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‘Tycoons’ 2018
Deb Aldred / 16 November 2018 / Categories: News

‘Tycoons’ 2018

 AKS pupils in Year 12 have, once again, thrown themselves into the ‘Tycoons in Schools’ enterprise competition. For those who may be unfamiliar with this Tycoons is a national competition run and funded by the Peter Jones Foundation (the tall one from Dragons Den as one young entrepreneur eloquently put).  With 2 weeks of trading already done, all groups have pitched successfully to the Ladies Luncheon Club and are beginning to develop their sales techniques and production methods.

The thrill of the first sale has been matched by the rapid growth of social media activity and the groups are beginning to appreciate the demands of running their own enterprises. The ‘Tycoons’ of 2018 have been set a very high bar by previous enterprises, highlights include: two visits to Buckingham Palace, community awards and a record sum of over £4000 raised for chosen charities last year.  Moreover, there has been a number of hugely fulfilling visits to see where their money might be used in the local community.

Inspired by this AKS have 4 trading groups:

 Bottle Boutique – upcycling wine bottles and a personalised bottle service for birthdays etc


 ….In A jar – cookie mixes and cookies, don’t stand still at a parents evening or sports fixture as they will sell you one.


Hebenly candles – a range of seasonal scented candles including a special one for Christmas Eve!


Mully Christmas – Mulled wine kits, mulled wine potpourri, Christmas spice car air fresheners, aka the Spice Boys.



Their chosen charities are Trinity Hospice, Barnado’s, Edward Dee Fund and Aiming High. It is typical of our students that they have supported these as some already do voluntary work or have a strong connection to them.

Bottle Boutique are currently first in their age group in the country, and the other groups are quickly gaining momentum as they have all covered their start-up costs. I do recommend you check out their social media sites to keep track of progress, and look out for them at any school function between now and Christmas.



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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