From Acorns to Oaks

(photograph courtesy of Chaunceys Timber) This morning we enjoyed welcoming alumni from Arnold, King Edward and Queen Mary schools to tour our campus.  The Old Arnoldians and Old Lidunians are coming together under the umbrella of the ‘OAKS’ (Old AKS).  So in a way, every student leaving our school becomes an OAK. This image of… Read full article

Location, Location, Location

(Aerial photography courtesy of Ian Haynes, copyright www.iphotix.co.uk) It is human nature that we take many things for granted.  Now that I am back in the UK, I realise that I did not always appreciate the clear blue skies and palm trees that were part of my daily walk to the office.  Now, as I… Read full article

Dramatic Events

The trouble with great success is that expectations rise for even greater success in the future.  This is clearly true for AKS musical productions.  Two years ago, ‘Evita’ was awarded the Best Youth Production and also the Best Overall Production of 2012 in the North West region.  Last year’s production of ‘Into the Woods’ has… Read full article

Success and Value

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value” (Albert Einstein) For me, one of the highlights in our run-up to Christmas has been the School Choir.  Those of you who joined us for our Christmas Carol Service at St Thomas’ Church on Sunday will know how… Read full article

Follow Your Star

There are many occasions when I stop and reflect how lucky I am that fate brought me to AKS.  One such moment was on Tuesday evening watching the Junior School Nativity.  I arrived just in time to be given a cup of tea and a warm mince pie before sitting down to enjoy the show. … Read full article

International Connectivity

Having spent nearly a decade as a head teacher overseas, and been an inspector of schools in a dozen countries, it is no surprise that I see the value of young people gaining an international and multi-cultural perspective for the future.  I am therefore pleased to see international connectivity at AKS and look forward to… Read full article