Pupils, teachers and friends of AKS celebrated the formal opening of their new Junior School building on Friday 6th December. Invited guests, including Fylde MP Mark Menzies, the Mayor of Fylde, governors, and representatives of United Learning, enjoyed a tour of the school accompanied by the school's House Captains and met all the pupils who were hard at work and play in their new classrooms.
The visitors were then treated to a special assembly filled with music and readings from the pupils themselves, with the infants' songs and the Year 6 'Rubbish Band' being just two highlights of the afternoon's entertainment.
Mark Menzies MP unveiled a plaque in the Hall to commemorate the occasion and spoke to the children about the facilities, atmosphere and opportunities on offer at the school.
Following the ceremony, Mr Menzies said: "I was honoured when I was asked to open the new junior school building at AKS last week. I visited the school earlier this summer when it was still very much a building site and the transformation which has taken place since then is a testament to the hard work of all the staff and pupils. While the new facilities are modern and state-of-the-art, the school already feels welcoming and homely as though the pupils have been there for years. I was given an excellent tour of the building by the heads of Leighton House, one of the school’s four houses, and then treated to a superb concert which I enjoyed very much. I hope the pupils enjoy their new school for years to come."
John Rice, Head of the Junior School, said: "Our new school is a fantastic building and a great place in which to teach and learn. The new building has brought our school community together, and means we have an outstanding space fully equipped for teaching the whole curriculum and providing a host of co-curricular opportunities."
Jim Keefe, Headmaster of AKS, said: "Our visitors were all hugely impressed by our fantastic facilities and full of praise for the pupils, whose warm welcome, attitude and behaviour represented our school exceptionally well on this important occasion."