The AHS Eco Code

One of the last stages of submitting our Eco Schools application is to devise the AHS Eco Code.  Many thanks to our Eco Committee, led by Phoebe, for this great piece of work.  Do look at the brilliant work they have done on our website at

Show Racism The Red Card

We were inundated with brilliant entries to this competition – thank you to everyone who engaged. You can see the shortlisted pieces here and in more detail on our Celebrating Diversity page

House Drama

‘The show must go on’ as they say, and with Year 9 being invited to take up the 2021 House Drama challenge – it is in safe hands! The competition naturally had to be re-thought this year to maintain year group bubbles and social distancing and so we entered the English Speaking Union’s ‘Performing Shakespeare’ competition. Instead of the usual group pieces, each participant picks their own 2 minute Shakespeare monologue to learn and perform in addition to explaining why she chose it, what was it that she was inspired by and what does she hope to convey and express in the performance.

Over 30 students are involved from all Houses in Year 9 and are ably supported by the team of Drama Ambassadors who meet with them each week for a coaching session. The next stage will be internal video submission and then a school-based panel of judges will decide which entries are put forward to the national competition! We are delighted to be able to offer a semi-normal event in these difficult times and hope to reveal the finalists towards the Easter holiday!

Mrs Rachel Hughes, Drama Subject Team Leader

Identity and Diversity

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.

Christmas Concert

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!

House Drama

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.

Wear Red Day

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.

Great Big School Clean

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.

Fun at Green Park

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!!”