A Royal and a Reindeer

This week’s blog from the AKS students is by Sam, one of our successful Tycoon in School entrepreneurs and who had the privilege to visit Buckingham Palace last week as a national finalist. Stepping into a room worth millions of pounds with artefacts, paintings and statues, just strewn across the room, some over two thousand years old, has a habit of putting things into perspective. On Monday, the 6th of March, we were given the privilege of attending Buckingham Palace, a centre of British culture at least since 1837 and the accession of Queen Victoria, if not as early as

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Hustle and Hit and Never Quit

As we look forward to our annual U12 Jean Torrance Memorial Invitation Hockey Tournament this Saturday, and welcome a large number of schools from across the country, our 1st XI captain, Jess, brings us our student blog of the week. When I joined Arnold School in Year 7, I had never picked up a hockey stick before, but was keen to get involved. By March, when it was the Jean Torrance Tournament, I was the B team captain and hosted two girls from the City of London School. This was the first hockey tournament that I was involved in, and it soon became clear

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Learning Leaders

The student blog this week comes from a group of students in Year 6 prepared to go out of their comfort zone! The Primary Leadership Programme is a programme run entirely by students. Every year, some schools in United Learning are chosen to be part of this programme. First, the students go to a specified location to play team games and to learn how to plan an event, deciding what they want to raise awareness of and which charity they will raise money for. Then, after the event has finished, the teams travel to Canary Wharf in London to show everyone what they

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Simply Love

The blog from the students this week has a Valentines theme.  Our Head and Deputy Head Students planned and led a whole school assembly all about Valentine’s Day this week and here are some of the thoughts that they chose to share with their peers and teachers. Valentine’s Day can evoke many different emotions in people, for the soppy lovers it’s a happy day to celebrate love whilst for others it’s just another day.  For some it can cause them to feel lonelier than ever… but we aim to spread some joy this Valentine’s Day! The real reason behind Valentine’s Day isn’t the money-making

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The Mad Hatter

This week’s student blog is a guest feature from the Mad Hatter! On a Wednesday afternoon, my companions and I found ourselves at the Ladies’ Luncheon Club at the Grand Hotel. The ladies seemed to have been having a tea party of some sort, and I was rather insulted that I had not been invited. I also noticed that as soon as we entered the room, they went awfully quiet and they were all staring at us. It was rather bizarre. I felt like we were on show. How frightfully rude of them. Especially since they didn’t make any attempts to

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AKS Bank: For The Journey

This week’s student blog is from two of our A Level economics students, inspired by their teacher, Mr Wainwright. Last Tuesday, Mr Wainwright led a dramatic Dragons Den style pitch in assembly. He was looking for 100% investment in his educational ideas company. The common theme running through the presentation was the quality of his production process, using skilled craftsmen and women to deliver a tailor made product. At the same time photographs of AKS school life were being shown in the background, illustrating this production process. One fact that he gave us was that in our lifetime we could

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Meeting Aron Julius

This week’s student blog comes from Lily and Sam in Year 8, who recently met an inspiring young man called Aron Julius. Last week, Aron Julius, a former student of Miss Horrocks from her previous school in Liverpool, came to visit the school for a Q&A session and to lead a workshop with drama enthusiasts. Aron currently attends the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) where he is studying for his degree in Acting.  He has appeared on many TV dramas including Moving On, DCI Banks and Puppy Love. He has also performed on stage in Our Day Out and

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A Normal Day

The first student blog of 2017 comes from Lucy who is currently studying for her A levels in the AKS Sixth Form. I woke up bright and early to a crisp winters day, mentally preparing myself for my busy schedule ahead, wondering to myself will this be a normal AKS day?  In the morning during Enrichment, myself and another student, Charlie, took on two other students in the annual House debate. Today’s debating topic, which we were fully prepared for, was: “the whole nation should become vegetarians.”   As a member of Salmesbury House, the side I argued was that we should

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Christmas Tears and Laughter

A festive themed blog from our community-minded senior students: This week, members of the school choir from years 10-13 went on the annual Christmas choir-in-the-community trip, spreading Christmas cheer across the Fylde coast. Our first stop was Trinity Hospice. Driven in our minibuses by Santa Claus, we arrived and gathered in the chapel. The patients loved seeing us dressed up with our Christmas jumpers and hats! Last year, a group of us in the Sixth Form set up a social enterprise, In The Mix, for the Tycoon in Schools competition. Through selling our brownie jars, gingerbread jars and hot chocolate reindeers,

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Fast Track to Success

Our second student blog of the week comes from Cody in Year 7; who has been working hard every weekend, showing great commitment and bravery with his passion for karting: This year has been a bit of a struggle, with ups and downs. At the start of the year I was winning, but later on in the year I kept getting smashed off the track whenever I was in the top ten. But this last race weekend I didn’t get smashed off. The day was a bit of a struggle, in the first heat my right rear tyre hub moved

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