Spring End of Term Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

Enclosed is communication from the school regarding your child’s progress to date as well as other information as we take advantage of the whole school mail out to support cutting postal costs. The spring term had many extra-curricular events which your child may have participated in and I would like to signpost particular highlights in each year group:

Year 7: Spelling Bee competition & School Career Intervention Programme (SCIP) Event*

Year 8: Charity Run in Finsbury Park & STEM event for Girls*

Year 9: Charity Run in Finsbury Park & Science trip to Hyde Park.*

Year 10: Prefect interviews and appointments made

Year 11: Shadow Games Theatre group to support the Prevent agenda*

*Photos and other stories in our AMSI blog

The Dance showcase in February was an extravaganza which involved approx. 10% of the school as over 60 students performed, choreographed and delighted the packed theatre of parents, students and visitors with their creative skills. It was a very pleasurable evening which was excellently led by Ms Stephanou the Head of Dance.

One of our foci for this year has been to recognise students who have improved their behaviour and progress with Hot Chocolate Friday sessions. This has been a key strategy used this term with Year 11 in particular as they identify their key attributes which will prepare them to work independently for the forthcoming exams. I also met with AMSI scholars at the end of this term with the Chair of Governors and it was a welcomed opportunity to acknowledge all the hard work and excellence that our young people possess and encourage the effort made to engage with the Scholastic Programme in Key Stage 3. These initiatives are all firsts in terms of how the school rewards students and  as such will continue to be standard practice.

This term saw the end of a piloted intervention programme called SCIP previously mentioned which focuses on developing positive mindsets towards long term learning with students and parents who were selected for the scheme. Both are mentored separately and parents completed the ‘Walk with Me’ programme to support the upbringing of our young people. If you are interested in knowing more or even participating in the programme then contact Mr Martins Agufana who is the school lead on this project. 

Being the end of term, we would like to thank Ms Davies, our joint Head of Science who will be leaving AMSI for a new position in another setting. Also our receptionist Ms Miller who has served the school for 11 years has taken early retirement and we wish her all the best for this next phase of her life. I would also like to welcome our new Head of Media after the half term to the AMSI community.

The term ends on Thursday 29th March 2018. This is a shortened day and the students will be dismissed at 12.35pm. Normal lessons will take place periods 1, 2 and 3 and lunch will be available for students who wish to eat in school. It is also a non-uniform day with the proceeds from the £1 donation going to Sport Relief and the nominated charities below:

Year Group 7 8 9 10 11
Charity Stonewall Shelter Epilepsy Save the Children Water Aid

Each year group has focused on raising awareness for their chosen charity. External visitors to the school  have recognised the strength in the social consciousness of our young people as they share their understanding of the issues involved in each charity with immense confidence.

The recent adverse snow weather increased the hits on our website significantly as you were all concerned to know the arrangements for the days involved. Thank you very much for your patience during this period and thanks to all the students who showed resilience and attended on these days despite the weather. Our Twitter address @AMSI_school was used by an increased majority of parents during that week and I would encourage you to continue to receive updates via Twitter by following us at the above address or via the link on the website.

Upcoming events:

18th April                                  Year 8 girls HPV 2nd dose

25th April                                  Year 8 Parents’ Evening (rescheduled) – 5.00 pm – 7.00pm

3rd May                                     Year 10 Fashion Show

7th May                                      Bank Holiday – School Closed

8th May                                      Music Event – String Player of the Year – 6.00pm

14th May                                    Year 11 Written GCSEs begin

24th May                                    Music Concert – 6.00pm

28th – 1st June                          Half term

4th June                                     Return to school

May I wish you all a pleasant Easter break and continue to encourage Year 11 to work independently over the next 2 weeks as they revise and take advantage of teacher’s feedback, support and the resources placed on Google classrooms to guide their revision.

AMSI will reopen for the summer term on Monday 16th April 2018. Please continue to support the school by ensuring that your child attends school, on time and in full school uniform which of course means no trainers.

All the best.


Yours sincerely

Susan Service

Head teacher


Timetable: Week 2 - Mon 20th-25th Jan