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In memory...
Alex Brown / 31 January 2019 / Categories: News

In memory...

This week we were saddened to hear of the loss of an ex-colleague, catering manager Paul Gulwell. Paul worked at Arnold, KEQMS and AKS for a total of 16 years, leaving in 2012. He’s best remembered by his colleagues and school community as being instrumental in turning what was a traditional school canteen into a restaurant-style experience and suggesting ideas ahead of his time, such as serving wine and canapés to parents at events. In doing so, he left a lasting legacy that our staff, students and school community continue to enjoy today.

Those who knew Paul remember his sense of fun, his warmth and friendliness and his commitment to producing great food. He devised themed lunches to launch new dishes, with staff dressing accordingly and in turn, bringing smlies to the faces of all those who came into the dining room.  Other highlights from his time flying a pirate flag from the school flagpole and bringing a life-sized model of Father Christmas into the dining room at Christmas time .

Paul’s funeral will take place on Thursday 7th February at St Michael's Church in Kirkham at 14.30, followed by the cremation at Lytham Crematorium at 15.30.



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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