Coronavirus Updates

Keep up to date with information here and by reading our April Newsletter found in the Head’s Newsletter section under What’s On on the school website.  Plus, please email Mrs Hamnett if you require school provision during the Easter holiday period.


Key Worker Parents, Free School Meals and students needing additional support

DfE guidance for schools including list of key workers Friday 20 March

Latest information including information regarding key workers 20 March 2020

Letter containing information for Key Worker Parents only


Cancellation of GCSEs, ASs and A Levels 2020 (updated 20 March)

Information from Ofqual (updated 26 March)

We are rapidly working up plans to implement the arrangements the Secretary of State for Education has set out for exams this summer and, with exam boards and teaching bodies, are making considerable progress.

Students understandably want reassurance, and teachers urgently need to know what to do, and when. We expect to publish detailed information about the process and timetable which will apply this summer next week. This will include the steps we would like teachers to follow and more detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence they will have available when submitting their assessment grades. We are talking to teaching representatives to make sure that what we are planning is manageable and appropriate, so that students, parents, carers and teachers can have confidence in the approach.

We will outline by Easter the process we will follow to make sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as our proposals for appeals. We will also say more as soon as possible about the arrangements for additional exams in the new academic year.

We want to reassure students waiting for news that we are doing everything we can to make sure they are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances.

Managing communications regarding awarding of grades

Further to our recent communications about the cancellation of exams and the uncertainty surrounding the awarding of grades, we would like to make a couple of important requests to allow us to better manage this complex and fast-changing situation.

Firstly, we will update you as soon as we have substantive information to share.  However, we will only do that when the information provides clarity and certainty, or when the update adds reassurance.  What we will not do is to speculate on what might happen.  That serves no purpose in this charged situation.  So please do not email us to ask for thoughts or comments on something that has been read or shared online.

Secondly, there will be a time when it is right for us to seek any additional information about extenuating circumstances that we do not already have, in order to submit that to the exam board.  Please wait for us to request that information.  We need to control the process and don’t want to risk losing information amidst the high volume of emails and documents that we are inevitably dealing with right now.  When we are ready to receive further information about extenuating circumstances, we will request it.

We know this is an unsettling and challenging time, and we want to do all we can to reassure our students and to protect their interests.  We appreciate your support and understanding.

Advice, guidance and support

Division of Educational & Child Psychology (DECP) British Psychological Society (BPS) – Coronavirus and UK schools closure: Support and advice for schools and parents/carers

Useful link for Coronavirus mental health and wellbeing resources

Various student support links


Previously shared letters/information can be found here

Best Young Band!

Huge congratulations to ‘Ouch!’ who won the “Best Young Band” award at the Battle of the Bands this weekend. Their prize is a set at the Beacon Fest festival in June – do go along and support them!

House Music

Thank you to all of our talented musicians, crew  and House Music captains for a wonderful evening last night.  Congratulations to winners Claydon!

Bank of England

We were thrilled to welcome Dr Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Bank of England today for an engaging and inspiring talk on Inflation, the economy and careers.

Here’s to the next 60 years!

It was great to welcome parents, students, alumni, donors, architects and contractors to AHS last night to celebrate the official opening of the Tower Block refurbishment.  Staff and students are really enjoying the updated classrooms and are looking forward to the next 60 years!

Year 8 Outward Bound

Year 8 students have had a fantastic personal development course at the Outward Bound Centre in Aberdovey, Wales.  Despite some pretty challenging weather, our students showed true resilience and truly pushed themselves out of their comfort zones – which is what the week is all about!  Favourite activities included gorge walking, canoe slides, abseiling, rock scrambling and staying at the cabins.  The response from our students has been overwhelmingly positive and it was great to hear how much they think they have learned about themselves – from developing their teamwork, making new friends and realising that they can do much more than they think they can!  The challenge now is to transfer this to their lives back at school and at home!

A Factor

Our Fundraising Week continues with some A-Mazing performances from our talented students.  Results announced in our final assembly!

Staff Panto

Well done to all those brave members of staff who kicked off our fundraising week with their very entertaining panto.  And thank you to our Year 12 team for their very creative writing and directing!

Christmas Concerts

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the fantastic Christmas Concert, from the wonderful Harding House and Chamber choirs to the whole host of groups – orchestra, percussion, rock and jazz as well as the stunning soloists.  We were then treated to a beautiful carol concert in St Mary’s Church – thank you – you really got us in the Christmassy mood!