Music Maestros

As we get closer to the the Christmas break we have two blogs from the students this week.  The first blog from Annabelle shares her insights into recent music success: Last week, Jenny, Alicia, Meghna and I competed in the district round of this year’s Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition, which was held at Carr Hill High School. The evening featured a diverse range of performances from 24 talented young musicians from across the local area. The well-established competition attracts musicians from all over the country, and aims to offer young people the opportunity to display their musical talent

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Friendship

The student blog this week comes from Zara and Kirtika, both in Year 4. When I was in Reception I met Zara and we sat down and talked to each other. We played together and gradually built up our friendship. One of our favourite things to play was drawing on the whiteboard. The good thing about being friends is that you always have company. Now we are in Year 4. We are much older, but we still always do the same things! We have sports together, we have all our lessons together, and we both play the violin; we are

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Individual Attention

This weeks blog comes from Alyx, one of our six deputy head students.  Alyx has been busy speaking to our Year 6 parents (and students) about life in the AKS senior school and all the amazing pathways that await each individual student. I started at KEQMS in Year 5 and I am now in my final year, my 9th year at this school!  I think the links between the senior school and junior school are very important as I believe the progression from the junior school building to the seniors is made a lot easier if there are friendly faces. Seeing

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Change and Challenge

This week’s student blog comes from our Junior School.  Year 3 have been excited to tell us all about life in 3B and what it is like now (at long last!) to be a ‘junior.’ We have been very busy this term so far. There has been plenty of learning going on and new experiences to enjoy.  Mrs Briggs has seen us enjoying our lessons and making ourselves better learners.  We completed our own half term self-reflection reviews. Here is a sample of some of them: ‘This half term I think I have been good at and enjoyed the science magnets topic because I

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Conflict Photography: An Extended Project Qualification

The student blog of the week comes from Year 13 Sixth Form student, Katie Giblin, who has been working hard on her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  This is an important element of the Sixth Form programme at AKS, allowing every student to pursue their passions or preferred career pathways.   Before half term Katie hosted a thought-provoking exhibition which also included an excellent presentation on her chosen subject: conflict photography. For many years I have admired the works of the photographers Giles Duley and Mauricio Gris and their continuous dedication to tell the stories of those who are affected by conflict

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Adapting to Life

This week’s student blog comes from Molly and Sadie in Year 12.  As part of their enrichment programme in the Sixth Form they decided to visit N-Vision and learn more about our community partner and how they could work and learn with them. Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the N-Vision Centre in Blackpool, where we met a visually impaired man named Antony. Before losing his vision, Antony watched a balloon release on TV and ever since then he has wanted to be part of one himself. His story was so inspiring that we offered our help. To raise

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Junior Archives Club

This week’s student blog comes from our junior school archives team, as part of the after school activity programme they meet every Friday and work closely with our wonderful archive volunteers. Junior archives club studies the history of the school, from the very beginning up until the present day. On Friday the 23rd September we learned about our legacy schools; Arnold School, Queen Mary School, King Edward VII School and KEQMS.  We looked at the history of all the schools. We saw photographs of the children, the uniforms and school trips.  We found out about the King Edward’s wooden eagle lectern

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From Ansdell to AKS

This week’s student blog comes from Holly and Alicia who have joined us from Ansdell Primary School.  The two Year 7 students have kindly shared their observations and experiences of their first few weeks in the senior school, seven years after the girls started at (Ansdell) junior school together. Hi, my name is Holly and I am in Year 7 at AKS.  The first day of primary school was just like the first day of AKS, scary but it always turns out fine. The first day of AKS was also brilliant because I made new friends. The funny part was when I

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Meet the Head Students

It is the start of another exciting academic year at AKS and we have two new head students leading the way.  It is traditional that the new head students introduce themselves for the first student blog of the year, so let’s meet the new AKS head students… My name is Lizzie and I joined KEQMS in Year 7 and have enjoyed being heavily involved in school life. Performing in choir and some of the drama productions along with playing hockey in all weathers has helped me to develop my character whilst also creating many fond memories. Last year we were

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Nothing to Worry About!

The final student blog for this academic year comes from Keira in Year 7 who, along with Sean, spoke with great confidence and passion to our new Year 7 intake at the information evening the other week.  Over to you Keira… Good evening everyone. My name is Keira and I am currently in Year 7. I started AKS in September 2015. Prior to this I attended Ansdell Primary School. I decided to come and see AKS on the open day when making the next journey in my education. For me when  I came to the open day, I found all

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