Fundraising Week

We have had a great week being entertained by the Staff Panto, Teacher Karaoke and, best of all, The A Factor.  Thank you to all the organisers in Year 12, all our performers, everyone who came to watch and to Mrs Jarrett for overseeing it all.   We have raised money for the following charities, voted for by our students: A21, The Alzheimer’s Society, Oxfam, People not Borders and Water Aid.

Christmas Concert

Congratulations to all involved in our Christmas Concert this week, where we were treated to The Nutcracker Suite from our symphony orchestra as well as many other festive performances from our steel band, percussion ensemble, jazz group and choirs as well as soloists and small groups.  Huge thanks to our amazing music teachers, talented students and to all those who helped behind the scenes.

House Dance

Thank you to all our talented dancers and our hardworking crew for their fantastic performances at House Dance last week and their imaginative interpretations of the theme ‘Life is so much more interesting inside my head’.  Congratulations to Claydon House for their winning dance, based on Alice In Wonderland.

Loserville

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Loserville for a highly entertaining joint AGS / AHS performance and a huge thank you for all your hard work.

Open Mornings this week

Year 6 girls and their parents are warmly invited to our open mornings on Mon 16, Wed 18 and Thurs 19 October.  Please arrive for a tour at 9.15 am,  where you will be able to see lessons in action, followed by a talk by Mr Rosen at 10.15 am.  Please book a place by emailing our receptionist Mrs Onley at: sonley@ahs.bucks.sch.uk

Ciara joins England Basketball

Huge congratulations to Ciara in Year 12.  All her hard work as AHS number 11 has paid off – she has been selected for England Basketball’s U18 and U17 squads.

GCSE Results – press release

‘Impressive Key Stage 4 results for Aylesbury High School students’

Congratulations to all Aylesbury High School students receiving their results today.
Headteacher Alan Rosen said, ”What really stands out are the breadth and depth of these results; students took 31 different qualifications including 2 AS Levels, the full range of arts and humanities subjects, and five languages.
With the changes to exam grades it is difficult to compare with previous years but I am very pleased that results in the reformed and tougher English and Maths GCSEs are even stronger than last year.
The average grade across all subjects was a high A (7.7 on the new system) and a fantastic 60% of students gained at least eight or more grades of A/7 or better.
Within the results there are many individual success stories to celebrate, reflecting two or more years of hard work and determination, and those students can now move onto the next stage of their education with confidence. GCSEs are not easy and I must mention and thank all the school staff whose dedication has been rewarded today, including those in primary schools who lay the foundations that we in secondary schools can build upon each year.
This year group has also been very active outside lessons, whether competing in National Finals in sport, performing in concerts, dance and drama productions, going on trips, exchanges and expeditions, and having a terrific success rate with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, so they are proof that there is much more to Key Stage 4 than exams at Aylesbury High School.

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.”