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Amery Hill Remembers
Posted on: 9/11/2018

Amery Hill Remembers

Amery Hill marks the Centenary of the First World War Armistice Students and staff at Amery Hill School have been involved in a number of different projects to mark the Centenary of the First World War Armistice. It is customary for the school to mark the Armistice but this year has seen a huge creative effort involving the whole school community, with the artwork produced now on display at Winchester Cathedral, the Winchester Discovery Centre, Gosport Museum and The Iron Age Museum in Andover. However, possibly the greatest honour for the school is to be involved in ‘The Nation’s Thank you – the People’s Procession’ which will see students place wreaths at The Cenotaph on Whitehall in London, on Remembrance Sunday. Hope, Peace, Remembrance The Art Department has led Amery Hill's contribution towards the county-wide Art project, ‘Hope Peace and Remembrance’ which was recently installed in Winchester Cathedral as well as a magnificent display at Amery Hill. The installation in the Cathedral included artwork produced by students from both primary and secondary schools across Hampshire. During lunch times, a number of students volunteered to produce ceramic doves which were decorated and glazed with the words - Hope, Peace and Remembrance. These were arranged on canes at the top of the hanging displays.  The school installation was inspired by the artist Jennifer Collier who works using collage and in particular empty teabags. Over a six month period, both students and staff have produced a teabag containing images or words they associate with World War 1. Many even decided to link it to their own personal family histories which opened up discussions with families at home, discovering how previous generations were involved in the war. These have been added to collaged poppies and doves, all of which were made using WW1 poetry. The display is truly amazing and a poignant reminder of the events which occurred 100 years ago.   The creativity of students has not stopped there though, with Year 7 and 8 students being involved in designing and creating wreaths. The Unremembered Year 8 students participated in a project organised by Big Ideas, entitled ‘The Unremembered’. This community engagement project was a national campaign which aimed to raise awareness of the contribution of the Labour Corps in WW1. Two students from each tutor group were selected to be wreath representatives. They chose a theme and created a design for their wreath, merging their creativity and knowledge of history to commemorate the dedication of WW1 soldiers and their families from across the Commonwealth. The students have worked well together, coming up with some amazingly creative ideas and designs; the wreaths all look wonderful. The wreaths will be taken up to London and will be placed at The Cenotaph on Whitehall as part of ‘The Nation’s Thank You - the People’s Procession’ on Remembrance Sunday. Year 7 Design and Technology students designed and made a wreath for display in the school reception to commemorate Remembrance Day on 11th November.  Students found images and words to represent, remember and give thanks to those who served in the First World War and to those who never returned home. They used Computer Aided Design to engrave these onto a plywood base and poppies were laser cut from acrylic plastic, heated and shaped to create the unique wreath.  View Article
Top 20 highest performing school
Posted on: 19/10/2018

Top 20 highest performing school

Following the publication of the Government’s secondary schools’ performance comparison tables, Amery Hill School has been ranked within the top 20 highest performing schools in Hampshire for the second consecutive year. Our Progress 8* score of 0.12 (up from 0.08 in 2017) demonstrates the outstanding quality of education that is being delivered day in and day out at Amery Hill. It also clearly indicates that students of all abilities make excellent individual progress and achieve their personal goals. With the outstanding pastoral care and support that Amery Hill provides to all of its students, we are delighted that our school can stand toe to toe with the top performing schools in Hampshire. Talking about this achievement, Headteacher, Mr Mann commented, “Never has our motto of Care, Progress and Opportunity been more truly reflected and I, along with all the staff and governors, look forward to continuing this excellent journey and providing outstanding education for Alton and its surrounding community.” For more information and to compare these results with other schools, the Government’s secondary schools’ performance comparison tables can be accessed via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables *Progress 8 Score. 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
£1.1 million for redevelopment
Posted on: 11/09/2018

£1.1 million for redevelopment

Amery Hill School is delighted to announce the securing of just over £1.1 million to redevelop our existing Kitchen and Dining facilities. The project will see the replacement of our outdated canteen with facilities that are capable of providing our ever-increasing number of students with healthy and nutritious meals.  A significant proportion of the funding has come from the government administered Healthy Pupils Capital Fund, as they recognised how our application for funding was based on the school’s philosophy of developing the whole child.  The new dining facilities will help to boost both the physical and mental wellbeing of our students, by allowing them to use meal times as an opportunity to share, be social and digest food calmly. Planning permission has already been secured, with work on the project due to start in early December.  We are hopeful that the new kitchen and dining room will be in service by September 2019. The redevelopment also marks the first phase in an ambitious building programme for Amery Hill, which will over the next few years see the creation of a multi-functional performance space, including a new auditorium as well as Drama and Dance studios. Steve Mann, Headteacher, has said: “This is a very exciting time in Amery Hill School’s evolution.  This first phase in our redevelopment will provide a wonderful space for all our students to not only eat and socialise in a modern and comfortable environment, but to also support our core values of Opportunity, Care and Progress.”View Article
Celebrating excellent GCSE results for 2018
Posted on: 23/08/2018

Celebrating excellent GCSE results for 2018

Amery Hill is celebrating its year on year success with another round of excellent GCSE results for its 2018 cohort. Many students have excelled and achieved beyond expectation, proving that Amery Hill strives for the best in every student. The whole Amery Hill community is delighted and exceptionally proud of all of our students, with particular mention of Eleanor Austin, Marcie Crawford, Oliver Isaac, Sam Seymour, Lauren Swain and Ben Williams, all of whom achieved 8 or more Level 8s and 9s, placing them within the top 3% of the best achievers nationally.  New Amery Hill Head Teacher, Stephen Mann, said ‘I am absolutely delighted that Amery Hill has yet again achieved another excellent set of GCSE results.  Even though this year saw the first set of new more rigorous and demanding GCSE exams for many subjects, the results show that the level of commitment and hard work shown by students and their teachers has culminated in them all having more choices and opportunities as they move into post 16 education. As the new Headteacher of Amery Hill School I am greatly looking forward to maintaining and building upon the outstanding ethos that permeates throughout the school and ensuring with all the staff, that each student receives the highest quality of education. Along with all the staff and governors I would like to congratulate all our students and look forward to hearing about their many successes in the future.’View Article
Amery Hill Prom - sunshine, sparkles and sophistication
Posted on: 27/06/2018

Amery Hill Prom - sunshine, sparkles and sophistication

Amery Hill’s Year 11 students celebrated the end of their secondary school education with a sophisticated dinner and dance at Froyle Park, Upper Froyle. Everything was perfectly in place from the suits and the bow ties, the beautifully elegant dresses to the handbags, the heels and the make-up! Talking about the event, Progress Leader, Mr Owain Lewis, commented “The arrangements for the evening were led by the Student Prom Committee, who organised the event like a team of professionals! Having worked so hard over the past few months for their GCSE exams, it was lovely that the students could celebrate together. They had a fantastic evening and it is definitely one they will remember.” The evening opened with an impressive array of transport for the traditional arrival at Amery Hill School, including a fantastic display of vintage vehicles, a variety of sports cars and even a tractor, a doughnut-performing Rotax kart and an articulated lorry cab, more commonly used to haul a 44 tonne trailer! The fly past by a yellow tiger moth biplane seemed coincidental, or was it?   It was wonderful that so many members of the community came out to wish them well and make them feel special for the evening. Tutors and students enjoyed a reception in the wonderful surroundings of Froyle Park before sitting down to dinner which was followed by the presentation of awards and speeches. The evening was rounded off at Froyle Park with plenty of photo opportunities and dancing.   To view the photos from the evening click here If students would like electronic copies of their own photos please contact Mrs Rose in the ICT Department.View Article

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