My School Portal makes ‘The dog ate my homework’ a thing of the past

By Ben, Year 13, Head Boy and A level Economics Student With the introduction of My School Portal, blaming the dog for not handing in homework is impossible. However, the new portal for homework does have advantages, it is a clear record of when it was issued and a good reminder of when it is due in. The most useful feature is the attachment button. In Economics we use this to access PowerPoint attachments that give help with the question. For example, in our most recent homework there is advice about the type of diagram that needs to be used

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Making Economics Essays Easy

It is always difficult attempting to answer a twenty-five mark essay question at A-level. There are so many things to bear in mind when answering the question: knowledge, application of that knowledge, analysis and evaluation. Along with essay structuring and of course remembering what the question is actually asking. If all of these things are delivered then a good answer is ensured, however this can be rather difficult. But this is not the case in A-level Economics, as we’ve been provided with a fifteen minute descriptive video which can be accessed through YouTube in which Mr Wainwright has explained how

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Fraser’s Story

My experience at AKS has been nothing but amazing, before attending AKS I found school challenging and making relationships was hard for me. This then lead to me suffering from mental health and developing Sudo seizures, however this has all changed. Since joining AKS, I have made some amazing relationships, especially matron and my friends. Matron has helped me so much since arriving at the school, making me feel comfortable and always reassuring me that I have someone to talk to no matter what. Matron has given me so much confidence, as I found it difficult to talk about how

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Year 3 – reflections on their new class

Year 3 have had a successful first week having moved up from infants to juniors. Here are some of their reflections: Katie, Leila – “I loved hockey and playing with my new friends”. Nikhil, Maksymilian – “We really enjoyed PE and rugby”. George, Sadie – “It is nice in Year 3 and we have yummy lunches in the Senior School”. Wilfred, Isaac – “I really enjoyed the maths and counting in 100s and 50s”. “I’m really interested in how many things have changed in Year 3”. Freddie, Joseph, Rupert – “We really enjoyed ICT with Mrs Leeming and getting our

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Starting senior school – two perspectives

Following our recent student blog from James and Jay about their first year at senior school, Holly and Charlotte share their experience after finishing year 7. Whilst Holly hailed from a local primary school, Charlotte came up to senior school from our prep school. Here’s what they had to say: Holly’s experience moving to AKS from a local primary school At first, I was nervous about starting AKS as it was a new school to me and I only knew a couple of people. I didn’t need to be worried as all the teachers and staff were really friendly and

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‘My first year at AKS’

James and Jay are coming to the end of their first year at AKS after joining us from Ansdell Primary School. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences. We’re delighted that they have enjoyed following their individual pathways and that they have settled in so well. They have contributed significantly to our school community and we look forward to following their continued success and adventures when they move into Year 8 in September. They will also be a great support for our new Year 7s who we will be welcoming next term. James’ story: When I started at

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My Castlehead Experience

By Kirtika, Year 6 On Monday the 20th of May we all arrived at school enthusiastic and joyful about the residential. The residential was for 5 days and 4 nights. Most of us were not nervous since we had been on school residentials in the past. The teachers that came with us were Mrs Knight, Mr Rice, Mrs Dixon and Mrs Blinston. Soon we all loaded our luggage onto the minibus and got ready to go. At this point I was too giddy to miss my parents!  After an exhausting 1hour 30minutes we arrived. Our Castlehead guiders (Sarah and Chloe)

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My trip to Borwick Hall

By Ava, Year 4 I had an amazing time at Borwick Hall and this will tell you all about it … Just before we were setting off, I gave my mum a hug and a kiss and got on the bus. Some of the mums (including mine) took some pictures when we were ready to go. About five minutes later, the bus started moving, I had butterflies. I was sat with Sophia and we were talking pretty much the whole way there!! We played some games and I tried to have a nap, but she wouldn’t let me. My seatbelt

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Year 7 Trip – Leighton Moss

Just before half term our Year 7s embarked on a biology field trip to study the unique ecosystems of Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve. They worked alongside ecologists using sampling techniques, pond dipping and transect surveys to assess the habitat for future development. The sun shone and the students were able to see a huge plethora of wildlife on our doorstep. The students were very enthusiastic in the hide where they were able to observe the local bird of prey, marsh harriers, in their natural feeding grounds.  Here’s what Jessica, a student from Year 7 who attended the trip had to

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Student Obstacle Course

As student Adventure Pillar Leader in the Junior School this year I had to think of different ideas and make a list. From this list I discussed with Mrs Briggs, teacher Adventure Pillar Leader, all my ideas and how I was going to organise these. Firstly, I decided to invite the CCF into Junior assembly so they could tell the children all about their activities in the senior school. Next, I wanted to start a Junior climbing club. Several meetings, emails and letters later we now have a climbing club which takes place every Friday. We are lucky enough to have a

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