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Welcome to Middle School 

Phil RuddIn Middle School, we support and guide students in Years 10 and 11. In these critical GCSE years, we know that for many of our students, their focus is on securing the best possible academic outcomes, whilst building a strong base on which to progress onto our Sixth Form. 

Our GCSE success is unparalleled in the area. In 2020, almost 60% of GCSE grades across all students were 9-7. This continues our stellar track record, building on an average of 53% of grades at 7-9 or A/A* for all GCSE exams taken over the previous five years.  

We don’t believe that you should attempt to define what someone can achieve from the outset: there shouldn’t be any limit. We achieve consistent results through our tailored package of support, enabling every student to do well and to keep doing better.  This includes a supportive and robust academic tracking and monitoring system to ensure every student's progress is carefully followed, and to ensure we can give them a clear steer on the next steps.  

Our Curriculum Plus programme is a combination of subject-specific clinics and revision sessions based on the individual needs of the students, led by our experienced staff. In addition, targeted revision sessions help students identify strategies for exam preparation, including the mental and physical preparation required for optimum performance. 

I feel privileged to be able to support our students develop throughout their time in Middle School. The confidence they gain during these years through responding to academic and wider challenges is hugely rewarding to see, as is their delight on results day when they open those envelopes and see how their hard work has paid off. There’s really nothing quite like it. 

Phill Rudd, 
Head of Middle School 

Beyond the classroom 

Although our GCSE results are unparalleled, we know it’s not enough to have ‘knowledge’, it’s what you do with that knowledge that counts and who you are as a person. So, our approach to learning and skills-building goes beyond the curriculum.  

The culture of our school, embedded through our co-curricular, enrichment and careers programmes enable students to build leadership and teamworking skills, as well as developing a social conscience. It’s these attributes that are the hallmark of an AKS student and form the foundations for further education, the workplace and for the rest of their lives. 

Two thirds of our students participate in Duke of Edinburgh, and many in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). Most will go on to represent our school in some capacity or other, be it on the stage, sports fields or in a variety of inter-school academic challenges, such as Language and Maths Olympiads. Several are also performing at elite levels in their chosen discipline, which they’re able to balance alongside their academic work due to the support and dedication of our teaching staff. 

Pastoral support is also an essential aspect of life in AKS. We understand that it’s not easy being a teenager in the modern world. Social media and the many demands upon young people mean that it is vitally important that students have help, guidance and support in these crucial school years.  

Our team of tutors and pastoral staff build strong relationships with students, providing advice and guidance as needed. Our knowledge of students and close links with families ensure that we can identify and resolve any issues or concerns. This partnership is crucial to helping students navigate and thrive during this period of their lives. 


Fiona Burnett, 
Deputy Head of Middle School 

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