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Science students investigate the fabric of the universe!

Posted on: July 20th 2016

IMG 5372asmallA group of intrepid Year 9 and 10 science students have recently returned from a visit to Switzerland to investigate the fabric of the universe! Students had the chance to visit the world’s biggest science experiment, known as the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. As well as being the largest science experiment in the world, it is also the most expensive, costing £6 billion.

The Large Hadron Collider is designed to undertake experiments to provide answers to some of the most awe inspiring physics questions, such as: How did our Universe come to be the way it is?  What happened just after the Big Bang? Students had a guided tour around the site and were lucky enough to go 100 metres below ground to examine the compact muon solenoid detector. Talking about the visit, teacher and trip organiser, Mr Alistair Wright commented, “The highlight for many students included finding out about antimatter and meeting the supervisor who was in charge when a weasel shut the site down in April!”

In addition to visiting Cern, students visited the History of Science Museum, the Botanical Gardens, sampled a traditional Swiss fondue meal and took a boat tour on Lake Geneva.


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Alton's top performing school
Posted on: 13/10/2017

Alton's top performing school

It’s official.  Amery Hill School is Alton’s top performing school.  Again. The publication of the Government’s secondary school’s performance comparison tables today, has verified that this year’s excellent GCSE results, and most importantly the Progress 8 Measure*, is the best in the local area. Headteacher, Mrs Elizabeth Wylie, said: “We are extremely proud of how well our students have done this year which is the result of the hard work, commitment and support shown by our students, staff and parents. In particular, the Progress 8 Measure, places us as Alton’s top performing school, for the second year running. When Ofsted visited our school in March they commented on how we provide all students with a “high quality and challenging education ... regardless of their ability or circumstances” in a “caring and stimulating culture”. The publication of this Government data today really does endorse Ofsted’s view of our school.” Visit the DfE Performance Tables to compare schools in the local area. *Progress 8 Measure. This score shows how much progress students make between the end of Key Stage 2 (end of primary school) and the end of Key Stage 4 (GCSE), compared to students across England who got similar results at the end of Key Stage 2. This is based on results in up to eight qualifications, which include English, maths, three English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and three other additional approved qualifications.  View Article