Awards and Partnerships
Rights Respecting School Award
In December we announced that we had begun our journey to become a school which is committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and were working towards the first stage of the RRSA accreditation with Unicef UK. We are delighted to announce that since then, we have achieved our Bronze Award which means that we are a ‘Rights Committed’ school, having demonstrated our school’s commitment to the Convention and how we intend to become rights respecting. The next step is working towards the Silver Award and being ‘Rights Aware’, which will involve the school’s activities and work on rights respecting being inspected by a UNICEF RRSA Professional Adviser.
Our initial survey of students and staff appraised our strengths and current position and helped with our action plan for the Silver ‘Rights Aware’ Award which has been developed in consultation with our Student Voice Ambassadors and other staff members. We have also introduced the Rights of the Child in assemblies across all year groups explaining how and why our decision to becoming a Rights Respecting School is so important. A summary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child can be found here. Sharing knowledge with our students to help them learn about their rights and putting them into practice every day is fundamental to achieving the Silver Award.
We are proud to support the work of Business2Schools and the students and staff of Amery Hill feel incredibly fortunate and thankful to them and their partners for providing equipment which has really made a difference. As the world slowly comes to terms with the effects of human waste and its impact upon the environment, the words of David Attenborough have never been more acutely understood. ‘Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps we should control the population to ensure the survival of our planet.’ The Business2Schools Charity, along with their partners, are making that first ‘controlling’ step by ensuring that furniture and IT equipment no longer by the commercial world that would otherwise be placed in landfill are given a second lease of life within schools up and down the country. Students of today are the leaders of tomorrow and the fantastic initiative is providing schools with a high quality infrastructure which would never have been achieved with the ever increasing demands on school budgets.
Eco-Schools Green Flag
Eco-Schools Green Flag is an international accreditation that has recognised and rewarded young people’s environmental actions for over 25 years and we are delighted to announce that our school, through our students’ actions, was awarded Green Flag Status in 2020. This is a fantastic achievement and the perfect way for their hard work to be acknowledged, rewarded and celebrated. It has provided students with the confidence and motivation to continue to actively engage with environmental issues for the benefit of all within the Amery Hill School community and the school’s EcoUnion continues to reach out to our community with positive impact. The number of students keen to participate in environmental matters continues to rise and our Year 7 students have willingly accepted the challenge from older students to drive new eco initiatives forward.
The Eco-Schools framework has helped inspire the next generation of innovative, caring environmentalists and sends a clear message that as a school, and our students, are forward-thinking and actively engaged in protecting our planet.
“On behalf of all Year 11 members of the EcoUnion, I would like to say ‘thank you’ for the support we have received in making Amery Hill a cleaner, more ecologically friendly place. Being a part of the EcoUnion has been inspiring and enriching, and it is so fitting to pass this incredible group into the hands of our younger members.” M Austin, Head Boy 2019-20.
Amery Hill School was delighted to have been nominated again by the Hampshire Music Hub and to be awarded Music Mark membership in 2021. This was 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, Head of Music, said, “We are delighted to yet again be nominated by Hampshire Music service. 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.”