Financial preparation for university

by Harrison, Year 13 Economist As University offers start to arrive, my thoughts are turning to my preparation for life after AKS. As an Economics student, money and student bank accounts are at the front of my mind.  You are allowed to open a student bank account as soon as you receive an offer letter from UCAS, either conditional or unconditional. The main difference between a student bank account and a standard current account is the student bank account comes with an interest free overdraft. Banks offer up to a £3000 overdraft facility, so you should shop around for the

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Perfecting ‘The Journey Technique’ for Revision

by Paddy, Year 13 Economist In order to get my revision started and to try new revision techniques. I have perfected the Journey technique. This involves creating an imaginary but easy to remember journey such as the journey to school or a journey around memorable places. In my case I needed to revise a list of government intervention aims and a list of the forms of government intervention. My journey starts at the entrance to school where I imagined myself thinking about the first aim of government intervention that of stabilising prices. By linking a familiar place to facts and

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Auschwitz Trip, 2019

Student Blog by Samuel, Year 12. The trip to Auschwitz was something. It was powerful; it was memorable; it was horrifying, and it was pensive. To sum up the trip in a single word would be difficult – impossible, even – because nobody who sat down on that coach at two in the morning on the 4th July truly had the same experience. The trip to Auschwitz was not simply a trip to Auschwitz. It was an experience of Krakow; of the impacts the events of the Holocaust had on the minds of the people, the lives of the people,

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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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