Sad news

I am very sorry to have to let all members of the AHS community know that our much-loved former colleague Liz Chubb died in Margate Hospital this morning, not far from her parents’ home.

I know this will be a shock to many of us, not least as several of us had been in contact with Liz in the last couple of weeks.  Liz was Head of Sixth Form here from 2002 until last year and successfully influenced the lives of countless students.  She had many passions including geography, cooking, Italian, art and cricket, and enriched all who came into contact with her.

She moved to Stowe School last year and was able to indulge her love of History of Art.  Her colleague there has said how quickly she became a key part of school life and how much they will miss her.

On behalf of the whole school I will be expressing our sincere condolences to Liz’s family.

Alan Rosen

A Level Results 2017

Aylesbury High School students are heading off to (at the last count) 62 different universities to study 118 different degree courses, on the strength of today’s A Level results.  A number will be studying abroad or including a year in industry as part of their degrees, with around a dozen taking a gap year before starting university.

Like many schools, we are seeing the post-18 picture become more varied as students also embrace the range of non-university options open to them with increasingly attractive apprenticeships and work-based study.

We expect at least nine students to take up places at Oxford and Cambridge while up to ten students will be studying medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

Fifty seven students, almost one third of the cohort, achieved 3 A grades at A Level or better and special congratulations go to Zoe Berkeley, Shreeya Bhogle, Jade Clarke, Katherine Dalby, Leonie Glasson and Georgina Wilmot, who all achieved at least 3 A* grades.

Alan Rosen, Headteacher of Aylesbury High School, said, “This is the first year of revised A Level specifications in a number of subjects (with the others following in the next three years) so we are pleased to see how well students and teachers have adapted to the new courses.

These results are a real tribute to the students’ dedication and talent and we must not forget all the teachers and support staff who have inspired and encouraged them throughout both their primary and secondary education.  It is fascinating to see the impressive range of courses that our students are about to study, going from Accounting and Aeronautical Engineering all the way to Sociology and Criminology, Sports Science, Textile Design, Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife Conservation.

This group of students have not only achieved very creditable exam results but have gained so much more during their time at Aylesbury High School, supporting charities, undertaking community service, going on trips and expeditions, and enjoying themselves as well.  We wish them the very best for the future.”

Activity Days

Years 7 – 12 enjoyed a whole school activity day on Friday.  While Year 12 visited Birmingham University to find out more about higher education, Year 9 carried out Geography fieldwork in Docklands and Year 8 explored the Black Country Museum to support their work on the Victorian period in History and English.  Year 7 also worked on a cross-curricular project, using Science, Technology and Maths skills to create wind turbines. Meanwhile Year 10 explored health and wellbeing with a variety of workshops, including yoga and self defence.

Maths In Action

9C put their maths into practice yesterday by scaling up the AHS logo onto the school field using a trundle wheel to calculate distances, human compasses to draw circles and a lot of string! They then coordinated Years 7 – 10 to take their places while highereyes.com took photos with their drone. Well done girls!

Athletics Success

Congratulations to all involved in athletics events on Friday and Saturday.

Our English Schools Cup Junior Girls Team won the Midlands  B final with a score of 342 points. An amazing team effort from everyone and some fantastic PBs.

In the County Athletics Championships Emilia became the Year 7 100 m and long jump champion and broke the 100 m county record. Lucy is the new Year 9 200 m champion and was runner up in long jump.  Dejannae came a very well place third in the Year 7 high jump.

 

AHS Art Exhibitions

A warm invitation to come and see the wonderful work from our GCSE and A Level students.  The GCSE exhibition is on Friday 9 June from 4.30 – 6.30 and the A Level show is on Friday 23 June again from 4.30 – 6.30.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Success

Congratulations to our Year 13 students who received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Buckingham Palace today.  D of E continues to go from strength to strength at AHS – many thanks to all our staff who put so much energy into running the award.

Anouszka’s Dressage Win

Well done to Anouszka in 9S, who came first in the UK Under 21 Medium Dressage on Saturday on her horse, Damascus III.  She will now be invited to squad training with a view to getting into the GB team.

Youth Parliament Elections

Congratulations to Folu who has been elected as Youth Parliament representative for MK North.  She will be working with the other members on issues such as improving mental health care for young people and will be writing more about her role in the next edition of Highlights.