Welcome from The Head
When you walk around our school grounds, it is hard to imagine a better place for children to start their education. The sense of community and belonging from both the children and the staff is evident.
During each step of their journey, our children are given a plethora of exciting opportunities to learn and develop – mentally, socially, creatively and physically. Our inspirational Common Room sits within the heart of the school and delivers a balanced and forward thinking curriculum which develops a lifelong thirst for learning. As one of the early adopters of the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate programme our children move on from our school with exceptional skills which prepare them not only for senior school, but also life beyond. They learn the importance of collaboration, commitment, curiosity, leadership, perseverance, reflection, risk-taking and developing a sense of community. A strong co-curricular programme opens up a world of experiences for your child to delve into and enrich their learning.
The estate has been thoughtfully designed with children in mind, from our Grade II* Lutyens building, light and airy dance studio overlooking our multi-purpose sports pitch, our award-winning Visual Arts Centre and our new Library. All of this is nestled away in the beautiful Surrey countryside and in easy commuting distance of Guildford, Farnham, Haslemere, Petersfield, London and the South Coast.
We have successfully demonstrated our forward-thinking approach to learning, which continues to stand us in good stead during these unprecedented times. With each child from Year 5 onwards having their own school laptop, we have ensured lessons have been able to continue quickly and efficiently using “Microsoft Teams”. This has enabled teachers and pupils to remain in regular contact and ensure continuity to learning. Years 3 and 4 have been supported using a combination of “Wakelet” to provide teaching and resources to pupils and “Google Hangouts” to interact with them. Our EYFS provision has connected using “Tapestry” for daily interactions from their teachers. This has included video clips as part of core teaching and learning phonics, English and Maths. The Covid challenge has brought challenges but Amesbury, with its digital learning strategy, has used these as opportunities to strengthen the link between school and home.
The Amesbury ethos runs firmly through the school. We are a relaxed and a nurturing school, with a strong emphasis on treating every child and their learning path as individuals. We recognise the importance of a holistic approach to well-being and education, with pastoral care as equally important as academic rigour. Every child is treated as an individual and as an equal – the school has a very strong sense of mutual respect and gender equality is a particular strength. This is a school with the most excellent performing arts provision, leading practices in digital learning and preparation for senior schools, a dedicated staff room and a truly balanced approach to education – work hard, play hard.
I am incredibly proud to be the Head at Amesbury, a school which is steeped in history and yet very much focused on the future. There are exciting times ahead and I do hope that you will take the time to tour our school and discuss how we can meet your child’s needs.