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Community Captains: Sophie Taylor (EG), Lauren Hone (KK), Milly Kearns (NS), Pabethaa Mariyanayagam (JP), Abi Young (VM), Deneka Francis (AB), Paris Maben-Hume (CS)


AB Leadership Team

Director of Learning Miss P Knuckey
Student Support Manager Mrs J Thorogood


Community Mentors

Mrs A Cowley and Mrs L Perrian Mrs C Mishra and Mr K Ward Mr P McLarney
Mr A Milne Mrs D Samson and Mrs E Levett Mrs R Wilson
Mr B White and Mrs L Ashdown Mr G Dale Mrs Y Ozturk


Amy Beach Biography

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (September 5, 1867 – December 27, 1944) was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music, playing her first solo concert at the age of 16. Her "Gaelic" Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. She was one of the first American composers to succeed without the benefit of European training, and one of the most respected and acclaimed American composers of her era. As a pianist, she was acclaimed for concerts she gave featuring her own music in the United States and in Germany.

Today, our Community flies under the banner of her name together with our ‘Bee’ logo, which was created by an AB student in 2018. We are reminded through our logo of a worker bee that working together for the benefit of everyone in our AB community will mean we will always strive for success together.


AB Charity Work

2019-2020: ITU Sensory Garden at William Harvey Hospital

2018-2019: The Cardiac Care Unit at the William Harvey Hospital - £1912.37


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CS Leadership Team (CS)

Director of Learning Mrs S Ferris
Student Support Manager Mrs S Robinson


Community Mentors

Mr D Boorman and Ms M Khalil

Mrs J McBride Mrs M O’Reilly
Mr D House Miss L Cassey Ms S Batchelor and Mr M Cheesman
Mrs J Constantinou-Nash Mrs L Rodgers Mr S McEvoy


Biography of Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann (1819-1896) is considered one of the most inspirational composer-pianists of the Romantic period. Her father was a German pianist and he made her practise for two hours a day from childhood and Clara was one of the first pianists to play from memory. She married the composer, Robert Schumann and she was the main breadwinner besides bringing up 8 children. Clara was the first person to perform the work of Brahms in public and she has influenced all concert pianists since, through her emphasis on playing from memory and focusing on the intentions of the composer rather than showcasing the pianist’s technique. 2019 is the 200th anniversary of her birth.


CS Charity Work

2019-2020: Kent Wildlife Trust

2018-2019: CS has a great fundraising tradition and we are proud of our trophy for Pilgrims Hospice Youth Fundraisers of the Year! We raised over £1,700 for The Dogs’ Trust.  Mrs O’Reilly walked the 115 kilometre Santiago di Compostela, raising £2,500 to provide a wheelchair for a paraplegic child to play wheelchair rugby.  A number of us also helped Ashford’s first Dragon Boat Race to raise £18,000 for charity. 


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EG Leadership Team

Director of Learning Mr G Ferris
Student Support Manager Mrs Y Smith


Community Mentors

Mrs C Mann Miss H Primarolo Miss P Knuckey
Dr E Coupe and Mrs S Bradley Ms J Johnson Mr R Swinney


Biography of Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists. She fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She had the honour of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Dame Glennie was awarded an OBE in 1993 and now has nearly 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. She continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life. Her masterclasses and consultations are designed to guide the next generation.


EG Charity Work

2019-20: Holding On Letting Go

2018-19: We raised just under £2000 for ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’. This charity was put forward by two students in Year 13. 


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JP Leadership Team

Director of Learning Mr J Conway
Student Support Manager Mrs T Strange


Community Mentors

Mr A Donovan Mr W Gray Miss R Gatt 
Mrs M Briggs Mr P Kenny Miss E Pope 
Mr M Brown Mr N McCarthy Mrs S Strand 


Biography of Jacqueline du Pré

JP are named after the famous British cellist – Jacqueline du Pré. She is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time. Her romantic style lead to international stardom by the age of 20. She regularly performed with the likes of Sir Malcolm Sargent, Rostropovich, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman and Daniel Barenboim, whom she later married. Her playing career was cut short after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, although she continued to teach when her health permitted it. Du Pré died in London on 19 October 1987 at age 42.


JP Charity Work

2019-20: Motor Neurone Disease Association

2018-19: The Paula Carr Diabetes Trust was suggested as our charity by a Year 7 student. JP raised £1954.66 through a non-uniform day and various stalls run by students during the year.


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KK Leadership Team

Director of Learning Miss C Timmins
Student Support Manager Mrs C Jones


Community Mentors

Mr D Keep Mr J Birbeck-Bailes Miss S Gerstlauer 
Mrs E Dodds and Mrs C Banham Mrs J Jeffery and Mrs N Das-Simmons Mrs S McCutcheon and Mrs A Cheesman
Miss F McCartan Mrs L Wells Mrs S Rickett and Mrs K Riezebos


Biography of Kiri Te Kanawa

KK are named after the famous Soprano Opera Singer from New Zealand – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

She has received many accolades throughout her career and she is famous for singing a wide range of works in many languages from the 17th to 20th centuries.  She is particularly associated with the works of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Handel and Puccini.  She has also found success portraying a variety of characters on stage. 


KK Charity Work

2019-20: Brain Tumour Charity

2018-19: We raised money for St Raphael’s Hospice. This charity was put forward by two students in Year 8 and we raised funds by having our non-school uniform day, creating stalls for students to buy snacks and treats at, sponsored silences and a variety of competitions.

2017-2018: We raised just under £2000 for The Paula Carr Diabetes Trust – a local charity that supports families who have children with diabetic children.

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NS Leadership Team

Director of Learning Mr D. Freear
Student Support Manager Mrs N. Giles


Community Mentors

Mrs D Albert Mr K Cameron and Mrs H Smith Mr R Coyle
Mrs G Booker and Mr M Niles Mrs L Baxter and Mrs A Loft Miss S Judd
Mrs J Bridgland Mr M Wibberley and Mrs N Kinrade Mrs S Willmoth


Biography of Nina Simone

NS take their name from the American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist, Nina Simone. Born into poverty, Nina Simone taught herself music before funding all her music lessons through her own work and performances. Often heralded as the "the High Priestess of Soul"; Nina Simone is an example of a strong independent female who advocated tolerance, unity and equality for all.


NS Charity Work

2019-20: Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh)

2018-19: Our Community charity was the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and we raised £1693.47.  We raised funds by having our non-school uniform day, creating stalls for students to buy snacks and treats at, sponsored silences and a variety of competitions.

2017-18: Our Community Charity was Abbie’s Army and we raised over £2000, in large part thanks to a whole Community Christmas Conga.


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VM Leadership Team

Director of Learning Miss J Ventress
Student Support Manager Mrs H Bourazza


Community Mentors

Mrs A Wells Mr H Nancey Mrs J Morton
Mr D Brett Mr I Pickard Miss M Saunders
Miss E Wilson and Mrs J Valentine Miss J Clark Mrs N Spooner


Biography of Vanessa Mae

VM are named after the British violinist Vanessa Mae. She began playing the violin aged five. At age thirteen, Vanessa-Mae became the youngest soloist to record both the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos.


VM Charity Work

2019-20: ABC – Anorexia & Bulimia Care

2018-19: We raised £2310.20 for CALM. This charity was put forward by a student in JCL.  We raised funds by having our non-school uniform day, creating stalls for students to buy snacks and treats at, sponsored silences and a whole Community sponsored walk where students set a goal and walked that number of steps every day in June.


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