A Very Warm Welcome to All Our Former Students.
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 are able to reconnect and maintain links with their peers, receive news of the school and our upcoming events, and also hear about our Development Campaigns which will benefit future generations of students. (We have many initiatives and events planned – including our first Joint AHS/AGS Reunion in July 2018 for 1997 – 2017 Leavers).
With that in mind, we are delighted to confirm that we have sent out Alumnae contact information to all former students and staff, that we have contact details for. Some of you have completed your forms and returned these to the Development Office already – thank you, more information and updates will follow.
If you have not yet received a letter from us, we may not have your up to date contact details on our database. Please contact Mrs Pexton at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send the Alumnae letter to you.
Our New AHS LinkedIn Group: Aylesbury High School Former Students and Staff
AHS now has its own LinkedIn Group for Former Students and Staff which will co-ordinate with our new Alumnae initiatives to provide you with news of the school and our upcoming Alumnae events and projects. We would like to welcome all former students and staff to join our Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13566361
Our Aylesbury High School Archive Project
With a wealth of historic school documents and photographs, we have set ourselves the task of creating our first AHS Archive which will span almost 60 years!
If you have any photographs or documents of AHS, or any other memorabilia, which you would like to donate to our Archive, please let Mrs Pexton know by emailing email@example.com.
Click HERE for some old and not-so-old photos to jog your memories.
The AHS School Fund
The AHS School Fund is our scheme where parents and alumnae donate monthly by direct debit, or through a one-off donation.
The Fund is vital to support our development projects, improving and developing both the school’s equipment and facilities. We have an ambitious schedule of development we would like to complete, partly funded through grants open to us and partly through donations.
The AHS School Fund helps to develop the school’s facilities and resources to ensure that every girl is able to fulfil her potential, wherever her strengths lie. Although many of our facilities are excellent, there is still much more to do to provide the very best learning environment for our students, and your donation will enable us to provide the highest quality education for your daughter and future generations of students.
We have a strong and successful history of developing our school’s facilities but as one of the lowest-funded state secondary schools in England we cannot fund significant improvements from our school revenue budget alone. This is why we need your support. All donations, large or small, are hugely appreciated!
Please email Mrs Pexton at firstname.lastname@example.org for your AHS Donation Form.
Maximising Your Donations With Gift Aid
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 the form – it makes a big difference to us!
For further information, please contact Alison Pexton email@example.com in our Development Office.
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. 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 companies we know participate in Matched Giving
Posthumous Special Recognition Award for Alice Byron
AHS Alumna and Cardiff University English Literature student, Alice Byron (21), tragically lost her brave battle with blood cancer in July 2016, having first been diagnosed in February.
Alice was very keen to spread public awareness of her particular cancer Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) and wrote about her experience to raise awareness of the need for donors in her blog alicebyron.com. With her family, she also raised over £28,000 for leukaemia research.
The Anthony Nolan Trust learned about her blog and was so impressed by this and her fundraising work that they posthumously awarded Alice their Shirley Nolan Special Recognition Award at the Trust’s National Supporter Awards December 2016, for her “dedication and strength”. Anthony Nolan Trust’s Chief Executive, Henny Braund, said: “Her passion for our lifesaving work epitomised the ethos of our charity. I continue to find myself inspired and humbled by the dedication and strength of people like Alice.”
This is an excellent testament to Alice and her dedication to raising the public profile of blood cancers among young people. We are so sorry that she passed, but very proud that she was one of our Alumna.
Memories Of Our AHS 50th Anniversary Celebrations
2009/2010 was the 50th Anniversary of Aylesbury High School and we celebrated in a variety of ways:
The ’59 ers’ Lunch
Firstly lunch at the school, guided tours and then tea with some of the staff from those days, including Miss Camp. Mr Chaplin, Miss Peggy and Miss Nan Cattell, Miss White (now Mrs Newman) and many others arrived to see what 50 years had done to those fresh faced 11 year olds from all those years ago!
The Garden Party
Our 50th Birthday Celebration Garden Party took place on a less than perfect Saturday 8 May 2010, but the drizzle in the sky did not dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of everyone who came. And there were so many!
Some of the highlights of the day included stalls all over the school organised and run by current students by form ( the profits were divided between the forms’ own charity and the school 6th Form Fund). Stalls included “Sponge the Teacher”, “Crockery Smashing” and many others!
Also, Afternoon Tea in the dining room with the most delicious selection of home made cakes, a specially written on-the-day play made up from memories of old girls and a community choir singing hit songs from 1959 and 2009 respectively. With the addition of laser clay pigeon shooting, it was an excellent 50th Birthday Celebration Garden Party
The Grand Ball
The year’s 50th Birthday celebrations culminated at the Grand Ball on Saturday 19th June at the lovely Oxford Belfry Hotel.
A Champagne Reception preceded a delicious dinner where ‘Old Girls’ met with their old friends and current staff. After dinner there was dancing to the amazing ‘Down for the Count’ jazz and soul band, made up of former AHS and AGS pupils.
The raffle had excellent prizes: a notebook computer, a light aircraft flight and a sumptuous hamper! Everyone had a great time and it was a tremendous end to a great year of celebrations!