To Live Vicariously

Over half term I found myself talking to a niece who is thinking of going into teaching. She asked me if I’d still recommend the profession and what I personally enjoyed most. It was a good question that caused me to stop and think. We know that nationally there is a shortage of teachers, challenges abound. Negative news around budgets and bureaucracy. But I would absolutely recommend teaching if you like being with children/young people and if you are also passionate about your subject. I recall my first job, at Queen Katherine School in Kendal. I was amazed that someone

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Qualifications

Each year the Department for Education data for GCSE can confuse, particularly if applied to independent schools.  Each year I seek to explain why this league table cannot be used for schools like us who follow International GCSEs (IGCSEs).   My explanation in 2015 can be seen here: http://aksheadmastersblog.co.uk/bottom-of-the-table/ , 2016 can be seen here:  http://aksheadmastersblog.co.uk/0-and-aiming-high/ .  But confusion remains. The simple fact is that the traditionally more rigorous IGCSE qualifications do not score in these league tables. Last summer our Year 11 students took IGCSE in English Literature, English Language, maths, biology, physics, chemistry and combined science. All will

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Einstein and the power of a smile

One of our aims at AKS is to encourage students to develop success and value. I have mentioned before a quote from Albert Einstein “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”. This was not intended to be gender limited; we certainly hope our young men and young women will have the aptitude and confidence to have a positive impact on those around them. I see this in school every day and in the way our students interact with those beyond the school gates. Sometimes one sees a photograph that captures

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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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