Thank you very much to everyone who joined our latest ID meetings on Thursday. Our Year 12 ID Ambassadors are leading some exciting work on educating our community on topics such as challenging discrimination, learning about Ramadan and the history of black hair. They are also working hard on developing the student diversity page on our website, so please let us know if you have any ideas. Next student ID meeting – first Thursday of the month – all welcome.
We are so pleased that we can bring you a taste of what our music groups have been working on since our clubs restarted at half term with our virtual Christmas Concert. A selection of recordings from our a cappella vocal groups, wind band and string ensembles will be available to stream from 16 December. We have very much enjoyed putting this together – we hope you enjoy it too!
The show will go on! Calling all Year 9 students to get involved in this year’s adapted House Drama event. Come along to the Drama Studio next Thursday lunchtime to find out more and to start the battle of the Shakespeare monologue! The winning entry from each form will go on to the AHS final and gain entry to the national competition.
As all of our staff continue their training with Show Racism The Red Card, we are proud to have raised over £860 to help fund their fantastic anti-racism education.
Thank you to Year 7, who have been taking part in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great Big School Clean, litter picking in and around AHS. They did an amazing job and cleared up a whole assortment of rubbish from crisp packets to hub caps! According to Keep Britain Tidy, more than two million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day with the cost to the taxpayers for street cleaning coming in at over £1 billion a year. The Eco Committee is hoping that this will remind everyone to make good use of our general waste and recycling bins and keep the AHS environment clean.
Year 7 had a fantastic time at Green Park last week, where they took part in a whole range of activities, including team-building games, orienteering and high ropes. It is a great way for our new students to get to know each other even better and to bond as a form and with their form tutor. Here’s what our Year 7s said about their day:
”On the climbing wall, I had to take a massive step up at the top, but I did it!!
”It was great to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new things!”
”I really enjoyed the team building challenges as we really learned to work together”
”I got to know people much better through working with them to solve problems and encourage each other.”
”I definitely found my courage on the Leap of Faith!!”
We are sorry that we have had to cancel our open events for the foreseeable future, in line with other Bucks schools, but please have a look at our Open Events page to give you a feel for our school until we are able to welcome you in person: http://www.ahs.bucks.sch.uk/open-events/
Our Year 11 received their much-anticipated GCSE results today. They have been awarded the higher of the CAG or the Calculated grade and this has allowed the vast majority to access their choice of further study. They have shown great resilience in the face of the uncertainty in recent weeks and also in completing the transition work that will help them make a flying start to their further studies. I am pleased that the recent changes announced by Ofqual meant our Year 11 arrived today with more optimism and certainty than we feared last week.
Despite not opening to maintain social distancing, we are supporting our students and working with them to enter their chosen ‘next steps’, either here at AHS or at other local education providers. The outstanding results that they have gained will facilitate the vast majority in this process.
I would like to thank all the staff for their professionalism and integrity and our students for doing all they can to secure their futures. We wish you all the best for your future, wherever the next exciting stage of your journey takes you.
Giles Scoble, Headteacher
We so enjoyed welcoming back our KS3 students for socially distanced picnics on the field this week – it was great to see so many of you!
Well done to our Year 13 for the way they have navigated the very different, and
at times turbulent, journey to the much anticipated A-level results they received
today. Our students should be proud of their consistent work over the 18 months
prior to the lockdown, and their commitment to further study during that period.
It is on this bedrock that results have been calculated.
We are supporting students through the UCAS process, working with Parents,
Students and Exam boards to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our
students, including appealing grades where appropriate. We are also making plans
for the Autumn series of exams for those that choose to take them.
I have a belief that ‘qualifications give options’ and we hope that these results will
allow our students to progress to the next steps of their exciting journey, whether
that be university, apprenticeships or the world of work.
I would like to personally thank the staff for their professionalism and integrity
during this process, and the Parents and Students for their patience, resilience and
Finally well done to our 2020 Leavers for their academic successes and to all our
families my best wishes going forward. Whilst we have only ‘borrowed’ these
bright young women for a short time, we hope that they remain in touch as
members of our alumni.
Giles Scoble, Headteacher