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Alton's top performing school
Posted on: 6/02/2018

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
Fundraising efforts reach Kenya
Posted on: 6/02/2018

Fundraising efforts reach Kenya

Amery Hill School’s Year 7 students took part in a Twelve Days of Christmas Charity initiative in December which saw them raise funds for a number of local organisations including the Alton Food Bank, the Winchester Night Shelter, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Sports Relief and the NSPCC. But their fundraising efforts didn’t stop there, with a collection of classroom equipment destined for a school in Kenya. Amery Hill School students have been involved in volunteer work with African schools in the past, so when the opportunity arose to connect with this incredible continent, and in particular Kiteghe School in rural Kenya, students embraced the challenge. The opportunity was presented to Amery Hill School by Dr Suzanne Payne, who is an Ambassador for African Promise, a registered charity which aims to develop learning environments whilst improving pupil and teacher welfare. Suzanne has been supporting the charity since 2013 when she accompanied a group of medical students from Western Kentucky University on a visit to Kasigau. Since then, Suzanne has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the work of the charity amongst her friends and by speaking to local groups, and holding various fundraisers. The funds that Suzanne has raised to date have enabled African Promise to extend their feeding programme to support the pupils at Kiteghe, as well as to sponsor educational trips and activities at the school. Amery Hill students collected pens, pencils, erasers, rulers board chalk amongst other classroom equipment which was taken to Kiteghe School in early January by the Payne family, including Suzanne’s son Charlie who attends Amery Hill School.  Vincent Mwadilo, the senior teacher at Kiteghe School, has written to the Payne family saying, “Kiteghe Primary School and the entire Kiteghe community wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude’s to the Payne family for the visit you made for us at the beginning of the year 2018. All of the presents you brought to us are of high help in the learning and we highly thank you for that. We wish that you also pass our gratitude to all whom you involve in supporting us.” Talking about the seemingly endless fundraising capacity of Amery Hill students, Headteacher, Mrs Elizabeth Wylie, commented “Our students’ fundraising efforts have had an incredible and far-reaching impact this past year. I am immensely proud of their selfless attitude and willingness to help support others less fortunate than themselves. My thanks to everyone who supported the Twelve Days initiative - students, parents and staff.” The school is looking forward to developing the relationship that they have formed with Kiteghe School into 2018 and beyond.     View Article
Celebrating Excellence in Music
Posted on: 24/01/2018

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. This is in recognition of our commitment to providing numerous outstanding enrichment opportunities in music, as well as excellent music provision in the curriculum. The School has commanded an unrivalled reputation for excellence in music for many years, so this professional recognition is being celebrated by Curriculum Leader, Ms Sam Worwood and all involved with the performing arts at Amery Hill School. Music Mark is an 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 become Members of Music Mark, which follows our success in the Hampshire Chairman’s Year of Music Awards in Summer 2017. Both organisations have recognised the breadth and quality of opportunities that we offer our students at Amery Hill School and those extended to our local primary schools as well.” In her letter congratulating the school, Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive of Music Mark, commented, “We would firstly like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.” Head Teacher, Mrs Elizabeth Wylie, and students receive the awards for achievement, View Article
Presentation Evening at The Maltings
Posted on: 16/01/2018

Presentation Evening at The Maltings

It was lovely to welcome so many former students to the Alton Maltings for last year’s Presentation Evening and to hear about their current studies and ambitions for the future.  Our thanks to the Amery Hill Association for kindly providing the  refreshments for the evening and for donating all the Award Prizes. Ms Keen introduced students who were presented with their certificates and special Subject Achievement Awards were introduced by Heads of Department. Effort, contribution and achievement were celebrated throughout the evening. A massive thank you to everyone who supported the event, including those who donated to the retiring collection. A fabulous £197.85 was raised for ‘Make a Wish Foundation’, a charity this year group have supported throughout their time at Amery Hill School.  We look forward to hearing about this year groups’ progress in future years and wish them every success.  Award  Recipient  Art  Rebecca Gordon  D & T: Electronics & Control Systems Kyle Barber  D & T: Resistant Materials Phoebe Neville  D & T: Food Technology Gemma Elliott  Drama Jamie Walker  English Dylan Brown & Eliza Gange  Geography Gemma Elliott  History Ed King  Computing Monty Moran  ICT CiDA Jo Pasfield  Additional Maths Monty Moran  Maths Freya Cannings  Media Studies Alisha Frost  Creative Digital Media Production Ben Walker  MFL: French Lucy Bayliss  MFL: German Alf Hamer  MFL: Spanish Siriol Whomsley  Music Charlie Bray  PE Paloma Sims  Religious Studies Asher Smart  Science: Biology Giles Hartley  Science: Chemistry Molly Bennett  Science: Physics Francesco Tesolin  Health & Social Care Bria Ferne  Outstanding Attendance Megan Ameer-Beg & Katrina Cave  Head Girl Lucy Bayliss  Head Boy Giles Hartley  Progress Leader Prize Shannon Bulbeck  Governors' Prize Dylan Brown  View Article
Remembrance Day
Posted on: 10/11/2017

Remembrance Day

For many years, students from Amery Hill School have assisted local historian Tony Cross remember the casualties of the two world wars who are buried in Alton Cemetery. This year, volunteers from Year 9 cleaned the distinctive Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstones and placed a Cross of Remembrance on each grave in advance of Armistice Day. In doing so, they learned something of the simple design of the headstones and the circumstances associated with the reasons why the men were buried in Alton, rather than on traditional battlefields. The presence of a WWI memorial plaque on a traditional headstone, gave students an insight into the grieving of local families who had no burial place for their loved ones. Other inscriptions on family headstones tell of a young man who perished with the loss of HMS Hampshire in 1916; another who died as a prisoner of war whilst in captivity in Turkey following the surrender of Kut the same year; and a young man who died on D-Day, 6 June 1944. All of these inscriptions brought home the scattered nature of the losses suffered by Alton’s families in the time of war. Passers-by who were interested in what the students were doing seemed impressed by their selfless actions: a notable feature of our community-spirited students. Wearing a Poppy is the traditional sign of remembering those who died in the service of our country; giving one’s time to ensure the memory of those who were lost in past conflicts is maintained, is something more pro-active.View Article

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