Joint press statement from Aylesbury Grammar School and Aylesbury High School

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the loss of the Hewitt family in the air crash on Sunday 23 August in Quebec Province, Canada.

Harry Hewitt was moving into Year 10 at Aylesbury Grammar School and Felicity Hewitt was due to start Year 13 at Aylesbury High School. Both school communities are devastated by this loss. Harry was a quiet, humble and unassuming young man who excelled academically. He was a talented squash player and made a hugely positive contribution to the life of the school. He was due to start his GCSE courses in September and had a very bright future ahead of him.

Felicity was a happy member of the school community. She had just completed her first year in the Sixth Form at Aylesbury High School and had gained an excellent set of AS results. Her contribution to the wider school was valued by all who knew her. She had an infectious smile and was well liked and respected by all who came into contact with her.

Both will be missed by everyone within the two schools and the wider community. 

We are all deeply saddened by this tragic news. To lose a young family in such circumstances is devastating for all who knew them. The two school communities are coming to terms with this terrible loss. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Hewitts.

Headteacher’s Welcome

At AHS, everyone is encouraged to get involved, to do their best and to enjoy themselves.

The experiences that every girl will have during her time with us equip her for life in a demanding and fast-changing world, a world that she will play a key role in shaping.  We have a dedicated and extremely hard-working staff team ensuring that students gain excellent exam results at all levels, results that place us amongst the best schools in the county and the country every year.

Ofsted have always commented on the students’ outstanding personal development, the excellent Sixth Form and the rich and stimulating curriculum.  The very wide range of subjects offered (over 25 subjects at both GCSE and A level) means that particular aptitudes can be accommodated and students are properly equipped to move on to university and life after secondary school.  Visitors to the school often remark on the friendly, purposeful and caring atmosphere, and are invariably impressed by the students’ attitude to learning.

Our work has been recognised through a number of awards, including the International Schools Award, Healthy School Award and the EcoSchool Green Flag.

Our students regularly amaze us with their sporting successes (Regional and National Finalists in a number of sports and in 2014, with four teams crowned as National Champions, we were named as the Top Secondary School for Sport in the country!). Achievements in the performing arts, technology and many other areas are always a delight, and it’s not just in school that our students enjoy themselves; they have been on trips, exchanges and expeditions to four continents in the past couple of years.

We are a busy school, we are an inclusive school, we are a girls’ school where students can take risks and we are a high-achieving school.  Above all, we are a happy school with a terrific future ahead of us.

Alan Rosen