Staff pitch in at school building site

AKS Junior School teachers (from left) Caroline Porter, Janet Hindle, Amanda Briggs and Chris Briers with the school mascots at the bricklaying event.
AKS Junior School teachers (from left) Caroline Porter, Janet Hindle, Amanda Briggs and Chris Briers with the school mascots at the bricklaying event.
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Teachers at a Fylde school learnt a new skill as they took to bricklaying for an afternoon.

More than 60 people are currently working on the new Junior School building at AKS in St Annes – and a third of them are bricklayers.

Members of staff at the school took time away from the classroom to lay a brick themselves in a special construction event on the building site.

The new building is now certainly taking shape in time for September and John Rice, head of the junior school, said pupils and teachers alike are excited about the big move during the summer.

He said: “Everyone is really excited about it.

“The new building will be modern with great facilities.

“There will be a soft play area for the younger children in an enclosed courtyard and a dedicated music room.

“The wi-fi system will be wonderful and we will have laptops to use in classrooms.”

The building work is part of a £6.4m project to expand the St Annes site, which will be open from September 2013.

The new junior school will accommodate tiny tots as young as two whose new nursery will be called AKS Three Bears Nursery, and pupils up to 11-years-old.

Students are currently split between the St Annes site and Arnold’s site in South Shore.

Parents from Arnold School and King Edward Queen Mary School fought to keep both schools independent after it was announced last year they would be merging.

The new school is now managed by the United Schools Church Trust.

As part of the changes, the Junior School has three new mascots – Arnold Bear, Edward Bear and Mary Bear.

The idea of the bears it to provide a reminder of the school’s heritage by wearing the legacy uniforms of the three founding schools.

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