Latest News

Students help Healthwatch Hampshire

Posted on: January 4th 2017

Students help Healthwatch Hampshire to raise awareness of A&E issues

Amery healthwatch projectYear 10 students at Amery Hill School have been working alongside Healthwatch, the independent consumer champion for health and social care in England, whose aims are to help people get the best out of their local health and social care services; whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow.

During 'Healthwatch Week' in April 2016, Healthwatch Hampshire visited Amery Hill School presenting assemblies to Year 8 and 9 students and to all the pupils at Bishops Waltham Junior School; the students and pupils were encouraged to speak up about their experiences of health and social care and were invited to participate in a survey.  The results indicated that just over two thirds of the students and pupils surveyed thought that accident and emergency services were most important to them.

Amery Hill students were invited to collaborate with Healthwatch Hampshire and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) on a project to produce a short video to:

  1. Help to improve the understanding of children and young people in Hampshire about their local emergency health care services
  2. Help providers of local emergency health care services to better understand the particular needs of children and young people, for whom emergency departments are often the ‘front door’ to access health care in hospitals.

HHFT, who manage the emergency departments in Winchester and Basingstoke, visited the school in the summer term when Dr Helen Crossley, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Lorna Farmer, an Emergency Nurse Practitioner were interviewed and filmed by the Amery Hill students, with support from Healthwatch Hampshire.

Healthwatch Hampshire representative Mr Steve Manley commented “Amery Hill School, worked with us throughout the project, allowing us to speak to their assembly, whose staff, particularly Mr Lewis, Progress Leader for Year 10, were patient and generous with their time, and whose students were funny and intelligent beyond our expectations.”

To read the report click here

To watch the video click here


Also in the News

Iceland 2018
Posted on: 29/03/2018

Iceland 2018

  Gathering at 5.30am on a chilly March morning with flecks of snow in the air seemed the perfect way for the Year 10 Geographers to set off for Iceland. This trip had been highly anticipated with a record 58 students and five staff attending. Touching down in Keflavik airport, Reykjavik, the group’s first taste of the country was a visit to the North American and Eurasian plate boundary and the remarkable coastline to the east of the Capital. It was a great way to stretch the legs and clear the heads after the journey. The evening’s entertainment included a hotly contested general knowledge quiz. Days two and three included visits to a great number of impressive waterfalls (including the experience of walking behind one), hot springs and the visitor centre at the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The south of Iceland is known for its impressive waves and walking along the black sand beaches it was not long before it was clear why a 20 metre buffer zone was required between the waves and the students, as several large rogue waves rolled up the beach soaking a few unsuspecting tourists! It was the perfect spot to show the students the ideas and concepts about coasts that they had learnt in the classroom. The weather also played its part with rain, wind, sun and rainbows. The final day before departure was back towards the west of Iceland near Reykjavik peninsula with the famous ‘golden circle tour’ of Geysir, the waterfalls at Gullfoss and the ancient parliament location in the UNSECO protected Thingvellir National Park.  For many students it was a trip of a life time and although very tired on their return most were excited to tell their family what they had experienced. One student stated “It’s boring being back in England, I want to see snow capped mountains every day”. Roll on Sicily 2019 - the big adventure for next year’s GCSE Geographers.View Article
Rock Challenge: Be Your Best
Posted on: 20/03/2018

Rock Challenge: Be Your Best

Thousands of young people across the country have taken place in this year’s ‘Be Your Best Rock Challenge’ event, with Amery Hill participating in one of the regional events at The O2 Guildhall, Southampton last month. The challenge is for the students and their teachers to create and be involved in their own production from conceptualisation through to the live performance. Nine schools from across Hampshire and Surrey competed and attracted a large audience, supported by Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council. Amery Hill's production titled 'Catfish' secured them 4th place with the panel of specialist judges from the performing-arts industry awarding a number of Awards for Excellence for Choreography, Stage Use, Visual Enhancement, Entertainment, Stage Crew. The piece highlighted an important message about internet safety and the dangers of talking to strangers online. Students worked together creating the choreography, selected and recorded the music for their soundtrack and got involved in costume and set design.  Mrs Haynes, Head of PE said "We are so proud of all of the students who participated in this year's Rock Challenge event, from the performers, back stage crew, to the props, staging and costume team. They all worked incredibly hard and put on a performance which was thoroughly entertaining while delivering a really important message about staying safe when using online media and the internet.  It was wonderful that so many members of the Amery Hill community came out to support our performers and to share in their success; being placed 4th was a fantastic achievement, especially given the amazing talent on show from other competitors."View Article