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Celebrating Students' Success
Posted on: 16/11/2016

Celebrating Students' Success

Amery Hill School’s annual Presentation Evening took place this week at The Maltings. The evening celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2016 who were presented with their GCSE certificates by Headteacher, Mrs Elizabeth Wylie, and our guest of honour, Mr Dan Eley. Many students were also recognised for their hard work and effort through Subject Achievement prizes, which were kindly donated by the Amery Hill Association. Other students, including Oliver Hunt and Georgina Clark, were commended for their academic and personal achievements through the Governors’ and Progress Leader’s prizes respectfully. Mrs Miller, the outgoing Progress Leader for the year group, commented “It was lovely to see so many of our ex-students on the evening and to hear about their current studies and ambitions for the future. We wish all of them every success.” Dan Eley was welcomed as the guest of honour this year and delivered an inspiring and motivating speech. Dan, a young man from Surrey, worked as a charity worker with impoverished children in Latin America before a diving accident in the Colombian Amazon left him paralysed. Dan’s fight and struggle to come to terms with his own emotional and physical challenges inspired him to pursue his dream of starting apprenticeship-style training schemes for children living in poverty in Colombia and Latin America. His main message was about turning adversity into opportunity. Speaking after the event Dan thanked the parents, students and school for making him so welcome, “Your pupils are wonderful - a testimony to your dedicated staff. The retiring collection raised an amazing £418.17. Please thank everyone and tell them how grateful we are for believing in The Dan Eley Foundation.”  View Article
'Paving the Way' has won a Judges' Award
Posted on: 4/11/2016

'Paving the Way' has won a Judges' Award

Local community energy project ‘Paving the Way’ has won a Judges’ Award from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund Amery Hill School’s ‘Paving the Way’ project has won the Judges’ Award in a national renewable community energy project competition run by M&S Energy. Whilst the majority of winners are selected via a public vote, ‘Paving the Way’ was one of two groups to be awarded the prestigious judges’ prize. The panel of judges consisted of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Writer & Broadcaster), Sir Ed Davey (Chairman of Mongoose Energy & Former Secretary of State for DECC), Giles Bristow (Director at Forum for the Future) and Morven Smith (Head of Community Investment at SSE). The project involves installing ‘Pavegen’ floor tiles, in the ICT corridor which will generate electricity from students’ footsteps. The installation will enable students and staff to engage with a tangible, renewable energy solution and will help them recognise the opportunities for an innovative off-grid energy technology within high footfall areas, regardless of the weather. Talking on BBC Radio Surrey, Project Owner, Mrs Amanda Denton, commented “Amery Hill School is really excited to have won the judges’ award as it will not only help to educate our students on the benefits of green technology but those of our local primary schools and the wider community. A massive thank you to everyone who voted for us.” The energy harnessed and converted from student and staff footsteps using the ‘Pavegen’ tiles is an innovative and effective renewable energy source. Not only does the system harvest energy but the tiles are fitted with wireless technology which will provide detailed real-time feedback on the power generated. The energy harvested can be used to power low-voltage local applications and we plan to use this to light the ICT corridor. The judging panel were impressed by school’s approach to embracing new technology: “The Amery Hill School project is one of the most innovative projects in the competition this year. The judges quickly agreed on awarding this project once they saw the great video made by the students of Amery Hill School. The judges were impressed that a new form of technology had been proposed, but mostly were excited by the prospect of the whole school getting involved to power the school through just their footsteps.” Sir Ed Davey said, “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved in the judging panel for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.  All the winners will make a real difference to their local communities, made possible through this fund. The level of community support during the voting stages is a clear confirmation that community energy is thriving and communities around Great Britain want and need it – more so at this time of uncertainty in the community energy field. The judge’s prizes were for stand out projects, presenting some unique and innovative ways to think about energy saving.” View Article

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