gripping series.


                                                        Our top picks for Key stage 4:

                                                        Thirteen reasons why – Jay Asher

                                                        You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past.The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
                                                        This novel is the story of a high school student who has committed suicide following betrayal and bullying. Before ending her life she produced an audio diary explaining the thirteen reasons why she took such drastic action. Hannah’s experience really highlights the importance of compassion and the impact of our actions towards others.

                                                        The magicians guild – Trudi Canavan

                                                        Enter a world of magic and intrigue. Sonea is a young girl who is frustrated by the oppression she has faced growing up and when the Magicians come to purge the streets of urchins and vagabonds she lashes out – unleashing an unexpected magical attack. As her uncontrolled powers grow there is a danger she will unleash a force which is a threat to the city
                                                        The Stand – Stephen King
                                                        A truly epic novel set in an apocalyptic world which has been blasted by plague and unrest causing 99% of the population to die. The survivors face a battle of good and evil at a time where chaos reigns, society is collapsing and widespread violence threatens the extinction of humanity. Although this is a longer book then students may be used to reading, it is fast paced and exciting.

                                                        Aylesford School Family Fun Day 2019

                                                        3 September 2019


                                                        Aylesford School Family Fun Day 2019

                                                        Calling all Year 6 pupils and your families

                                                        Family Fun Morning Saturday 14th September 9am-12pm

                                                        Aylesford School have a Family Fun Day taking place on Saturday 14th September 2019, where as a family you can take part in one of our taster sessions.

                                                        Wide range of activities

                                                        For those of you interested in sport, why not try our trampolining equipment or our climbing wall or perhaps family rugby with our award winning PE teacher. We are also offering floristry for beginners, science experiments, drama and team building or maybe you would like to try ‘Cooking with Kenmure’ with Mr Kenmure; our amazing food & cookery teacher.

                                                        Please note that families should arrive at 9:00am for the session.

                                                        More information

                                                        To sign up for the Family Fun morning please complete the form found on the following link
                                                        https://forms.gle/ZvJvZuftXjY7onUU8

                                                        Want to try even more?

                                                        Year 6 taster sessions

                                                        We will also be delivering a number of taster sessions that will run during the first two terms up until Christmas.

                                                        CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE

                                                        Year 9 and 10 English

                                                        31 August 2019


                                                        Year 9 and 10 English

                                                        Next term in English students in year 9 and 10 will be studying An Inspector Calls. This is one of the GCSE texts and it would be beneficial to students to own their own copy of the play.

                                                        It can be found on Amazon below at the link bellow for £9 and cheaper second hand. The book is An Inspector Calls (Heinemann Plays For 14-16+)

                                                        https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0435232827/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_e25xDb6N17G2G

                                                        If you would like any information on GCSE English at Aylesford School, or the other 2 texts students will be studying please contact me on michelle.johnston@aylesford.kent.sch.uk.

                                                        Mrs Johnston.

                                                        2019 GCSE result success!

                                                        28 August 2019


                                                        2019 GCSE result success!

                                                        Today, I was delighted to celebrate with students the best GCSE results that Aylesford school has ever achieved.

                                                        Over 50% of students achieved a pass in both English and Maths with 74% achieving at least a grade 4 in English and 60% achieving at least a grade 4 in Maths.

                                                        We are also celebrating an increased number of students who achieved top grades 7-9 in a number of subjects such as French, History, English, Maths and RE. Similarly, our vocational BTEC subjects did incredibly well with 100% pass rates and students achieving the top Distinction * grades in Business and Sport.

                                                        We are proud that 12 subjects have performed in line with or exceeded National percentages.

                                                        Our results are a true reflection of the dedication, commitment and hard work of our staff, our parents and most importantly our students.

                                                        Aylesford is one of the most improved schools in Kent and is on an incredible journey where academic achievement and development of good character and a love of education are at the heart of everything we do.

                                                        If you would like to come and see the great work and students at Aylesford School please contact me for a tour. Our Open Evening is on Tuesday 1st October from 5.30pm - 8pm

                                                        We are extremely proud of our achievements and of all of our students who have collected examination results this year and wish them every success in their future.

                                                        Miss Kelvie - Headteacher

                                                        The Headteacher is pictured with Josh Dunster and his family. Josh achieved 9 GCSEs at level 5 or above, including a 9 in History, 8 in RE and a 7 in both English Language and English Literature.

                                                        Year 6 Taster sessions 2019

                                                        28 August 2019


                                                        Year 6 Taster sessions 2019

                                                        Calling all Year 6 pupils!

                                                        Term one Taster sessions at Aylesford School

                                                        We will also be delivering a number of taster sessions that will run during the first two terms up until Christmas. This will commence on Monday 16th September.

                                                        This will allow you to see what it is like to study at Aylesford School. These sessions are likely to be very popular so we will carry them out in two cycles so that students have an opportunity to try everything.

                                                        Parents can stay too

                                                        We also encourage parents to stay in our canteen whilst their children are trying one of our sessions, as they will have a chance to enjoy refreshments with myself and the Year 7 Progress Leader.

                                                        More information

                                                        You should read the information below which provides details on the sessions including how to book onto them.

                                                        To sign up for term one taster sessions please sign up using the following link

                                                        https://forms.gle/BukZH82bWWMthYHF9

                                                         

                                                        Open Evening - 1st October 2019

                                                        15 August 2019


                                                        Open Evening  - 1st October 2019

                                                        Aylesford School will be holding its open evening this year on Tuesday 1st October 2019 from 5.30pm - 8.00pm

                                                        The Head Teacher will be speaking at 6.00pm and 7.30pm.

                                                        All the staff and students at Aylesford are looking forward to meeting with our future students!!!

                                                        Until then why don’t you follow us on facebook or take a look at our website to find out more about the school!

                                                        6th Form Results

                                                        15 August 2019


                                                        6th Form Results

                                                        Aylesford School 6th Form Results

                                                        We are celebrating another record year of A level equivalent results with a 98% pass rate and are particularly proud of the significant number of A* and A grade equivalents in Science, Health and Social care, Business and Sport. We are also celebrating our first cohort achieving the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme Award.

                                                        All students have been successful in securing a place at their desired destinations. A very well done to them all.

                                                        There is an increase in the number of students who have secured places studying a wide range of courses at University. In addition to more traditional subjects we have students opting to study Accounting and Finance, Biomedical Sciences, Law with Criminology, Primary Education and Psychology. Some students have elected to follow higher education courses locally whilst we also have students choosing to study at universities outside Kent, including Plymouth, Greenwich and University of Law in Birmingham.
                                                        Other students will be taking up workplaces or undertaking professional training with many going into excellent apprenticeships and employment with BMW, Balfour Beatty, KHP Country Homes and TPS Global.
                                                        We would like to congratulate all of our students and know that our emphasis on good academic qualifications as well as developing good character will put them in great stead in the future.
                                                        We are delighted to be offering the International Baccalaureate Careers Related Programme in our Sixth Form as one of our pathways and we remain in a strong position to offer a full range of successful courses for students who live in and around Aylesford.

                                                        Aylesford School achieves recognition as a School of Character

                                                        24 July 2019


                                                        Aylesford School achieves recognition as a School of Character

                                                        Aylesford School is among one of the first in the country to be awarded the ‘School of Character Kitemark’ in recognition of best practice in developing good character in young people.

                                                        Assistant Head Teacher, David Wright applied for the award which considers the culture, ethos and practical examples of character development across the school earlier in the academic year and was delighted to receive formal recognition of this at the Association of Character Education annual conference in July this year.

                                                        Schools of Character Kitemark

                                                        In receiving recognition, Ms Tanya Kelvie, Headteacher at the school explained;

                                                        “We really are creating an education that builds character. These are character strengths that our stakeholders, parents, students, staff and governors all voted for as the strengths that our students need to be successful in life. We believe it is important for students to develop good character in order to be successful academically, professionally and within their community. If all people had developed good character skills the world would be a much better place for us to live.
                                                        We are really proud to receive the Character Kitemark award which recognises our outstanding contribution to developing students character and the hard work of our staff and students - we were delighted to be only one of four schools nationally to be accredited with this award.”

                                                        Gary Lewis, founding member and chair of the Association, thanked the school and its staff for their commitment to Character Education by explaining that;

                                                        “The Schools of Character Kitemark is awarded to schools that can demonstrate that they take an explicit, planned and reflective approach to the cultivation of positive character qualities in their pupils in the interests of human flourishing. Aylesford School is a terrific example and it is with great pleasure that we welcome the School with a proven strength at developing the character of their young people.”

                                                        The process of being awarded the Kitemarks is designed to help schools to develop and enhance their character education provision. The award is not just the recognition of good practice, but also supports schools to develop desirable character qualities that contribute to individual as well as broader societal flourishing.

                                                        Mr Benjamin Miller was one of those involved in reviewing the schools progress towards its status as a School of Character and commented that;

                                                        “The leadership and commitment provided by the Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, governors and the Executive Headteacher and key members of staff has created a community in which children of all aptitudes are provided with good opportunities to flourish and grow in an environment enriched by a set of well-understood and articulated values.”

                                                        KS3 Reporting Guidance

                                                        23 July 2019


                                                        KS3 Reporting Guidance

                                                        In response to some parental feedback please see attached a link below which aims to give further information regarding the changes to KS3 reports, including the grading system.

                                                        Click below to download the PDF

                                                        KS3_-_Reporting_Guidance.pdf

                                                        Free Meals for Families - Summer 2019

                                                        23 July 2019


                                                        Free Meals for Families - Summer 2019

                                                        Would you or someone you know benefit from the free lunches for families over the summer holidays??

                                                        If you live in Tonbridge and Malling, have children under 16 and are in receipt of benefits then you can join the feast team for free lunches during the summer.

                                                        Booking required - see the attachments below for more details

                                                        Feast.Org_.1.pdf

                                                        Feast.Org_.pdf

                                                        Student Summer Reading List

                                                        17 July 2019


                                                        Student Summer Reading List

                                                        At Aylesford we are avid supporters of students reading for pleasure and for success. Our LRC is open daily and students in KS3 are all provided a timetabled lesson to allow them to read age appropriate books.

                                                        Research shows that reading over the summer is critical to children’s ability to retain information, build vocabulary and develop critical thinking skills. It helps them to avoid the summer slump and maintain and build upon literacy skills.

                                                        Students who read for pleasure are more likely to succeed in school and the studies show that that reading for pleasure enhances empathy, understanding of the self, and the ability to understand one’s own and others’ identities.

                                                        Click Below to see our recommended summer reads!

                                                        Download File: Aylesford_Summer_Reading

                                                        Aylesford Walk - 12th July 2019

                                                        2 July 2019


                                                        Aylesford Walk - 12th July 2019

                                                        Aylesford Annual Charity Fundraising Walk – Friday 12th July 2019

                                                        As part of the ‘Character Week’, Students and Staff will be joining together for a walk. The Walk is around 7.5 miles long and will be in a different part of the local area to last year. This year the walk will head out of the school into Barming woods, before taking on a big loop and coming back on ourselves through the East Malling research centre and then through Ditton before returning back to school

                                                        It is a fantastic opportunity for students to demonstrate compassion (by supporting their fellow walkers, raising money for charity and caring for our local area) and self-discipline (by keeping going all the way)!!

                                                        Students will register as normal with their mentor and will set off in a staggered start with the rest of their year group.

                                                        If your child is entitled to a Free School Meal, this will be provided for them on the day of the walk. Students are advised to bring appropriate walking shoes or trainers (no flip-flops or sandals), a hat, sun cream or waterproofs (depending on weather conditions) and a drinking bottle.
                                                        There will be drink stations at points along the course. This will be a non-uniform day and students should wear comfortable clothes appropriate for walking – shoulders must be covered. There will also be an ice cream van towards the end of the walk so we would encourage students to bring some cash to enjoy a well-earned refreshment before returning to school.

                                                        As a charity fundraising event, students are choosing their charity in year groups and we are asking that each student bring in £2.00 for this charity on the day. If they wish to be sponsored it would be fantastic and another great show of compassion to be able to donate more money to their chosen charity.  We would ask that this donation is made using parent pay. We will be splitting any money raised between the Heart of Kent Hospice and the School student voice team.

                                                        Thank you in advance for your support with this challenging and fun activity – the students will be proud of their achievement and have a chance to see some of the local area with their friends. Please complete the permission slip ONLINE via the following link as soon as possible which also includes agreement that you have discussed the code of conduct with your child before the walk. The code of conduct is included on the reverse of this letter.

                                                        Here is the link to complete the permission form: https://forms.gle/mA6nJvhXuaegkRHP9

                                                        Please note that any students who are not fit to participate will be required to attend school as normal, in full school uniform.

                                                        Yours sincerely,


                                                        Mrs K James
                                                        Deputy Head Teacher and Walk Leader

                                                         

                                                        Year 10 Work Shadowing 8th - 12th July 2019

                                                        2 July 2019


                                                        Year 10 Work Shadowing 8th - 12th July 2019

                                                        Wishing all of our Year 10 Students a great work shadowing experience - a reminder that if students are not going on work shadowing they will need to be in school all week.

                                                        All students will be given a work shadowing diary to complete whilst on placement. They will be given these on Friday but we have attached it below. These should be returned to their mentor once they return to school on Monday 15th.

                                                        Year_10_WX_Diary.docx

                                                        End of Term Arrangements 2019

                                                        27 June 2019


                                                        End of Term Arrangements 2019

                                                        A reminder that the last day of Term 6 will be Wednesday 24th July 2019

                                                        School will end at 12.15pm on this day and buses have been arranged for 12.20pm.

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                        Year 7 Camping Trip - 15th to 16th July 2019

                                                        21 June 2019


                                                        Year 7 Camping Trip - 15th to 16th July 2019

                                                        Exciting News! Year 7 Camping trip coming up soon

                                                        We are looking forward to our 3rd Annual Year 7 Camping Trip - This will take place at Wrotham School from Monday 15th - Tuesday 16th July. Students get to take part in a number of exciting and different activities and will spend the night under canvas!

                                                        The camp will finish at 9am on Tuesday 16th and students will need picking up from Wrotham at this time. Any student attending the camp will not be expected in school on Tuesday (This will not effect their attendance)

                                                        All information can be found in the letter below

                                                        Year_7_Camping_Trip_150719.docx

                                                        GCSE Drama Showcase - Thursday 27th June

                                                        21 June 2019


                                                        GCSE Drama Showcase - Thursday 27th June

                                                        GCSE Drama Showcase

                                                        Year 9 have been working incredibly hard in their first year of their GCSE. They will be performing scripted pieces that will blow you away. The character they have shown and will be showing is a testament to the amazing young individuals I have in Drama.

                                                        Please come and support Thursday 27th June in the main hall 5.15pm -6.15pm to help us celebrate their hard work!

                                                        Year 8 Options - Parents Information

                                                        21 June 2019


                                                        Year 8 Options - Parents Information

                                                        A big thank you to all parents and students that attended the year 8 curriculum evening last night, it was brilliant to see so many engaging conversations between parents, students and staff about their key stage 4 curriculum. Please remember that curriculum forms need to be handed into mentors by Monday 24th June. Click below if you need another copy of the curriculum form. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Mr Cooper paul.cooper@aylesford.kent.sch.uk

                                                        Options_Form_2019_Final.docx

                                                        Staff Football Success

                                                        18 June 2019


                                                        Staff Football Success

                                                        The staff football team played their first competitive tournament of the season on Friday.

                                                        Aylesford were grouped with Malling, NLL and Maplesden.

                                                        Game 1 – Aylesford 1 – 0 NLL – Doggett
                                                        Game 2 – Aylesford 1 – 0 MNS - Axford
                                                        Game 3 – Aylesford 0 – 0 Malling

                                                        The staff played three games on the spin and everyone worked incredibly hard, showing great character across all games!

                                                        Aylesford 7 points
                                                        Malling – 5 points
                                                        NLL – 4 points
                                                        MNS – 1 point

                                                        Aylesford top the group and will go into the winners tournament next time out!

                                                        A big well done to to Mr Doggett, Mr Axford, Mr Groom, Mr Cooper, Mr Neeve, Mr Walker, Mr Matthews, Mr Blair and Mr Martindale (GK)

                                                        Aylesford in the News!

                                                        17 June 2019


                                                        Aylesford in the News!

                                                        Aylesford Students raised money for the victims of Cylone Idai!

                                                        Well done to all students who took part in this!

                                                        Click here to read the article

                                                        Summer Concert 2019 - Thursday 18th July 7pm - 9pm

                                                        17 June 2019


                                                        Summer Concert 2019 - Thursday 18th July 7pm - 9pm

                                                        Thursday 18th July 2019 7pm -9pm

                                                        Tickets will be going on sale around school during mentor time this morning.

                                                        Please come and support our students with this excellent event!

                                                        Child tickets £2   Adult £4   OAP £3   Staff free

                                                        Character Week 8th - 12th July 2019

                                                        17 June 2019


                                                        Character Week 8th - 12th July 2019

                                                        Character Week 2019

                                                        Character Week is coming up and we have lots of exciting opportunities for students to engage in and develop their character!

                                                        Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th is Work Shadowing for Year 7,8 and 9 students. Any students not going to Work Shadowing will be in school as normal on these days. Letter below

                                                        Wednesday 10th - Trip and Activity Day. We are offering 3 trips on this day. Lower Grange Farm - Outdoor Activity Trip, Leeds Castle Trip and Thorpe Park water centre Trip. For students not on the trip there will be a full programme of activities in school All letters are below

                                                        Thursday 11th - Sports Day! All students in school for a full day programme of traditional and alternative sports day activities!

                                                        Friday 12th - Aylesford Walk. Letters to follow but we have a slightly shorter, flatter route for this year!

                                                        Click below to download letters

                                                        Leeds_Castle_Trip_Term_6.docx

                                                        Outdoor_Activity_Trip_Term_6.docx

                                                        Thorpe_Park_Trip_Term_6.docx

                                                        KS3_Work_Shadowing_May_2019_1.docx

                                                        Young Writers Competition

                                                        14 June 2019


                                                        Young Writers Competition

                                                        We would love students to write an entry for the Young Writers short story competition. They need to write a 100 word story on the theme of ‘Mission Chaos’ which is based on the survival of the human race at a time when chaos rules – famine, war, revolution, pandemic – students get to choose the cause and outcome.

                                                        If any students are interested they should speak to their English teacher for more information. The can also visit the Young Writers website

                                                        https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/mission-chaos/

                                                        Year 8 Options -  Parents Information Evening Thurs 20th June @ 5.30pm

                                                        13 June 2019


                                                        Year 8 Options -  Parents Information Evening Thurs 20th June @ 5.30pm

                                                        Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2019/2020

                                                        At Aylesford School, we are passionate about our students achieving and developing the best possible qualifications and workplace skills to enable them to fulfil their career aspirations and gain rewarding employment.  We have always encouraged our students to remain in education beyond year 11 and it is now a requirement that students will remain in full time education or training until the age of 18.

                                                        It is imperative that we offer a curriculum at Key Stage 4 that prepares our students for the economic challenges of uncertainty and competition.  We recognise that many of our students have the ability to successfully undertake a range of courses post 16, they should aspire to undertake a range of academic qualifications or equivalent vocational qualifications which will lead to higher study at University or in a tailored work-based training programme.

                                                        It is an expectation by the Government and the school that all students should achieve a grade 5 in English and Mathematics and make strong progress in 8 subjects. 

                                                        Many students will also be required to achieve the Government’s English Baccalaureate standard by obtaining at least a grade 5 in English, Mathematics, Science, a humanities subject (either History or Geography) and French.  As a consequence, the subjects that your son/daughter study at Key Stage 4 might reflect this requirement.

                                                        Students will receive information regarding options in assembly on Thursday 13th June and students and parents should read this carefully and attend the Curriculum Evening on Thursday 20th June 2019 at 5.30pm before making their final decisions. 

                                                        The curriculum form which will be included in the information book you receive at the curriculum evening, will need to be filled in carefully and returned by Monday 24th June 2019 to mentors.  Students will have an interview with a member of senior staff to discuss their choices in the week beginning Monday 1st July 2019.  Students will be informed of their confirmed curriculum by Monday 15th July 2019.

                                                        Please click below to download the letters

                                                        Year_8_Curriculum_Letter_May_2019.docx

                                                        Year_8_curriculum_letter_2019_-_Parents_Evening.docx

                                                        Work Shadowing Week - Year 10

                                                        11 June 2019


                                                        Work Shadowing Week - Year 10

                                                        Year 10 Work Shadowing Week 8th – 12th July 2019

                                                        According to a recent survey, 80% of employers think that work experience is essential. It provides not just valuable understanding of a work place environment but also an opportunity to develop the soft skills that are so necessary to succeed in the world of work.

                                                        At Aylesford School we believe that it is vital for our students to gain experience of the world of work. As a result we will be setting aside time in the school calendar for this to happen. From the 8th – 12th July all of our Year 10 students are expected to attend a work shadowing placement.
                                                        The reason for letting you know so far in advance is because the responsibility for finding a placement lies with the student and their parent/carer.

                                                        It is important that the placement is meaningful and relevant to the young person’s career aspirations. In certain sectors work shadowing placements can be challenging to find and employers often appreciate a good deal of advance notice. Due to this we suggest that students begin making enquiries sooner rather than later. Placements need to be confirmed with the school by Friday 24th May.

                                                        Please find attached two forms that will need to be completed and returned to Mr Doggett.
                                                        1. Health & Safety checklist for the employer to complete
                                                        2. Parent/Carer Permission Form for the parent/carer to complete

                                                        If your child has any health conditions or learning disabilities that would need to be communicated with the employer then this must be done so in advance of starting the placement.

                                                        If you have any questions or queries then please don’t hesitate to email ben.doggett@aylesford.kent.sch.uk or phone 01622 717341.

                                                        DOWNLOAD

                                                        Year 10 Work Shadowing Parents Letter and Permission

                                                        Work Experience Health Safety Checklist

                                                        Work Shadowing - Years 7, 8 and 9

                                                        11 June 2019


                                                        Work Shadowing - Years 7, 8 and 9
                                                        Years 7, 8 and 9
                                                        Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July 2019

                                                        80% of employers think that work experience is essential

                                                        According to a recent survey, 80% of employers think that work experience is essential. It provides not just valuable understanding of a work place environment but also an opportunity to develop the soft skills and character that are so necessary to succeed in the world of work.

                                                        Experience of the world of work

                                                        At Aylesford School we believe that it is vital for our students to gain experience of the world of work. Our year 10 and year 12 students both engage in a week long work shadowing placement. Again, this year we are creating an opportunity for year 7, 8 & 9 students during character week to experience the world of work and on the 8th and 9th July all students in year 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to carry out a 2 day work shadowing placement.

                                                        Parents/Carers will be responsible for sourcing and confirming the placement for their children. We suggest that students spend the days experiencing the work place of a family member or family friend.

                                                        When work places have been sourced please sign the slip below along with the member of staff at the placement who will be supervising your child. Then return the slip to the school office.

                                                        Placements need to be confirmed with the school by Friday 28th June 2019.

                                                        DOWNLOAD

                                                        Download letter & confirmation slip.

                                                        Our new website is live!

                                                        29 March 2019


                                                        Our new website is live!

                                                        The new Aylesford School website is now live!

                                                        Find out more about ‘An Education That Builds Character’.

                                                        Character Education is at the heart of all that we do at Aylesford School, and it is a main focus of our new website, with a character point totals updated regularly - you can see the character strengths that Aylesford Students are demonstrating each day.

                                                        The website contains some fantastic new feature including:

                                                        • Quick links - which give you access to term dates with just one click
                                                        • Up to date news of events and the great achievements of our students which link directly to our social media pages
                                                        • Vision and values - we are clear about what we stand for at Aylesford and why we are now such a popular school

                                                        We hope you really enjoy the new site and that you feel it is both a useful resource and a great window into the life of our school.

                                                        Drama Workshop

                                                        27 March 2019


                                                        Drama Workshop

                                                        Today we were very lucky to have our first drama workshop with the company “Paperbirds” take place with a selection of year 8,9 and 10 students . The woman leading the workshop commented on how respectful they were to each other and how blown away she was by what they have achieved especially considering Drama is a relatively new subject in the school.
                                                        It was a very proud moment for Miss Vidler seeing 3 year groups come together and share skills, encouragement and work. Well done to all of those involved.

                                                        Yr 10 Football victory!

                                                        27 March 2019


                                                        Yr 10 Football victory!

                                                        Congratulations to the year 10 boys who have made it to the finals of the Maidstone cup! They secured their place in the final today after a 2-0 win over Maidstone Grammar School.Well done to Harry and Alex for their cracking goals. The year 10s have gone undefeated in this competition and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the final on the 23rd May at 6.30 in the Gallagher Stadium. Good Luck boys!!

                                                        Yr 7 Netball Success

                                                        27 March 2019


                                                        Yr 7 Netball Success

                                                        On Tuesday the year 7 Netball team played a tournament at Cornwallis Academy against many local schools. They performed brilliantly!

                                                        They started off with a tough game losing against Invicta A and MGGS, but went on to draw two games against Invicta B and St Simon Stock and winning against both Cornwallis and Maplesden Noakes.
                                                        Well done to a great team of young ladies who demonstrated resilience, commitment and great courage whilst representing the school.

                                                        Help us support Red Nose Day 2019

                                                        10 March 2019


                                                        Help us support Red Nose Day 2019

                                                        On Friday year 12 Service Learning group are running a number of events at lunch time to raise money for Comic relief.

                                                        It includes a lucky dip, cakes, popcorn other games.

                                                        Please bring in some money to help them raise money for this excellent cause.

                                                        https://www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday

                                                        Join us on 7th March for World Book Day

                                                        4 March 2019


                                                        Join us on 7th March for World Book Day

                                                        The aim of World Book Day is to raise the status of reading for young people.

                                                        World Book Day lessons

                                                        The English department have organised some mentor time resources for the day and key stage 3 will be doing World Book Day lessons in English on the day.

                                                        Get dressed as your favourite book character

                                                        Students are able to come in non uniform dressed as their favourite book character - but they have to be willing to talk about their chosen character/book with staff. If they just wish to wear own clothes there will be a £1 donation - money will be going towards the Learning Resource Centre.

                                                        An Inspector Calls

                                                        The English department are also dressing up as characters from An Inspector Calls which is one of the GCSE texts.

                                                        Please support World Day at home and talk about your favourite books and authors.

                                                        If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Johnson (Head of English).

                                                        World Book Day website

                                                        https://www.worldbookday.com/

                                                        Thanks from The Medway Street Angels!

                                                        11 January 2019


                                                        Thanks from The Medway Street Angels!

                                                        A really nice letter to get from The Medway Street Angels - well done Aylesford.

                                                        LINKS

                                                        http://www.themedwaystreetangels.co.uk/

                                                        British Dyslexia Association 2018 Awards

                                                        4 December 2018


                                                        British Dyslexia Association 2018 Awards

                                                        Aylesford School are really proud to have had two winners at the British Dyslexia Association 2018 Awards evening on Friday at the wonderful Drapers Hall setting in London.

                                                        Bright Spark Awards

                                                        20 July 2018


                                                        Bright Spark Awards

                                                        Aylesford Students have got through to the final of the ‘Bright Spark’ awards. Students have been designing a crane that runs without using fossil fuels and looking at possible ways this could be used to help in everyday life.

                                                        Check out their video below

                                                         

                                                        Kent School Games Super 8’s competition

                                                        15 June 2018


                                                        Kent School Games Super 8’s competition

                                                        15 year 7 students took part in the Kent School Games Super 8’s competition at Sutton Valence school on 14th June competing against Maidstone and Malling schools.

                                                        There was some great individual results and the girls team qualifying for the county final on the 28th June.