Bond Motivation

On Saturday night our PFA Winter Ball was held in the senior school hall. This was a break from the recent tradition of being held in a local hotel but proved extremely popular, being sold out long before the event. The PFA did a fantastic job in setting up a James Bond theme. The food, provided by our own team, came from films around the James Bond world; Thai, Japanese, Mexican and Spanish. One of the advantages of hosting this event ourselves was that it gave more student opportunity to contribute to the atmosphere. Our musicians played 007 music beautifully,

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Broadening Horizons

Over the recent half-term holiday there were 3 residential trips for AKS senior school students. Our Science Exchange involved a week of science and adventure in the Czech Republic (pictured), 30 Year 8 & 9 boys went on the football tour to Madrid, including a match in the Bernabeu stadium, then 40 students went to London to watch West End shows, explore theatres and take part in dramatic workshops. It is always good to see our pupils experiencing an enriched curriculum and on this occasion I did manage to join one, albeit over the final weekend. The Science Exchange, where

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Collaborative Education

At AKS Lytham we work hard to provide a rounded education from academic excellence to sport, musical and dramatic performances through a wide variety of schemes, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Combined Cadet Force (CCF). The aim of this support is to ensure we meet the individual needs of each pupil in our community and help them find their individual pathways to becoming the best that they can be. By providing multiple learning opportunities for our pupils, we are helping to build character, self-confidence and the strength of individuality to support each child in understanding who they are

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More than record-breaking results

HM Blog 060916 GCSE Results

As we welcome students back at the start of the new school year, we are challenging them to aim high. They certainly have a tough act to follow with this summer’s A level and GCSE results breaking records for the school. These are not only the best in the area, but the best independent school results in the county. Of course we all know that exam grades are only one way of judging a school’s success. Some might say that building character and creating fine young people are even more important. I hope that any visitor to AKS will see

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Wellbeing

It is generally accepted that a happy, confident child learns better than a stressed or anxious one. Similarly, that mental and physical health support personal and academic development. This is why we, at AKS, have been giving serious thought to the concept of wellbeing, and have already started work with some external organisations to help us support our students. We have learned that there is no simple answer to wellbeing, rather it should be part of our school culture to open our minds, while seeking to understand ourselves, our emotions, our capabilities. Last week we had our first WoW (Wonders

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Sowing Seeds (and bones)

When I was in junior school I remember wanting a career as a dinosaur hunter. Someone would pay me handsomely to travel the world discovering and digging up monster skeletons. In senior school I realised that dinosaurs were rarer than I had hoped, so I progressed to wanting to be a geologist, being paid even more to dig up important rocks. I have no idea where these early thoughts came from; there was no careers advice that I can remember. The last thing I would ever have considered was dentistry. The sole intention of my childhood dentist seemed to be

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