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Repurposing resources and sustainability - the way forward?
Posted on: 6/12/2019

Repurposing resources and sustainability - the way forward?

Amery Hill School has been the recent and grateful recipient of replacement cupboard/shelving units and desk furniture, thanks to the Business2Schools initiative. Mr Stephen Mann, Headteacher at Amery Hill School said, “As most people are aware, schools up and down the country are not being provided with adequate funding and resourcing, resulting in schools having, amongst other things, to use and maintain dated and tired looking furniture. We are constantly trying to find new and creative ways to reduce the pressures on our budget and therefore a charity like Business2Schools provides an invaluable service which is greatly appreciated. Increasingly our society has created a culture of waste and disposability and that is why Business2Schools is so important in not only reducing this waste but helping to educate future generations about the benefit of recycling and sustainability.” The good quality, second-hand furniture donated by Russell Reynolds Associates in London, will be used to replace all the desks in one of the school’s music classrooms with the remainder being used to help in the refit of one of our technology rooms. The shelving units are going to be used around the school in various departments and classrooms. Mr Mann added, “To have replaced this furniture ourselves would have taken a significant sum out of our budget and to be honest would not have happened in the present climate. Therefore, this has given the students and staff an unexpected lift in helping to create learning environments that are fit for purpose and inspires their teaching and learning.” Business2Schools enables companies to donate unwanted but good quality, high-end items such as furniture and technology to schools around the country. The aim is to help improve the equipment and facilities in schools using the best ethical and environmental way possible, while helping to relieve school budgets.View Article
AltonTown Mayor Opens new Dining Hall at Amery Hill School
Posted on: 27/11/2019

AltonTown Mayor Opens new Dining Hall at Amery Hill School

Amery Hill School is delighted to announce the opening of its brand new Dining Hall and kitchen facilities.  The new building will allow them to provide an ever-increasing number of students with healthy and nutritious meals. After years of planning it has been a pleasure to see the design finally taking shape.  Visually, it is a striking building, with floor-to-ceiling windows making up a lot of the outside walls and as well as providing dining facilities, the room has been designed to be multi-functional, with adaptable lighting and an integrated projection and sound system installed. A significant proportion of the funding came from the Department for Education, Healthy Pupils Capital Fund, as they recognised how the school’s application 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 students, by allowing them to use meal times as an opportunity to share, be social and digest food calmly. This development would not have been possible without financial contributions from The Eggar's Trust, Caterlink and Hampshire County Council and the work of Scope Architecture and building contractors Mountjoy. As part of the build project, the school has considered how they can reduce plastic waste and increase sustainability.  Talking about this aspect of the project, Mr Jon Eacott, Assistant Headteacher and Project Lead commented “Solar panels have been fitted to the roof of the main school building to help provide power for the new building and with increased capacity, students’ main meals are served on reusable crockery, significantly reducing the dependence upon disposable items.”  The opening of the Dining Hall and Kitchen marks the completion of 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. Mr Steve Mann, Headteacher, said: “This is a very exciting time in Amery Hill School’s evolution.  This first phase in our redevelopment provides a wonderful space for all our students to not only eat and socialise in a modern and comfortable environment, but also supports our core values of Opportunity, Progress and Care. I would like to thank all of our partners who have ensured the success of this project, not forgetting the students who have adapted to new routines with maturity during the build.”View Article
Top Performing Hampshire School
Posted on: 21/10/2019

Top Performing Hampshire School

Following the publication of the Government’s secondary schools’ performance comparison tables, Amery Hill School is celebrating another year of academic success, with students exceeding national progress expectations in the Progress 8 measure for the third consecutive year. Attainment for students is estimated to be within the top 20% of schools nationally this year, with high ability students making better progress than national expectations and the best progress for this group in the school since the Progress 8 measure was introduced.  15% of students achieved at least one Grade 9, a grade deemed to be more challenging than an A*, and 52% of students achieved at least one Grade 9-7 across their chosen GCSE courses. In addition, in the critical core subjects, 30% of students achieved a Grade 7 or higher in their English GCSE with success mirrored in Maths where 28% of students achieved this outcome. Equal success was seen at 9-4 (standard pass) with 82% and 80% of students achieving this important milestone in English and Maths respectively. “These results demonstrate the outstanding quality of education that is being delivered day in and day out at Amery Hill. Students of all abilities make excellent individual progress with more post-16 education choices as a result. The publishing of the Government’s secondary schools’ performance comparison tables places Amery Hill School as one of the top performing schools in Hampshire.” Mr Mann, Headteacher. 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 below Secondary schools' performance comparison tables click hereView Article
Celebrating 80 years
Posted on: 9/09/2019

Celebrating 80 years

Amery Hill School was delighted to welcome former students, staff and members of the local community to its 80th anniversary celebration, along with current students and staff. A thanksgiving service at The Church of St Lawrence and reception at the school provided a fantastic opportunity for everyone to reflect on the past eight decades. Talking about the event, current Headteacher, Mr Stephen Mann, commented “It is often said that our school days are our happiest and it has been a pleasure to welcome so many people back to Amery Hill School, including some of the school’s very first students who have relished the chance to reconnect with friends and share fond memories. We have seen generations of families pass through the doors of Amery Hill and it is with great pride that we continue to serve the families of Alton and the surrounding villages by providing a truly inspiring learning community.” The Hampshire Herald reported the first day of operation on 17th April 1939 as: “Alton’s new senior mixed council school opened its door to 400 boys and girls of the town and district on Monday. It is an outstanding addition to local education facilities and in future all children will go there instead of staying at the local school all their lives. The new building is of red brick and impressive dimensions. The design, however, merges pleasantly into the landscape. In the middle there is a quadrangle and ranged around the four sides are seven classrooms, science, domestic science, art and woodwork rooms.” During the church service, Mr Alun Parry-Jones, fomer Headteacher from 1979 - 1999, spoke of his immense pride in having led the school. He added “The evening was a very nostalgic one for me, transporting me back, as it did, to the last nineteen years of the last century, when I was proud to be associated with the school. It was a delight to meet up again with so many former colleagues and friends, who had helped to make my time there happy and successful. I was impressed, too, to realise that the school was in such good hands and continuing to go from strength to strength.”        Current Head of Food Technology and longest serving current staff member, Mrs Carolyn Miller, talked about the strong community which exists and the dedication of teachers and support staff to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students. Sentiments echoed by Mr Ray Ayres, a former teacher, who spoke with warmth and humour about his time at Amery Hill. During the reception, visitors were entertained with music through the decades performed by current students and were able to view the historic documents from the school’s archives, including the very first registers. Mr Parry-Jones and Mrs Pamela Bradford, former School Bursar, unveiled a restored stained glass window in the school’s reception to celebrate the 80th anniversary and commemorate its Golden Jubilee. Our thanks to Jan Simpson of Koru Arts and Martin Simons for generously helping with the restorations and framing.View Article

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