Our Year 5 Taster Day 19 June
We're looking forward to welcoming children from both our Junior School and our external feeder schools to our Year 5 Taster Day on 19 June. This gives those who are starting secondary school in September 2020 the opportunity to experience life at AKS senior school and to get a taste of what's to come. Transitioning between schools can feel daunting for children, so this is a great way for them to see what lies ahead and make friends in the process.
We’re proud to have the highest average A level points in the region (Department of Education, January 2019) and five times the national average at grade 9 for GCSE.
One of the ways we achieve this is through our new Learning2Learn course for Year 7 and 8 students. The objective is to create more independent, positive and reflective learners, who approach their work with a positive mindset, attitude and motivation. The course is split into ‘The Why of Learning’ and ‘The How of Learning’, exploring areas such as motivation, goal-setting and fear of failure, as well as practical strategies.
Beyond academic ambition, we support the growth and development of the whole child - including leadership, teamwork and building a social conscience. We do this through a variety of initiatives, partnerships and through the high participation rate in our extensive co-curricular programme, for example, 65% of our current Year 10s are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
In the words of our Registrar, Mrs Wyatt, “there are as many reasons for choosing AKS for secondary school as there are students who join us”. For some, it is the opportunity to get involved in a diverse range of sports, from the traditional, including rugby, hockey, netball, athletics and cricket through to handball, table tennis, football and many more. Our success is reflected in students participating at County and National level in hockey, rugby, athletics, tennis, golf, football, ice-skating, gymnastics,
go-carting and street-dance. Other students are drawn to AKS because of the strength of our creative arts programmes, including our sell-out shows at Lowther Pavilion; exceptional music examination and competition results - or purely to be with like-minded souls.
Similarly, our art department leads both curricular and co-curricular programmes, from GCSE and A level art and design technology, through to photography and craft clubs. However, the opportunities don’t end there, with over 200 clubs
to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
One of the ways we deliver character education is through being members of the Round Square network along with 180 like-minded schools from across the globe. This provides a framework for students to broaden their horizons and learn across cultures. As a result of this rounded development, we’ve enjoyed longstanding success with initiatives like the Tycoon in Schools business enterprise competition. This year, our ‘Bottle Boutique’ team up-cycled empty bottles with seasonal designs to raise £2500 for Trinity Hospice. They won the competition, beating a field of over 400 national and international entries and received their trophy at Buckingham Palace from HRH The Duke of York and Peter Jones from Dragons’ Den.
Mr McIntyre, Head of Business Education and Tycoons’ team leader, commented, “The entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and work ethic that has led to Bottle Boutique’s success are attributes we seek to build in all our students, whether they choose to study business or not. This creates a culture where students are confident to take the lead, as well as being able to form strong teams. This in turn has resulted in our excellent track record and prepares our students for the world of work.”
If you would like to find out how AKS could help your child to thrive, or to participate in our Year 5 taster day (for those entering secondary school in September 2020), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01253 784100.
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