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Education Secretary's Visit

Posted on: May 9th 2019

Img 6861nhOn the eve of the Education Secretary’s address at the National Association of Head Teachers' annual meeting in Telford, Amery Hill School warmly welcomed The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP to school to meet with students and senior leaders. Students proudly toured the school with Mr Hinds, talking eloquently about its strengths and the excellent pastoral care and support which has allowed them to flourish during their time at Amery Hill. Mr Hinds also met with senior leaders of the school including Mr Stephen Mann, Headteacher, Mrs Jacky Wilde, Img 6844nhChair of Governors, Mrs Jackie Edmunds, School Business Manager, and Mrs Lorna Vickery, School Governor which provided an ideal opportunity for a healthy discussion on key issues which schools up and down the country are facing; inadequate funding, increasing demand for specialist provision in mainstream schools and the challenges of teacher recruitment and retention.

Talking about the visit, Mr Stephen Mann, commented “Finances are challenging for many schools and leaders are having to make difficult compromise decisions across the country.  As we approach the Government’s comprehensive Spending Review it will be interesting to see how education fares. Despite Mr Hinds openly acknowledging the pressures facing schools, which are not restricted to financial matters, there are so many competing demands on public funds that it will take a huge financial commitment to help relieve them.”

“At Amery Hill we are fortunate to have secured over £1.1 million to redevelop our existing Kitchen and Dining facilities, a significant proportion of which has come from the Government administered Healthy Pupils Capital Fund. They recognised how our application was based on the school’s philosophy of developing the whole child. This funding enables us to continue with the strategic development of first class facilities for all of our students to enjoy.”

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“Out of a disaster we can all do something to ensure students don’t suffer unnecessarily.” Those were the words of Ms Lindsey Parslow, chief executive of Business2Schools, which has this week launched a campaign to benefit school children and parents affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the Laptops2Schools initiative is to get businesses to donate laptops that school children can take home if the schools close or pupils have to self-isolate. Ms Parslow said: “If families have to self-isolate children will need to log into their school’s intranet to complete their lessons and homework. “Most families do not have enough computers for everyone in a household to have access at the same time. Priority will be given to the people in the family that are working. “This will be disastrous for education. Schools are so short of laptops anyway. So if businesses could help us it will mean teachers and children at home can have a laptop sent to them if they need it.” Alton based secondary school Amery Hill is supporting the campaign, having worked successfully with Business2Schools in the past. Headteacher, Mr Steve Mann said, “Self-isolation and imminent school closures are presenting parents, students and the education sector as a whole with unprecedented challenges.  Most schools are not in the position where they can provide spare laptops to students attempting to study remotely and the concern is that students from poorer families might become even more disadvantaged. Any help that businesses can provide to support this initiative will have a significant impact on the education of our young people.” Ms Parslow added: “If businesses can help by donating or by reaching out on social media we can get this off the ground very quickly. Time is not on our side if schools close.” So far, London-based company EFG Private Bank and ESRI UK, in Aylesbury, have donated £6,000 and 57 laptops respectively. Business2Schools is raising funds to afford hard drives and chargers, in case they do not come with the laptops. To donate, visit  Just Giving - click hereView Article