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In Memory...
Deb Aldred / 16 January 2019 / Categories: News

In Memory...

The School flag flew at half-mast on Monday 14th January in honour of former long-serving laboratory technician Judith Sullivan who died on New Year’s Day, aged 66. Her funeral service at Lytham Crematorium was attended by very many of her former colleagues, as well as her family, including four grandchildren, and friends.

Judith joined the Chemistry department of the then King Edward VII School in 1990 and then worked in KEQMS and AKS until her retirement in 2014.  Dr. Chris Jessop, the present Head of Science, represented the School at the funeral.

Judith’s husband of 22 years Peter Sullivan, who himself spent the whole of his teaching career at the school, subsequently welcomed everyone to a tea at The Glendower Hotel in St. Annes where several former school lab. technicians were especially delighted to meet up again.  Pauline Lenney, Chemistry teacher at AKS, spoke warmly and amusingly of Judith, a fellow Liverpudlian, her family, her vitality and  her excellent service to the School.

Donations in memory of Judith are requested for the Trinity Hospice and these can be arranged through the funeral director Mark Rae of Wood Street in St. Annes.



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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