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GCSE Summer 2021 Press Release
Posted on: 12/08/2021

GCSE Summer 2021 Press Release

Statement from the Headteacher, Mr Stephen Mann The class of 2021, like many thousands of students up and down the country, have had to endure a torrid couple of years with so much uncertainty and disruption to their learning.  However, it has been a real pleasure for the staff at Amery Hill School to celebrate the individual achievements of each and every student as they received their GCSE results. Throughout the last eighteen months Amery Hill’s students have been a credit to their school and families in the way they have continued to work tirelessly on their studies, even when faced with so many obstacles being thrown at them without warning.  Whilst the media and political narrative has been less than supportive around the achievements of this group of students, we believe these results will show a much truer reflection of a student’s aptitude and understanding of their subjects.  The variety of assessment opportunities students have been given has allowed them to showcase their very best and not be reliant on a one off, all or nothing examination.  These unprecedented challenges have brought out the very best qualities in our students and their results are a tribute to not only their dedication, but the determination, empathy and care of all of our staff at Amery Hill School who have supported, enthused and when required carried them every step of the way. Our congratulations to all of our students and a special mention to our top performers including Monty Austin, Karina Barwick, Bear Crawford, Hannah Davies, Esme Doyle, Maia Fuller, Isobel Horton, Lewis Kelley, Izzy Malatesta, Margaux Meakin, Hannah Swain and Beatrice Vickery. A number of students have made outstanding progress and we celebrate their achievements: Charlie Baker, Erika Booth, Jessica Clarke, Eleanor Ford, Isobel Goldie, Fred Harris, Sophie Housley, Grace Hunter, Anna Munckton, Cedrick Ortega, Toby Phillips and Zoe Swan. We wish all our students every success, health and happiness for the future - this is your time, now go out there and take it!View Article
House System Unveiled
Posted on: 23/07/2021

House System Unveiled

The new house system has officially been launched and the final preparations are underway to commence the first House Championship in September. There have been some significant changes, moving from the seven-form system to eight forms per year for Years 7 to 10 to accommodate the house system. Excitement, and some trepidation always come with change, but the house system and Championship will form a key thread in the fabric of the Amery Hill School experience.  Close friends are kept together, but the reshuffle opens the doors to working with new people. Now students will be able to pull together as a team both within and across year groups to win the first House Championship, sharing wisdom between the year groups and reach out with greater extent into the community, showcasing the very best of how Amery Hill educates all students for life. Thank you to all staff, students and parents who contributed ideas for the house theme and names.   The chosen theme and names, not only allows us to pay homage to one of the country’s all time greatest literary figures, of immense local significance, but it seems most fitting that our staff and students should indeed be housed in figurative houses. What fine houses they are: Hartfield. Mansfield. Northanger. Pemberley. What will each of our houses become known for? Which house will win the Sports Day title for the first time?  Which houses will be home to our greatest artists, future leaders, scientists and engineers, prodigious humanitarians, globetrotters, jetsetters and entrepreneurs? Which house will be the first to reach out into the local community? Which will haul the most house points demonstrating the biggest drive for their collective futures? Who will be our first House Captains leading their houses to victory of the first House Cup? All this lay before us, and in September we get to turn the handle on the door of each house and begin discovering just what is inside. More details in our summer term newsletter - click here.  View Article
PromFest 2021
Posted on: 22/07/2021

PromFest 2021

Amery Hill’s Year 11 students recently celebrated the end of their secondary school education at PromFest 2021 with an evening of enjoyable entertainment. Having endured a torrid couple of years with so many restrictions and disruption, it was the celebration they all deserved. Talking about the Class of 2021, Mr Stephen Mann, Headteacher, commented, “There are some key moments in a school year which create a variety of emotions for all concerned and as we said our goodbyes to Orange Year, this was one such occasion. The cohort of 2021 have had to face far too many disruptions and uncertainties around their education yet we could not feel any prouder in the way they have risen to each challenge and found an inner strength and resilience. They have been a credit to the school and their families and it was a pleasure to welcome them back to Amery Hill for PromFest 2021 and to see them have such a great evening. We wish them every success and happiness for the future.” Unfortunately the students’ original prom at Northbrook House Hotel was a casualty of the Governments’ decision to defer the lifting of restrictions until 19th July and with availability at the hotel limited, the decision was taken to bring the end of year celebration back in house. Progress Leader, Mr Chris Board, added “The arrangements for the evening were led by a small committee with support from parents, students and local businesses helping to organise the event in record time! Our thanks to Alton House Hotel for the loan of their red carpet, Excel FSE for their very generous donation, Sainsbury’s for supplying ingredients to make 200 mocktails for the students on arrival and Daisy Osgood and team for their decorating skills; how the school was transformed!” Mr Board added, “It was lovely that the students could celebrate together; they had a fantastic evening, enjoying entertainment from a professional magician and excellent disco and it is definitely one they will remember.” PromFest Galleries - click hereView Article
Volunteers support students' return to the classroom
Posted on: 30/03/2021

Volunteers support students' return to the classroom

 28 volunteers, 15 days, 1 challenge. And the challenge?  To support Amery Hill’s students return to classroom-based learning by undertaking the mass asymptomatic testing programme stipulated by the Government.   The phased return of students commenced on March 8th with testing moving at pace to enable all students to return on Wednesday 10th March. Logistically it was a mammoth challenge and one that the school would not have been able to achieve without the help of a willing band of incredible volunteers. Students also played their part and embraced the testing regime with maturity, with some conquering anxieties under the nurturing and reassuring guidance of volunteers and staff. Talking about the community involvement in the programme, Mr Stephen Mann, Headteacher, said, “The school has been overwhelmed by the offers of support from parents and grandparents of students at the school, from our neighbours, members of the local community and from governors and support staff. All of our volunteers have invested a huge amount of time for the benefit of our community and undergone training to develop skills and knowledge to carry out the testing safely and efficiently. They have registered students for their tests, supervised and guided the students as they self-swab and processed tests and recorded results. They have generously given their time and always with a reassuring smile.” Almost 3,000 tests have been carried out over 15 days, enabling Amery Hill’s students to safely return to the classroom and re-engage with face-to-face learning.  Mr Mann added “It has been a real pleasure to welcome our students back to school and to see them reconnecting with friends and eager to learn. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderful, supportive community and on behalf of Amery Hill School, I thank our volunteers for helping to keep everyone in our school community safe.”View Article
Community Governor Appeal
Posted on: 18/03/2021

Community Governor Appeal

Has lockdown made you appreciate the importance of community? Do you have skills and experience that could benefit others? Would you like to support a local organisation in its work to deliver top class education and life chances to local young people? Could you be our next Community Governor? I’m Lorna Vickery, Chair of Governors at Amery Hill School, and I’m keen to involve members of the local community in our school as Community Governors: helping shape and guide the strategic direction of the school and ensuring the voices of students, staff, parents and the local community are heard. What are community governors? Community governors usually live or work in the neighbourhood served by the school and have a keen interest in the school’s success. Being a governor is a great opportunity for professionals looking to share and improve their business or leadership skills, and we are particularly interested in speaking to people with experience in Finance, Law or Human Resources, Health & Safety and IT systems. What are the benefits for me? Governors can get a great deal from the work and time they put into the role, from meeting new people to learning new skills, and experiencing decision making at board level. Most importantly you have the chance to help improve the education and life chances of children and young people: the work is extremely rewarding and interesting. Do I need any professional qualifications to be a school governor? No.  We need volunteers with a variety of life experiences, however, whilst you do not need qualifications to be a governor, you will need to demonstrate: an ability to work in a team and debate issues in a constructive manner an interest in secondary education and lifelong learning good strategic and general financial awareness the capacity to shape, implement and monitor policy a commitment to participate in training to enhance your effectiveness in the role. How much time will I need to commit? Although the role is voluntary, we do ask for you make a time commitment of twelve meetings spaced through the academic year and a Governor Day in October. There is a comprehensive training programme throughout the year to help you understand the responsibilities of the role and how you can best contribute to the success of the governing team and the school community.   If you are interested in supporting a local organisation, believe you have a skill set that would add value to our Governing Board and/or you would like further information then please contact Katherine Horton, Clerk to the Board of Governors, at governors@ameryhill.school. Further information is available on our Governors section of our website. Note: Successful applicants will need to undergo a DBS check and complete a written application, of no more than 150 words, explaining their interest and clarifying what they bring to the role and the Governing Body as a whole.View Article

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