Half Term Highlights


As we surge through this first slice of the school year, it is very easy to lose track of time. As I write, the half-term break is imminent, but the sense of momentum is carrying on right to this moment. The energy and good cheer remains, even though people are understandably rather tired after an extraordinary month and a half, and I am profoundly grateful for the brilliant and uplifting distillation of this that we saw on Open Day last week.

Tuesday's Autumn Concert, showcasing the extraordinary ability and dedication of so many individuals across the whole school, was a particular highlight, not least for Miranda and Louis' urbane and informative hosting (as well as their characteristically-stunning performances), but for the ability and passion of all of our performers that spanned the genres, instruments and year groups. It has been two years since the last such event: a long span that evaporated in a moment as the concert began. We are delighted to have been nominated in the Arts category of the Educate Awards this year, both for the Prep and Senior School: congratulations to everyone involved, from the Performing Arts faculty through to our youngest students.

The Jean Torrance Trophy was a superb early triumph in the sporting calendar, particularly for a team that has barely played together for a year, and I have enjoyed being able to be on the touchline once again this term, including a particularly impressive day of rugby against Giggleswick and cup progression for our girls' football team amongst many fixtures. It has been particularly heartening to see our new Year 7s slot into the school squads, with the boys at the start of an exciting first tour down in Wales. Our students have continued to benefit from our ESPP ('Enhanced Sports Performance Programme'), and we will have some exciting news about this for next term - watch this space.

It seems forever since Year 9 were away for their residential at YMCA Lakeside, but here we are, and the spirit of adventure and exploration has been underlined by the remarkable 100 D of E awards achieved since expeditions once again become possible in May. The spirit of adventure and endeavour has reached into the intellectual field too, as evidenced by our eclectic and inspirational range of 'Reflection Section' talks, delivered by students and staff over the course of the term.

There is much to anticipate in the weeks to come, including our inaugural 'Headmaster's Lecture', the PTA Ball and Christmas Fair, the Carol Service, LSA Classical Association events, the Fylde Music Circle piano recitals, and countless further events. But, for now, it is time to pause, and I look forward to welcoming everyone back into school come November.

David Harrow, Headmaster

Year 6 Experience Week

It was hands-on learning at it's best during Year 6's 'Experience Week', with a visit to a Buddhist temple, bread making, battle re-enactments and much more!

Blue Skies and Brave Conversations

Seven students from Year 12 participated in the ‘Blue skies and Brave Conversations’ International Round Square Conference. Read more here.

Oliver Cast List announced! 

We were delighted to announce that this year's musical will be Oliver! Congratulations to our principals. The shows will take place between 27th and 29th January at Lowther Pavilion. Tickets will be available in early December.

Thank You!

Our Admissions team has been busier than ever this term, with increasing numbers of new joiners, registrations for our Year 7 entrance assessment and attendees at our Open Days. Thank you to all our students and staff who were involved, feedback from prospective families has been fantastic. Private tours are available for those who would like to meet our Heads of Section in person, or those who may have missed it. 

AKS Students Smash Their DofE Target

Congratulations to the 100 students who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Awards since May 2021, when expeditions recommenced following the period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Scholarship Process Open Now

Our Scholarship process is now open for applicants for Year 7 entry in 2022. Please note our admissions dates here. Our Sixth Form Open Evening and Scholarships Event will take place on 9th November. You can register here and view the relevant admissions dates here.

It's Great to be Back!

It was wonderful to welcome our audiences back on site this term for our Prep School Grandparents' and Harvest Festival celebrations, as well as our Lower School Teatime Concert. The half term ended on a high with the Prep School Choir joining our Senior students in our Autumn Concert, superbly hosted by Year 12 students Louis and Miranda. 

Year 9 Residential

The Reflection Section

There have been more diverse topics covered in our weekly school Reflection Section this half term, including misinformation, inspiration, adventure, languages and service. If you missed them, you can catch up on YouTube here.

Guardians of Drama Halloween Flashmob
Year 9 Residential to Lakeside
Sixth Form Bake Off
PTA Halloween Party
          Dates for the Diary
  • Remembrance Service - 11/11/21, 10.45am - Senior School Hall
  • PTA Ball - 04/12/21, 7.00pm - Late - Senior School Hall
  • PTA Christmas Fair -  11/12/21, 11.00am- 2.00pm - Senior School
  • Carol Service - 14/12/21, 7.00pm - St Thomas' Church
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