2018 welcomed Mrs Amanda Ilhan to AKS Lytham Independent School as the new head of juniors. Amanda has previously taught in Bristol and Cheshire, and worked as a deputy head teacher in Manchester, before being appointed as head of the British International Junior School of Istanbul eight years ago. AKS is excited she has joined the team and is sure she will be an asset to the school.
NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP AWARD
Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) student, Shaun Lamb has recently visited Parliament to receive his National Apprentice of the Year Award. Shaun was shortlisted for the award by the Association of Colleges and was invited to its Gold Awards reception in the House of Commons’ Terrace Pavilion earlier this month. Congratulations Shaun!
GIRLS SCHOOLS HISTORY
Archivist at Bolton School, Eric Fairweather, has written a book which charts the chronological history of Bolton School Girls’ Division. ‘Pride in the Past; Confidence in the Future’ traces the genealogy of women’s education and the formation of Bolton Day School for Girls in 1877. 140 year history of the school is told and includes the tenure of each headmistress from Miss Kean (1877-1880) to present day head Sue Hincks.
Well done to the team of Penwortham girls who competed in the South Ribble gymnastics competition last month at Worden Sports College. They competed on the floor and the vault and all pupils worked incredibly hard. A special mention to Eden Staines for winning two silver medals and to Chloe Boardman and Emily Fullalove who both won bronze on the floor.
Penwortham Girls School held its Soroptimisses Charter in the new training suite. This event was a celebration to mark the founding of the Soroptimisses, the membership of the girls and the incredible work they have done. Parents, governors, staff, pupils, local Soroptimist members and Seema Kennedy (South Ribble MP) were in attendance. The ceremony was officially opened by Karen Rainford, member of Soroptimist International Preston Branch and founder of the Soroptimisses.
£60 MILLION STUDENT DEVELOPMENT
A flagship scheme at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has secured planning approval. Preston City Council has given UCLan the go ahead to create its new £60m Student Centre and civic square, the centrepiece of its £200m Masterplan development. The 78,600 sq ft Student Centre will comprise a reception area, student wellbeing support area and informal learning spaces.
NEW INITIATIVES TO BOOST RECRUITMENT
Bolton School is playing its part in a new Department for Education (DfE) drive to recruit more mathematics, physics and modern foreign languages teachers. The National Maths and Physics School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) as well as the National Modern Foreign Languages SCITT are at the forefront of a DfE initiative to spearhead subject specific teacher training on a national basis in shortage subject areas, which aims to buck the trend in declining applications for Teacher Training, as reported by UCAS.