Headteacher’s Welcome

Welcome to Aylesbury High School

AHS mission:  To Inspire every student to seek Challenge, to realise their potential and Prepare for the world of today and tomorrow.

AHS values: Confidence, Respect, Engagement, Aspiration, Teamwork and Enjoyment 

At AHS, the only girls’ grammar in North Buckinghamshire, we believe that girls’ schools are more relevant today than ever before.  This is because girls’ schools are places where girls take centre stage, where they can seek challenge without fear of failure.  We focus not only on what is learned, but also on how it is learned; our students are encouraged to embrace every role and subject and, as a result, they learn to trust in their own abilities. We are also a strong and thriving community which embraces diversity, where each individual is respected and cared for.

Our academic success is long-established, with excellent exam results that place us amongst the best schools in the county and the country and, whilst these outstanding academic successes are important to us, we balance these with wide-ranging, challenging and inspiring co-curricular opportunities too. Our last Ofsted report (2012) highlighted the students’ outstanding personal development, the excellent Sixth Form and the rich and stimulating curriculum. The very wide range of subjects offered (over 25 subjects at both GCSE and A Level) means that particular aptitudes can be accommodated and students are properly equipped to move on to university and life after secondary school.

With what outcome?  Whatever a student aspires to be, we prepare them for their next steps.  We work with them so that they have confidence in their ability to achieve their goals; we ensure our students are inspired to seek challenge, to realise their potential and are prepared for the world of today and tomorrow.

AHS is a place of leadership and teamwork, and a place where community and collaboration, innovation and self-efficacy flourish. We are educating our students to become global changemakers—the people we need to help solve the world’s biggest challenges.  Research shows that students at girls’ schools are inspired to become informed, engaged global citizens who lead with courage, competence, and empathy. It has proven that students from girls’ schools display stronger community involvement, greater cultural competency, and increased political engagement.  Research also shows that girls’ schools foster students’ voices and encourage students to exercise their voice at a young age; at AHS, students are encouraged and expected to speak their minds. With our valued and respected brother school, Aylesbury Grammar School (AGS), literally across the road, we are able to provide an unparalleled breadth of opportunities and experiences that allows our students to thrive.

Our students evidence our AHS values on a daily basis, they are our greatest ambassadors.  So, whilst our results speak for themselves, our students speak for us and we invite you to come and see this for yourself. We are a happy school, a busy school, an inclusive school where students can take risks without fear of failure, and we are a high-achieving school.  Above all, we are a welcoming community – do come and visit us. 

Marieke Forster