Headteacher’s Blog – Week 28

I hope you are all having a lovely bank holiday weekend - the hottest on record, or so the papers say. It has certainly been beautiful in North Wales for me this weekend, hence a brief blog today folks!

It was another busy but successful week at Kingsway last week.

Our Year 10 Geography field visits came to an end on Monday, with the last group of students spending the day in Edale gathering data from rivers. The whole programme has been a huge success with over 200 GCSE Geographers studying the local areas of edale and Salford Quays. Now the fun begins back in the classroom with lots of hypothesising and analysing.

On Tuesday, a group of Year 11 students attended a Hi-5 English & Maths conference at The Village Hotel, Cheadle. Teachers from both departments delivered sessions to support students in achieving a grade 5, the new STRONG PASS. It was hugely successful and students came back feeling more confident about their forthcoming exams and appreciative of the opportunity to address some key learning objectives.

Mrs Thompson (Governor and Trustee) joined Mr O’Shaughnessy (Chair of Governors) and myself for breakfast with our new senior student team early Wednesday morning. The year 10 team Jess (Head Girl), Ethan (Head Boy) and Deputies Youmna, Judy, Hannah, Grace, Owen B, George, Owen F and Meji shared with us their aspirations as senior students to bring about change at The Kingsway School. They had lots of great ideas that they will begin to turn in to reality over the coming months.

After the May half term, the Senior Students will be working in pairs to offer a 'student drop in'. This will take place once a fortnight on both Campuses. With the support from Mrs Maxey (Assistant Headteacher); the drop-in will be a space where students will be able to talk freely about school or other concerns to their senior student team.

Other areas they plan to work on over the year include: Community Partnership; Student Wellbeing and mental health; development of school Rewards system as well as Media and marketing opportunities. The terrific ten are certainly going to be busy but I am confident they will leave a lasting legacy for future generations of Kingsway students.

Mr Hammersley and Ms Khan held interviews were held on Wednesday morning for a new STEM CEO to replace year 11 outgoing CEO, Liam Pollard. Liam has held the role for two years and has done some tremendous work promoting STEM across the school and leading the STEM Industrial Cadet Programme. I am delighted to announce that Dylan O'Sullivan 10C has been successful and has been appointed to this new role. Congratulations Dylan!

Liam and Dylan

Later on Wednesday, Mrs. Angela Rowley of Rowley Projects came into Kingsway in her capacity as our link to our sister school The Kolweny Kingsway in Kenya. Angela has become the Year 9 STEM Industrial Cadet’s client in the Kingsway's latest STEM project with EDT Go4SET. These students will create a project report and develop a design solution to the specification and science and engineering problem that Angela has presented them with, working towards a sustainable water solutions in Partnership with John Crane Engineering.

Finally, just to let you know summer uniform officially starts this week meaning it is now optional for students to wear their jumpers, though blazers are still required. We will of course allow students to remove their blazers in lessons if they wish to do so, but expect them to continue to dress smartly around school. Students are also encouraged to bring a water bottle in to school to keep themselves hydrated.

Have a lovely week everyone.

Mrs J. Lowe

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