Welcome from The Headmistress

‘STEEPED IN HISTORY, EMBRACING THE FUTURE’ has been a part of the school’s ethos for a significant amount of time and never before have both of these statements been more appropriate.

At Amesbury we are incredibly proud of our deep rooted History and rich heritage, alongside this we have always kept one eye on the future, in order to ensure that our pupils are future ready. Pupils in Year 5 to 8 are provided with laptop devices for school use. For many years, our pupils across the Prep School have developed an understanding of the important role of technology.

By having this infrastructure, knowledge and confidence with technology in place, our pupils have been able to adapt quickly and efficiently to remote learning during the Coronavirus pandemic. For our younger pupils, we have provided online facilities to ensure that they are able to follow as full a curriculum as possible. As teachers, we are extremely proud of the way our Amesbury community has embraced virtual learning and, by ensuring we maintain continuity in teaching and interaction, we can all work together to provide the best possible learning experience during this challenging time. All of our staff are working hard to make sure we get it right for every child throughout the school. Whether it be skills, challenges, storytime videos or HIIT PE sessions, we are making sure there is something to keep everybody focused on learning as well as staying healthy in both mind and body at this time.

As an early exponent of the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate, we provide our pupils with a flexible curriculum and focus on developing the skills and aptitudes which prepare them for future life. In these unusual times, this curriculum is ideal for allowing pupils to use and build upon these skills to become more resilient individuals with an ability to adapt, whilst maintaining an understanding of the importance of community and collaboration.

2020 was set to be a year of celebrations for us at Amesbury as it marks our 150th year in Education. We had a wide variety of events planned to commemorate this milestone and to illustrate just how steeped in history we are. The Coronavirus pandemic now means our celebrations are on hold. As sad and disappointing as this is, we must draw on the fundamental values that we teach all Amesburians: to adapt and remain resilient. Our celebrations will move to a different day, but we will persevere and make these celebrations as much about acknowledging the strength of our community as about our history, of which we are so proud.

Our deep rooted understanding of who we are and where we have come from is the foundation on which the school continues to thrive today – remotely, virtually and deep within our Amesbury community.

Sheina Wright
Headmistress

 

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