Headteacher’s Blog – Week 23


As a member of the superior sex ; ) I was delighted that Kingsway girls were invited to attend an Inspiring Women’s Day event to celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday.

A small group of year 9 girls were invited by friend of Kingsway and professional boxer, Stacey Copeland to AutoTrader Head Offices in Manchester, where they listened to guest speakers from Law, Technology, Sport & Music as well as taking part in interactive activities. The girls were accompanied by Mrs Ward and Mrs Heil who fed back:

“Our girls were an absolute credit to themselves and the school, and contributed enthusiastically all day. I was very proud to see them exploring and challenging some of the barriers and preconceptions they face as young women”.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women across the globe. This follows our Vote 100 event to mark the centenary of women getting vote. Kingsway students were asked to vote for their inspirational women. Stacey Copeland, who spoke at our whole school assembly last summer, was just one of the nominees. The winner will be announced later this term.

Another group of inspiring young women last week were our Under 13 Girls’ Football Team who were crowned Stockport Champions. The team were Anna Hollingshead, Holly Deering, Megan Walker, Rocio McGillvary, Ellie Banks, Millie Le Favre and Leah Cotterill. Well done girls.

International Women’s Day fell in the same week as National Careers Week, National Apprenticeship Week and Risky Business Week which we also celebrated at Kingsway.

National Careers Week promotes the importance of good careers education and guidance for students. This is something we excel at here at Kingsway, which is recognised by our Inspiring IAG GOLD award; we are one of a few schools to have been awarded this prestigious award. We are very lucky to have Mrs Flood on our staff whose job it is to ensure all students leave us with good quality careers advice. The impact of her work is that nearly all (99%) of our students leave us to progress to further education, employment or training. Whether that is an Oxbridge degree or an apprenticeship route, what we instill in our students is to be excellent at whatever they choose to do.

During Risky Business Week we raise students’ awareness of and educate them on the risks they could face during or after school. These include:

  • Financial Debt
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Bullying (e.g. race, sexuality)
  • Self-harm and mental health
  • Sex & relationships

Throughout the week, classes attended a range of workshops and presentations by the police, Samaritans, St. John’s Ambulance and many more. Thanks to Ms Carrigan who organised a full and informative week for our students.

One of the RBW presentations was from PCSO Mohammed Asaad from GMP Police, who spoke to our students about Anti Social Behaviour. I have also recently spoken to our students about the importance of representing their school positively at all times, especially whilst they are wearing the Kingsway school uniform. I have high expectations for our students’ behaviour and conduct both in and out of school. During the school day, their behaviour is good. You just need to walk around school during lesson times to see a calm and orderly environment, where students are polite and respectful to their teachers and other staff. Although we hope that our students carry this behaviour with them outside of school and into our local community, this is an area where their parents and carers can also have a huge impact. As a school, we will always work with our local community to monitor students' conduct outside of the the school premises, but also ask that parents reinforce the message about behaviour in the community and know where their children are after school.

One last request from our families and members of our community... Are you free on Thursday 29th March 2018? It’s our Whole School Sponsored Walk event - a highlight in our school’s calendar and we need volunteers to help 1500 students cross the roads and complete the 13 mile journey. If you are happy to help, please can you drop an email, by the end of this week, to Senior Teacher, Mr Hammersley, who is organising the event (n.hammersley@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk)

Have a great week.

Mrs J. Lowe

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