Our principal purpose is quite straightforward. It is simply that we want every child to enjoy his or her time at school; to feel valued as individuals, in an environment where their talents can prosper to the benefit of the community, so that when the time comes to leave us, each child will do so with confidence high, skills sharpened and personalities rounded.
More specifically we aim to:-
• Develop in every child the necessary skills, aptitudes and abilities to enable him/her to
move on to senior school and beyond as an emotionally resilient, autonomous learner.
• Develop a caring community within the school by encouraging commitment, courtesy,
co-operation, tolerance and compassion towards one another whilst understanding
that each individual is a member of a wider community.
• Promote and nurture a close relationship between home and school in the partnership
• Provide pupils with a model of how an excellent organisation is run, one in which
there is a culture of high achievement, a willingness to adapt and a propensity for
• To create the circumstances in which all members of staff have the opportunity for
personal development and feel able to make the fullest of contributions to school life.
• Fulfil our social and environmental responsibilities to society.
The unsolicited pupil observations quoted below might provide you with an answer:
‘I will miss the simplicity of life at Amesbury. The way the teachers rely, not on rules and loud voices, but on your own friendship to ensure your cooperation’
‘……the teachers can almost be called your family.’
‘The thing I like most about Amesbury is that it encourages individuality and is flexible to new ideas. What I will miss the most is the support and guidance of the teachers here, many of whom I consider friends’
(Extracts from ‘A Leaver’s Perspective’)
And what do parents say?
‘I knew it was an extremely popular school. But no one seemed to know why. Other schools have specific reputations. But it was difficult to pin down. It was an enigma. Once I visited it though I could understand why. It’s academic, but not pushy, it’s really strong at sport, but it doesn’t claim to be a sporty school. It just ticks all the boxes.’
‘That was the number one thing for us – their (the children’s) behaviour didn’t change when we walked into the room. They didn’t jump to attention.’
‘Compared with other schools, there was a sense that they (the teachers) were real human beings’
(Extracts from a Research Report by RS Academics)
What do isi inspectors say?
‘Pupils of all abilities make excellent progress during their time at school’
‘Almost all parents were overwhelmingly positive about the schools success in meeting their child’s pastoral and welfare needs and in supporting their child’s personal development’
‘Pupils are highly successful in their achievement beyond the classroom, such as in sport and music and performing arts. They achieve notable success in both regional and national competitions such as cricket, hockey and tennis. This is because leaders and managers value the importance of providing a holistic learning environment.’
What does this add up to?
Amesbury is a simple place. Teachers don’t rely on rules and loud voices to engage with pupils. Individuality flourishes and the children are happy.
Relaxed yes, but purposeful: Academically strong, steely on the games field, and ‘mind-blowingly good’ in the Performing Arts’. In short a difficult school to pigeon hole.
If you would like information on the admissions procedure or would like to arrange a visit, please contact Helen Gustard via email email@example.com or call 01428 604322.