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Volunteers support students' return to the classroom

Posted on: March 30th 2021

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 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.”

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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