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Pupils say that the teachers here are really passionate about their subjects and that the small class sizes mean you can’t hide if you don’t know something. If you visit AKS on a Tuesday you’ll be surrounded by green uniforms as a large proportion of children take part in the CCF. Extracurricular activities that stand out from the norm include Warhammer club, robotics club, animal club (recent visitors to this include tarantulas, geckos, giant snails, hedgehogs and snakes)...

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AKS is a co-educational day school, located in a 35-acre coastal setting in the Lancashire seaside town of Lytham St Annes. With over 300 years of history, AKS was formed by an amalgamation of Arnold School and KEQMS (formerly King Edwards and Queen Mary School) in 2013.

Engaged staff, talented teachers, excellent facilities and our positive, disciplined ethos ensure consistently high achievement levels, guided the aim to achieve Academic Ambition for every child, by supporting them on their Individual Pathway and ensuring that they are not only successful, but are people of value.

The school is characterised by a commitment to academic excellence and educating the whole child. Over the past five years, 51% of GCSE exams taken at AKS were awarded grades 9-7/A*-A; 60% of all A-level grades were A*, A or B and over a third were A*/A.

AKS Nursery and Preparatory School plays a critical role in building the foundations for these exceptional academic outcomes. By Year 6, 60% of the students are working beyond age-related expectations in their reading and mathematics, establishing a trajectory which continues into our Senior School and Sixth Form

Our education is engaging, challenging and relevant to today's world, students gain more than As at AKS. This is made possible through a world-class co-curricular programme, comprising over 200 clubs, and delivery the Round Square framework, which creates a vibrant learning community and exceptional academic outcomes.

Our students achieve this by learning new skills, being challenged to think creatively, engage in complex problem-solving and by broadening their horizons. Such opportunities also enable them to build leadership and teamwork skills; as well as to make a difference to the world around them through service to the community.”
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Round Square - a network of 40 schools worldwide that share ideals such as internationalism, adventure and service.

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Since September 2019, David Harrow. Formerly deputy head academic at Oakham School, which he joined some 24 years ago after studying maths at Cambridge. Was head of maths and director of studies at Oakham and while there helped to introduce the IBMYP.


The school isn’t oversubscribed so there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to get your child in if you can afford the fees. School pays great attention to references from children’s current schools – we get a sense that selection is more about behaviour than academic potential. Senior school applicants tested in English, maths and non-verbal reasoning. They’ll offer places to pupils they feel would cope with working at pace and benefit from what’s on offer here. The school encourages families to visit at any time and children can get a better...

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Special Education Needs

At AKS the special educational needs of our pupils are met through the work of the learning support department and the individual subject/class teachers. We believe that all our students have skills, talents and abilities and as a school we have a responsibility to develop them to the full. Students with SEN are supported as necessary to help them achieve full access to the whole school curriculum. On entry into Year 7 we use information from feeder schools and parents to identify students with SEN. The year group is screened within the first half term and any causes for concern are then further assessed. Any student, regardless of age, can, at any time, be assessed by the head of learning support if there is cause for concern from teachers and/or parents. A variety of assessments are carried out to determine the type of support required. Once assessed a student, if deemed necessary, will follow one of two possible options: receive small group learning support, for 2-2.5 hours per week; or attend a weekly lunchtime study skills clinic (both with specialist teachers). All year 7 and 8 students receive in-class support in English lessons. Each student withdrawn for learning support has an individual education plan which is reviewed on a six monthly basis. Those students who come to us with an EHCP will have this reviewed annually for as long as is deemed necessary. The special educational needs of our pupils include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and speech and language difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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