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Author, Sufiya Ahmed, visits AKS
Deb Aldred / 03 April 2019 / Categories: News

Author, Sufiya Ahmed, visits AKS

In the last week of the spring term, we welcomed our guest author Sufiya Ahmed to the AKS library to host a series of talks and workshops.  Award-winning children's author, Sufiya, talked to Year 9 about her interesting political career as a parliamentary researcher and communications advisor, as well as her life as an author.  She introduced us to some of the themes in her first book, ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’ and the students enjoyed learning about different cultural traditions alluded to in the story. 

During her visit, Sufiya also met with Hiliary Douglas-Brown and our Young Soroptimist club to talk about political campaigning. Finally, Sufiya spent the afternoon inspiring our budding young writers in a creative writing workshop exploring the theme of "escape." Sufiya commented on how bright, articulate and engaged our students were throughout the day.

Well done to all those involved!  Thank you to the Sufiya for leading three fascinating sessions and to the Fylde Soroptimists for funding her visit. 




5 April 2019

Connecting with our heritage: QMS

An interview with Miss Joan Charlton, a well-known former headmistress of Queen Mary School (QMS) by our archive volunteers

The archives comprise five collections of material relating to Arnold, King Edward VII School, Queen Mary School, KEQMS and AKS. Each consists of a diverse collection of school records containing all kinds of items as well as pupil files.  We have architects’ plans, admissions registers, correspondence, speech day addresses, commemorative albums, school magazines, some text books and pupils’ exercise books,  drama and music programmes, photographs, trophies, items of uniform, framed portraits and paintings, pottery, furniture and even a rug.  There is always room for more and we welcome the donation of relevant items.

The archives span over 120 years of history. They contain a wealth of information relating to local history and many accounts of social and historical importance, especially with regard to the wartime years and the impact of education on women’s role in society. 

A small team of volunteers is dedicated to each archive and is wholeheartedly supported by school.  New volunteers to help with cataloguing via the dedicated computer software or with identifying photographs are always welcome. AKS pupils can join the Archive Club to learn about conservation, cataloguing and how to identify items for the new AKS archive.  To get in touch:

5 April 2019

Poetry in Performance

Our Year 7s take their performances to Lytham Church of England School

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