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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Bucking the Trend

People often talk about an economic divide between the North and the South, which may also impact on the demand for independent schooling. The percentage of the population attending fee paying schools is higher in the South, this regional variation appears to have been increasing. The Times recently reported that since 2007 London has seen a 13% increase in numbers of Independent school students, the South East not far behind, with particular growth in the number of international students. Over the same period the North has seen a decline, with the North East down by 17%. I am delighted to

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Down to Business

Last term four Year 12 teams entered the Tycoons for Schools national competition. They had to apply for funding, set up and run businesses, then present accounts and results. Two teams were judged as being in the top 10 across the whole country. Our boys made it to the finals and so went down to Buckingham Palace to present in front of HRH The Duke of York and the ‘Dragon’ himself, Peter Jones. They came back as runners up. Both the boys and girls were commended not only for their ambition and hard work but also their team spirit, vital for any

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My best day at school

A student recently asked me what my own best day at school was. As a teacher and as a head teacher I have had so many great days, it would be very difficult to pick one. However, the intention of the question was to identify my best day as a student. Well, that was a very long time ago, frankly I find it hard to remember. Rare school trips might feature, especially one to North Wales where I felt particularly challenged. Good results or prizes were nice when they happened, as were the very few occasions I was picked for

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