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The Lytham St Annes Festival of Performing Arts

3 April 2019

The Lytham St Annes Festival of Performing Arts

Congratulations on the outstanding performances and great results from our students at The Lytham St Annes Festival of Performing Arts which took place on 23rd and 24th March at AKS.

The Festival gives our students a fantastic opportunity to practice performing in music, dance and drama, and to receive feedback from experienced independent adjudicators.


• Anika, Year 4 - 1st place in piano under 9s; she also competed in 5 categories of drama, earning 1st place in one and 3rd in two further categories

• Samuel, Year 4 – 2nd place in piano under 9s and 2nd place in piano grade 1-2 open

• Hugo, Year 7 – 2nd place piano 12 and under; 2nd place on sax 15 and under instrumental

• James, Year 7 – 1st place on sax 15 and under instrumental; 1st place on sax in 15 and under jazz solo

• Anya, Year 7 – Gained 2nd place in grade 1-2 open guitar

• Priyanka, Year 7 – 2nd place in piano grade 3-4 open

• Arnav, Year 8 - 3rd place in piano grade 7-8 open and Solo age 13-15

• Prisha, Year 9 – 1st place in piano grade 1-2 open

• Jenny, Year 13 – Competed in 7 singing classes. She won 5, came 2nd in one and 3rd in another; these included: 18 and under music theatre before 1970; 18 and under operatic pre-1800; 18 and under classical sing and 18 and under Folk Song

• Arnav and Anika also won 1st place for their piano duet



Categories: Creative Arts

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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