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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
Science Refurbishment
Posted on: 2/02/2021

Science Refurbishment

With work due to begin on the refurbishment of one of our Science labs during February half term, we would like to express our sincere thanks to donors to the Amery Hill School Trust, past and present, for supporting this project. Science 5 is one of our oldest Science rooms and is in need of attention to make it into a modern, welcoming teaching space that will help to inspire students about the study of science. All of the old furniture will be stripped out (including the wood panelling and roller blackboards!) and the room layout will be changed to meet the requirements of teaching today’s Science curriculum. This is an exciting development and a significant investment for the benefit of all our students.   When students return to school, the room will have been transformed into a light, fresh, uncluttered and welcoming teaching space.  The new desks will all be equipped with an integral gas supply and electrical sockets, allowing all students to participate in practical lessons and develop their interest and curiosity in different scientific disciplines. We are incredibly grateful to the generous contribution from the Amery Hill Trust, which has allowed this project to take place.  Funds allowing, we hope to continue the refurbishment of the Science Department later this year. If you would like to make a donation to the School Trust, please visit our School Trust page on this website or use the link below. Thank you! School Trust ... read more    View Article
Celebrating Excellence in Music
Posted on: 24/11/2020

Celebrating Excellence in Music

Amery Hill School is delighted to have been nominated by the Hampshire Music Hub and to be awarded Music Mark membership for 2020-21. This is in recognition of our commitment to excellent music provision in the curriculum, as well as numerous out-of-school enrichment opportunities.   Music Mark is a UK Association for Music Education that works on behalf of its members to enable high quality music education for all children and young people by influencing, supporting and connecting - a vision shared by leaders at Amery Hill School. It is supported by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Speaking about the nomination, Ms Worwood said, “We are delighted to yet again be nominated by Hampshire Music. This professional recognition is being celebrated by all involved with music education at Amery Hill School.  Music plays an important part of daily  school life and helps build students’ self-esteem and self-discipline. Being part of the Music Mark network will enable us to access a wealth of online resources which in turn will help us further develop and support the delivery of music education for the benefit of all our students.” In her letter congratulating the school, Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive of Music Mark, commented, “Music Mark works to enable our members and the wider music education sector, to deliver high quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people. My thanks for all that you are doing and continue to do to support our collective vision.”View Article
Former students' kind and generous spirit
Posted on: 20/11/2020

Former students' kind and generous spirit

In our new, socially-distanced, mask-wearing society, where large gatherings are prohibited, School Proms have regrettably become a plan impossible to make a reality this year. Blue Year, the most recent Year 11 cohort to leave Amery Hill, were among the many across the nation whose Proms and Leavers' Celebrations had to be cancelled. In the months prior to this, the Amery Hill Prom Committee had been organising events, sales and performances to fundraise money to contribute to their summer Prom. As this money could not be put to use in the initially intended way, the Committee made a unanimous decision to donate the fundraising money to charity. The three chosen causes were Alton’s Trussell Trust Food Bank, NHS ‘Charities Together’ and Broadlands Riding for the Disabled. Speaking on behalf of the Prom Committee, former Deputy Head Girl, Lorna Plumridge, commented “Our chosen charities will benefit hugely from our donations, particularly after a year of such turmoil and with Christmas just around the corner. We are so glad that we can make a positive change in our local community, and that the hard work we put into fundraising will benefit so many individuals”. Whilst Blue Year could not leave Amery Hill in the way they had hoped, the Class of 2020 will be remembered for years to come, not only due to the impact of the unprecedented pandemic on their final year at secondary school, but also due to their generous contribution to the charities. Mrs Winch, Progress Leader for the former Blue Year said, 'Whilst we had a lot of fun raising money for the Prom up until lockdown last year, I am very sad and disappointed that the year group did not get their summer Prom.  The donation to these three very worthwhile charities is a reflection of the year group's kind and generous spirit: something that was fostered throughout their five years at Amery Hill school.  They will certainly never be forgotten.'  View Article

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