The Music Department is a vibrant, exciting and exhilarating place to be and gives pupils huge opportunities to perform in many ensembles which rehearse weekly, concert performances throughout the academic year and tours enabling girls to experience performances in wonderful venues throughout Europe.
Music should be at the heart of every girls education and broadening creativity is focused upon inside and outside of the curriculum. Our House Music Festival is one of the main highlights of the year with over 250 pupils involved in performances with their House.
Instrumental lessons are available on all orchestral instruments with piano, saxophone and brass also offering Jazz specifications as well as Classical, Electric/Acoustic and Bass Guitar.
Critical Thinking isn’t like other subjects you may be thinking of taking for AS Level. It doesn’t involve learning any facts; as the title suggests, it’s about learning how to think and reason, as well as how to write in a coherent and logical way. Though these skills are particularly applicable to subjects such as English, History and Law, taking Critical Thinking would be beneficial for any student. It is particularly helpful in preparation for national admission tests for Law and Medicine. It shows that you have attained a national standard in skills which will be prized by universities and employers alike.
The course is organised in two sections. Unit 1 involves short structured answers on the language of reasoning and the credibility of arguments. Unit 2 involves writing a reasoned case based on the evidence provided and a critical evaluation of an argument, as well as multiple choice questions. You will not be judged on your knowledge of the particular subject but rather on the ability to assess how effective the argument is. Components are externally marked. There is no coursework.
We are sorry that we are unable to host a traditional Open Evening this year, but we want to give you all the information you need to decide on where to spend the last two years of your school career. We very much hope it will be with us at AHS.
On this page you will find a range of different resources that will help you explore our Sixth Form offer.
Mr Scoble offers the Headteacher’s Welcome address in his video
Mr Ochiltree (Ho6) and Mrs Sutton (DHo6) talk about our Sixth Form in their video
You can read an online version of our Sixth Form brochure, which is a descriptive overview of our Sixth Form
Perhaps the most important resource here is our Sixth Form Prospectus. Please study this carefully as it contains details of all our provision, including information and videos about each of our A Level subjects and Extension Studies
There is also a FAQ, which will hopefully answer any remaining questions
We have online tours of the school, for those who are not familiar with our site and facilities
And finally there is a link to our online application system for external applicants which will manage your application to study with us. (Students already at AHS should apply via the link emailed on 20 November).
If you want to talk to us a little more, or to ask further questions, we will be hosting an optional online drop-in session on Wednesday 2 December between 5.30 and 7.00. The link for that meeting will be on this page by Monday 30 November.
‘Well done to all of our A Level students for their results today’
Aylesbury High School students are heading off to 60 different universities to study around 120 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 almost twenty taking a year out before starting university or employment.
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 – our students are taking up professional training with Google, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Grant Thornton this year.
We expect half a dozen students to take up places at Oxford and Cambridge while up to fifteen students will be studying medicine or veterinary medicine.
Forty two students achieved 3 A grades at A Level or better and special congratulations go to the six students who achieved at least 3 A* grades.
Alan Rosen, Headteacher of Aylesbury High School, said, “It is, as always, fascinating to see the impressive range of courses that our students are about to study, both at university and through apprenticeships and other routes. This year they include all the more traditional subjects together with, for example: Aerospace Engineering; Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic; Costume Design; and International Relations. 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.
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, great sporting and artistic achievements, going on all sorts of trips and expeditions, and enjoying themselves as well. We wish them the very best for the future.”