“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” AA Milne, Winnie The Pooh

As I write this, my final blog, there are only a couple of days left before we break for the summer. Although the academic year has flown by, there is no doubt that this has been a landmark year. It has been, of course, the people who have mattered most and I have been lucky… Read full article

A busy half term

If you missed it on the website, please click http://bit.ly/1huT7mt to listen to Ben, Jack W, Abby and Jack R performing their version of New York State of Mind, which launched preparations for AKS Music’s ambitious concert tour to New York next summer. Do keep an eye on the website for news about their pre-tour concerts and… Read full article

Time for some well-deserved rest and recuperation

I spent most of last week reading and commenting on school reports for our Upper Sixth students. Reading my colleagues’ comments illustrated very clearly the strength of relationships between our teachers and pupils. The reports also reminded me of what it is like to prepare for public examinations, with all the accompanying pressures, thrills and… Read full article

Engaged in all manner of activities

Although it feels like a long time ago, the half term break was a welcome respite with time to rest and recharge. The Keefes enjoyed a week’s skiing with plenty of adrenaline and early nights, and I am therefore very envious of the junior skiers who are looking forward to their own ski trip. Judging… Read full article

Character, creativity and resilience

Tristram Hunt, the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, said this week that “character, creativity and resilience” should be taught in England’s schools. Although none of these characteristics are timetabled at AKS, we do our utmost to promote them in other ways. Our holistic approach towards learning encompasses academic rigour and extra-curricular excellence, fostering grit… Read full article

“Into the woods, and out of the woods, and home before dark!”

There are moments in my daily working life when I am consider myself to be a fortunate man, and this week will be particularly special because it’s the annual school musical. Combining talent, ambition and sheer hard work over many months develops the characteristics in our pupils that I value most: determination, focus and teamwork…. Read full article