The AHS Alumni Community

Please Support Our Mock Multiple Mini-Interview Session: Thursday 28 November 

This year 30 students from Year 13 (and last year’s Year 13) have applied for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine courses at university, which is the highest number for some time. Invitations to interview are starting to come through. Increasingly these interviews are run on the Multiple Mini Interview format, with the candidate moving through a number of short, focused but quite different, interviews in a very short space of time.  They test skills like explanation, analysis, interpretation and communication as well as probing career choices and academic subject knowledge.

In recent years we have run a mock Multiple Mini Interview session for our students who have applied for these courses. Feedback has been very positive and we will be running a similar session this year on Thursday 28 November from approximately 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm (exact times to be confirmed).

We would be really grateful for volunteers to act as interviewers. Most of the tasks require no specialist knowledge of academic subjects and cover areas such as motivation, empathy and ethics.

It’s a really interesting event to take part in, and is hugely appreciated by the students. If you would be interested in helping out, please contact Mrs Pexton apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk Mrs Sutton msutton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk

Keeping In Contact

As a student at Aylesbury High School, you belonged to our school community and left your impression on our school whilst you were here.  Now that you have moved on, we would love to hear from you and are eager to hear about what you have been up to and your news  – wherever you are in the world !

By keeping in touch with AHS, former students can reconnect and maintain links with their peers, receive news of the school and our upcoming events, and also hear about our development initiatives which benefit future generations of students. It is fascinating to discover the career pathways Alumnae have chosen and their significant achievements to date. We look forward to keeping in contact with you, sharing your news, and welcoming you back to AHS in the near future for our reunions and events.

To provide us with your contact details, please complete and return this Alumni Contact & Consent Form here to our Development Director, Mrs Pexton, at apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk , or post to the school address.

For All Our Alumni News, Please Sign Up to Our Monthly Alumni Newsletters 

Last year we started our monthly Alumni Newsletters, bringing our growing Alumnae community closer together and sharing Alumni initiatives and events.

If you have not yet received your copy via email or post, please email our Development Director, Mrs Pexton, at apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk to be added to our distribution list.

Previous Alumni Newsletters to download:

Our ‘Women Who Inspire’ Initiative.

We have been delighted to receive such a positive response to our new ‘Women Who Inspire’ initiative and would like to thank all our Alumni for their contributions to date.

Some of you have already visited AHS for student linked projects and we are very thankful for your support.

We aim to celebrate the success of our Alumni and to share your achievements with our current students, parents and wider community. The inspiration which motivated you to make your career choices could help our students decide theirs and influence their ambitions and aspirations.

If you would like to take part in ‘Women Who Inspire’ initiatives, please email Mrs Pexton at apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk  

 

New: The AHS Archive Website www.ahs.bucks.sch.uk/archives

At the start of last academic year, we tasked ourselves with collecting as much photographic and printed information about AHS’s history as possible, as well as gathering individual stories from the past 60 years. We have been delighted to welcome so many former students and staff back to AHS over the past months and it has been fascinating to hear their memories.

We have digitised a large amount of archive material which you can access via the school website at www.ahs.bucks.sch.uk/archives. Now you can browse through sixty years of our school’s publications, photographs, videos and memorabilia!

 

We are very grateful to the AHSA for kindly funding this project, which has enables us to create this permanent on-line archive, accessible to all!

 New: AHS Timeline

Towards our forthcoming AHS History Book, we have created an easy-reference timeline of the school’s history and invite our former staff and students to suggest their contributions to our story. This timeline will feature shortly on our dedicated Archive Website!

More Timeline information can be seen in our commemorative 60th Birthday Festival Programme.

A Warm Welcome For Our New Headteacher!

This September we have warmly welcomed our new Headteacher, Mr Giles Scoble, who many of you who may have met at our 60th Anniversary Celebration on 6th July. Mr Scoble recently shared with students, parents and staff:

’I am really excited to be joining the school in its sixtieth year. There is no doubt that AHS is a busy school and I have already taken the opportunity of conveying my values to our school community: 

  • Academic Excellence: We are proud to be a selective, girls’ grammar school with outstanding results. However the breadth of the curriculum and having creativity valued at the heart of our STEAM (SCIENCE,,TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS and MATHEMATICS) agenda is equally important.
  • Holistic: We believe that the co-curricular (it is too important to be called an ‘extra’) opportunity sets us apart.
  • Safety: Student safety and inclusivity are central to all we do here. 

 We aim to: 

  • PREPARE students for the tests of life, rather than just a life of tests. We do this by providing a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum to prepare them with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the 21st Century.
  • CHALLENGE students to cultivate self-confidence, independent thinking, tolerance and a sense of responsibility.
  • INSPIRE students to achieve excellence in a wide range of areas. Learning is enhanced through a happy, friendly and secure environment.

I believe that Aylesbury High School offers every student the chance to develop the skills, as well as the knowledge, to thrive in a rapidly changing world.’

For more information on Mr Scoble, please read his personal introduction letter of January 2019

A Fond Farewell to Headteacher Mr Rosen

We said a fond farewell to Headteacher, Mr Rosen, who retired at the end of August. Mr Rosen has been at Aylesbury High School for twenty four years, the first ten years as Deputy Head and the rest as Head.

Since 1995, the school has increased in student size with the change in 1999 from 12+ to 11+, and increased its facilities with the building of the Sports Hall, Sixth Form Centre and History rooms, the new Library, the Science Block refurbishment and the current Tower Block building work; all of which Mr Rosen has overseen. He introduced the annual Year 8 trip to the Outward Bound Centre at Aberdyfi in 1998, which almost four thousand students have now experienced, and this Sunday, he will head off to Belize in Central America on his 14th expedition with Year 10 and 11 students; “I’ve loved the international outlook of AHS, both in and out of the curriculum, and hope it continues to be a big part of the school.  I think trips of any kind help you grow up, they should be fun and they open your eyes to the diversity of the world around us.”

Outside of AHS, Mr Rosen runs orienteering competitions around the UK and abroad, and ‘controlling’ (refereeing) competitions including the British Championships.  Of his retirement he said: ’’I know that I won’t miss wearing a tie every day, but I will really miss the committed staff and the many times during the year when the students amaze me, whether in sport, in all their fantastic performances, productions and exhibitions, in the many House events, on trips and, funnily enough, in lessons – just walking round our classrooms reminds me how much hard work the students put into their education every day, and that’s what we are here for.’’

Thank you Mr Rosen, for all you achieved at Aylesbury High School!

Our 60th Birthday Fundraising Campaign

We have now completed most of our Tower Block Refurbishment Project, but still need to raise a further £7,000 to finalise the finishing touches.

We hope that you will help us by ‘buying’ a Number or Country. Your chosen name will then be permanently remembered on the Number or Country Donation Plaques which will be featured in the Tower Block. If you are able to make a Regular Giving commitment before 31st December 2019, you can choose to have your chosen name displayed on either the Number or Country Donation Plaque.

We look forward to presenting our completed project to you at our Tower Block Opening Event in February 2020 – when we will also be unveiling our Number and Countries Donation Plaques.

With your generous support we raised £102,332 of new donations in the 2018-2019 academic year – Thank You!

Making Your Donation 

Please be aware that we are currently experiencing some connectivity issues with our online Numbers and Countries selection.

We are asking our parents, Alumni and friends of AHS to continue to support us with our 60th Birthday fundraising, by donating to campaigns of their choice:

 

Set up a regular donation

Please click here to make your online choice and online donation   

Please click here to download a donation form to complete and return to AHS

 

 

Alumni Invitation to Feature On Our AHS Memory Wall

All our Alumni are invited to ‘buy’ an Alumni plaque to be displayed on the Alumni Memory Wall, to permanently remember their time here at AHS. You can now ‘purchase’ your Alumni Plaque for a £100 sponsorship online, or by completing and returning this Alumni Plaque Donation Form.

 

‘Buy’ a Number: Click here to find out which numbers are available

Please click here to make your online choice and online donation

Please click here to download a donation form to complete and return to AHS

 

‘Buy’ a Country: Click here to find out which countries are available

Please click here to make your online choice and online donation

Please click here to download a donation form to complete and return to AHS

 

Country and Number Donation Plaques will be put up in the completed Tower Block to commemorate this significant 60th Anniversary project. With your donation, you can have your name displayed for future generations!

Please remember, every donation of whatever size helps, and every penny is put to good use!

Shopping and an Amazon Customer?

Whilst you are shopping on Amazon, please donate to our Aylesbury High School Fund by clicking here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk . 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Aylesbury High School Fund every time you shop, at no cost to you. 

Amazon will give 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT and other shipping fees) of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Aylesbury High School Fund when you shop, so please support us.

Maximising Your Donations With Gift Aid

Aylesbury High School is a registered charity (No 1058760) and can reclaim tax on all donations that UK taxpayers make under the Gift Aid scheme, increasing the value of the gift to AHS and decreasing the cost of the gift to donors.Through our charitable status, your donation can be boosted through Gift Aid!

When you complete your AHS School Fund Donation Form and sign the Gift Aid declaration, we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 you donate.

Please sign the Gift Aid section of your donation  form – it makes a big difference to us! For further information, please contact Mrs Pexton apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk

Matched Giving

Already parents are adding new companies to our Matched Giving List. Thank you!

Matched Giving is when a company matches the amount of fundraising an employee gives to a registered charity, as part of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Many companies help charities through a matched giving scheme and some will match pound for pound the donations made by its employees to registered charities.

Please check with your employer if they will match your donations to our AHS Fund!

If you are donating to the AHS Fund, your donation may be matched by your employer through Matched Giving. Please enquire with your HR or Payroll department or contact Mrs Pexton for a list of companies we know participate in Matched Giving.

Thank You to Everyone Who Has Donated to the AHS School Fund

Over the years the generosity of parents, Alumni and friends of Aylesbury High School has enabled us to achieve significant development projects for our school. 

Recent projects funded through grants, revenue funding and donations include:

  • The Tower Block
  • The Sports Hall
  • The Library
  • The Sixth Form Centre
  • The Science Block
  • The Dining Room
  • Netball and tennis courts, and lighting
  • History and Languages classrooms
  • Sound and lighting in the Main Hall and Harding Hall
  • Boiler and roof replacements. 

We are very thankful for every donation we have received and appreciate your continuing funding support for our school.

Leaving a Legacy, Supporting Future Generations

Legacies are another way in which you can make a real difference to Aylesbury High School.

All legacies, no matter their size, make a difference to the school and our students and staff.

If you do decide to leave a gift to Aylesbury High School, you simply need to include the following information in your will:

  • Our full name: Aylesbury High School
  • Our registered address: Walton Road, Aylesbury HP21 7SX
  • Our charity reference: Registered Charity number: 1058760

It is best for Aylesbury High School if gifts are made unconditionally because this allows the school’s Board of Governors to consider carefully how to make the best use of each gift to meet the changing priorities of the time. Of course, we completely understand if you would prefer your gift to support something specific at the school. If this is your wish, we recommend that you get in touch with us to discuss your intentions, so that we can ensure that the wording of your will allows us to use our gift as you intended.

For further information about making a will, we recommend that you seek the professional advice of a solicitor.

If you would like to discuss leaving a legacy to Aylesbury High School in confidence, please contact our Development Director, Mrs Pexton.