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Iceland Inspires

Posted on: May 10th 2017

News photoYear 10 GCSE Geography students have recently returned from a visit to Iceland, experiencing some of the country’s most famous sights: the Blue Lagoon, the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station and Reynishverfi, famous for its black volcanic beaches and basalt columns. The combination of natural wonders and Norse culture, proved an intriguing blend which inspired students and enriched their GCSE studies.

Talking about the visit, Mr Parker, Head of Geography commented “Iceland is well known for its raw physical geography and both students and staff were captivated by the natural wonders of this incredible country.”  The Blue Lagoon and Gullfoss waterfall were clear favourites for many students with one commenting “The waterfall was breath-taking and the views were outstanding. It’s been the best trip I have ever been on.”

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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