Building A Brighter Future

For many years now we have sought to raise money from parents and other supporters of the school, in addition to the much-valued funds raised by the AHSA.

So many of the fantastic facilities around the school are only there because of the generosity and engagement of former and present parents, ranging from the sound and lighting systems in the Main and Harding Halls to the Sports Hall, Sixth Form Centre, and the refurbished Library and Science Laboratories.  Wherever a student’s interest lie in school, we can point to the substantial improvements that parental donations have made.

Forthcoming projects are:

  • Refurbishment of the Tower Block classrooms, taking place next summer, subject to funds and planning, to transform the ten classrooms into much better teaching spaces.  Focusing scarce funds on the Tower Block makes sense as every student will have lots of lessons there during their time at AHS.
  • A major initiative to tie in with our 60th birthday which is in 2019 – a feasibility study is currently taking place

TheBuilding a Brighter Future’ leaflet is HERE.

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. It helps to develop the school’s facilities and resources to ensure that every girl is able to fulfil her potential, wherever her strengths lie.

Almost two years ago we surveyed parents about their views on school fundraising and the short summary is that there was a genuine willingness from parents to support their daughter’s education and the school’s development campaigns in a variety of ways. Since then we have asked parents to support the school at reasonably regular intervals and are very grateful to all who have responded so kindly.

Please consider whether you can play your part in providing the best possible facilities for your daughter and for generations of AHS students to come. The Fund is vital to support our development projects; improving and developing both the school’s equipment and its facilities. We have an ambitious schedule of development we would like to complete, partly funded through grants open to us and partly through donations.

Every donation of whatever size helps, and every penny is put to good use, ultimately benefiting the education of every student at AHS, so please do take the time to consider how you can help .

Please email Mrs Pexton at  for your AHS Donation Form or download it HERE.  

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 your donation  form – it makes a big difference to us!

For further information, please contact Mrs Pexton

Matched Giving

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

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.

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.

‘In Our Element’ and ‘Girls of S17’ Campaign Update

Thank you to all those who sponsored an Element on our AHS Periodic Table and kindly donated to ‘Girls of S17’ to support our S17 science lab renovation project.

We are very pleased to confirm that we have raised over £27,000 for S17.

These donations, together with £55,000 grant funding from the William Harding Charity and the Garfield Weston Foundation and school funds, mean that we will be able to make a significant difference to the laboratory facilities at our school. This will greatly benefit our current students and students for many years to come.

We have successfully chosen a contractor through the tendering process and work will commence on Tuesday 3rd April for completion by May half-term. Due to examinations, we will be delaying the unveiling of the AHS Periodic Plaque until the end of June.

We greatly appreciate your help supporting us to provide our students with an enhanced science teaching and learning environment.