‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’
John 10:10


The AHS Journey is everything we do in order to ensure students leave us with the capacity to maximise their life chances, echoing “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” John 10:10.

We aim to provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon and identify their own character whilst understanding their place within the wider world. Throughout their time at AHS, students have the opportunity to place themselves into the context of modern society, ensuring they can discuss, debate and accept a wider variety of opinions and attitudes which may differ from their own. Our aim is to show students the choices which are theirs to make, thus leading to a life which is personally “full”.

No year is wasted at AHS and at each point, we believe students are undertaking a different aspect of their personal development. No two students’ journey will be the same. However, our students can share similar experiences and opportunities in order to shape who they are what they believe. Throughout a student’s time at school, we provide them with opportunities to reflect upon who they are as a person, what their aspirations are, what they want to do and change and ensure they have all the skills to become the person they want to be.

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Whole School Community

  • Minster Service
  • Sports Day
  • World Book Day
  • York Pride
  • Speech Night
  • Rewards Trips


  • Healthy Week
  • Enrichment Week
  • Sports Fixtures
  • Industry Day
  • Careers Programme
  • University Trip

School Trips

  • Subject Trips
  • Local Culture Trips
  • Arts and Sports Trips
  • Rewards Trips
  • Outdoor and Adventure Trips
  • International Trips

Charity and Volunteering

  • Prefects and Student Leaders
  • Mentoring
  • Anne Frank Exhibition
  • RAG Week
  • Community Mornings
  • Food Banks
  • Student Fundraising
  • Charity Days

Cultural Development for disadvantaged students 2023-2024

Not all students have access, through circumstances, to cultural opportunities in their day to day lives. We provide a range of cultural opportunities specifically targeted towards students who are disadvantaged. These aim to widen students’ opportunities and future ambitions. A selection of these include:

Creating and appreciating local culture: Students are taken to a range of local cultural sites, including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the York galleries to inspire students to create their own photography portfolios.

Cultural Cities: Students are taken to three cultural city trips, including Liverpool, Manchester and London. Students explore religious, sporting, art and food venues in each city.

British Values and the School’s Christian Values

Under-pining all our work on Personal Development are the four Christian values: justice, compassion, trust and forgiveness. Throughout our Personal Development plan, these are closely linked to the British values of “Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.” “Justice and trust” are closely linked to “democracy and the rule of law”. “Individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance” are again closely linked, reflecting the school’s values of “compassion and forgiveness”. Students are given frequent opportunities to reflect upon both the British Values and our distinct Christian Values in collective worship, tutor time, lessons and enrichment/cultural opportunities.

British values are lived into being through our school values of JUSTICE, COMPASSION, FORGIVENESS and TRUST.